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Transactive Gender Project Summit: From Policy to Practice

PLEASE NOTE: This event has been cancelled and will be rescheduled for April 2021 in the same location and days of the week. Please stay safe and healthy!
[CANCELLED] Transactive Gender Project Summit
From Policy to Practice: Building your PK-12 Gender Diversity Toolkit
Sisters, OR: April 6-7, 2020  |  FivePine Lodge

As visibility of gender diverse, nonbinary, and transgender students and staff increases in communities and school districts throughout Oregon, the urgent need to collaborate on establishing affirming, inclusive and equitable PK-12 school environments is becoming more obvious every day. 

From Policy to Practice is a two-day summit providing educators with an opportunity to play an active role in developing a practical and comprehensive workbook for schools and districts—both in rural and urban areas of Oregon. This toolkit will provide schools with the resources needed to help overcome barriers encountered when implementing inclusive policies. The summit will be held in both Portland and Sisters, offering tailored content for each group of attendees.

Sisters Summit Agenda / April 6-7

Day 1: 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.  |   Day 2: 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. (check-in starts at 8 a.m. both days)

Professional Development Workshop on Gender
Jenn Burleton, Program Director, Transactive Gender Project; Danielle Torres, PhD, Associate Professor, Educational Leadership, Lewis & Clark Graduate School
This workshop will establish a common understanding of how gender identity develops and is expressed across a spectrum of variations throughout PK-12 settings. It will focus on identifying existing societal and
cognitive biases that negatively impact affirmation and equity for TGNC students and staff, as well as discussion of anti-TGNC propaganda and misinformation campaigns.

Supporting Transgender and Nonbinary Educators
Rafe McCullough, PhD, Assistant Professor, Educational Leadership, Lewis & Clark Graduate School
It is critical that our trans and nonbinary youth see themselves reflected in adults who support them. Though we have made some progress by rolling out trans-affirming policies in Oregon and in other states,
the day-to-day reality of the lived experiences of trans and nonbinary educators in schools still warrants our immediate focus. Join us for a conversation as we strategize to better support our trans and nonbinary

Q&A Session with Oregon Department of Education 
Karin Moscon, Education Equity and Civil Rights Specialist, Oregon Department of Education
This session will engage attendees in discussion about Oregon Department of Education policies and guidance on creating inclusive, affirming and equitable education opportunities for TGNC students and staff, within the framework of Oregon’s nondiscrimination laws. It will also detail potential actions for non-compliance with policy.

Presentation by guest presenter from the Central Eastern Oregon region
Erin Rook, Diversity Coordinator at Oregon State University - Cascades

Roundtable and Q&A Session with Gender Diverse Youth
The second day of the summit will include a round table and open discussion with gender diverse youth in the schools

Toolkit Team Share: Identify & Explain Ongoing Engagement & Visioning
Organizers share what they have learned and ways they will continue to engage with participants beyond the summit. 


Online Registration

Space is limited, and early registration is encouraged. Participation is free of charge. Register online via the links below. After submitting your registration request you will receive a confirmation email with a supplemental survey to help us better tailor the summit to your needs. Completion of this survey is required to secure your spot in the summit.
  • Sisters   |  Monday-Tuesday, April 6-7, 2020,  FivePine Lodge


About the Presenters

Jenn Burleton, Program Director, TransActive Gender Project, Lewis & Clark Graduate School of Education & Counseling
Jenn Burleton is considered an authority and nationally recognized leader on issues relating to transgender and gender diverse children and youth. Prior to her position as Program Director of the TransActive Gender Project at Lewis & Clark College, Jenn was a founder of TransActive Gender Center, where she served as executive director for 12 years. In the past she has served in one capacity or another with the following organizations: Oregon Health & Science University (Transgender Health Program Advisor), Multnomah County Dept. of Human Services (LGBTQ Child Welfare Workgroup), Oregon Safe Schools & Communities Coalition (OSSCC), Basic Rights Oregon Transgender Rights Working Group. Jenn Burleton has guided development of teaching tools that have defined and expanded understanding of how gender identity develops, is experienced and expressed.

Nicole Kappes-Levine, Program Administrator, Department of Student Success and Health, Portland Public Schools (presenting at Portland Summit Only)
Nicole currently oversees School Counseling programs, Section 504 services, and LGBTQ support services for Portland Public Schools (PPS). She has been actively engaged in the PPS LGBTQ work team for the last 11 years, working to address policies, professional development, facilities and systems that address the intersectional needs of LGBTQ+ youth, families and staff. She also started the annual PPS GSA summit, now in it’s 6th year, which draws 500 PPS students a year. Before becoming an Administrator, Nicole was a K-8 and middle school counselor, specializing in youth leadership development, anti-bias education and conflict resolution.

Rafe McCullough, PhD, Assistant Professor, Educational Leadership, Lewis & Clark Graduate School of Education & Counseling
Dr. McCullough’s teaching and scholarship interests center on advocacy, multicultural and social justice, LGBTQ and especially transgender concerns in counseling. Prior to coming to Lewis & Clark, he served as a professional school counselor and as a clinical mental health counselor. His training has also allowed him the opportunity to supervise, teach, and support many students in school counseling, clinical mental health counseling, rehabilitation counseling, and school psychology programs.

Karin Moscon, Education Equity Civil Rights Specialist, Oregon Department of Education
As a Civil Rights Specialist at the Oregon Department of Education, Karin Moscon works to ensure equal access to a high-quality education for all of Oregon’s students. In this capacity she serves as the Methods of Administration and Title IX Coordinators. Moscon works with 204 school districts and 17 community colleges to provide training and technical assistance, conducts site visits to monitor compliance with federal and state civil rights laws, and investigates complaints of discrimination as part of the Oregon Department of Education’s appeal process. She has worked in education for more than 25 years as a teacher, building and district office administrator, regional and state agency administrator, consultant, and faculty at Idaho State, Boise State, and Oregon State Universities.

Danielle Torres, PhD, Associate Professor, Educational Leadership, Lewis & Clark Graduate School of Education & Counseling
Danielle is a faculty member of the School Counseling Program. Before joining Lewis & Clark, she taught at the school counseling program at Pacific University. She has experience as a counselor in schools at all grade levels and with various school-based programs, including work with teen parents and at-risk students. She completed internships at Columbia University and UC Santa Barbara and is active in several professional organizations. She has also conducted research in schools with a focus on academic resiliency and collaborative school relationships and continues to consult with local schools and districts.