Bringing Transgender Inclusivity to a Small School District

A school district in a small city in Colorado wanted to ensure that they were doing everything they could to support transgender students and their academic achievement. Knowing of one transgender student and proactively planning for more to come, we worked with administrators, staff, and teachers to ensure everyone had multiple layers of training and participated in strategic planning for creating an open and welcoming environment where all students can thrive and succeed. We worked with this district to provide guidance and training that covered everything from creating a building environment where transgender students can feel safe and supported, to ensuring the classroom was a place fostering respect and appreciation for all students, to establishing district policies that support transgender students. This district became a model for many others in the state.