Gender Wheel® Training

Changing How We Think and Talk about Gender - 3 Part Training

Our 3 Part INTRO training highlights why a fundamental shift in how we think about gender is critical for us to move forward into a new world that supports, celebrates, and values everyone. Read more about each of the 3 Parts below.
This is our World!

Part 1


PART 1 Learning Objectives:

  • Explain how the impact of historical suppression of individuals and of nature is reflected in our current understanding of gender and inequities.
  • Differentiate between binary thinking and holistic thinking and how it affects language, perception, and overall well-being.
  • Understand the key components of a nature-based approach to gender.
  • Explain the main elements and concepts of the Gender Wheel.

PART 1 Educational Goals:

  • To create an all-inclusive, nature-based understanding of gender
  • To cultivate a new narrative about the development and impact of Western culture on the LGBTQ community, and specifically gender
  • To explore the Gender Wheel as a new symbol of understanding gender

Part 2

Gender-Inclusive Materials & Practices

PART 2 Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the Pronoun Protocol and how it can be used in public settings to create immediate gender inclusion.
  • Discuss why it’s important to have critical thinking and discernment in relation to gender in educational materials.
  • Learn gender-inclusive tactics that can be implemented with any materials.
  • Explain how addressing implicit bias and the nonverbal can increase effectiveness in creating gender-inclusive environments.

PART 2 Educational Goals:

  • To provide hands-on experience with gender-inclusive Gender Wheel® materials
  • To instill a balance of play and confidence when creating gender-inclusive change
  • To address and dismantle implicit gender biases
  • To interrupt the cycle of gender stereotypes, assumptions, and the pressure to conform

Part 3


PART 3 Learning Objectives:

  • Learn how to assess your environment to determine its gender-inclusiveness.
  • Identify your role and comfort level in implementing the Gender Wheel® Approach
  • Describe key strategies that can be engaged when dealing with pushback.
  • Discuss why gender-inclusive environments increase overall well-being & mental health and contribute to a more equitable society.

PART 3 Educational Goals:

  • To learn how to implement the reorientation and gender-inclusive practices into different settings, especially learning and public environments
  • To gain confidence in addressing pushback from kids, parents, admin and others using the Gender Wheel® curriculum as a foundation
  • To look at the larger ramifications of full gender inclusion

Format and Details:

  • Each part runs approximately 3 hours with one 15 minute break
  • We recommend hosting all 3 parts to get the fullest immersion for participants, however Part 1 can be provided independently.
  • Currently trainings are presented in an online format via Zoom or similar platform
  • Lecture, interactive activities, discussion, educational materials, practice, and support frameworks are used at each step to enhance engagement, understanding and confidence in putting a new framework into practical use. Additionally key takeaways and other downloadable handouts and worksheets are provided after the training for continuing support.

Are you a resident of Santa Clara County?
Find out how you can take these trainings for FREE!

Contact SC Office of LGBTQ Affairs to find out when our next training is scheduled and how to register.

Where have these trainings been presented?

First 5, Libraries and Childcare agencies, Educational Institutions, Government Agencies and more!