2013-03-19 15:52:03 - Green Meadow Waldorf School holds diversity talk to focus on gender identity and talk about how to teach our children about the gender identity spectrum.
Chestnut Ridge, N.Y. – Join Green Meadow Waldorf School and guest Joel Baum of Gender Spectrum on Wednesday, April 24, at 7:30 pm for an important diversity discussion addressing one area of student diversity that schools rarely acknowledge: gender identity.
Gender identity was featured prominently in the national media last summer, in The New York Times Magazine cover article, “What’s So Bad About a Boy Who Wants to Wear a Dress.
Joel Baum, M.S., is the Director of Education and Training for Gender Spectrum (located in Oakland, CA), and has been featured on All Things Considered, in The New York Times and Newsweek, as well as various additional publications and media.
School represents one of the greatest areas of uncertainty
and fear for children who do not fit in easily and naturally with our culture’s binary gender options.
This talk will expand guests’ knowledge and understanding of gender identity and also address how to teach our children about the gender identity spectrum.
“Gender-inclusive schools and classrooms welcoming all children and teens are within any school community’s reach says Vicki Larson, Director of Communications and Marketing for Green Meadow Waldorf School. “By educating ourselves and becoming more aware of the gender identity spectrum, we can make every child feel comfortable in school
For more information on the diversity talk with Joel Baum, visit www.gmws.org/page.cfm?p=525
Nearly 350 students from 13 counties and almost 90 towns attend the independent Green Meadow Waldorf School. Located about 20 miles north of New York City, Green Meadow serves students from nursery school through grade 12.
Waldorf education is the fastest-growing independent school movement worldwide, with 300 schools in the U.S. and nearly 1,000 around the world. The curriculum is based on the philosophy of Rudolf Steiner, who founded the first Waldorf School in Germany in 1919. Green Meadow offers developmentally based, challenging academic coursework infused with the arts. Students are exposed to diverse disciplines and can choose traditional classes such as modern languages and sciences while also learning practical arts, such as knitting, blacksmithing, and woodworking. The school also limits the use of technology and media for younger students, a practice essential to Waldorf Education that is also now understood by researchers as essential to the child's developing brain.
About Green Meadow School and the Waldorf education: Founded in Germany in 1919 by Dr. Rudolf Steiner, Waldorf Education now includes schools on every continent. Green Meadow Waldorf School is an accredited full member of the Association of Waldorf Schools of North America (AWSNA), an association that strengthens and supports Waldorf schools and informs the public of the benefits of Waldorf education. Green Meadow is also an accredited member of the New York State Association of Independent Schools (NYSAIS), a voluntary association of more than 140 independent schools in the state of New York.
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