Tools for Sex Educators

Summer is a great time to explore…Tools for Sex Educators Sure, you’re “off for the summer.” But anyone who knows a teacher sees right through that expression. We all know you are busy refreshing, renewing, and readying for the new school year. Summer is a great time to look at some new tools for sex educators! Here are a few resources to add to your repertoire of tools: Sexual Health Education Guide: Many schools and teachers face the challenge of…

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Sex Education in Schools

“If You Don’t, Who Will?” Conference Highlights People who love kids want to do the right thing. But they don’t always know how. This is never truer than when we talk about teaching kids about puberty, relationships, and sexuality. “If You Don’t, Who Will?” is a workshop about helping participants take action to get effective sex education in place in their schools. Pat Bednarz and I first presented this workshop geared toward school nurses for the 2016 National Association of School…

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Musings on a Father’s Day

Musings on a Father’s Day As Father’s Day approaches, I feel deep gratitude for my own dad. He was a wonderful man and a great dad to me. His consistent presence in my life and the lessons he taught me by both example and words had a profound impact on my development. These warm memories also remind me that many people don’t (or didn’t) have a father who is available to them or one who fits the stereotype of what…

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Sexual Health Education Guide

Sexual Health Education Guide for Schools   Development of the Guide Many school districts face the challenge of keeping a record of their approved sex education programming. With changes in administration and staff, educators may not know what lessons to teach and what supplementary resources to use at each grade level. Without consistent implementation, students might not receive the same instruction from class to class. Also, controversy can arise when individual teachers don’t know what to teach and have to…

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Vignettes from India

Vignettes from India India continues to haunt me and motivate my work. I’d like to share a few experiences that intersect with my mission of ensuring that all young people have a positive puberty experience. As I share the following vignettes, you will see what a small world this is and how much work is yet to be done. Vignette 1: March vs Silence While we were visiting New Delhi, the capital of Indian, we passed a women’s march. I…

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Professional Learning Standards

Professional Learning Standards for Sex Education Think about the person who taught your sex education classes. What comes to mind? Do you recall someone who was ill-equipped and uncomfortable? Or do you recall a person who was passionate about the subject and well-prepared to teach a sensitive topic to young people? Professional learning standards for sex education help ensure that all sex educators are adequately prepared to deliver instruction effectively. Professional preparation for teaching sex education can make all the…

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Why Talk About Masturbation

Why Talk About Masturbation Recently, I was engaged in this online chat…                           This exchange illustrates the kind of anxiety many young people have regarding masturbation. It also shows how desperate they are to find someone they can talk to about their questions. This young man reached across the globe to a stranger, rather than try to talk face-to-face with someone he knows. My responses to him focused…

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Program Evaluation Is Vital

Program evaluation is much more than a good idea: It is vital! Education is all about data-based decision-making, and sex education is no different. When schools allocate precious instructional time, they want to make sure that time is used wisely. So, if sex education takes place in schools, we need to evaluate whether it gets the results it promises. If it does, great! Keep on doing what is working. If it doesn’t, why are we doing it? Let’s look at…

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Online Course Available

NEW! Online Training Course Available   So, you’ve been asked to teach sex education. Okay, maybe you were told, not asked. Either way, you will be teaching a topic that you probably didn’t study in college…awkward! No worries! The Puberty Lady has your back. I’ve developed an online course that will help you feel more comfortable and confident about teaching sex education whether you’re a teacher, school nurse, or community educator. The course will prepare you with the skills and…

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Sex Education in India

Sex Education in India   How can I describe my trip to India? Words can’t possibly capture the overload on my senses, the warmth and curiosity of the people, the richness of the culture and traditions, the perplexity about the way systems work (or don’t), and the feelings evoked by all this and more. Let me focus on what I learned about schools and sex education in the parts of India I visited. Education in Indian Primary and Middle Schools…

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Gender-Inclusive Puberty Education

Gender-Inclusive Puberty and Health Education: Life-Affirming for All, Life-Saving for Some   A fifth-grade student walks into their first-ever puberty education class. They look around the room: maybe they feel like everyone else has already developed in ways they haven’t. Maybe they wonder why they already have characteristics a person of their gender isn’t “supposed” to have for a few more years. Or maybe they feel like they just can’t identify with lessons that should be giving them vital information…

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Teaching Consent-Lessons Young Children

Teaching Consent: Lessons for Young Children   “You want me to teach what? Consent?” “My child is too young to hear about sex!” “My students are too young to learn about sex!” Wait a minute… We can teach young children about consent without talking about sex. And it’s vital that we start now. Consent Is a Vital Topic to Teach Education Week recently published their special report “10 BIG Ideas in Education”[1] to identify the most pressing challenges facing education. Consent…

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“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