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The Impact and Role of Emotions in Schools for Teachers and Students with Complex Gender Identities

by sj Miller - 2019

Persons who have complex gender identities are among the most under-researched, under-theorized, and least understood populations in schools. Such persons are also the most vulnerable to experiencing various forms of violence. While interventions to support persons with complex gender identities are becoming increasingly evident in schools, scant attention has been paid to the role of emotion as a mechanism for supporting such youths’ learning. Since bodily and emotional responses cannot be generalized to all experiences, the responses of others who are not attuned to the experiences of persons with complex gender identities compel such youth to expend debilitating emotional labor.

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 121 Number 13, 2019, p. 1-16
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 22988, Date Accessed: 9/24/2021 2:22:44 AM

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  • sj Miller
    Santa Fe Community College
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    sj MILLER, Ph.D., a trans* + disciplinary award-winning teacher, writer, activist, and scholar, is Associate Professor of Teacher Education in the Teacher Academy at Santa Fe Community College. sj is a literacy specialist whose emphasis is on social justice and gender identity in pre-K through university level teaching. sj has written over twenty-five book chapters, over fifty articles, 8 books, including Teaching, Affirming, and Recognizing Trans and Gender Creative Youth: A Queer Literacy Framework, which was translated into Spanish by UNESCO and awarded the 2017 AERA Exemplary Research Award for Outstanding Book and the 2018 Outstanding Book by the Michigan Council of Teachers of English.

    Currently, sj is Academic Studies Member of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Advisory Board for the National Council Teachers of English (NCTE); consultant for the College Board providing best practices to secondary Advanced Placement English teachers, and AP Literature Table Leader; editor of the inaugural series, Spaces In-between: Beyond Binary Gender Identities and Sexualities (Teachers College Press) and co-editor of the series Social Justice Across Contexts in Education.

    sj is column editor of “Beyond Binary Gender Identities” for the English Journal; advisory board member for Routledge’s Critical Studies in Gender and Sexuality in Education, Palgrave MacMillan’s Queer Studies in Education, Journal of Literacy Research, Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy, Teacher Education and Black Communities, Journal of LGBT Youth, and Taboo.

    sj is a contributor to CBS News, BBC, and PBS and appeared in the feature documentary, Gender: The Space Between on CBS. sj gives keynotes across the world and consults on professional development for teaching, affirming, and recognizing trans*+ and gender creative/expansive students. This past April 2019, sj received the AERA Distinguished Contributions to Gender Equity in Education Research Award. sj’s latest book about Gender Identity Justice in Schools and Communities was just released; and the co-written book Navigating trans*+ and complex gender identities is forthcoming. sj recently presented at the TEDMED Conference on Gender Identity Justice.

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