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Examples of policies and emerging practices for supporting transgender students
This source is compiled by the Massachusetts Department of Education, Office of Primary and Secondary Education. The 25 page document has a table of contents and cites dozens of state policies that are useful for further research. Each topic references another school’s policy to give context and provide an example. Topics include how to communicate with parents, how to make students comfortable in the classroom, and how to protect student privacy. There is a glossary of terminology as it’s used in school policies. This is helpful for suggesting language to use when creating a policy. This report is exhaustively researched and would be an excellent starting point for research
Bending the mold: An action kit for transgender youth
Lambda Legal is civil rights organization that seeks equality for LGBT people through the legal system, advocacy, and education. They partnered with the the National Youth Advocacy Coalition to author this 35 page report. The kit is written for students but is a valuable resource for educators and administrators looking to improve their school's policy and culture towards trans students. The report includes a questionnaire that helps you assess your school on its trans-competency as well as a guide for cis people on how to be an ally to trans people. This would be an excellent resource to share with students who are looking for more ways to be involved and make change. The guide concludes with dozens of additional resources and relevant organizations.
Comprehensive model policy on Transgender students for four year colleges and universities
This 15 page document by Trans Student Educational Resources is a comprehensive model of the kinds of trans-inclusive policies schools might enact. The authors offer suggestions for all aspects of student life from athletics, to insurance, to documentation. This source was written with the help of trans students and is valuable in that in reflects the needs of the trans community in their own words. The document offers clear and concrete proposals for policy, including sample language. This is an invaluable source for those hoping to create trans-inclusive policy at their institution. The guide is geared at four year colleges and universities but is applicable for a boarding high school environment.
School climate in Massachusetts: 2017 state snapshot
This report from GLSEN is from a biennial survey of LGBT youth’s experience at their high schools. This is the most current of GLSEN’s nine National School Climate Surveys. 10,528 LGBT students across the country responded to the survey and this report focuses on the 315 respondents from Massachusetts. The respondents represented a range of diversity in terms of gender and race. The report provides data on how safe the students feel at school, whether they experienced harassment or overheard disparaging comments, and what kinds of support and resources they had access to. The report found that the majority of respondents lacked adequate resources and that of the students who experienced harassment, 91% of them were harassed based on their gender identity or expression. The report concludes with recommendations for educators.
GLSEN [School climate in Massachusetts (State snapshot)] [Fact sheet]. (2017). Retrieved July 24, 2017, from https://www.glsen.org/sites/default/files/Massachusetts%20State%20Snapshot%20-%20NSCS.pdf
This chart from GLSEN shows what resources and in-school support LGBT students have in Massachusetts. This data is from a 2015 survey and includes the responses of 315 Massachusetts high school students from across the state. For GLEN's full report, see "School Climate in Massachusetts" posted above.