Understanding Gender Webinar & Presentation

Presented by: NYC Department of Education & Gender Spectrum



About the New York City Department of Education

It is the policy of the New York City Department of Education to maintain a safe and supportive school environment for all students free from harassment, intimidation, and/or bullying and free from discrimination on account of actual or perceived race, color, creed, ethnicity, national origin, citizenship/immigration status, religion, gender, Gender identity, Gender expression, Sexual orientation, disability, or weight. This work is carried out across over 1,800 schools and with over 1.1 million students and includes:

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About Gender Spectrum

Gender Spectrum’s mission is to create a gender-inclusive world for all children and youth. To accomplish this, we help families, organizations, and institutions increase understandings of gender and consider the implications that evolving views have for each of us.


  • Lisa Kenney, Executive Director, Gender Spectrum
  • Kimberly Shannon, Gender Equity Coordinator, NYC Department of Education

Program objectives:

  • Share a framework to help families think about gender
  • Demonstrate ways in which children and youth see gender expectations communicated in our society
  • Discuss common terms and the ways in which understandings of gender are changing
  • Provide suggestions on talking with children about gender


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Gender Spectrum Resources:

Gender Spectrum Lounge

Gender Spectrum Online Groups

Understanding Gender

Parenting & Family

The Transgender Child: A Handbook for Families and Professionals (Amazon)

The Transgender Teen: A Handbook for Parents and Professionals Supporting Transgender and Non-Binary Teens (Amazon)

2017 Gender Spectrum Conference

Film: Creating Gender Inclusive Schools


New York City Resources:  

NYC Department of Education Pride Page

Transgender guidelines

Parents, Families and Friends of LGBT People (PFLAG)

The LGBT Community Center

Ackerman Institute’s Gender & Family Project

Hetrick-Martin Institute

GLSEN’s Ready, Set, Respect! Elementary Toolkit

NYC DOE Pride Month Book List

Welcoming Schools’ Book List for Gender-Expansive and Transgender Children


National Resources:

The Trevor Project


Trans Youth Equality Foundation

Families in TRANSition Guide