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RISE Project on B.Ed. Programs

RISE: Respect, Inclusion, Safety, Equity


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The RISE Project on SGM (sexual and gender minority)-inclusive Teacher Education in Canadian Universities addresses the challenges of creating Respectful, Inclusive, Safe, and Equitable (RISE) schools for 2SLGBTQ+ students, families, and staff through evidence-based teacher education. 2SLGBTQ+ people very often experience a hostile school climate in elementary and secondary schools, but teachers seldom teach in 2SLGBTQ-inclusive ways, not because they are opposed but because they have not been adequately prepared. Similarly, Faculties of Education often demonstrate extensive faculty expertise in inclusive education, and many teacher education instructors recognize the importance of 2SLGBTQ+ inclusion, but far fewer have integrated it into their courses. As a result, we continue to certify teachers who understand some aspects of inclusive education but are often underprepared to extend it to 2SLGBTQ+ students. The RISE project aims to intervene in this situation by developing evidence-based recommendations for both “queering” the mandatory B.Ed. curriculum and developing specialized elective courses.