By Denise Bodart, Realityworks RealCare Product Manager
Earlier this month, the Guttmacher Institute published a new State Policies in Brief – Sex and HIV Education report. This timely briefing contains updated statistics and information by state on key sex education mandates and metrics.
In the past decade, sex education has been in the news frequently. The new National Sexuality Education Standards were published in 2012, while federal funding underwent a fundamental shift away from abstinence-only programs. Additionally, schools have been urged to select sexuality education curricula that follow the characteristics of effective sex education developed by Douglas Kirby.
Realityworks has watched these developments with great interest, as it is part of our mission to provide educators with useful resources and experiential learning tools to help young people make good decisions. We have two comprehensive, abstinence-plus sex education curricula available that follow the Kirby principals.
On the fourth page of the State Policies in Brief – Sex and HIV Education report, you’ll find specific content requirements for sex and HIV education according to the Guttmacher Institute. Our Healthy Choices Sex Education Program curricula includes much of the content requirements found on this document. Topics such as contraception, abstinence, health decision-making, communication, and avoiding peer pressure are all part of the lessons found in Healthy Choices. In addition, the Healthy Choices curricula aligns to the National Sexuality Education Standards.
To learn more about our Healthy Choices Sex Education Program, including a lesson sample and standard alignments, click here. Additionally, the Guttmacher Institute‘s website provides a plethora of helpful sex education resources. This organization’s goal is to advance sexual and reproductive health worldwide through research, policy analysis and public education, and their website features an interactive map for state-specific information as well as a searchable database.
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