The BCTF offers a variety of free workshops to teachers that aim to
develop skills to address social justice issues within our classrooms
and school communities. The following workshops on poverty 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
Creating a Gender-Inclusive School Culture
This workshop will help develop an understanding of the risks facing trans, non-binary and gender diverse students, as well as the protective factors, gain increased familiarity with terminology used by the trans, non-binary and gender diverse 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, non-binary and gender diverse students, gender-inclusive schools help all students to feel safe at school.
Promoting Healthy Youth Relationships: Educating Against Gender-Based Violence
This workshop raises awareness of healthy and unhealthy youth
relationships and gender-based violence. Workshop participants increase their
understanding of the impact of dating and sexualized violence on youth. Through
the exploration of lessons and strategies to address these issues in the
classroom, the workshop enhances the capacity of schools and educators to
encourage healthy youth relationships. A series of lesson plans and
comprehensive resources are provided for use in the classroom.
Reach Out, Speak Out on Homophobia and Transphobia
workshop focuses on how to be an ally and support LGBTQ+ youth within schools.
Educators will develop an understanding of sexuality and gender as spectrums
and will explore essential terminology and pronouns. It will increase understanding
of the impact of homophobia and transphobia on youth and look at strategies and
best practices to address these. The importance of GSA’s and LGBTQ+ policies
will be shared. This workshop is highly recommended for educators wanting to
create an inclusive school culture so that all students feel safe and
Sexual Health Education: It's Fun!
This recently revised 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. 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.
Supporting Gender-Inclusive Communities (for parents)
what teachers are doing to make schools gender-inclusive. 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