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UOTeachOUT So that something new can come

In 2010 as a doctoral student Julia Heffernan was offered curriculum design and instruction for a new Education Studies senior seminar entitled Equality of Opportunity: Education as Homophobia.  In tandem with her own research on schools as spaces of pervasive silence and violence toward gender creative and sexual orientation minority youth, she designed the course with a field component designed to both highlight and then break that silence. Heffernan established a student outreach curriculum as a series of public education projects entitled UOTeachOUT.  Students in the course were to invite the larger public community into a conversation about LGBTQ issues in public education.

Relying upon the predictable homophobia in society to offer her students the necessary text on schools in relation to gender identity and sexual orientation, Heffernan required her pre-service education students to engage in multiple field projects OUTside the traditional classroom setting.  The students were asked to learn about the gender and sexual orientation OUTsiders in the classroom, LGBTQ youth.  Students were then asked to engage in a series of public projects in which they would “OUT” themselves educators who identified as LGBTQ youth advocates.  All three layers of OUTing disrupted both  the students and the local communities traditional conceptions of teacher education.

The theory in 2010 was that this project would simultaneously teach out into public spaces as the students engaged in conversation and in action in the community.   Students in the course were encouraged to move into the public sphere and share all that they were learning in the course about the ramifications of gender and sexual orientation inequality on schooling and on youth.

2010 was the first year UOTeachOUT hosted an annual forum on Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation Issues in Education.   A small class of students, another University faculty member Tina Gutierez-Schmich and Heffernan all worked together to create a four film public screening series in that first year.

The events were well received by k-12 educators, the UO students gained excellent social justice education field experience, and a teaching partnership was born that has resulted in the ongoing annual UOTeachOUT.

This course and events are now beginning in their seventh year and growing with each new iteration.

UOTeachOUT 2010
For the first annual UOTeachOut in 2010 there were a series of four film screenings and expert panels.  The series was offered for the UO community as well as the larger Eugene/Springfield Community. The films highlighted LGBTQ issues in high school and college: 1. Training Rules 2. It’s Still Elementary: Talking about gay issues in schools 3. Out in the Silence 4. Straightlaced: How gender has us all tied up

 

UOTeachOUT 2011
The second annual UOTeachOUT in 2011 focused on supporting LGBTQ youth and faculty in schools through the Oregon Safe Schools Law. This was the first year we held a UOTeachOUT Teacher Education Leadership Summit. For that first leadership summit educators from across the state met to discuss the 2010 Beaverton School District removing and later reinstating of a gay student teacher. The case study led to new policies and practices regarding LGBTQ teachers in a variety of districts in Oregon.
UOTeachOUT 2012
UOTeachOUT 2012 focused on LGBTQ families within education settings. In this third year along with the Leadership Summit, students from the university worked directly with minority high school youth in collaboration with local school districts. This then was to become the annual UOTeachOUT Youth Leadership Summit. Here is a link to an article in the Register Guard on the 2012 event. http://www.registerguard.com/web/newslocalnews/28125088-57/students-gay-eugene-simpson-bullying.html.csp

 

UOTeachOUT 2013
UOTeachOUT 2013  Exponential Inequality EDST’s fourth annual forum on sexual orientation and gender identity minority issues in education. The focus was on intersections of oppression in education settings. Events included a Leadership Summit, evening workshops, and school district collaborations with university students and high school students.

 

UOTeachOUT 2014  Beyond Bullying: Anti-Oppressive Education The UOTeachOUT hosted two youth summits and a day-long conference at the University of Oregon. The keynote speakers for 2014 were Ivan Coyote, author of Gender Failure and One In Every Crowd and Elizabeth Meyer, author of Gender Bullying and Harassment: Strategies to End Sexism and Homophobia in Schools. Here is a link to an article on the 2014 BBQueer from Around the O: Innovative courses feed College of Education's UOTeachOUT
UOTeachOUT 2014  Beyond Bullying: Anti-Oppressive Education
The UOTeachOUT hosted two youth summits and a day-long conference at the University of Oregon. The keynote speakers for 2014 were Ivan Coyote, author of Gender Failure and One In Every Crowd and Elizabeth Meyer, author of Gender Bullying and Harassment: Strategies to End Sexism and Homophobia in Schools.
Here is a link to an article on the 2014 BBQueer from Around the O:
Innovative courses feed College of Education’s UOTeachOUT

tree event poster 2015