ARC Foundation introduces SOGI 1 2 3
SOGI 1 2 3 was created by ARC Foundation in collaboration with BC Ministry of Education, BC Teachers' Federation, UBC Faculty of Education, Out in Schools, nine school districts across BC, and 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.
BC SOGI Educator Network
The BC SOGI Educator Network brings together BC 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.
The BC SOGI Educator Network was formally launched as a pilot project at the beginning of the 2016/2017 year by ARC Foundation and nine BC school districts: Vancouver, North Vancouver, West Vancouver, Burnaby, Langley, Delta, Sea to Sky, Nanaimo-Ladysmith, and Kamloops/Thompson.
ARC Foundation is pleased to announce that the Network is open to all BC school districts and independent schools in 2017/2018. To date, 49 out of 60 BC school districts have joined. For further information, please visit SOGI 1 2 3.
BC SOGI Education Lead
ARC Foundation is excited to be extending its partnership with the British Columbia Ministry of Education to support the creation of the British Columbia SOGI Education Lead. The partnership, which has been in place since September 2016, will continue over the next 18 months to focus ion growing SOGI 1 2 3 across all of BC. The SOGI Education Lead is a full-time, one-year temporary position with a provincial scope. The position reports to the ARC Foundation Executive Director.
A key component to this past year’s success, the SOGI Education Lead will continue to facilitate the SOGI 1 2 3 partnerships, including the coordination of the BC SOGI Educator Network. This team has proven that change will come if we work together.
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)