*New and Improved!*
We've made revisions to every aspect of our robust 70 page guide. We worked in consultation with KT Kennedy, and Lourdes Rivas provided a sensitivity read.
This guide both uplifts and celebrates the voices of BIPOC children and adults as well as emphasizes how identities and systems of gender, race, class, ethnicity, disability, and sexuality intersect because we support and affirm all of the students and educators who are learning and doing this work.
At Gender Inclusive Classrooms, we believe that every teacher is capable of creating a safe, supportive and affirming environment for trans, nonbinary, gender expansive, and queer students. Our goal is to provide a framework to help guide your work as you move through the year. This curriculum is more about shifting your mindset, language, and practice than it is about adding additional lessons to your already overflowing curriculum expectations.
Ideally this guide will help you infuse aspects of gender inclusivity into everything that you are already doing so that it becomes a natural part of your pedagogy. It is our sincere hope that this work will be combined with all of the work you are already doing around race, class, economic justice and social justice issues so that students are able to explore the complexities of their and others' multifaceted identities.
The following themes are included in the guide:
August/September: Identity Work and Pronoun Exploration
October/November: Thinking Critically and Unpacking Stereotypes
December: Beyond the Binary
January/February: Unlearning the "Universal He"
March/April: Using LGBTQ+ Language
May/June: Looking Back, Looking Forward - History and Activism
Each monthly guide provides a student goal, student-friendly definitions, book recommendations by topic, lesson plans, reading guides, tips for communicating with families, and additional reading for educators.
Other Sections Include:
-Where to begin: Packed with tips to get your classroom environment and school year off to a great start
-Communicating with families: Our process to get administrators and families up to date on what you're planning to teach, complete with our favorite tips, links and responses to concerns.
-Specific actions for supporting trans, nonbinary, and gender expansive students as well as queer families, including resources for school meetings, introducing students into your classroom, and ways to protect students' privacy.
-Suggestions for unlearning biased language and not relying on stereotypes, and examples of modeling mistakes
-Special notes for teachers who teach Black and Brown LGBTQIA+ students
-Special notes for LGBTQIA+ teachers
-Special notes for teachers who teach in Spanish
-An extensive Frequently Asked Questions section
-...and lots more.
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