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How to Build an Affirming Classroom

During the 2021-2022 school year, legislation has been enacted across the country that targets transgender people, and as educators, we at Facing History are particularly concerned about the impact this legislation has on the lives of transgender students. We believe deeply in affirming the identity of all students and creating classrooms that are inclusive, welcoming, and foster belonging. While we are quickly approaching the end of the school year, it is never too late in the year to build community, offer students opportunities to express themselves, and ask students to share feedback with you on their experience in your classroom. The following resources can help you continue to build an affirming, welcoming class community for your students, especially trans and non-binary students, as the school year ends and to plan ahead for the next school year.

Supporting Trans Students in Your Classroom

This toolkit invites you to read Being There for Nonbinary Youth and then to reflect on practices that you can implement, beginning this year, to support transgender and gender-nonconforming youth in your own school and classroom.

This guide can help you learn about the concept of gender, and it includes school policies and practices that both teachers and administrators can implement to support transgender students. In addition, it offers guidance on how you can navigate conversations with parents and different legal landscapes.

This collection compiles a variety of resources that can help both teachers and students, including lesson plans, teacher guides, personal narratives, and student resources.

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