At the Brace Center for Gender Studies’ Summer Gender Institute at Phillips Academy, in Andover, MA, educators from independent and public schools will gain expertise on intersectional gender issues and develop curricular and pedagogical skills to embed intellectual inquiry of gender (as well as of sexuality, race, and class) into every facet of the work they do — as classroom teachers, administrators, counselors, and coaches. Founded in 1996, the Brace Center is the only center for gender studies at a secondary school, with a rich tradition of scholarship and research. The Summer Gender Institute’s instructors are highly experienced teachers from Phillips Academy with graduate-level work on gender and cultural studies, as well as outside experts from a variety of colleges, universities, and social-justice organizations. In a collaborative environment that will mix interactive lectures and workshops, guided discussion groups, dedicated time and support for curricular planning and syllabus preparation, and self-selected projects, participants will learn from one another and gain an understanding of intersectional gender theory as both a scholarly and a practical tool for promoting equity and inclusion on a daily basis in our classrooms and school communities. Participants will benefit from full use of Phillips Academy’s beautiful campus and state-of-the-art facilities, which include two renowned museums, the Addison Gallery of American Art and the Robert S. Peabody Institute of Archeology. Besides establishing close connections with their Institute peers, they will have opportunities to interact informally with faculty members participating in Andover’s Summer Session. In addition, some of the content of the Summer Gender Institute’s sessions may be enhanced through field trips to different Boston-area sites.

Comments from former participants:

“Equity and engagement are the themes I will carry forward.”

“The mix of in-depth theory and practical application to life on campus was very useful.”

“The sequencing provided for some wonderful intellectual bridges.”

“I came to the Institute with the ‘heart,’ and through the readings and discussions educated my ‘head,’ which put the tools for enacting change into my ‘hands.'”

“My job is more than as a teacher of content, and though I don’t feel an expert, it’s my job to figure that out. Thank you for helping me.”

“I loved the intellectual community we formed as well as how each facilitator used critical literature to both frame and complicate my understanding of gender and intersectionality … The Institute provided an environment of trust and openness.”

“This made me think about how to be a better activist for identities with which I do identify, a better ally for identities with which I do not, a better adult mentor for students with whom I work, and how to create a more inclusive community in the dorm.”

“The Institute has not only given me new language but also texts with which to engage my students and colleagues in these difficult conversations.”

“The Institute is a much-needed space to create the social change we desire to see in the world.”