Educator Training

Because gender identity awareness begins in preschool-aged children, and gender stereotypes are obvious to kids of all ages, it’s never to early to start talking about gender concepts with children.

No matter the grade level of your school, you may have a gender-variant or transgender child in attendance. Our training addresses gender issues at all grade levels and offers appropriate language for conversations, reading suggestions, and lessons that help students of all ages understand and respect one another.

Our training goes beyond telling you how to cover your legal bases. We actually teach about gender diversity, inclusion, and why supporting transgender students benefits all students. Without a solid understanding of what a transgender student and their family faces, many schools fall short in being truly supportive. It’s easy to worry about community backlash and ask a trans student to make accommodations to make everyone else feel better. But that is actually detrimental to everyone involved.

With our training, everyone in your school will learn why it’s important to support gender non-conforming and trans students, the dangers of not being supportive, and will be more likely to embrace non-discriminatory policies.

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This training series covers:

Gender Identity and other Transgender Terminology

  • Gender Identity vs Sexual Orientation
  • Gender Presentation, Gender Roles
  • Transgender Umbrella
  • Non-Binary Identities

Myths vs Facts: Transgender Stats and Stereotypes

  • Mental Disorder that can be Fixed through Counseling, WPATH Recommendations
  • Too Young to Know
  • Not a Real Man or Woman without Surgery
  • Schools Don’t Need Special Policies
  • Non-Discrimination Laws are Special Treatment
  • Trans People Aren’t Happy After Transitioning

Understanding Privilege, Danger, and the Coming Out Process

  • Pronouns and Microaggressions
  • Discriminatory Terms/Practices
  • Put Yourself in a Trans Person’s Shoes
  • How to React to a Coming Out Moment

Gender Messages All Around Us

  • Messages from Friends and Family
  • Messages from Society
  • Messages from Media
  • Imagine Being Transgender

Are You a Boy or a Girl?

  • Ages and Stages of Gender Identity Awareness
  • Stories of Trans Youth
  • The Importance of Affirming Youth, Statistics You Should Know

Welcoming Transgender Students

  • Title IX interpretation and Current Rulings
  • Harassment: Who Is the Bully?
  • Preferred Names and Affirming Dress Codes
  • Attendance, Drop Out Rates, and other Negative Effects

Creating Safe Spaces in School

  • Supportive Staff and GSAs
  • LGBT-Inclusive Curricula
  • Gender-Neutral Language
  • Specific Anti-Bullying Policies
  • FERPA, IEPs, and 504 Plans

Bathrooms, Locker Rooms, and other “Private” Spaces

  • Myth vs Fact Review
  • Who is Really at Risk?
  • Health Implications
  • Separate is Not Equal
  • Privacy is a Right of Everyone

Safe and Inclusive Teams: Trans Athletes

  • Benefits of Sports Participation: Confidence and Bonding
  • The Myth of Competitive Advantage
  • Advocating for Trans Athletes with Oversight Organizations
  • Current laws impacting trans student athletes across the US

Trans-Inclusive Policy Development

  • School Records, Confidentiality, and HIPPA
  • Preferred Names and Pronouns
  • Dress Codes
  • Bathrooms and Locker Rooms
  • Sports and Gender-Segregated Activities
  • Anti-Bullying Policy