Guidelines for Affirming Gender Diversity through ELA Curriculum and Pedagogy


The "Guidelines for Affirming Gender Diversity through ELA Curriculum and Pedagogy" begins:

Despite some significant social and legal victories, the rights of transgender and gender diverse people are still ignored and, in some cases, attacked. Likewise, transgender and gender diverse youth still often face hostile climates in schools across the country. Schools reflect the power structures of the societies that formed them, so the organization and culture of many schools may reflect the myth that gender and sex are binary matters, as well as the faulty assumption that the cisgender experience (the experience of alignment between one’s gender identity and one’s sex assigned at birth) is universal. In order to include, support, and celebrate our trans and gender diverse students and families, schools must confront and amend exclusive and antiquated policies, procedures, and pedagogies.

The outline of the position statement includes:

  • Historical Background
  • Understanding Gender
  • Current School Trends
  • Recommendations
  • Teacher Readiness and Dispositions
  • Curriculum
  • Pedagogy
  • Overcoming Obstacles and Fears
  • Resources

Read the statement by NCTE.