EDGY Conference

Heidi Keuhn
Heidi Keuhn
Oxnard Union High School District
Heidi Keuhn
Heidi C. Kuehn, Ed.D. (she/they) has more than twenty-five years of experience in education. "Dr. K" teaches social studies in the Oxnard Union High School District and serves as part-time adjunct faculty in the Educational Leadership Department at Northern Arizona University. Dr. K's published work and ongoing research focus on advocating for LGBTQ+ youth in schools with an emphasis on helping teachers and other adults in educational spaces support TGNC (trans and gender nonconforming) students. As a non-binary identifying educator, Dr. K also recognizes the need to provide increased support for TGNC adults in education. Growing up in a non-English speaking home as the child of German immigrants, Dr. K has always been an outspoken advocate of the benefits of diverse perspectives and inclusivity.


Establishing a Culture of CARE in K-12 Schools
Based on the grounded theoretical framework of a culture of CARE (Compassion, Awareness, Respect, & Empathy), this training introduces the framework that all educators, parents, and administrators can implement to practically incorporate culturally relevant pedagogical and organizational practices. We encourage teachers and all other educational partners to explore each aspect of the framework. We will provide useful strategies that promote an inclusive curriculum and safe school environments in which all LGBTQ+ youth can thrive. We include parents and demonstrate how they can work in tandem with educators to foster a culture of CARE in the home. This workshop affords all participants opportunities to envision themselves as advocates for LGBTQ+ youth and to become agents of change in their own school settings.