Foreword by: Cris T. Mayo
Publication Date: March 29, 2019
Series: School : Questions
What is gender identity justice, why does it matter, and what are the implications for not doing this work in today’s schools? This premiere book in the new Teachers College Press series School : Questions, carefully walks readers through both theory and practice to equip them with the skills needed to bring gender identity justice into classrooms, schools, and ultimately, society. The text looks into the root causes and ways to change the conditions that have created gender identity injustice. It opens up spaces where evolving, indeterminate gender identities will be understood and recognized as asset-based, rich sources for learning literacy and literacy learning. As educators take up the strategies mapped out across this text, they will learn how to foster school environments that aid all students in becoming agents for social change. This text is the first of its kind to address gender identity in teacher education with pathways to take up the work in communities and beyond.
sj Miller is faculty associate, coordinator of master of science, dual teacher certification program in secondary English education and English as a second language at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. sj is a frequent contributor to the Huffington Post, CBS, and PBS and was awarded the 2017 AERA Exemplary Research Award for Teaching, Affirming, and Recognizing Trans and Gender Creative Youth: A Queer Literacy Framework.
"This work challenges privilege, shows generosity, and enables new educative approaches to gender identity complexity and connections across gender-based oppressions and exclusions. This work stands as an invitation to learn together and work for more socially just schools, and for understanding that students with complex gender identities need, deserve, and insist on educational justice in these and other changing times."
—Cris T. Mayo, Director of the LGBTQ+ Center and Professor in Women's and Gender Studies, West Virginia University
"There is only one word to describe the work of sj Miller: champion. sj’s work is restless, complex, inspiring, honest, loving, and thought-provoking. about Gender Identity Justice in Schools and Communities is some of sj’s finest work. This is a book for teachers to learn not just the ins and outs about gender identity, but also why gender identity matters in the fight for justice."
―Bettina Love, associate professor of education, University of Georgia, and Author of We Want to Do More Than Survive: Abolitionist Teaching and the Pursuit of Educational Freedom
“Accessible and timely, sj Miller provides key tools and analysis for a wide range of school-based personnel to create flourishing environments for all students, specifically those with complex gender identities, including nonbinary, agender, genderqueer, transgender, gender fluid, and gender nonconforming. With a generous intersectional analysis, about Gender Identity Justice in Schools and Communities is not just a necessary read for those of us working in schools, but for all who aim to build flourishing communities.
― Erica R. Meiners, Bernard J. Brommel Distinguished Research Professor, Northeastern Illinois University