At Gender Inclusive Classrooms, we believe that every teacher is capable of creating a safe, supportive and affirming environment for trans, gender expansive, non-binary 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 jam-packed curriculum expectations. Our hope is that 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 other social justice topics so that students are able to explore the complexities of their multifaceted identities.
We present the first three themes in this guide.
August/September: Identity Work and Pronoun Exploration
October/November: Thinking Critically and Unpacking Stereotypes
December: Beyond the Binary
Each monthly guide provides a student goal, student-friendly definitions, book recommendations by topic, lesson plan ideas, tips for communicating with families, and additional reading for teachers.
Other Sections Include:
-Where to Begin: Jam-packed with tips to get your classroom environment and school year off to a great start
-Communicating with Families: Our three-step 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 and pushback.
-Specific Actions for Supporting Trans, Gender Expansive, Nonbinary Students and Queer Families: Resources for before school meetings, introducing students into your classroom, and ways to protect privacy.
-Special Notes for LGBTQIA+ Teachers
-Special Notes for Teachers Teaching in Spanish
-An Extensive Frequently Asked Questions Section