The Advocate Educator’s Handbook – Book Review and Signed Copy Opportunity

The Advocate Educator’s Handbook – Book Review and Signed Copy Opportunity


Hello NNSTOY Members!

I am the co-author of the upcoming book, The Advocate Educator's Handbook: Creating Schools Where Transgender and Non-Binary Students Thrive, scheduled to be published globally January 16, 2024. Based on over 50 interviews, The Advocate Educator reflects the experience of educators, students, leaders, and other experts. It provides K-12 educators, school and district leaders, teacher preparation programs and other adult allies with a framework ( Educate-Affirm-Include-Disrupt) and resources to ensure they are fully equipped to serve transgender and non-binary students. This is the first book of its kind from the world’s largest education publisher– and we hope it will find its way to all the places it is needed! We are especially honored because the forward is written by the inimitable Dr. Peggy Brookins, CEO of the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards and former member of President Obama’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for African Americans. 

We realize that not only would you need to vet the text (see below on how), but the authors! So... here is a little more about us!

My name is Vanessa Ford (she/her). I am an award-winning educator (PAEMST 2015) and author who happens to be the parent of a wonderful transgender child. My children’s book, Calvin, won the 2022 Lambda Literary Award for Best Children’s or Middle-Grade Book and I was a classroom teacher for 14 years in DC Public Schools and have continued to work in the field. My family’s advocacy has been featured in the New York Times, Washington Post, Boston Globe, New York Magazine and NPR. I was a founding member of The Human Rights Campaign’s Parents for Transgender Equality Council and sat for 2 years on the board of the National Center for Transgender Equality. I now live with my husband and two children outside of Boston. You can learn more about me (and my family) here: www.jrandvanessaford.com .

Rebecca Kling (she/her) is my amazing co-author. Rebecca is a nationally-known transgender activist and advocate for equal rights. She is the co-owner of the social impact consulting firm Better World Collaborative and previously served as the Education Programming Director at the National Center for Transgender Equality. Rebecca is also currently on the leadership team of Camp Aranu’tiq, a camp for transgender and gender variant youth, and she taught middle and high school theater for years. Her advocacy has been featured in the Washington Post, the Guardian, and elsewhere.

We are eager to get advance copies into the hands of game-changing educators like yourselves for feedback/blurbs/reviews/thoughts! You are at the forefront of the work serving students and your endorsement (or questions) would help us make it the best possible resource! Advance copies could be emailed the week of August 7th. If you would be open to reviewing our text, please email me at [email protected] or [email protected].

Thank you so much in advance for this, and for all you do for students!

Vanessa and Rebecca

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