SIECUS Looks at the State of Sex Ed in 2016

Recently, the Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States (SIECUS) released their 2016 Sex Ed State Legislative Year-End Report. An annual publication, it contains information on sex ed legislation across the country, and provides analysis that allows readers to more fully understand the impact of these new laws, and how they either advance… Read more »

Spotlight on Zelaika Clarke, and the Necessity of Decolonizing Sex Ed

Here’s the next in our series of posts meant to prepare you for the National Sex Ed Conference. This week, we spotlight Zelaika Hepworth Clarke, Ph.D.—also known as the Jamerican Sexosopher—a sexologist and social worker who will be speaking about the decolonization of sexuality education. 1. Give me a bit of background. What keeps you busiest these days?… Read more »

Spotlight on Ryan Bronkema and Anonymity in the Classroom Environment

Continuing our efforts to get you fired up for the forthcoming National Sex Ed Conference, here’s another post spotlighting one of our conference presenters (you can find our previous presenter spotlight here). Ryan Bronkema, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor at the University of West Georgia where he teaches Counselor Education and College Student Affairs. He’ll be… Read more »

Welcome back!

My friends, the 2015 National Sex Ed Conference has been over for a month, and I’m finally back at my desk writing. Why has it taken me a month to get back into the grove of things, you may rightfully ask me? Between conference wrap-up, back-logged emails, and the holidays, well, things just got a… Read more »

NSEC Workshop Presenter Jenna Weintraub

NSEC Workshop Title: Body Neutrality : A Workshop on the Connections Between Body Image & Sexual Health NSEC Workshop Description: This workshop will explore how a socially constructed concept of an ‘ideal’ body impacts our work toward improving sexual health. Gain concrete tools to help you teach about body image and join the cultural shift towards creating… Read more »

NSEC Presenters Kate Randall and Bryce Komaroff

NSEC Workshop Title: The Mixed Messages of Sex Ed: Finding Harmony between Personal Values and Professional Goals NSEC Workshop Description: Teaching sexuality often requires educators to navigate mixed messages around abortion, sexual assault, teen pregnancy, and other topics. This interactive workshop will give participants the opportunity to craft their own sex education philosophy within a… Read more »

NSEC Presenter Terri Clark

NSEC Workshop Title: YES YOU CAN! Teaching About Sexuality with Older Adults NSEC Workshop Description: This workshop is intended for sexuality educators who want to begin to implement programming that targets older adults and aging services staff, but may not know where to start. Educators will learn tools to deliver engaging, interactive and easily replicable workshops… Read more »

NSEC Workshop Presenters Shira Cahn-Lipman and Jennifer A. Hart

NSEC Workshop Title: Facilitating Role-Play in the Sex Ed Classroom NSEC Workshop Description: This workshop will present participants with useful role-play techniques and strategies. Following an expert’s modeling, participants will have a chance to try out the techniques in a safe and judgment-free space. Attendees will leave this workshop empowered to apply these skills in their… Read more »

NSEC Workshop Presenters Judith Steinhart and Mariotta Gary-Smith

NSEC Workshop Title: Opening Arms to Open Doors: Diversifying the Sexuality Field through Intentional Mentoring NSEC Workshop Description: This interactive workshop will offer new and experienced sex educators a deeper understanding of the value of a mentor, ways to find a mentor, what can be gained from someone different from you, strategies to bring to the surface… Read more »

NSEC Workshop Presenters Amy Johnson and Melanie Davis

NSEC Workshop title: 5 Ways to be a Faith-Sensitive Sexuality Educator NSEC Workshop description: This informative and interactive workshop will explore how sexuality educators can and should work with curricula in order to acknowledge diverse religious and faith perspective amongst learners. Learn simple techniques to reduce the likelihood participants will either opt out or tune out… Read more »

Early bird conference registration rates end on Wednesday!

Are you as excited as I am about the National Sex Ed Conference in December? I’m not sure it’s possible – but I hope you are! Interviewing conference workshop presenters has been amazing – I hope you’ve been keeping up on them through this blog. A new one is posted every Wednesday. This is a… Read more »

NSEC Workshop Presenter Joann Schladale

NSEC Workshop Title: A Trauma Informed Approach for Adolescent Sexual Health NSEC Workshop Description: Life experiences greatly influence choices about sexual health and well-being. Trauma greatly impacts decisions young people make about sexual expression and adolescent sexual decision-making is not always determined by sex education. This workshop provides a research-based trauma informed approach for engaging youth… Read more »

NSEC Workshop Presenter Lorena Olvera

NSEC Workshop title: Sexuality Education for Latinos: Understanding Latino culture and sexuality NSEC Workshop Description: This interactive workshop will provide an overview of the influences of machismo, familismo, and marianismo on Latinos’ sexuality. Audience members will also learn the best practices and practical steps that service providers and educators working with Latino youth can take to… Read more »

NSEC Workshop Presenter Bianca Laureano

NSEC Workshop Title: Using Media in the Social Justice Classroom: Centering Black Trans Youth. NSEC Workshop Description: This workshop will feature one of Scenarios new short youth written Hollywood directed film House Not Home, about a young Black gender fluid teenager. Participants will watch film and do activities created from the REAL DEAL curriculum that center… Read more »