Supporters of social justice education will be thrilled to learn that Rethinking Schools is currently working on a new book, Rethinking Sexism, Gender, and Sexuality. In order to put this invaluable tool in the hands of educators, we need your support. Please consider donating to this book project.
From Rethinking Schools:
Help us publish this awesome book!
This book was born a few summers ago when Jody Sokolower, Rethinking Schools’ managing editor, and RS editor Melissa Bollow Tempel sat down in Jody’s kitchen to discuss an article Melissa was writing. “It’s OK to Be Neither” is the story of Melissa’s growth as a teacher when Allie, a student who is gender nonconforming, joined her class. Until then, Melissa had not realized how customs like lining up by girls and boys could create problems for students who do not fit neatly into the female/male binary.
“It’s OK to Be Neither” really struck a chord. As Melissa tells it, “We never dreamed it would be shared more than 45,000 times on one blog alone.” Allie is not unique. Gender nonconforming kids are in schools everywhere, and teachers want to know how to support them.
Gender identity is just one of many issues addressed in Rethinking Sexism, Gender, and Sexuality. The book includes sections on:
- creating safe and nurturing classrooms
- coming out at school as a teacher or student
- integrating feminist and LGBTQ content into curriculum
- moving beyond the classroom to school and community
- teacher education
Want to check out a sample article or two?
Download these article PDFs for a sneak peek.
- “Queering Our Schools” editorial
- “Standing Up for Tocarra”
- “Character of Our Content”
- “500 Square Feet of Respect: Queering a Study of the Criminal Justice System”
Jam-packed with thought-provoking articles by teachers, parents, and students
Jody and Melissa are working with three other wonderful editors—Kim Cosier in Milwaukee, Jeff Sapp in Los Angeles, and Rachel Harper in Chicago—and dozens of inspiring, dedicated teacher/writers.
We know that Rethinking Sexism, Gender, and Sexuality will be an amazing resource for everyone working to change attitudes and strengthen communities so our schools will be safe and supportive places where all kids can learn.
Support students, teachers, and families
Won’t it make you feel good to know that your dollars empowered a teacher to speak up in defense of a lesbian student at a staff meeting? Or supported a teacher as he decides whether to come out to his students? Or helped a big sister who pretends she doesn’t know her gender nonconforming little brother?
Your contributions will fund the production for this amazing book. That means copyediting, proofreading, and indexing; art direction and layout; printing and distribution.
Join our campaign today! Tell your friends!
Besides feeling good about making the world a better place, you can also earn some cool perks for donating:
- A sticker depicting our beautiful book cover
- Subscriptions to our award-winning magazine
- Copies of the book
- Acknowledgement in the book of your generosity