Creating Trans-Inclusive Schools: Introductory Activities that Enhance the Critical Consciousness of Future Educators

Kris De Pedro
Chapman University

Christopher Jackson
Chapman University

Erin Campbell
Chapman University

Jade Gilley
Chapman University

Brock Ciarelli
Chapman University

The Lawrence King murder and other tragedies surrounding transgender youth have prompted a national discussion about the need for schools to be more supportive and inclusive of transgender students. In this multi-authored reflection, the authors describe a series of three introductory activities in an undergraduate educational studies course aimed at cultivating critical consciousness about transgender students. The instructor and students discussed their viewing of televised interviews featuring transgender individuals and participated in a gallery walk and a role-playing activity. These activities cultivated students’ critical awareness of the experiences of transgender students and strategies for creating trans- inclusive classrooms and schools.

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