Research on the school experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) students suggests that schools continually fail to meet their safety and healthy climate needs. Among other issues, this growing body of literature suggests that pejorative, homophobic speech is an epidemic in our schools. Much of this research depicts teachers as negligent or ineffective, or worse, adding to the problem. While teachers are clearly an important part of this story, their experiences, their perspectives, and their voices have been absent in the discourse surrounding such issues. This session will focus on a constructed dialogue between the experiences of LGBT youth in schools in the United States and teachers in one high school.
Robert A. McGarry is the Director of Education for GLSEN - the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network. Dr. McGarry is a former school district administrator with experience leading curriculum development on both the local and state level. His professional and academic passions, exemplified by his doctoral thesis: Troubling Teachable Moments: Initiating Teacher Discourse on Homophobic Speech, brought him to GLSEN where he guides the development of evidence-based educator resources and serves as a spokesperson on lgbt issues in K-12 schools. Dr. McGarry holds a Doctor of Education degree in Educational Leadership and Organizational Theory from the University of Pennsylvania.
Introducing Dr. McGarry is Assistant Professor Michael G. Wilson, Assistant Professor of Education in the Department of Curriculum and Teaching, whose class, C&T 5905, Discourses in Difference, will be in attendance.
Persons wishing to attend this guest talk may RSVP at RussellHallServices@gmail.com by Friday, October 26th.
This event is sponsored by the Department of Curriculum and Teaching and Gottesman Libraries.