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Posted Aug. 2, 2019

DeVos Has Dramatically Scaled Back the Protection of LGBTQ Students

This week a report from the Center for American Progress showed that the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights has dramatically scaled back…

By Brett Bigham

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Posted June 25, 2019

I Felt Invisible in School, But I Teach So My LGBTQ+ Students Can Have the Chance to Be Seen

If you look up the word “visibility” in the dictionary, you get quite a few definitions including, “The ability to see or be seen.” When…

By Ace Schwarz

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Posted June 24, 2019

To My Trans Child, It’s Time Your Teachers Matched Your Bravery

When our pronoun buttons came in the mail, you put two on your backpack. A couple of days later, you decided to wear one on…

By Michelle Vallet

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Posted June 6, 2019
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I’m One of the Most Well-Known LGBTQ Teachers in the US and I Was Called Out by a Fourth-Grader for Failing to Be Gender Neutral

I messed up today. I messed up, and a nine-year-old called me out. In front of the whole class. That’s right, one of the most…

By Brett Bigham

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Posted Jan. 22, 2019

We Have to Treat Every Student Like They’re Our Own, That Includes Transgender Students

Our job is about a promise to every parent who leaves their child with us. We promise to watch over their children and teach them.…

By Brett Bigham

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Posted Dec. 5, 2018

5 Tips to Promote Equity for Trans, Gender Variant and Non-Binary Students

A consistent finding in research on LGBTQ+ youth is the disproportionate bullying and victimization faced by trans students (i.e. transgender, gender nonconforming, and non-binary students).…

By Araya Baker

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Posted Nov. 14, 2018

This Transgender Awareness Week, Let’s Create Change, One School District at a Time

As the parent of a transgender child, I’m really not surprised by the Department of Health and Human Services’ recently leaked memo. This attempt to…

By Debi Jackson

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Posted Oct. 31, 2018

Betsy DeVos, Trump’s Most Effective Cabinet Member? The Answer May Frighten You.

Two winters ago, Kaitlyn Kirk, one of my premier students, came into the library with her eyes glued to her phone. Headphones in, she sat…

By Gina Caneva

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Posted Oct. 24, 2018

Transgender Students Are Next Up in the Trump Administration’s Threat to Roll Back Civil Rights Protections

Imagine with me: One early morning my son Jonah lopes through the high school halls, high-fiving students from the marching band and volunteer “buddies” from…

By Laura Waters

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Posted Aug. 20, 2018

Every School District Can Protect Transgender Kids. They Just Need to Do It.

Recent events in Achille, Oklahoma, have been a study in contrasts. We saw adults promoting violence against a transgender child named Maddie. Some encouraged other…

By Debi Jackson

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Posted Oct. 17, 2019

We Can Support Our Teachers and Still Call B.S. On This Chicago Strike

You know what? It’s a real shame that people can’t seem to separate politics from public service. Because if one more person comes on one…

By Tanesha Peeples

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Posted Oct. 15, 2019

After 40 Years, There Is Still Time for the U.S. Department of Education to Become a Good Idea

Wherever you exist on the political spectrum, the U.S. Department of Education’s work has never been more relevant to the lives of families and students,…

By Chris Stewart

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Posted Oct. 14, 2019

She Has a Plan for Everything, So Where Is Elizabeth Warren’s Plan for K-12 Education?

I love a woman with a plan! And, Senator Warren, it seems like you have a plan for just about everything. There are currently 50…

By Lisa Hollenbach

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