From Pilot to Province-Wide! All 60 Districts are participating in the Network!
In just over two school years, the BC SOGI Educator Network has grown from 9 to 60 districts! Below is a current list of districts that are participating in the BC SOGI Educator Network.
To learn more about your local districts participation, learn more at how to join.
Burnaby, Conseil Scolaire Francophone, Coquitlam, Delta, New Westminster, North Vancouver, Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows, Richmond, Sea to Sky, Surrey, Vancouver, and West Vancouver
Abbotsford, Chilliwack, Fraser Cascade, Langley, and Mission
Vancouver Island / Sunshine Coast
Alberni, Campbell River, Comox Valley, Cowichan Valley, Greater Victoria, Gulf Islands, Nanaimo-Ladysmith, Powell River, Qualicum, Saanich, Sooke, Sunshine Coast, Vancouver Island North, and Vancouver Island West
Arrow Lakes, Boundary, Kootenay-Columbia, Kootenay-Lake, Rocky Mountain, and Southeast Kootenay
Bulkley Valley, Central Coast, Coast Mountain, Fort Nelson, Haida Gwaii, Nechako Lakes, Nisga’a, Peace River North, Peace River South, Prince Rupert, and Stikine
Cariboo-Chilcotin, Gold Trail, Kamloops-Thompson, Prince George, and Quesnel
Central Okanagan, Nicola-Similkameen, North Okanagan-Shuswap, Okanagan-Similkameen, Okanagan Skaha, Revelstoke, and Vernon
“The network enabled us to go further in our SOGI work.”
Renge Bailie, District Principal, Student Support Services, Langley School District
About the 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 school districts, independent schools and First Nations schools. District-level members in public school districts 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 as the SOGI Educator Toolkit (download below).
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.
The network is open to all districts, independent schools and First Nations schools in 2019/2020.
“This is about creating a community to support our students.”
Nichelle Penney, Teacher and SOGI District Lead 2016/17, Kamloops/Thompson School District
How to Join
Educators join the network within one of the following roles:
SOGI DISTRICT LEAD (for school districts)
This position is appointed centrally by district leadership and is usually filled by one or two educators. The District Leads raise awareness of SOGI within their districts by developing district-wide initiatives and recruiting, training, and supporting School Leads. District Leads typically have dedicated hours for this role, attend regular network meetings, and are usually a teacher, administrator, counsellor, district principal, or other district role.
SOGI SCHOOL LEAD
Any BC educator in a school district, independent school or First Nations school can self-identify as a School Lead. The School Leads raise awareness of SOGI within their schools by sharing, implementing, and developing SOGI-inclusive practices and initiatives. School Leads can be teachers, administrators, teacher-librarians, counsellors, or any other staff role in a school.
If you are interested in joining the BC SOGI Educator Network, please see our list of participating districts at the top of this page. If your district is listed, please contact your SOGI District Lead for more information on how to get involved. If not, please express your interest in joining using the form below.
“Having a SOGI School Lead in every school brought grassroots change.”
Matt Carruthers, SOGI District Lead 2015/16 and Elementary Principal, Delta School District
4 Ways to Act Now
Even before joining the network, you can be part of a network of change.
1. Stay informed: Subscribe to our newsletter to hear SOGI updates and to learn when new resources are added to this website (sign-up at the bottom of the page).
2. Share resources: Even if you are not yet a network member, you can share your SOGI resources with others. Email us to share your resources with the network and/or on this website.
3. Inspire others: You don’t have to be an expert to inspire others. You just have to make an effort. Decide on the next thing you will do to create change in your classroom or school.
4. Use network resources: The following resources have been developed and/or tested by the BC SOGI Educator Network. Use them, and let us know what you think.
Download the SOGI Educator Toolkit
This toolkit is always evolving with new tools created by educators like you. Download, customize, and use these resources today (some of these can also be found on other pages of this website). We welcome your feedback.