LARRY McILVAIN has been the Superintendent of ACS Amman since 2009. He attended elementary and middle schools in Peru and Afghanistan as a child and has worked in schools in the Dominican Republic, Russia, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia, and Oman.
His interest in this particular topic stems from a student in his school who was going through this process and the school was poorly prepared to support and assist. As he investigated what other schools were doing, he found many schools in need or uncertain of what to do and how to balance individual need with community reactions.
This session is intended to be an open dialogue about how and what schools can do when faced with students who may be exploring their identity while tapping into the collective wisdom of the participants.
Oliver's Journey: Inclusion and Gender Identity
Connect & Engage
Share experiences and discuss real issues with colleagues who share a similar interest or concern. Review real case studies to guide the conversation among participants. Identify colleagues who may be facing similar scenarios and begin developing a cohort of like-minded and interested contacts for future referral.
Learn about what other schools are doing to prepare for addressing issues of gender identity. We will also review current legal action taking place in the United States and explore legal issues in various countries in the NESA region.
Reflect & Apply
Reflect on the processes, procedures, systems, support mechanisms, and policies your school has in place should a student come forward around gender identity. Apply shared information about gender identity issues in your own school community to critique and assess what you currently have in place, what action you might need to take, and build information capacity in your community. This might also be a good time to explore your own core beliefs and biases related to this issue.
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