BCSTA President Stephanie Higginson was on hand for a sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI) education funding announcement in Burnaby September 7.
The 2017-2018 school year has seen learning communities engage in SOGI-inclusive education like never before. In just its second year, the BC SOGI Educator Network now consists of 54 out of 60 school districts and continues to grow. While many educators have been engaged in SOGI work for years, the Network has centralized resources, fostered
As the general election looms, and we collectively approach the three week marker, boards, trustees and the public have much to consider. SOGI 1 2 3, a learning resource created by ARC Foundation in collaboration with the Ministry of Education and educators, and developed with the goal of supporting all students regardless of their sexual orientation
“Statistically we know there are LGBTQ2S students in every school, but the degree to which these students are visible is dependent on the level of safety and inclusiveness fostered within the building. When students aren’t free to be themselves, their learning is deeply impacted.”
[Vancouver – October 24, 2017] Please see below a statement from BCSTA President Gordon Swan on Barry Neufeld’s Facebook post regarding SOGI policies and initiatives: “BCSTA does not support, nor agree with the position taken by Chilliwack school trustee Barry Neufeld. Our Association strongly believes that schools need to be safe and welcoming places for ALL
[Vancouver, B.C, – September 22, 2017] – The British Columbia School Trustees Association (BCSTA) would like to express its full support for boards of education, the Ministry of Education and the Provincial Government in their work towards fostering safer and more inclusive communities for all British Columbians, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity. In
Although reported numbers vary somewhat, it is safe to say that one in seven young people in BC, or at least 84,000 school-aged students, experience one or more mental health disorders at some point in their young lives. And, of these, only approximately one third receive the treatment they need.
[Sent June 13, 2018] President Swan to Ministers Farnworth, Conroy and Darcy: “One of the successes of the K-12 education system this past year has been our unified response to challenges to the introduction of policies supporting inclusive opportunities for students under SOGI…”
Overview: BCSTA has three types of committees: BCSTA standing committees BCSTA ad hoc Committees BCSTA representation to external committees BCSTA standing committees are formed by resolution on the AGM floor. Membership in, and terms of reference for, these committees is governed by bylaw. Committees with this status include the Indigenous Education Committee, the Credentials Committee,