Creating SOGI Affirming and Expansive classrooms

This workshop provides educators the opportunity to explore what it means to create SOGIE (Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Expression) affirming and expansive classrooms and how does it manifest in the classroom environment, teaching practices and student actions. We will also bring in an intersectional lens within SOGI to identify how studentís different identities impacts their own experience. Educators will dive into what it means to be an ally for their students who identify within the SOGI spectrum, understand SOGI practices that best support all students especially queer, transgender, and non-binary students. Through role play, deeper conversations and reflection, educators will be able to walk away with action steps that they can implement in their classrooms. This in-person workshop is suitable for K-12 teachers. Participants are requested to bring any device (mobile phone, tablet/ipad/ or laptop/mac) for doing collaborative work in this session. 

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To Bring/Important Notes

Participants are encouraged to bring a device (iPad or laptop)


1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
Room B212
Sullivan Heights Secondary School

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    Noel Abraham

    I am Noel Abraham (they/them) and I am in my 5th year of teaching. I currently teach Secondary Math at Lord Tweedsmuir Secondary. I have previously taught Grade 4, Grade 6/7, Secondary Science and Math at Surrey Schools. I identify as queer and non-binary and have been an active LGBTQ2S+ ally. 

    I am highly passionate about STEM Education ever since I moved into the domain of education.  My educational background is in Aerospace Engineering and I worked as a Propulsion Engineer in the Middle East prior to transitioning to a teaching career in Canada. While completing my B.Ed degree in Toronto, I volunteered for Let's Talk Science for 2 years and took STEM lessons into elementary schools within the Greater Toronto Area. I moved to BC to pursue my teaching career and began my teaching career with Surrey Schools. I completed my Masters in Science Education from UBC and teamed up with Let's Talk Science to be a Teacher Leader since 2019. Within my role as a Teacher Leader, I coached a team of teachers to embed Lets Talk Science STEM kits in their classrooms and present virtual STEM webinars. This year, I advanced my role within Let's Talk Science as a BC Western Regional Lead. Within my role, I support teacher leaders in their roles of promoting STEM learning and activities within their cohorts.