Gender Inclusive Schools

About Us

Dave Edwards (he,him)

Dave Edwards has served as special education teacher in Chicago Public Schools, and a teacher and administrator in several Twin Cities public school districts. Currently, he works as the lead instructor in the residency-based Emotional Behavioral Disorders licensure program at the UMN. He is licensed in Illinois as an Learning Behavior Specialist and holds special education licenses in the areas of Developmental Disabilties, Learning Disabilities and Emotional Behavior Disorders in the state of Minnesota. Dave is also a 3rd year PhD student, funded by an Office of Special Education Programs Leadership Training grant.

Dave is an active board member of the Minnesota Transgender Health Coalition, and Transforming Families MN - a peer-led community organization supporting families with gender diverse youth.

HRC Foundation's Welcoming Schools Professional Development Program, is the nation's premier professional development program dedicated to creating respectful and supportive elementary schools by embracing family diversity, creating LGBTQ- and gender-inclusive schools, preventing bias-based bullying, and supporting transgender and non-binary students. As a certified facilitator, Dave is available to to provide all 6 of the Welcoming Schools training modules. Request a training today!

Selected Presentations:

Edwards, D. (2017, March). Supporting Transgender Students: A Multi-tiered Framework for Preventative Practices and Interventions, Accepted Oral Presentation at the annual conference of the Association of Positive Behavior Supports, Denver, CO.

Edwards, D., & Huber, M. (2017, February). What Transgender Children Want Every Teacher to Know, Workshop to be presented at the Minnesota Association for the Education of Young Children, Saint Paul, MN.

Edwards, D (2016, May). Creating Gender Inclusive Environments for Transgender and Gender Diverse Students. Presentation given to Minnesota School Social Workers Association: Fall Retreat - Area #3, St. Cloud, MN.

Testimony given at the informational hearing for bill H.F. 3396 - MN House of Representatives

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We decided over 200 years ago that we wanted to be an inclusive society, and we wanted to guarantee equal rights for all.
— Loretta Lynch - U.S. Attorney General

The exemplar Gender Inclusion policies on this page are gathered from around the United States. To be listed as a "Model" policy on, a model policy must include:

  1.  Clear definition of terms
  2.  Mandates for the respect and use of every individual student's preferred names and their pronouns
  3.  Guaranteed access to all facilities and activities that align with every students' gender identity
  4.  Limitations or complete elimination of gender segregated instruction and curricular materials

*Fort Worth was included because of their positive impact on gender equity in a hostile state like Texas.  However, the terms "actual sex" and "perceived gender" are not condoned by Gender Inclusive Schools.  Additionally, the definition under Sex should read "sex assigned at birth" not "sex at birth".  


States with Gender Inclusion Policies or Guidelines

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States where Gender-Identity and Expression is protected