The BCTF offers a variety of free workshops to teachers that aim to develop skills to interrupt, address, and challenge homophobia and transphobia within our classrooms and school communities. The following workshops are available for booking through the BCTF.
To request these or other Social
Justice workshops for a school-based, local, or regional professional development
day, or a School Union Representative Training (SURT) day, please click on the “Book
this Workshop” link below the workshop description on the BCTF Social Justice Workshops
The specific workshops we offer are:
Creating a Gender-Inclusive School Culture
This workshop will help develop an understanding of the risks facing trans* students, as well as the protective factors, gain increased familiarity with terminology used by the trans* communities and increased awareness of gender identity and gender expression. Best practices for supporting a student through gender transition within the school system will be covered. Although the focus is on trans* students, gender inclusive schools help all students to feel safe at school.
Reach Out, Speak Out
workshop focuses on how to be an ally for LGBTQ2S+ students and support LGBTQ2S+
youth within schools. There will be an opportunity to develop strategies to use
as an ally and activities on how to integrate LGBTQ issues into the curriculum
in an age-appropriate manner from K–12. This workshop is highly recommended for
teachers wanting to create a school-wide action plan to reduce or prevent homophobia/transphobia
from occurring and to create an LGBTQ2S+-positive school climate for all students.
Sexual Health Education: One Size Fits All
This BCTF workshop provides participants with essential information about sexual health. The topic of consent is discussed in detail. Workshop participants will become familiar with several recommended resources and some fundamental strategies for teaching the mandated sexual health curriculum to BC students at all grade levels in public schools.
Sexual Health Education Part Two: Sex, Sex, Sex!
Now that the revised curriculum has put sex education into the
Health and PE curriculum, many teachers are wondering about how they can select
and structure content that is appropriate for many different age levels. The
workshop will help teachers in accessing resources and developing lesson plans
that satisfy the curriculum, as well as navigate the social and cultural
context. This session is sex positive and aims to empower educators to create
an inclusive and comprehensive sexual health education program.
Communities (Parent Workshop)
Gender-inclusive schools help
all students to feel safe at school. This workshop will show you how
schools are working with trans* students and other students on
the gender spectrum. This workshop will help develop an understanding of the
risks facing these students, as well as the protective factors, gain increased
familiarity with terminology used by the trans* communities, and increased
awareness of gender identity and gender expression. Best practices for
supporting a student through gender transition within the school system will be