March 16

Our SOGI Rainbow Shelf, new door stickers and signs

In anticipation of Pink Shirt Day I added a new shelf to the Learning Commons to feature some of our SOGI resources including non-fiction, picture books and novels.

“SOGI-inclusive education is fundamentally about learning to treat each other with dignity and respect regardless of our differences. All students need to see themselves and their families reflected in lessons, language and practices. Like other forms of inclusion in schools, the goal of SOGI-inclusive education is for everyone to understand the diverse society that we live in and to feel safe, valued, and respected.” https://bc.sogieducation.org/sogi3

I used regular acrylic paint and just painted the edges of the shelf for a rainbow effect. 

This simple sign was easy to add to the private washroom but can speak volumes.

Bright new stickers provided by the BCTF available for every classroom.

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November 29

New #SOGI Resources

SOGI 1 2 3 was created by ARC Foundation in collaboration with the BC Ministry of Education, BC Teachers’ Federation, UBC Faculty of Education,  and local, national and international LGBTQ community organizations. We look forward to collaborating with school districts across BC, BC Principal’s and Vice-Principal’s Association, BC School Superintendents Association, BC School Trustees Association and BC Confederation of Parent Advisory Councils. We are working together to address the immediate need to support marginalized LGBTQ students by effecting rapid and progressive change in attitudes, policies, and practices toward creating safer and more inclusive school environments for all students.” www.sogieducation.org

Below are some of our more recently arrived resources. Click here for a comprehensive list of  the top  additions to our growing collection.

Also, here are some of our collection’s great resources supporting Love is Love: Creating a gender inclusive school and celebrating diverse families. (130 titles)

And check out the TeachBC Resource. The Gender Spectrum: What Educators Need to Know by Glen Hansman

My current favourite…

Not Quite Narwhal (2017) Heartwarming and adorable debut picture book tells the story of a young unicorn who was born under the sea to a family of narwhals. Growing up in the ocean, Kelp has always assumed that he was a narwhal like the rest of his family. Sure, he’s always been a little bit different. Then one night, an extra strong current sweeps Kelp to the surface, where he spots a mysterious creature that looks just like him!  The revelation leaves him torn: is he a land narwhal or a sea unicorn?

 

I Love My Purse (2017 ). Charlie loves the bright red purse that his grandmother let him have. One day, he decides to take it to school. First his father, then his friends, and even the crossing guard question him about his “strange” choice. After all, boys don’t carry purses. They point out that they, too, have things they like, but that doesn’t mean they go out in public wearing them. But Charlie isn’t deterred.

 

The Pink Suitcase (2018) What was his grandmother thinking when she bought Benjamin such a strange present: an empty pink suitcase! To his mother’s horror, Benjamin is not only drawn to the suitcase—he absolutely loves it. What’s more, as he grows older he shows no signs of wanting to give it up. Spanning the generations, The Pink Suitcase is a warm-hearted and amusing tale about being different and celebrating the individual.

 

Teddy’s Favourite Toy (2018) A mom goes to great lengths to rescue her son’s favorite doll in this delightful tribute to treasured toys—and mothers. Teddy has a lot of cool toys. But his very favorite doll has the best manners, the sickest fighting skills, and a fierce sense of style. Then one morning, something truly awful happens. And there’s only one woman fierce enough to save the day.

 

The Boy and the Bindi by Vivek Shraya. (2016) A five-year-old boy becomes fascinated with his mother’s bindi, the red dot commonly worn by South Asian women to indicate the point at which creation begins, and wishes to have one of his own. Rather than chastise her son, she agrees to it, and teaches him about its cultural significance, allowing the boy to discover the magic of the bindi, which in turn gives him permission to be more fully himself.

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