Students developing LGBTQ curriculum

“LGBTQ Curriculum Planning
Facilitators: Ms. K. B.
Category: On campus activity or workshop
Duration: Half Day (may be repeated)

If it feels like the teachers here don’t ever include you and your identity group in the topics they teach, then here’s a session that you’ll love! Ms. B. will help you unpack the academic standards and arts/academic curriculum and find ways for LGBTQ people to have more visibility in your curriculum. Students will spend the day doing research and then craft lesson plans that are appropriate for the grade-level and subject. These lesson plans will then be provided to teachers for them to use in their classes. 
● Appropriate for all grades”

This notice appeared in a catalog of options for an “intersession” day for the middle/high school (grades 6-12) that my granddaughters attend. The catalog included dozens of options for a day marking the end of the first half of the school year, and the start of the second half.  All the kids signed up for 3 or 4 choices from the catalog, and were assigned to at least one of their choices. My middle-school granddaughter signed up for this one – it remains to be seen if she gets this choice! 

This is a school that focuses on the arts, that also has an active Gay and Straight Alliance for kids of all ages, and is located in a very progressive community.  Nonetheless, it makes any reticence of nursing and other health-related disciplines to include LGBTQ content seem very 20th century!  We are in the 21st century, and these kids will soon appear in college and graduate schools everywhere!  Will they still, in college and graduate schools, need to be organizing to develop the curriculum and learning materials required for LGBTQ healthcare?  Or will they find well-established, up-to-date and well developed learning activities that are inclusive of all sexual and gender identities!  I will place my bets on the latter – and invite all lavenderHealth.org viewers to make sure this happens!  

A good starting point is on this website – freely available to all.  Our “Education” section is comprehensive, providing syllabus outlines, case studies, learning activities and more!  You will want to update and revise these resources for your own situation – and we encourage you to do so!  Questions or comments, please let us know!  

About Peggy Chinn

feminist, nurse activist, writer, editor of ANS Advances in Nursing Science, quilter, grandmother nurturing the future of the amazing children in my life.
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