Title about Gender Identity Justice in Schools and Communities
Author SJ Miller
ISBN 9780807761250
List price USD 24.95
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Binding Paperback
No of pages 112
Book size 127 x 203 mm
Publishing year 2019
Original publisher Teachers College Press (Eurospan Group)
Published in India by .
Exclusive distributors Viva Books Private Limited
Sales territory India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Nepal, .
Status New Arrival
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“…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


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.


Book Features:

  • Provides concrete strategies for supporting students with complex gender identities.
  • Cuts across all disciplines and academic levels.
  • Offers an innovative theory of trans*+ for education.
  • Includes a glossary, definitions, and useful charts and illustrations.
  • Unpacks the dangers of cisgender assumptions in schools.
  • Introduces new vocabulary about gender identity.


Singing in Dark Times: A Series Introduction ( William Ayers)

Foreword (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 • Online Appendixes

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? • Cisgender Privilege • 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 • Addressing Fears • 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

About the Author:

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.


Target Audience:

This book is for educators and administrators on creating a safe and welcoming space for gender-nonconforming students in schools and also for teachers to learn not just the ins and outs about gender identity, but also why gender identity matters in the fight for justice.

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