This space has been created for educators, administrators, parents, and youth advocates and attendees of “Creating LGBTQ+ and Gender-Inclusive Schools: A Human Rights Campaign” as a forum for sharing experiences and reflections as they work through these resources. On this page, we invite and encourage you to share your experiences and reflections, ideas and insights and engage with others to address questions surrounding creating gender-inclusive schools.

While these resources are intended to offer an introduction on the subject of creating a safe learning environment for all, our list is not intended to be exhaustive and we welcome suggestions to other potential resources.

With this next workshop on April 13th, 2019, along with both the provided and suggested resources on this page, we hope readers will (re)commit themselves to thinking deeply about how we can make sure each child is honored and seen. 

Creating LGBTQ+ and Gender-Inclusive Schools
Heather Kawamoto

Creating LGBTQ+ Schools Resources

Apr 7, 2019

Readings and Videos

Diverse Children’s Books to Support LGBTQ+ Inclusive Elementary Schools (Books for Schools, Families, Caregivers, Parents & Educators)
By Welcoming Schools: A Human Rights Campaign (2019)

The Boy with the Rainbow Heart (K-3 Lesson Plan)
By GLSEN (2018)

Creating a LGBT-Inclusive School Climate
By Teaching Tolerance (2017)

How Do I Talk to My Preschooler About Identity
By Planned Parenthood (2017)

Helping Children Understand Family Diversity – Pre & Post-Activities 
By GroundSpark

4 Things to Make Your Classroom LGBTQ Inclusive
Scary Mommy 

Why Sharing Gender Pronouns at Work Matters
By Alexis Croswell

Is My Child Transgender?
An Interview with Dr. Johanna Olson

LGBT People of Color in Child Welfare
By the Center for the Study of Social Policy (2014)

The Experiences of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Students of Color in Our Nation’s Schools
By GLSEN (2007)

Can’t make this training? Hilltop Educator Institute offers full day Study Day to jumpstart reflective thinking, see the work in action, and support your work with children and families.  For groups wanting to bring a particular content focus to their Study Day visit, we offer full day visits where one or two of the following topics can be discussed in greater depth:

  • Pedagogical Documentation
  • Environments for Reflective Practice
  • Responsive Curriculum Planning
  • Family Engagement
  • In-Depth Investigations
  • Anti-Bias Education

In the spirit of dialogue, and practicing the Reggio Emilia value of “learning in relationship,” we invite you to delve into deeper thinking and conversation about this event by sharing your thoughts, questions, or comments below!