Professor at Montclair State University in the Department of Teaching and Learning & the Department of Gender, Sexuality & Women’s Studies
Emily J. Klein is a professor and Undergraduate Program Coordinator at Montclair State University in the Department of Teaching and Learning, and also teaches in the Ph.D. program in Teaching and Teacher Education, and the Department of Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies. She is also academic co-editor of The Educational Forum, the journal of Kappa Delta Pi, and co-PI on the WIPRO Science Education Fellows grant that supports science teacher leadership in five districts in New Jersey. She writes about teacher leadership, professional learning communities, feminist pedagogy and teacher education. Read More >
Dr. Klein gives participants practical information about gender equity and identity, sexual orientation and pronoun usage, as well as ways we ALL can be supportive teachers alongside our LGBTQ+ loved ones and community members.
Dr. Klein invites adolescents/college students to consider how to develop sexual agency, where they reject gendered and sexual scripts, and develop autonomy for sexual decisions. She also shares what it means to embrace being sex-positive: an attitude toward human sexuality where all consensual sexual activities, including LGBTQ+ activities, are considered healthy and pleasurable.
In many cases, men who are assertive in the workplace are looked upon as great leaders. But women who are self-confident are viewed as pushy, mean or even unlikeable. These misperceptions hurt their careers. Add that to the many other challenges they face, and it is easy to see how tough it is for females to achieve success at work. In this talk, Dr. Klein describes strategies for women to use in the workplace that lead to success and how to balance authority and likeability. She also offers guidance to organizations looking to make their workplaces more supportive of women in leadership.
Dr. Klein raises awareness about the ways in which society objectifies and perpetuates negative stereotypes and discrimination toward women and those whose bodies do not adhere to today’s beauty standards. She shares how becoming your own biggest fan and accepting who you truly are leads to self-love and empowerment. She also gives you the tools to combat all the body and beauty shaming that is so rampant on social media and in today’s society.
It’s no secret that the last few years have been incredibly tough for students. The effects of the pandemic, an acute rise in mental illness and multiple school shootings are just a few of the issues these kids are dealing with every day. Many are traumatized. In this keynote, Dr. Klein provides some ways for teachers to address trauma in the classroom, including relationship-building with teachers and students, bringing emotions into the classroom and finding ways to connect through empathy.
Dr. Klein gives insight into some of the challenges girls face in middle and high school classrooms around the need to be perfect, fear of making mistakes or failing and peer pressure She offers teaching strategies that encourage autonomy, independent meaning-making and authentic engagement for adolescent students.
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