The Wild Journey of Two Chicago School Districts: What Went Right, Where We Stumbled, and How We Succeeded
Conversations between parents, advocacy organizations and school administrators about instituting gender- inclusion policies are exploding, given the government’s withdrawal of federal protection for transgender students. In Illinois, roughly 27% of school districts – totaling more than 500,000 students from pre-k through 12 — now have gender inclusive practices.
The journey can be frustrating and elusive. How should these conversations start? With whom? A teacher? Principal? District rep? What roles do school boards and media outreach play? What happens when there’s opposition? And how do parents of gender expansive and transgender children play an active role in school policy while protecting their own privacy?
Meet the gender inclusion team of Chicago District 112 and District 113, representing 9,000 students across 12 elementary and middle schools and two high schools. A blend of parents, administrators and advocacy leaders, this team will bring you inside the “washing machine” by showing best practices and mistakes to learn from.