AUS School of Education faculty members Dr. Rachel Oppenheim and Dr. Jeana Hrepich presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association (AERA) on April 17, 2018 in New York City. They participated in the session, “Critical Curriculum Explorations Across Place(s) and Power” and their presentation was, “Exceeding Boundaries, Queering Repression: Educational Discourse and the Transgender Teacher Candidate.”
The paper that they presented was a qualitative case study with our University’s first transgender teacher candidate. They focused on ways of reimagining our institutional spaces and practices to account for and support transgender and genderqueer teacher candidates in their various school environments. Giving particular attention to language and power, they thought about ways in which representation works to undermine and sanction heteronormativity and cisnormativity, to the detriment of some but not others. They also engaged in self-reflexive work by situating their own identities in relation to the transgender teacher candidate with whom they worked.