free online course to help people learn about gender identity issues, particularly with regard to children. Wow! What a great resource! It consists of several short videos made up of conversations with transgender kids and their parents, and some assignments. It looks like the time commitment is pretty reasonable--a total of 3 hours, one hour each week. I'm excited to check this out.
If you think you are maybe in too small of a town to need to know about this this, think again. I have known two kids who identify as transgender, both from VERY small towns in rural Wisconsin. I hope you will consider taking the time to learn more about this complicated topic!
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|The Milky Way (Pixabay)|
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|Transformation's coming! (from Pixabay)|
The Institute is specifically designed for those who do not have a Masters Degree. It provides a chance to network and access professional development, and participants have described the experience as life-changing. Really! If you want to read a blog post by an eloquent past participant who you probably know (Jenna Gilles-Turner in Chippewa Falls), here it is! If you want to see what other past participants have said, look here.
This year's Institute will be held at the Heartwood Conference Center near Trego, WI (in our corner of the state!) August 27-30. It is free to participate (including lodging and food, but not including mileage), thanks to LSTA funding (remember LSTA funding? It's in danger, so don't forget to ask your representative to keep funding it!). According to an email from Tessa Michaelson Schmidt: "There is no fee for Institute participants; the costs are covered through an LSTA grant from the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS) administered by the Public Library Development Team at the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI). At this time, we anticipate full funding of this event; if funding changes, applicants would be notified immediately."
Applications are due April 28.
If you have any questions about this, please let me know! I would love to talk with you more about it, or put you in touch with a participant from a previous year.