Diversity 101: An Introduction to SOGI-Inclusive Education

In this three-part Diversity 101 series, you will learn how to incorporate Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity inclusive practices into your classroom. Take one, two or all three sessions.

WHY ATTEND

Our schools need to reflect and embrace the diversity that exists among us.  All students deserve a positive sense of well-being and need to feel safe and welcome and schools.

This informative workshop will explore how you can incorporate Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (SOGI) Inclusive practice into your classroom.  You will learn the “what, why, who, and how” of SOGI inclusive education that you may never have received in your training as educators.  This topic is timely and necessary to improve the lives and well-being of our students.

This series is intended for teachers who are at the beginning stages of exploring Diversity within the school environment.  While each session is distinct in content, Workshops #2 and #3 build on the knowledge gained in the introductory session.  We will create a safe, interactive, and professional learning community where we will share ready-made and user-friendly curricular materials, lesson plans, videos, resources, and activities to use at all levels in English and in French.

The webinars will be structured as follows:

  • Presentation of content
  • Practical and age-appropriate strategies and activities
  • Sharing related resources
  • Quick wins for tomorrow

Attendees will receive a eBook containing helpful resources after the event and a certificate for their professional development portfolios. Recordings will be available if participants miss the live webinar.

Workshop Agenda

SESSION 1 - What Every Teacher Needs to Know:  An Introduction to SOGI-Inclusive Education

Who Should Attend: All teachers, ECEs and EAs 

Wednesday, April 7, 7:00 -8:30 pm EST 

  • Why inclusive education matters
  • Defining LGBTQ+ and SOGI: Terminology and Language
  • Understanding Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity
  • Intersectionality
  • Two-Spirit
  • The importance of inclusive environments and language
  • Avoiding Stereotypes
  • Ideas and resources to make your classroom and school more inclusive starting tomorrow

 

SESSION 2 - Starting Young:  Strategies and Resources

Who Should Attend: Primary and Elementary Teachers, EAs, ECEs

Tuesday, April 20, 7:00-8:00 pm EST 

  • Families Look Different: Avoiding stereotyping
  • Greetings, inclusive language
  • Best Books for classrooms and libraries
  • Toys, Games, Sports, Activities
  • Dress and gender expression
  • Dealing with bullying
  • Working with parents
  • Navigating difficult conversations: conflicting cultural and faith-based values

 

SESSION 3 - “That’s So Gay is NOT Okay”:  Strategies and Resources

Who Should Attend: Middle and Secondary Teachers, EAs

Wednesday, April 21, 7:00-8:00 pm EST

  • How to deal with homophobic slurs and bullying
  • Activities to support Diversity
    • GSA’s (Gay Straight Alliances)/ Diversity Clubs, Pink Shirt Day, etc.
  • Creating safer spaces
    • Washrooms, change rooms, inclusive signage
    • Libraries and learning materials
    • Rainbow Stickers – safe classrooms
    • Sports teams and extra-curricular activities
  • Dress and gender expression
  • Implications for sex education
  • Pronouns, names (secondary)
  • Parent education and resources
  • Navigating difficult conversations: conflicting cultural and faith-based values
  • Supporting students who are transitioning

PRICING Information

$99 for one session

$149 for two sessions

$179 for all three sessions

Recordings will be available if participants miss the live webinar.

WORKSHOP FACILITATOR

Presented by Claire Guy, Executive Director for the British Columbia School Superintendents Association

 

Claire Guy

Throughout her career, Claire has worked to promote student safety and well-being in schools.  She is a champion for Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (SOGI) inclusive education and has facilitated workshops and presentations on this topic and is a regular contributor to national educational journals on SOGI Inclusive Education.  She has created and facilitated development of local and provincial policy, Codes of Conduct, an LGBTQ2S+ Committee, and a District GSA.  She was instrumental in the promotion of a Provincial SOGI123 Collaborative to support provide resources to educators and parents.  Claire is excited to facilitate this important workshop to make all schools welcoming and inclusive. 

Claire Guy retired as Assistant Superintendent of Schools from a large school district in British Columbia, and currently serves as Executive Director for the British Columbia School Superintendents Association.  In her 34 years in public education, Claire has worked at all levels of the K-12 system as a teacher, principal, senior district leader, and curriculum developer for the Ministry of Education and has experience in virtually all portfolios within the public school system.  

For more information, email Claire at claireguy@rogers.com