Sexual Harassment & #MeToo

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#MeToo

#MeToo   Heartbreaking stories of sexual harassment and sexual assault… have been flooding social media. Some stories share details, but many more are simple declarations of a shared experience. The sheer volume is sobering and points to the horrifying truth: Sexual harassment and assault are everywhere. More than 50 percent of women and nearly 20 percent of men reported at least one incident of sexual harassment during one 12-month study period.[1] Every 98 seconds, an American is sexually assaulted. And every…

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Is Your 4th Grader Ready for Puberty: The Wonder Years? YES!

Is Your 4th Grader Ready for Puberty: The Wonder Years? YES!   As a parent, you want to prepare your children… …for whatever life may toss their way. You do this because you know that ignorance doesn’t help anyone. In fact, arming your children with knowledge and skills ahead of time is a great way to protect them from being taken advantage of, or from being in a situation where they don’t know what to do. On the other hand,…

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Puberty: Not So Wonderful?

Puberty: Not So Wonderful?   Ask an adult what they remember about puberty, and they will probably get a funny look on their face. Next, they are likely to tell you a funny story about something embarrassing that happened to them. Worse yet, some adults might tell stories of being confused, frightened, or humiliated by their puberty experiences. Yes, growing from a child into an adult can be awkward at times. But, let’s face it… growing into a grownup is…

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Puberty Curriculum Free

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News & Notable

News & Notable   Puberty: The Wonder Years Updates May 2017, May 30, 2017 #MeToo, Lester Graham, Stateside, Michigan Radio, October 10, 2017 The Birds and the Bees: LAUSD sex ed might be going through some changes, A. Martnez,Take  Two, NPR 89.3KPCC, 2017-9-25 Puberty Education, Jim Roope, Westwood One News, 2017-9-7 “LAUSD Introduces New Sex-Education Classes for 4th Graders,” Anabel X. Munoz, KABC News, Los Angeles, 2017-9-8 “LAUSD to try out sex ed classes for middle school students,” Antonie Boessenkool, Los…

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Puberty Lesson Activities

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Menstrual Hygiene Day

May 28 is Menstrual Hygiene Day. You might be asking yourself, “Why does something so normal and natural—something that is routinely experienced by half of the world’s population—deserve its very own special day?” Great question! Menstruation Across the Globe Across the globe, girls and women experience challenges because of their menstruation. In many countries, menstruation is a taboo topic. Many cultures do not prepare girls for the onset of this normal event; others require girls and women to isolate themselves…

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Teaching Puberty to 5th Graders

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Respectful Relationships: Lessons for Life

What are children learning about respect and relationships in the media lately? Think of the images and quotes that are splashed across all forms of media. How will children learn to develop respectful relationships in this environment? Relationships formed in childhood, good or bad, are likely to be repeated as adults unless new skills are learned. Relationships are an important part of life. The old adage, “No man is an island,” is true for every man, woman, and child. Any…

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Media Literacy

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Student Assessment Tool: Student Work

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What educators are saying

“My students had lots of questions! They thanked me for being willing to teach them about what is happening to them.”

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Mike B., Lansing School District

“Puberty: The Wonder Years doesn’t just stick to puberty. The curriculum also includes lessons on topics that I think are necessary, such as bullying and social-emotional components. There’s also a lot of scripting for really good conversation and prompts for the teachers.”

Tim Kordic, Project Advisor for Sexual Health & HIV Prevention, Los Angeles Unified School District

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Wendy receives her award from the American School Health Association