Understanding the Identities and Experiences of Transgender Students

Dr. Eli R. Green


As more young people come out as transgender at younger ages, it is essential that schools, particularly residential schools, be knowledgeable about and prepared to meet the needs of transgender and non-binary students. By proactively working to create an inclusive and affirming environment, school professionals can help decrease the stigma, isolation, and rejection—and the related negative outcomes—experienced by many transgender and non-binary youth at non-supportive schools. To that end, this training will provide the faculty with a strong foundation for better understanding the identities, experiences, and needs of students who are transgender and non-binary, as well as concrete strategies for supporting transgender and non-binary students.

The overall goals of this training are:

  1. Have a foundational understanding of transgender identities and experiences, including the basics of affirming language and non-affirming language to avoid.
  2. Have an increased understanding of the challenges that transgender students face while in K-12 settings, with particular focus on understanding the impact on the student’s emotional, physical, and mental health and related academic implications.
  3. Be prepared to implement individual best practices when working with transgender students, which will contribute to an overall transgender-affirming cultural climate.

As a result of this training, participants will be able to:

  1. Accurately explain the difference between sex assigned at birth, gender identity, gender expression, and sexual orientation.
  2. Name three common challenges transgender students experience in residential school settings.
  3. Describe two of the of negative outcomes experienced by transgender students as a result of not being fully affirmed.    

Dr. Eli R. Green is the founder of The Transgender Training Institute, an educational consulting company providing training and consulting services by transgender people, for the benefit of transgender people and communities. TTI works with K-12 schools, colleges & universities, social service & medical providers, and corporations to help create more transgender-affirming environments.  As an educator with over 17 years of experience facilitating transgender-related content, Dr. Green has helped thousands of people have a stronger understanding of what it means to be transgender, and how to be effective allies and provide crucial support to help transgender people survive and thrive in today’s world. As a master trainer, Dr. Green specializes in helping fellow educators expand skills and build capacity for implementing high quality transgender trainings through TTI’s Training of Trainers courses. Dr. Green and Luca Maurer co-authored The Teaching Transgender Toolkit:  A Facilitator’s Guide to Increasing Knowledge, Decreasing Prejudice & Building Skills, which was honored by the LGBTQ division of the American Psychological Association with the 2017 Distinguished Contribution to Education and Training award, and was named as the 2016 book of the year by the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT).

Dr. Green holds a PhD in Human Sexuality Studies from Widener University, in addition to Masters’ Degrees in Human Sexuality Education (Widener University) and Applied Women’s Studies (Claremont Graduate University). Prior to launching The Transgender Training Institute, he served as an Assistant Professor on the full-time faculty in the Department of Public Health at William Paterson University and in the Center for Human Sexuality Studies graduate program at Widener University. His academic research focused on better understanding the most effective educational methods for reducing prejudice towards transgender people, and was selected as the 2014 Distinguished Dissertation Award recipient by Widener University. His work was also honored by the Society for the Study of Psychological Issues (SPSSI) for significant contributions towards our understanding of current social issues.  Dr. Green is a Certified Sexuality Educator (CSE) through the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors & Therapists (AASECT) and currently serves on the Board of Directors as the Communications Steering Committee Chair.  He is also a member of the World Professional Association for Transgender Health.

More about Dr. Green and his work at www.elirgreenphd.com.

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