Policy Consultant for Gender and Sexual Diversity in Schools
International School Counselor
Gender and sexual minority children are here to stay, and international schools are increasingly aware of their responsibility to ensure that these students are included in the educational setting.
My consulting services provide school leadership, faculty, parents, and other stakeholders with the information and skills necessary to build a more inclusive school for all children, including LGBTQ+ kids. I work with an emphasis on policy and interventions that are effective, research-based, and sensitive to the local context.
Trained. Experienced. International.
I grew up attending international schools, and have worked in this field since 2003. I am American by nationality, but feel at home in the international community.
I am currently a PhD candidate researching inclusive school policy and practice for gender and sexual minority students. In addition, I hold a Master of Education degree in International Counseling, a Master of Health Science degree in Sexual Health, a Graduate Certificate in College Counseling, and a Graduate Certificate in LGBT Health Policy & Practice.
I have worked worldwide as an educator and counselor, holding positions at The American School of Paris, The American School of Kuwait, and Hong Kong International School, and currently work as a teaching assistant for the George Washington University Graduate Program in LGBT Health Policy & Practice.
UNIVERSITY TEACHING SERVICES
Counselor and Educator Training
I have worked as an instructor and teaching assistant in colleges and universities for over eight years - currently with the George Washington University -, and am experienced in the fields of teacher education, mental health, and gender & sexuality. I specialize in supporting growth and engaging adult learners from a distance through online platforms. Ask about my graduate level course on Gender & Sexuality Issues in Education.
SCHOOL CONSULTATION SERVICES
Inclusive Policy and Practice for Gender and Sexual Minority Youth (LGBTQ+)
International schools are increasingly seeking sound guidance on policy and practice for gender and sexual minority (LGBTQ+) students in a way that is supportive of children, backed by research and expertise in the field, and culturally appropriate for the local context. This is my area of expertise. Ask about my menu of services, including educator training workshops and policy consultations.
PARENT COACHING SERVICES
Practical Solutions for Parents & Guardians
Bringing up children is magical, but it is also difficult and can leave parents feeling drained, guilty, doubtful, and isolated. My menu of services includes confidential, non-judgmental support. I provide practical, concrete strategies for you to support your child in a way that is effective, meaningful, and relevant to your culture and context. I specialize in working with international and expat families. Please contact me to arrange your initial parenting consultation.
ACTIVE PARENTING COURSES
Effective Solutions to Your Parenting Questions
I am a trained, certified, and experienced facilitator of Active Parenting courses. These group sessions provide parents and guardians practical, concrete, and respectful strategies to build a healthy relationship with their child and encourage them to become confident, responsible members of the family and community. Ask about hosting a course at your school, organization, or private home, and see the Courses & Events section for current openings.
Speaking Engagements & Trainings
on LGBTQ+ Inclusion in the
My corporate services are geared toward a multicultural community, and are particularly suited for expatriate employees and those whose children attend international schools. Ask about my signature Sex, Gender, and Pronouns Workshop.
SENSITIVITY READING & EDITING
Editing for Gender & Sexual Minority Sensitivity
Are you writing a children's book, parenting manual, school policy document, textbook, or other important manuscript? Using my doctoral training and experience in discourse analysis, I will polish up both the overt and the implicit narratives in your publication to avoid potentially offensive, embarrassing gaffes or stereotypes around issues of gender and sexuality. Contact me to discuss your project and for a no-risk estimate of fees.
Contact me directly (secure & confidential) to learn more about my services.
COURSES & EVENTS
INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL COUNSELOR ASSOCIATION 2019 CONFERENCE
March 14-17, 2019
Join my workshop on Sex, Gender, & Pronouns: Supporting Gender Minority Students in International Schools
American Psychological Association & National Association of School Psychologists. (2019). Resolution on gender and sexual orientation diversity in children and adolescents in schools. Contributing author, Manuscript in preparation.
Meadows, E. & Shain, J. (2019). Supporting gender & sexual minority students in conservative school communities In Sprott, R. & Lytle, M. (Eds.) Walking the Walk: Addressing Gender and Sexual Orientation Diversity in Schools from Primary Education to College. Manuscript in publication. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association Books.
Meadows, E. S. (2019). “That would never work here”: Overcoming ‘context paralysis’ on behalf of gender & sexual minority students worldwide In Wiseman, A. W. (Ed.) Annual Review of Comparative and International Education 2018, 287-305. Bingley, United Kingdom: Emerald Publishing.
Meadows, E. (2018). Sexual Health Equity in Schools: Inclusive Sexuality and Relationship Education for Gender and Sexual Minority Students, American Journal of Sexuality Education, 13(3), 297-309.
Meadows, E. (2016). LGBTQ+ Considerations in International Schools In Blakeney, K. (Ed.) Teaching Overseas: An Insider’s Perspective (p. 55-56). Scotts Valley, California: CreateSpace.
Meadows, E. (2015). Resetting the bar: Solution-focused scaling for young children in international schools In Hogan, D. (Ed.) Solution Stories from Asia: Adapting Solution Focused Practice in Asian Contexts (p. 150-155). London, United Kingdom: Routledge.
Meadows, E. (2016 – Present). Author and blogger for The International Educator.
"Emily possesses the qualities of integrity, professional knowledge, and caring which characterize our profession at its very best."
Dr. Sue Boyer,
Principal, American School of Kuwait
"This was the most relevant, useful, and informative (both professionally and personally) PD I have attended in years."
ECIS 2019 Conference Full-Day 'Deep Dive' Participant
"Emily has the personality and the 'magic' to connect with children and adults."
Principal, Hong Kong International School
"Fantastic facilitator! Broke things down for everyone and kept it interactive, felt very approachable."
ISCA 2019 Conference Presentation Participant
"Today was truly inspirational. What made the content so useful was everything was embedded in research."