Engaging ideas, transforming minds
Engaging ideas, transforming minds
Approx. 230 pages
8.5 x 11 inches
June 2020
Print ISBN: 9781773381664
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Teaching about Gender Diversity is an edited collection of teacher-tested interdisciplinary lesson plans that provides K–12 teachers with the tools to implement gender-inclusive practices into their curriculum and talk to their students about gender and sex. Divided into three sections dedicated to the elementary, middle, and secondary grade levels, this practical resource provides lessons for a variety of subject areas, including English language arts, STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics), and health and physical education. The lessons range from reading aloud early literacy picture books that use gender-neutral language and highlight the gendered experiences of characters to engaging mathematics in the study of targeting gender terminology, stereotypes, and the social construction of binary gender.

Written by teachers for teachers, this engaging collection highlights teachers’ specialized knowledge of pedagogical practices for the diverse contemporary classroom. More than 30 contributors from across North America provide their varied perspectives on the timely issue of teaching about gender in the classroom. Teaching about Gender Diversity is an ideal resource for students taking education courses on gender, sexuality, diversity and equity, curriculum design, and professional practice.


  • detailed lesson plans that include next steps and extension ideas
  • pactice-based, guided approach
  • practical resource for pre-service and in-service teachers

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Table of Contents


Editors’ Introduction
Lee Airton & Susan W. Woolley

SECTION I: Elementary (K-5)

Section Introduction

English Language Arts

Using read­alouds to promote a gender inclusive learning environment
Alisha Sarang­Sieminski

Learning about transgender identities through story: 10,000 Dresses by Marcus Ewert
Kate Paterson

For every gender: Being who we are
Katherine Lewis


More to finding Nemo: Sex-shifting fish as reproductive strategy

Katherine Baker, Bryan Fede, & Summer Melody Pennell

What does it mean to be equal?
Kate Paterson

Health and Physical Education, Advisory and Homeroom

“All I want to be is me”: Interrogating the gender dualism in early learning
Jessica Prioletta

Gender diversity: Me in HD
Ashleigh Talbott & Sonja Mackenzie

Nothing to fear: Teaching to transcend transphobia in Catholic contexts
Ryan Colwell & Cory Wright-Maley

We all change and grow: An introduction to puberty education
Julia Feldman-DeCoudreaux

SECTION II: Middle Years (6-9)

Section Introduction

English Language Arts

Gender fanzines: Developing gender literacy through popular culture
Karleen Pendleton Jiménez

Privilege and practice: Examining gender through personal narrative
Matthew Jeffries, Ashley Boyd, Nicole Ferry, & Johnna Lash


A critical approach to teaching data management and analysis categories
Mario I. Suárez & Kim B. Wright

Protozoan pairing: Investigating mating behaviors in paramecium

Meg Gardner

Health and Physical Education, Advisory and Homeroom

The festival of puberty
benjamin lee hicks

On the threshold of awesomeness
benjamin lee hicks

Reclaiming our selves: Healing towards gender autonomy in our classrooms
Angel Rubiel Gonzalez

SECTION III: Secondary (10-12)

Section Introduction

English Language Arts

Boys and girls: Examining gender roles
Savannah Brittner

Constructing character in dramatic monologues
Kim Kelly

What is drag?
Armen Shahnazarian

Social Studies

Constructing an equitable society
Milo Chesnut

(Re)Learning gendered language
Cheyenne Wyzzard-Jones

Cultures of gender
Milo Chesnut


Beyond the binary: Are there really only two sexes?
Allison Gonsalves, Dawn Wiseman, Luke Vanderzwet, Kathleen Raea Spencer, & Véronique Cartier-Archambault

Using school audits as an equity lens: Understanding the experiences of gender diverse students
Meg Gardner

Mathematical modeling activity: The spread of gender inclusive pronouns
Kyle Whipple, Susan Staats, & K.C. Harrison

Health and Physical Education, Advisory and Homeroom

From “real” boys and girls, to “real” men and women
Samuel Long

Pronoun challenge
Milo Chesnut



Author Biographies

Susan W. Woolley

Susan W. Woolley is Associate Professor of Educational Studies and Director of the LGBTQ Studies Program at Colgate University, New York. Susan’s interdisciplinary research and teaching contribute to the fields of anthropology of education, language and literacy studies, gender and sexuality studies, and LGBT and queer studies.

Lee Airton

Lee Airton is Assistant Professor of Gender and Sexuality Studies in Education at Queen’s University, Ontario. Lee’s teaching, research, and advocacy work focus on enabling individuals and institutions to welcome gender and sexual diversity. They founded the Q&A-based blog They Is My Pronoun and the No Big Deal Campaign.

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