Schools are increasingly being called upon to include and support transgender and gender expansive students. While this can seem daunting or overwhelming, this report offers practical guidance for parents, educators, and community members for planning and supporting a transgender student through a transition at school.
Schools In Transition: A Guide for Supporting Transgender Students in K-12 Schools
Our report, "Schools In Transition: A Guide for Supporting Transgender Students in K-12 Schools" is geared toward the needs of all students, kindergarten through twelfth grade, and incorporates recommendations that will allow schools to tailor plans to the particular circumstances of the student and school. The guide includes:
- Information about basic concepts of gender. It is critical that those supporting a transgender or other Gender-expansive child understand the complexity of gender.
- The importance of Gender identity and the harm society suffers when any students are marginalized at school.
- General guidelines for meeting the needs of transgender students, including intentionality and an awareness of the trade-offs inherent in any decisions about a student’s transition.
- Specific issues affecting transgender youth, including the use of chosen names and pronouns, student confidentiality and student records, restroom and locker room access, sports and other sex-separated activities and harassment or bullying.
- Best practices for working with unsupportive parents or parents who disagree about the appropriate response to their child’s expressed gender identity. It also addresses how special education plans can be used to help transgender students.
- Overview of the legal landscape that administrators, educators, parents and students should be aware of as they work together to create a safe and supportive school environment for all students.
Some of the resources found in "Schools in Transition" include:
Gender Support Plan and Gender Communication Plan
See how you can plan for school wide support of a student’s authentic gender, and plan for supporting a student in communicating a change in one or more aspects of their commonly assumed gender status at school.