A critical piece of every program that prepares our teachers to teach in the K-12 system is information about young people’s sexuality and sexual and social development. Teaching and preparing our future teachers to know what to expect around puberty, gender identity, sexuality, and developing relationships is crucial. Also, Canadian educational institutions must provide comprehensive sexual health education (SHE) as a most basic part of adolescent health care and education (SIECAN, 2008; Health Canada, 2003 & 2008). It would be beneficial for all teachers to undergo at least one course in their B.Ed. or undergrad that addresses personal and educational needs and issues for youth.
It is appropriate and logical to provide this training in pre-service education, however, this is being done only a small percentage of the time across the country. SLI provides this training in a short series of workshops for the BEd programs in our universities.
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