June is Pride Month, when cities across the US show support for LGBTQIA rights, culture, and communities. In the late 1970s, NCTE began to chart a path forward by insisting that as an organization we had to have a more substantive focus and concentrated attention on inclusion. Read more about our Legacy of Pride here.
At the Annual Convention in New York, years ago, NCTE created a Resolution on Strengthening Teacher Knowledge of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Issues.
These NCTE “Guidelines for Affirming Gender Diversity through ELA Curriculum and Pedagogy“ support ELA educators as they guide their students, as well as their colleagues, to understand, expect, and embrace gender diversity. They present the historical background of this work; key concepts for discussing gender and gender diversity; current trends in schools and ELA classrooms; recommendations for teacher preparation, curriculum, and pedagogy; and resource lists for students, teachers, and teacher educators.
The NCTE Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Advisory Committee created this bookmark on, “Fighting Homophobia and Transphobia in ELA.” The LGBTQ Advisory Committee and the Genders and Sexualities Equality Alliance also created a poster that is available here for downloading and printing.
The October 2021 #NCTEchat was on “Teaching LGBTQ History in ELA and Literacy Curriculum.” View the archive of the chat to find ideas and resources.
NCTE member Cait O’Connor shares “We Have the Power and Responsibility to Be Affirming Educators: Standing with LGBTQIA+ Youth and Their Families.”
“Our students, all of them, deserve access to these stories.” Read more in this blog post by NCTE member Rick Joseph.
Find additional resources in this post from 2021.
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