Gender Inclusive Classrooms Blog

May 19, 2019

We were recently asked to share our favorite puberty books for young children. Unfortunately, books that reject the binary are few and far between. We recommend some favorites, below.

Sex is Funny Word is written like a graphic novel. When discussing bodies, the book refers to "people with a vulva" and "people with a pe...

March 31, 2019

Recently, faculty and staff in a Massachusetts public school district approached their principal about creating all-gender restrooms for students. But with old buildings and a small budget, creating new bathrooms wasn't an option.

Her solution? Proposing to the district administration that the school's four gendered sta...

January 21, 2019

We were recently asked about resources that would help a family talk with their young child about a relative’s transition. They had searched the internet and hadn’t found much guidance. They were looking for books to start the conversation, but they also needed a guide of talking points to help lead a conversation. In...

October 30, 2018

What's hanging on your classroom walls right now? A calendar, some anchor charts, some student work? 

Your classroom walls are the perfect place to ensure that a variety of genders and races are being reflected back to your students. It also allows them to see what is possible

Here are several decorative ideas to reinv...

September 24, 2018

As Halloween costumes begin to crop up in stores, it's helpful to start thinking beyond the gender binary. What do you say if a boy tells you he wants to be a princess for Halloween? Or a student asks if it's okay for girls to be superheroes? 

For those who celebrate, Halloween is a time for people to take on roles or i...

August 14, 2018

A recent Atlantic magazine article explores the often difficult periods of childhood and adolescence, where many kids who experience discomfort, depression, or dysphoria seek comfort and solace in exploring different identities. Sometimes, this identity exploration can manifest itself in children trying on different ge...

February 19, 2018

For some teachers, teaching about pronouns may sound like an upper elementary grammar lesson. For many children, pronouns could be the difference between simply being in your classroom, and feeling as though they belong and are significant in your classroom. 

We all have pronouns, or ways we are referred to when pe...

January 8, 2018

Anthologies featuring the stories of many women are becoming very popular right now. These books, like Rad American Women and Rebel Girls, exist for young readers as well as adults. Here are some of the titles in this growing series. I have also included links to purchase the book, including as many as I could from sit...

April 28, 2017

Before reading the books mentioned on this website and before discussing the definitions that are have been provided, many teachers will want to send home a letter to families. I have attached an example of what this letter might look like so that you can change it to fit your needs. I have also included links to resou...

April 11, 2017

If you're really pressed for time, just read this: Things Anyone Can Do Tomorrow

If you've got a little more time, read on...

1. Read the Gender Spectrum Gender Inclusive Schools Toolkit!

2. Make sure you understand the Language of Gender!

3. Watch this movie: Creating Gender Inclusive Schools!

4. Read these Six Easy Steps...

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