Shaun-Adrián Choflá, EdD

Gender Identity Development: How Preschool Educators Promote or Hinder Exploration in the Classroom

Although gender studies research has found that preschool-age children are already forming views of gender, there is little understanding of how preschool teachers influence gender identity development and how bias might influence their teaching-related decisions. This highly interactive workshop will provide opportunities for participants to critically analyze social constructs of gender, understand how preschool-age children develop gender identities, and co-develop pedagogical strategies to implement in the classroom with young children.

Shaun-Adrián Choflá, EdD  

Shaun-Adrian-Chofla.jpgDr. Shaun-Adrián Choflá is a faculty member in the Education, Child, and Family Studies Department at Butte College in Oroville, California. Dr. Choflá is an alumnus and former affiliate of and current adjunct faculty member at Pacific Oaks College in the School of Human Development. From 2007 to 2015, he was a faculty member at National Hispanic University, where he was named Faculty Member of the Year in 2013 and 2014 and Grand Faculty Marshall in 2014 and 2015. On the state level, he serves on the LGBTQ Stakeholder Workgroup for the California LGBTQ Stakeholder Education, Advocacy and Outreach Project.”

Dr. Choflá earned a doctorate in education with a focus on curriculum, instruction, and assessment and a master’s degree in human development. His doctoral research, which has recently been published as a book, has explored the ways preschool teachers promote and hinder gender exploration in the early-childhood classroom. His subsequent follow-up studies have focused on comparing preschool practice in urban with rural areas of northern California.

Dr. Choflá regularly leads workshops at the local, state, and national level, focusing on early childhood gender identity development. As a practitioner and scholar of anti-bias education and equity pedagogy, he aims to increase early childhood educators’ awareness of cisgender-related bias.Gender Identity Development: How Preschool Educators Promote or Hinder Exploration in the Classroom

Although gender studies research has found that preschool-age children are already forming views of gender, there is little understanding of how preschool teachers influence gender identity development and how bias might influence their teaching-related decisions. This highly interactive workshop will provide opportunities for participants to critically analyze social constructs of gender, understand how preschool-age children develop gender identities, and co-develop pedagogical strategies to implement in the classroom with young children.