ARC Foundation introduces SOGI 1 2 3
SOGI 1 2 3 was created by ARC Foundation in collaboration with the BC Ministry of Education; BC Teachers’ Federation; school districts across BC; UBC Faculty of Education; education partners; and various local, national, and international LGBTQ+ community organizations. We are working together to address the immediate need to support marginalized LGBTQ students by affecting rapid and progressive change in attitudes, policies, and practices toward creating safer and more inclusive school environments for all students.
The primary platform for SOGI 1 2 3 is SOGIeducation.org, a website that shares proven, ready-to-use tools and resources created by educators, for educators.
SOGI 1 2 3 has three phases which have clear outcomes and tools for educators to make their schools and classrooms LGBTQ-inclusive:
SOGI-INCLUSIVE POLICIES AND PROCEDURES SAVE LIVES.
Effective policies and procedures that explicitly reference SOGI have been proven to reduce discrimination, suicidal ideation and suicide attempts for all students.
INCLUSIVE LEARNING INVOLVES EVERY PART OF THE EDUCATION SYSTEM.
When successfully integrated, inclusive operations, language, and practices create positive and welcoming environments for all students.
CAN I INCORPORATE SOGI INTO THE CURRICULUM? YES.
Ready-to-use, age-appropriate, SOGI-inclusive lesson plans are aligned with the new BC curriculum for integration into all subject matter.
SOGI Educator Network
SOGI Educator Networks bring together educators interested in SOGI-inclusive education. It enables these educators to meet, share resources, co-design programs, and collectively overcome obstacles within and across districts, independent schools and First Nations schools. District-level members gain access to an expansive collection of emerging SOGI tools to test and evolve with their schools. Key tools are then shared publicly and with all members.
ARC Foundation is pleased to announce that the BC SOGI Educator Network is open to all BC school districts and independent schools in 2018/2019. To date, 56 out of 60 BC school districts have joined. This year, the Alberta SOGI Educator Network has six districts participating in a pilot.
For further information, please visit SOGI 1 2 3.
Data further makes the case
Sexual and gender minority youth are now identified as a vulnerable population requiring special attention - Child and Youth Mental Health in British Columbia: Concrete Actions for Systemic Change (2016)
64% of LGBTQ students feel unsafe at school - Every Class in Every School (2011)
Nearly two-thirds of trans youth turned to self-harm in the past year and more than 1 in 3 have attempted suicide – Canadian Trans Youth Health Survey (2015)
Only 48% of Gen Zs aged 13-20 identify as exclusively heterosexual, compared to 65% of millennials aged 21 to 34 – J. Walter Thompson Intelligence (2016)
LGB and heterosexual students in bc have lower odds of discrimination, suicidal thoughts and attempts in schools with GSAs than in schools without GSAs – University of British Columbia (2014)
While 85% of educators approve of LGBTQ-inclusive education, only 37% participate in related education - The Every Teacher Project on LGBTQ Inclusive Education in Canada’s K-12 Schools (2016)