Sex Ed News Roundup: CT, RI, NY & MA

Photo from: May: Teen Pregnancy Prevention MonthPlanned Parenthood of Southern New England (PPSNE) is recognizing Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month by offering teen clinics in Connecticut and Rhode Island focused specifically on pregnancy prevention. Although teen pregnancy rates are declining across the country, PPSNE says that Connecticut and Rhode Island are still ranked 13th and 11th… Read more »

Sex Ed Week in Review: Posters, Partners, and Sex Positivity

Kansas: Poster Sparks Anger, Leads to Opt-In Mandates In Sex Ed The passage of Senate Bill 376 would  mandate school districts to obtain signed permission slips from parents or guardians so their children could engage in human sexuality instruction. Anger over a poster brought the Bill to the floor after a student showed her father a picture of it. The… Read more »

Sex Ed Week in Review: Money, Money, Money

Graphic: Guttmacher Institute New Mexico: For six years, the New Mexico Department of Health has rejected federal funding for abstinence-based sexuality education, saying it’s ineffective and biased. However, the DOH, in partnership with New Mexico State University, has recently accepted a nice sum of money to support an abstinence-based sexuality curriculum called Sex Can Wait. The curriculum will be offered as… Read more »

Sex Ed Week in Review: Inspiring & Not-so-Inspiring Updates from the Midwest

Two students attending the University of Nebraska-Lincoln are encouraging conversations on their campus for sexual education and advocacy through their reinstatement of two student groups: Students for Choice, and Students Advocating Gender Equity (SAGE). Meredith Cain and Audrey Nance returned to campus feeling inspired after attending the Youth Organizing and Policy Conference in Washington, DC in July,… Read more »

Sex Educator of the Week: Amber Brown

What project(s) are you currently working on in Sex Ed? This year, The SPECTRUM, the LGBTQA youth safe-haven I founded in 2006, turns 7 years old! I’ve done my best to provide hundreds of queer and allied youth with education, recreation and support. Helping them grow into sexually healthy adults is some of the most… Read more »

Sex Educator of the Week: Josephina Gil-Leyva

What project(s) are you currently working on in Sex Ed? Josephina Gil-LeyvaHealth Educator, PP of Central and Greater Northern NJ I work for Planned Parenthood. My current project is in Plainfield, NJ doing HIV education and implementing Effective Behavioral interventions by the CDC, VOICES/VOCES, and SISTA. Most of my work is done with young adult… Read more »

Sex Ed Week in Review: Dollars and Sense

In the United States Bridgeton, NJ: Inspira Health Network‘s Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Program, “At Promise, Not At Risk,” just received $5 million from the United States federal government to continue its programming. The program, now in its third year, combines life skills with abstinence-based sexuality education for 120 6th graders across two school systems. The… Read more »

Sex Educator of the Week: Blythe Ulrich, MA, CHES

What project(s) are you currently working on in Sex Ed? Blythe Ulrich, MA, CHESUNC Horizons Blythe currently teaches a Women’s Health psycho-educational group at UNC Horizons, a gender specific substance abuse treatment program for pregnant women and women with children under age 12.  Topics included are anatomy, STI/HIV education and prevention, contraceptive education, body image, gender,… Read more »

#SexEducator of the Week: Bill Taverner

What project in sex ed are you currently working on? Sue Milstein and I have finished editing Positive Images: Teaching about Contraception and Sexual Health, which was recently published! I am also working on the 13th edition of Taking Sides: Clashing Views in Human Sexuality with Ryan McKee, and a few other projects in line…. Read more »

Sex Educator of the Week: Jen Mainville

What project in sex ed are you currently working on? I am working to incorporate more multi-session programs for young women into our education efforts at Planned Parenthood of the Southern Finger Lakes.  We are utilizing programs such as Girls Circle and Girls on the Run, which help strengthen self-confidence and personal awareness, as well… Read more »

“Thank you, thank you!” for Teaching Safer Sex

This past weekend, Teaching Safer Sex, Third Edition, Volumes One and Two received the AASECT Book Award, a prestigious honor given by the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists. Editor-in-Chief Bill Taverner and Associate Editor Susan Milstein were on hand to receive the award at the 2013 AASECT Conference in Miami, Florida. Associate editor (and recently retired Planned Parenthood educator) Sue Montfort was not… Read more »

The Retirement of Sue Montfort

by Bill Taverner Today we celebrate the retirement of my friend Sue Montfort. Do you know Sue? I bet you do! If you have ever taught about sexual consent, I bet you know Sue Montfort. If you have ever helped a pre-school teacher respond to a toddler’s question about sex without freaking out,  I bet… Read more »

“Why I Teach Sex Ed: Because I want to…” With Ashley Gaunt

Ashely GauntEducator, Planned Parenthood ofCentral and Greater Northern New Jersey Sex Ed was something that I have known about since I was a kindergartner. My best friend and I used to stay up late and watch the Sunday Night Sex Show with Sue Johensen without our parents knowing. We would sit there, starry eyed and… Read more »

“Why I Teach Sex Ed: To Pay it Forward” With Jenny Caruso

Jenny Caruso Senior Family Life & Sexuality Education Instructor Carrera Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Program Bronx, NY (Picture taken in Kenya while providing HIV education) As a child I was terrified of public speaking. I had perfected the art of suddenly becoming sick the day of the class presentation.  If I could go back in time… Read more »

“A little something on the Conference…” Ashley Gaunt

The CFLE National Sex Ed Conference is where my dreams, my career, and my life began two years ago. I was finishing up my undergraduate degree when my professor (Allyson Sandak) suggested that I volunteer at this conference. It was all pretty new to me, and I was just starting to figure out that I… Read more »

Why I Teach Sex Ed: Knowledge is Power

I am a firm believer the knowledge is power. Rachael Carlevale Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains I am a firm believer that knowledge is power. Teaching comprehensive, medically accurate, age appropriate sex education: healthy relationships, contraception, pregnancy options- that knowledge is LIFE SAVING power.  I feel as a sex education instructor, I am enabling students to make… Read more »

What does yours look like?

I can remember in high school (for me, 2000 – 2004… yes, I know) my German textbooks still had Germany as “West” & “East”. The language didn’t change, but… still… So, if your “current” edition of “Teaching Safer Sex” looks like this (albeit a sold-out edition): …You may wish to consider the new, expended 2-volume… Read more »

Profiling Great Sexuality Educators: Bill Taverner

Welcome to Profiling Great Sexuality Educators! This is the first of many! Profiling Great Sexuality Educators includes interviews that originally appeared on the website of The Center for Sexual Pleasure and Health and is adapted and reprinted with permission. And what better way that to start off this weekly post than with the interview with our very own Bill… Read more »

I Stand with Planned Parenthood

by Bill Taverner Today was my first Planned Parenthood rally.  I’m kind of embarrassed to admit it, because it seems like I’ve been affiliated with Planned Parenthood forever.  But the truth is I’ve never been to one of our rallies.  I’ve written many articles about the disagreements over abortion, contraception, sex education, and other core… Read more »