Chicago Public Schools Releases Guidelines…

…regarding supporting transgender and gender-nonconforming students, employees, and adults. Wow!

Folks over at the Illinois Safe Schools Alliance have been working along with many other organizations to create guidelines for CPS. Congrats on a huge success and step forward.

See the released guidelines here:Guidelines Regarding The Support Of Transgender And Gender Nonconforming Students. 

 

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A Piece For The NY Times

I submitted a piece to the New York Times Transgender Today Opinion pages. If you haven’t already take a look at the many stories that are shared there.

 

My piece is linked here: Alexander Walker 

Transgender at school: As more teachers come out, districts struggle to put policy into practice

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Credit- The Oregonian

This story outlines some of the challenges that many of us have to think about as educators when coming out or being out about our trans status.

http://bit.ly/1VgTOmu

Book Released!

Over the past almost two years, I’ve been working on an anthology of transmasculine experiences with a great co-editor Emmett Lundberg. We’re pleased to announce the release of:

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Cover Design by: Sheyam Ghieth

Finding Masculinity: Female to Male Transition in Adulthood, a collection of essays from a small cross section of the transgender male community that shares insight into the diversity of life experiences of transgender men, beyond the traditional narrative.

This anthology examines the many facets of life that transition impacts; transitioning on the job, emotional and spiritual growth, family, navigating the medical community, as well as romantic relationships. The true stories come from scientists, teachers, fathers, veterans, and artists who share how being visible as the masculine humans they identify as has developed, changed, and evolved their sense of masculinity.

Order the book online here: http://amzn.to/1Q1XnVG

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How To Create An Inclusive Classroom Tip 3

The Bathroom Pass 

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Source: Pinterest

Do you remember the routine for going to the bathroom in elementary school? I sure do. It went a little something like this:

1. Raise your hand

2. Ask: May I use the bathroom?

3. If the answer was yes, walk up and grab the appropriate bathroom pass of which there were two options—-

Boys and Girls and many of them had a “gender accepted” color on them ranging in some sort of blue or pink.

My question is do we need to continue this practice? Sure, keep the bathroom pass it’s the responsibility of the teacher to know where students are. Let’s change the decision though.

Instead of having a pass with Boys and Girls written on them consider the following alternatives:

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March Teacher Guest Blog

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This post begins the monthly guest education blogger. I want to thank this blogger for their awareness and dedication to integrating diversity in student identities to their conversations in science class.

Teaching Biology Beyond XX and XY 

Regardless of what subject you teach, education is, by default, political. As educators, we make choices to expose students to certain information, and it is our responsibility to provide accurate and thorough access to a variety of ideas. We must recognize that students come to us with a wide range of experiences and that all students, regardless of their backgrounds, deserve to be respected and to hear their own stories echoed within the classroom.

In my science classroom, I specifically aim to empower students to become scientifically responsible global citizens who can make educated decisions about their roles in the world. Students will often debate about climate change or the evidence for evolution, but sometimes it is more personal: when learning about heredity, a student might begin to wonder what genetic traits his or her child will have.  Continue reading