On Tuesday morning, our PLAID parent group and some of Hamlin’s administrators showed the film Creating Gender Inclusive Schools, followed by an engaging dialogue.
PLAID’s mission is to support a vibrant and inclusive environment in which all members of the community can celebrate their authentic selves. We foster open dialogue through family programs, parent education, and community outreach.
Politicians and 24-hour news outlets spend a lot of time talking about gender and schools, yet most people are left wondering: how are schools talking about gender with students in grade-appropriate ways? Creating Gender Inclusive Schools shows how one school approached this important subject, and along the way demonstrates the power of having a conversation with youth about gender.
A large group of parents and faculty members gathered to watch the film and talk about gender inclusivity in small groups, and as a larger group. Head of The Hamlin School, Wanda M. Holland Greene facilitated the session with care and compassion.
The following were some of the key ideas that surfaced from the both the film and dialogue:
-Being inclusive doesn’t mean just inviting people; you have to work at it.
-Gender is not about biological parts; a person gets to decide their gender.
-At Hamlin there is a space for girls with all sorts of gender expression.
-Students don’t have to follow rules around masculine and feminine stereotypes, such as favorite color choices, types of dress, and free time activities.
-Many students (in general) are not binary in terms of gender, they often have aspects of their identities that are masculine, feminine, or neither.
-When thinking about gender inclusivity, it is important for schools to create an environment where students are safe and seen.
-“Hamlin provides a supportive and nonjudgmental environment for my daughter.”
To learn more about the film and topic, please visit: https://www.genderspectrum.org/creating-gender-inclusive-schools/