- Is SOGI (Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity) a Curriculum?
“There is no SOGI curriculum. SOGI is a thread that can be addressed throughout many subjects and topics. Teachers choosing to address SOGI in the curriculum is NOT about students developing a particular set of beliefs around sexual orientation and gender identity. It is about building understanding of the diverse society that we live in and learning to treat each other with dignity and respect regardless of our differences. The Ministry of Education is responsible for the creation of BC curriculum. SOGI 123 provides ready-to-use, grade-level SOGI-inclusive lesson plans that align with that curriculum. Teachers can customize SOGI 123 lesson plans to meet the needs of their classrooms.”
- Where did SOGI come from?
“SOGI 123 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 LGBTQ2 (Lesbian, Gay, Bi-Sexual, Transgender, Queer, Two-Spirited) 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 123 is SOGIeducation.org to use tools and resources created by educators, for educators.”
- Who is ARC?
The ARC Foundation (Awareness, Respect, Capacity) is based in Vancouver, BC and supports projects that exhibit Awareness, Respect and Capacity …”in improving the status of those who are marginalized in society by sexual orientation, gender identity, ethnicity or financial status”. They support the Vancouver Queer Film Festival and the Out in Schools program. This is a program that promotes the LGBTQ2 community largely through cinematic presentations in schools and other venues.
- How does this affect SD 68?
The Nanaimo and Ladysmith School District was one of the earliest districts to launch the program at the beginning of 2016/2017. On June 1, 2016 the school board passed an inclusion policy that amends two previous policies while ensuring that…” both the SOGI and MCRR (Multi-Cultural and Race Relations) administrative procedures will be enhanced and remain in place (italics mine)“. This policy document was accompanied by “enhanced SOGI administrative procedures“. This document is entitled Administrative Procedure 347 – Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity.
- So what exactly is SOGI 123?
“SOGI 123 has three phases which have clear outcomes and tools for educators to make their schools and classrooms LGBTQ-inclusive.” These are:
SOGI 1 – POLICIES
“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.”
SOGI 2 – ENVIRONMENTS
“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.”
SOGI 3 – RESOURCES
“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.”
- Can you tell me more?
The information for SOGI 123 is basically all available on the ARC website or the B.C. Ministry of Education website: https://bc.sogieducation.org/sogi3.
An outline for what you will find there is:
- a) A list of the 10 key Components for Effective SOGI-Inclusion policies and Procedures,
- b) 6 – 5 minute Learning Burst Videos,
- c) 4 – 40 minute Learning Module Videos.
- a) General examples of the First Steps for Using Inclusive Language,
- b) High level glossary of terms used and associated with the LGBTQ2 community,
- c) Detailed glossary of terms used and associated with the LGBTQ2 community,
- d) A lengthy list of the Friends of SOGI including the BCTF, Out in Schools, QMUNITY and Egale,
- e) The Pink Day toolkit,
- f) The same videos as in SOGI 1.
This section, perhaps the most troublesome, includes a list of Lesson Plans cited as Curriculum Resources that must be supplemental to the curriculum. It is broken down into 13 Elementary and 8 Secondary lesson plans.
- a) Elementary Lesson Plans
- b) Secondary Lesson Plans
- c) There are 49 videos associated with SOGI 3 as learning aids,
- d) There are 48 books associated as learning aids.