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Occasional Paper Series #37


This issue of the Occasional Paper SeriesQueering Education: Pedagogy, Curriculum, Policy—contains eight essays that take a deep dive into issues surrounding lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning (LGBTQ) lives in educational settings.

Queering Education builds from the idea that while much progress has been made over the last few decades, the greater inclusion and engagement of LGBTQ identities in schools is dependent on work still to come. The authors of the issue—many of whom identify as queer—lend their voices and candidly share their own lives, providing readers with several powerful perspectives that promote a deeper and more personal understanding of LGBTQ experiences in school communities.

Essays include Denise Snyder's raw, touching account of her journey as the mother to a transgender child, Julia Sinclair-Palm's examination of how birth names can haunt transgender students, and benjamin lee hicks' experience transitioning while teaching 6th grade at a public elementary school, among other contributions. At its core, this issue seeks to refresh, reinvigorate, and refocus the conversation around queerness in education and points the way to a more equitable and inclusive future.

Research, Practice, Policy-based

The Occasional Paper Series is a forum for work that extends, deepens and challenges the progressive legacy on which the college is built. The series seeks to promote discussion about what it means to educate in a democracy and to meet the interrelated demands of equity and excellence.

We are interested in research, practice and policy-based papers from a broad array of theoretical perspectives. We encourage authors from within and outside the Bank Street community who employ either traditional or non-traditional representational strategies to submit their work for review. Please see instructions below.
ISSN 2375-3668

Submission of Papers

We publish papers of between 4,000-6,000 words and, exceptionally strong papers, of between 12,000-15,000 words. We are interested in manuscripts by widely known members of the field and by first time authors. Papers must not be under review elsewhere or have been previously published. All submissions should include an abstract of 100 words and be formatted following APA guidelines. Papers go through a blind peer review process and authors should expect to be notified of a decision within 45 days of receipt of the manuscript.

 As an online journal, we encourage authors to use:

  •  a reader-friendly, accessible style 
  •  shorter rather than longer paragraphs 
  •  subheadings to break-up otherwise dense blocks of text 
  •  moving and still images.

Address manuscripts and questions to Jonathan Silin:

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