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Emily J. Klein

Emily J. Klein

Professor at Montclair State University in the Department of Teaching and Learning & the Department of Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies


Emily J. Klein is a professor at Montclair State University in the Department of Teaching and Learning, the PhD 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. Read More >

The author of several articles on teacher professional learning, teacher leadership, and urban teacher residencies, she is the author of three books, Our Bodies Tell the Story: Using Feminist Research and Friendship to Reimagine Education and Our Lives; Going to Scale with New School Designs: Reinventing High School and A Year in the Life of an Urban Teacher Residency: Using Inquiry to Reinvent Math and Science Education. Read Less ^

Speech Topics

Creating Early Childhood Classrooms Free of Gendered/Heterosexual Expectations

Dr. Klein describes the ways in which teachers can create early childhood classrooms that welcome all children and invite appropriate scaffolded conversations about gender and sexuality.

Promoting Gender Equity in Middle & High School Classrooms

Dr. Klein offers 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.

Promoting Sex Positivity Among Adolescents/College Students

Dr. Klein describes 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.

How Teachers Can Address Trauma in Classrooms

Dr. Klein acknowledges that now more than ever (with the pandemic, the mental illness epidemic, and the increase in school shootings) the experiences of trauma are often common for both teachers and students alike. Taylor provides some ways for teachers to address experiences of trauma in the classroom including relationship building with teachers and students, bringing emotions into the classroom, and finding ways to connect through empathy.

Bringing the Body into the Classroom

Dr. Klein offers teachers/educators ways to facilitate embodied learning in the classroom through simple techniques like a body check, breathing, meditation, to using theater and movement techniques to make meaning of the world.