Schooling

The Committee on Schools and Education is a public education initiative of the Mark S. Bonham Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies at the University of Toronto. It is composed of university scholars from diverse institutions as well as independent scholars, K-12 educators, and professionals who work in schools and community-based organizations serving children, youth and their families. The Committee seeks to promote a better understanding of sexuality and education as they are written across race, gender, class, and religion. A primary goal is to move sex education from its current focus on risk, protection, and control to a focus on the body, desire, and agency. The Committee works through a variety of forums, including large public lectures and panels, small seminars, and media events. The Committee also seeks to facilitate dialogue between scholars and those working directly with children and youth by comparing and contrasting theoretically informed research and the lived dilemmas of caring for the next generation. It promotes further research into how sexuality education is currently proceeding within the confines of existing institutional and social constraints and alternative ways in which it might be re-imagined.

Events

May 7, 2014 Sexuality Education in Online & Offline Environments
October, 2013 Bodies at Play: Sexuality, Childhood, and Classroom Life
March 27, 2013 Giving Credit Where Credit’s Due: Toasting the Dedication and Hard Work of Ontario Teachers in Queer Times 
October 29, 2012

Sexuality & Schools: What Are We Teaching? What Do We Have to Learn? A Conversation among Teachers, Researchers, and Community Activists

Teaching, Learning, and Sexuality Education: A Four-Part Seminar Series

Pedagogical Dilemmas in Sexuality Education

November 22, 2011  Implementing Equity Policies
January 17, 2012 Youth Culture and Troubling Identifications
February 21/March 20, 2012 Teaching About Gender and Sexuality
April 14, 2011 Pleasure and Danger: Re-Imagining Sex Education in Our Schools: A Conversation  among Educators and Professionals, and a Community Resource Fair  
February 10, 2011 Desire, Crushes, and Haters, Oh My: What’s a Queer Teacher to Do?
October 26, 2010 Sexual Minorities, Racialized Communities: What’s the Experiences? Where’s the Pedagogy?
April 8, 2010 Beyond 'It’s Elementary': Talking About Gender and Sexual Orientation in Schools
April 1, 2009 School Safety for Whom? The Reality of Homophobic & Transphobic Violence in Canadian Schools