Come see me in June in Columbia SC-
Note: This workshop is a two part session. Participants are encouraged to attend both sessions for maximum benefit.
When students have teachers of the same race as them, they do better in school and are less likely to be suspended or drop out. So what if you not only look different from your students but also have a different background? Educators must take intentional steps to address difference and build trust so they can effectively influence better outcomes for the kids who need it most.
Children of color, especially Black and Indigenous children, are more likely to experience sexual abuse. But conversations around consent and teen pregnancy are often taught the same way, no matter race, background or personal history. In order to help all kids stay healthy and safe, we need to start thinking “equity” instead of always evidence-based.
Educators must not only be better informed about the connection between personal history and sexual health but incorporate a trauma-sensitive and equity-based lens in their curricula. When they do, educators are in a better position to ensure that sex education works for all kids, not just the lucky ones.