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Seg. 1: Nonbinary Inclusion & Understanding | Seg. 2: Student-Led Conferences

Segment 1: Gender-nonconforming people share their experience living as nonbinary.

The pronouns "they" and "them" have been added to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary to describe nonbinary individuals, but the transition to gender-neutral terms can be difficult for some to figure out. "It is hard," admits Shallyn Ward, who is nonbinary, "but it's not impossible." Today, a conversation about understanding the changing language etiquette, and what it's like living as nonbinary.

Segment 2, beginning at 30:32: Student-led parent-teacher conferences allow students to take ownership of their performance.

Students at Pembroke Hill Middle School recently had a captive audience while leading their own parent-teacher conferences. The nontraditional style of the session allows students an opportunity to present a performance evaluation, complete with examples of strengths and weaknesses. The move has also increased the number of parents and students who show up for conferences, says the school's principal.

Steve Kraske is the host of KCUR's Up To Date. Follow him on Twitter @stevekraske.