Transgender Students in Elementary School

Transgender Students in Elementary School Creating an Affirming and Inclusive School Culture

Melinda M. Mangin, Foreword by Gavin Grimm
paper, 240 Pages
Pub. Date: October 2020
ISBN-13: 978-1-68253-525-7
Price: $33.00

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cloth, 240 Pages
Pub. Date: October 2020
ISBN-13: 978-1-68253-526-4
Price: $62.00

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Transgender Students in Elementary School offers guidance to educators who want to provide a supportive school culture and climate for transgender and gender-expansive students. The book provides recommendations for creating learning environments that facilitate all students’ sense of belonging and reduce the constraints inherent in binary gender norms.


This book is an incredible resource for researchers and practitioners alike. Mangin has captured the voices and successes of educators working to make safer, more affirming spaces for transgender students. Her writing makes complex content accessible and the action steps provided are relevant to all schools. This is a must-read for any school leader, family member, or educator who cares about gender equity in schools. — Elizabeth J. Meyer, associate professor, School of Education, University of Colorado Boulder

Written with clarity and care, this book offers crucial research-based insights into how schools can better address the needs of trans children. Dr. Mangin provides an accessible path for elementary educators seeking practical ways to cultivate classrooms where trans kids can thrive, and where greater gender freedom becomes possible for everyone. — Harper Keenan, Robert Quartermain Professor of Gender & Sexuality Research in Education, University of British Columbia

Transgender Students in Elementary School is an important read for all members of a school community, and especially for educators and leaders focused on improving their practices to be more affirming of students. Through sharing real stories of imperfect practice, Mangin’s work not only helps educators envision the possibilities of an inclusive culture but also encourages us to embrace the lifelong commitment to creating deep, meaningful change that affirms all students. — Teachers College Record

In Transgender Students in Elementary School, Melinda Mangin presents a collection of rich stories drawing from the lived experiences of transgender and gender-expansive elementary students through the perspective of their families and educators. Informed by a research study, this book is a useful resource for all adults who are new to the topic of transgender and gender-expansive identities. As educators grapple with ways to create affirming and inclusive elementary schools for transgender and gender-expansive children, this text serves as a support. — Journal of LGBTQ Youth

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About the Author

Melinda M. Mangin is an associate professor in the Department of Education Theory, Policy, and Administration in the Graduate School of Education at Rutgers University, where she teaches and conducts research related to teacher leadership and transgender identities in the context of K–12 schools. Dr. Mangin’s scholarship is informed by her previous experience as a public high school Spanish teacher in New York City. She is a frequent speaker on the topic of transgender children and teacher leadership, presenting at national conferences as well as at local schools and teacher education preparation programs. Dr. Mangin is a founding member and organizer for Stepping Stones, a New York City, PFLAG-affiliated support group for families of transgender and gender-expansive children. She is the author of “Supporting Transgender and Gender-Expansive Children in School” (Phi Delta Kappan, 2018) and “Transgender Students in Elementary Schools: How Supportive Principals Lead” (Educational Administration Quarterly, 2019). In addition to her work with transgender communities, Dr. Mangin is a nationally recognized scholar of teacher leadership, the author of a coedited research volume (Teachers College Press, 2008), a coauthored book of case studies (Teachers College Press, 2010), and numerous peer-reviewed journal articles. From 2013 to 2018, she served as associate editor for Educational Administration Quarterly. Dr. Mangin is the principal investigator of two projects funded by the Spencer Foundation. Transforming Public Education: A Research Agenda is a collaborative project that brings together the expertise of twenty educators and activists for the purpose of improving education research related to transgender students and educators in K–12 schools. The second project, Transgender Studies in Education: Building a Field of Study, is a small learning community of education scholars whose collective efforts focus on articulating a vision for the future of educational scholarship informed by transgender experiences and communities.

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