Gender Spectrum has trained thousands of schools, school districts, medical clinics, and other organizations and groups across the United States, building the capacity of tens of thousands of teachers, administrators, doctors, psychologists, counselors, and other leaders to create gender-inclusive environments for the young people they work with.
More than a decade of experience has led to an approach focused on:
- Meeting you without judgment wherever you are in your understanding of and experience with gender.
- Recognizing the nature of gender and its intersections with other identities. In all of our work, we honor the diversity of your community and pay particular attention to the specific needs of racial, ethnic and cultural communities.
- Acknowledging that your organization’s unique context and objectives will significantly inform the structure and implementation of our work together.
“In my experience, our training with Gender Spectrum has been one of the most impactful initiatives I have been involved with. The employees, parents and students who participated in this training continue to report that they have been profoundly impacted by the information. Participants have shared that they have changed their parenting, teaching and practice as a result of the training provided by Gender Spectrum." Amy Baer, Executive Director of Student Services, San Rafael City Schools
Gender Spectrum Offers Professional Development and Training for:
Educators and Education Professionals
Our extensive trainings with educational institutions--schools, districts, state departments of education, professional associations, universities, school-based providers and others--have reached educators who impact the lives of more than 3 million students. We can support you to make gender-inclusion “business as usual.”
Social Service Professionals
We work with social service professionals and agencies who support youth and families navigating gender issues in child welfare contexts, foster care settings, juvenile justice environments and more. With our help, you can account for the gender diversity of the youth you serve in the complex settings you seek to establish.
Medical and Mental Health Professionals
Our collaboration with medical and mental health providers will expand your capacity to apply deeper understandings about gender to your work with all youth and families in general, as well as to those needing services specific to a young person’s unique gender journey.
As issues of gender show up in a variety of legal situations, from changing identity documents to addressing custody disputes to responding to student-rights violations, we will help you understand and effectively speak to the unique gender experiences of the youth and families with whom you work.
Youth Development, Sports and Camp Leaders
After-school, coaching, youth development, and camp professionals are being asked to address gender issues as never before. Our partnership can support you to make your particular setting more gender-inclusive.
Faith Leaders and Communities
Faith leaders and others in faith communities can benefit from a deeper understanding of gender and the intersections between faith and gender for all members of the community. We work with all faith communities, meeting you where you are at with your beliefs and providing a framework that accounts for your faith tradition.
Learn More and Request a Training
We host regular teleconference information sessions where you can learn more about our professional development services. These training Q&A calls give us a chance to share information about our work and give you a chance to ask questions related to your specific needs. Click below to get the schedule and join a call! You can also contact us for more information at [email protected].
We are committed to helping you realize your objectives. We are not a program or curriculum. We begin with where your organization is today and the specific aims you hope to accomplish and then collaborate with you to see how a richer understanding of gender can help you accomplish them. It is not a one size fits all process, but instead a collaborative partnership tailored to meet your specific needs.
Trust is an essential characteristic of any partnership. Because of this, we maintain a strict level of privacy regarding our work with clients. It is critical that our partners feel safe asking the uncomfortable questions and exploring the challenging topics that may arise in the process of working together. To help establish and maintain this trust, we have a policy to not publicly acknowledge we work with a client unless they want to do so, and under no circumstance do we discuss the specific work that we engaged in.