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MyGSA.ca - Equity and Inclusive Education Resource Kit for Ontario High Schools

by MyGSA.ca Ages: Grades 9 - 12 Website: http://www.MyGSA.ca
 

This kit is your go-to document for resources regarding the creation and maintenance of safer and more inclusive school communities.

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Otherwise, view the listings below for .pdf documents of individual kit sections. Print versions of the kit are available on request, and can be ordered here.
By Section:

Introduction
This Introduction to Egale’s Equity and Inclusive Education Resource Kit for Ontario High Schools is a great primer for anyone looking for LGBTQ 101, including basic terminology such as what those letters mean! You’ll also find the kit’s dedication to Shaquille Wisdom, the Table of Contents for the entire kit, a list of the kit’s appendices, background information such as legal cases, as well as scholarships, awards, and bursaries.
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GSA Guide
The GSA Guide is based on 10 basic steps for starting a Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) or other LGBTQ-inclusive student group. Throughout the guide, you’ll also find additional helpful information in the appendices pertaining to assessing your school’s climate, Catholic schools, adults’ concerns, engaging allies, writing proposals, running meetings, creating safe space protocols, ice breakers, LGBTQ-inclusive school board policies, booklists, and activities for your club.
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Questions & Answers about LGBTQ Human Rights Legislation and Policy in Ontario
In this Questions & Answers about LGBTQ Human Rights Legislation and Policy in Ontario, 7 questions are presented from various student perspectives about abusive or offensive language commonly encountered in school environments. A number of answers are provided for each question, relating it to regional and federal legislation and policy. The full texts for these documents can be found on the internet via the footnotes.
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LGBTQ Role Models & Symbols
This section features the biographies of 16 LGBTQ role models, including 7 Canadians, in the areas of arts and entertainment, math and science, politics, religion, and sports. It also provides visuals and descriptions for 5 common LGBTQ symbols, which can be used for posters, pamphlets, flyers, and so on.
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Information & Resources for Educators
The Information & Resources for Educators focuses on 10 things you can do to help make Ontario’s schools safer and more inclusive spaces, as well as tools to help you: book and film lists, lesson plans, concrete strategies, ideas for activities, curriculum topics, and more!
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Resources for Guidance Counsellors
Topics in the Resources for Guidance Counsellors address youth suicide prevention, myths about being LGBTQ, issues faced by LGBTQ families, mentoring programmes, sections on guidance in school board policies, trans-positive school environments, recommendations for professionals working with LGBTQ youth, and suggestions from youth with LGBTQ parents about what helps at school.
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Information for Administrators
This section provides administrators with information about specific policy and legislation pertaining to safer and more inclusive, respectful, and welcoming school environments for LGBTQ youth, youth perceived as LGBTQ, and youth with LGBTQ parents, other family members, and friends as well as statistics and students’ perspectives on the homophobic, biphobic, and transphobic bullying, discrimination, and harassment occurring in Canadian schools today.
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Terms & Concepts
Here you’ll find various definitions for many words relating specifically to LGBTQ matters as well as equity, inclusive education, and intersectionality more broadly. Beef up your own vocabulary or write a trivia question on the board!
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LGBTQ Resources
Looking for help or volunteer opportunities? This section provides descriptions and website addresses for many LGBTQ and LGBTQ-friendly organizations, programmes, and resources throughout Ontario as well as nationally.
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