Foreword by: Cris 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, award-winning teacher, writer, scholar, and activist, is a secondary literacy specialist whose emphasis is on social justice and gender identity in pre-K through university level teaching. sj is a frequent contributor to the Huffington Post, CBS, GLSEN, and PBS and is the recipient of the 2019 AERA Distinguished Contributions to Gender Equity in Education Research Award.
“…an illuminating guide for educators and administrators on creating a safe and welcoming space for gender-nonconforming students in schools. Miller’s guidance is comprehensive, nonjudgmental, and accessible to all readers. The balanced mix of pedagogical theory and practical advice should prove instrumental to educators seeking to make their classrooms more inclusive.” —Publishers Weekly
“A robust compilation of practical and theoretical tools for institutional agents to learn about and engage in the quest for gender identity justice. Replete with statistical data, critical policy analysis, and counter-story, Miller authors a compelling portrait of why gender identity justice work is critical in schools.”
—Teachers College Record
"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
Singing in Dark Times: A Series Introduction by William Ayers
Foreword by Cris T. Mayo
Introduction: Why Does Gender Identity Justice Matter?
Emily, the Every Student
Why Gender Identity Justice Matters
Entering Into This Work
Sowing Seeds in Education for Gender Identity Justice
Chapter 1. Why Is It Urgent to Address Gender Identity Complexity in Educational Settings?
Questionable and "Stable" Protections
The Political Climate's Toll on Regulating Gender Identity
Two Simultaneous Front-Facing Issues: Gavin Grimm and the Federal Guidance and Its Rollback
Cautions About Compartmentalizing Gender Identities
Chapter 2. What Are the Dangers of the Cisgender Assumption?
School Through the Eyes of Students with Complex Gender Identities
How a Recognition Gap and Identity Erasure Impact Students
Chapter 3. How Do Assumptions About Students' Complex Gender Identities Affect Their Schooling Experiences?
Addressing Gender Identity Complexity in Schools
How Students Embody Refusals of Assimilation
Gender Identity Complexity as Literacy Learning and Learning Literacy
Why Shifts in Relationships to Students' Complex Gender Identities Matter
Chapter 4. "I Don't Have the Slightest Insight About Where I Should Begin"
Addressing Gender Identity Complexity in Schooling Contexts
Strategies in Disrupting Cisgender Assumption
Chapter 5. How Can I Understand Gender Identity as Tran-Sectional and Trans-Cultural?
Gender Identity Is Trans-Sectional
Gender Identity Is Trans-Cultural
A Theory of Trans*+
A Pedagogy of Refusal: Micro-Sanctuary of Literacy Learning
Meaning-Making of a Pedagogy of Refusal as a Micro-Sanctuary
Resetting the Pedagogical Default About Gender Identity
Chapter 6. What Does the Future of Gender Identity Justice Look Like?
Sustaining Gender Identity Complexity Self-Determination
Sustaining Sown Seeds for Gender Identity Complexity Justice
Glossary of Shifting Terms
About the Author
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sj Miller, winner of the 2019 AERA Distinguished Contributions to Gender Equity in Education Research Award