Photo © Carolina Kroon
Photo © Carolina Kroon
Photo © Carolina Kroon
Photo © Carolina Kroon

Supporting Transgender Students

On February 22, the Trump administration rescinded the Obama administration’s helpful guidelines on transgender students and bathrooms. (Those guidelines, issued in 2016, directed public schools to allow students to use the bathroom that corresponds to their gender identity, even if that identity does not match the one they were assigned at birth.)

The Trump administration’s move sends a troubling message that is being felt in schools and communities, and will likely put trans students at even greater risk.

Read on for a list of resources to help educators create a safe and welcoming environment for transgender students. 

How Can We Help?

In recent weeks, schools have reported many incidents of bullying and harassment. Educators around the country are looking for ways to build the classroom and school community, counter bias and harassment, and promote critical thinking about what is happening in the world. Here are ways we can help.

  • TeachableMoment.org includes a wealth of classroom activities that promote respect and understanding and encourage exploration of current political and social issues. We post new lessons nearly every week.
  • Our enewsletter, which we usually send out every two weeks, will  give you ideas and inspiration, and keep you updated on new lessons.
  • Our programs will help you create a positive classroom and school climate, develop students’ social and emotional skills, and counter bias and bullying. We regularly work in NYC public schools and we partner with other districts as well. Contact us for more information. Our key programs include: Restore360 for grades 3-12, The 4Rs for preK-8, and CREW for middle and after-school.

Morningside Center selected to receive i3 award to advance equity in schools

We are thrilled to announce that Morningside Center has been selected to receive a federal Investing in Innovation (i3) grant. Our proposal was one of 15 selected among the 385 proposals received by the federal Department of Education.  The grant will fund a "Whole School Restorative Practices Project" in 12 high-needs NYC public schools. 

"The i3 grant will enable us to create a powerful and practical set of tools and strategies educators can use to honor and elevate the humanity and dignity of each child, every day," says Morningside Center Deputy Executive Director Tala Manassah. Read more.

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