How I Got Into Sex…Ed — Meet Brandy Barnett

We are running excerpts from How I Got Into Sex…Ed. Get a free copy of the ebook here. Order the print book here. Brandy Barnett, MS How I Got Into Sex…Ed I am a trainer and technical assistance coordinator, and I also teach sex education to adolescents and provide workshops for parents of adolescents on effective communication… Read more »

How Might Sex Ed Be Affected Over the Next Four Years?

As we approach Inauguration Day, it’s tempting to ask how sex ed might be affected by the incoming administration. It’s also tough to call, as sexuality education wasn’t necessarily at the forefront this past campaign season. Still, Rewire has tried to answer that question, or at least to engage in some well-informed speculation. In her most recent post… Read more »

Does Pleasure Have a Place in Sex Ed Curricula?

Earlier this week, we mentioned that several schools in Ontario, Canada are experiencing a backlash from parents who are upset with the new sex ed curriculum. Thorncliffe Park Public School in Toronto, was forced to offer a “sanitized” version of the curriculum to first graders, as a way to stop parents from pulling their children out of class…. Read more »

Sex Ed in the News

How Technology Is Changing the Way We Learn About Sex New Mobile App Provides the Answers That Teens Are Looking For Later this week, Juicebox—a mobile app created by Brianna Radar—will become available for download. Juicebox is Radar’s solution to what she sees as a lack of solid sex education in high school, which in turn… Read more »

Sex Ed in the News

Sexuality Education Policies Continue To Fluctuate Across the U.S. New Sex Ed Bill on the Table in Ohio Ohio has a new bill pending—Senate Bill 101—that would ensure that contraceptive methods be taught in school. If this bill were passed, mandatory HIV/AIDS prevention education would also be accurately provided. The bill also includes an optional comprehensive sexual health education… Read more »

#BlackSexEdHistory Spotlight: James Wadley

James C. Wadley, Ph.D., L.P.C. (PA & NJ), ACS  (Founder/Editor)                                                        Dr. James Wadley is Associate Professor and Director of the Master of Human Services program at The Lincoln University. As a scholar-practitioner, he is a licensed professional counselor and maintains a private practice in the States of Pennsylvania and New Jersey. He is the founding editor… Read more »

What do your vagina and your boss have to do with each other?

You know those days when you’re feeling down at work, feeling unappreciated, not entirely sure that you’re on the right path anyway? You look around your little work space, dejected, wanting some recognition for everything you put into your company? If nothing else, even a raise would do it for you. It’s not emotional validation,… Read more »

Sex Ed Week in Review: Get Real!

The REAL Act The Real Education for Healthy Youth Act of 2013 is heading to Congress in the coming months to support federal funding for medically accurate, comprehensive sexuality education. The Act was first proposed by Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-CA) and Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) in 2009, reintroduced in 2011, and again in February 2013…. Read more »

Sex Educator of the Week: Sarah Sloane

What project in sex ed are you currently working on? I’m excited to be coordinating The Pleasure Chest – Chicago’s educational program, which offers over 60 classes at no charge each year on topics ranging from basic sexuality to specialty topics encompassing the range of ages, genders, and orientations. In my off-hours time, I write… Read more »

Summertime: School Is Out and Sex Ed Is In

Scappoose County, Oregon: The Scappoose School District is asking parents to schedule their summer vacations around their review of several sex education curricula. The curricula is scheduled to be voted on today, Thursday, July 11, 2013. Using HIV statistics from 2001, parents need to support curriculum changes in Scappoose. By voting at the school board meeting,… Read more »


This past weekend, the American Association of SexualityEducators, Counselors, and Therapists (AASECT) honored several members with awards. Here are the honorees. Distinguished Service Award Patti Britton, PhD, MPH, ACSE, ABS, ACS, FAACS, MSC Dr. Patti is in the very top leadership and is a well respected pioneer in the field of sexology: Dr. Britton possesses… Read more »

Sex Educator of the Week: Dr. Laurie Betito

What project(s) are you working on in sex ed? At the Sexual Health Network of Quebec, we are working towards offering sex ed to high schools free of charge.  We fundraise every year to be able to offer such programs.  We have also created a program for kindergarten to grade 3 teachers to begin introducing… 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 »

Pittsfield, MA to Explore Revitalizing its Sex Ed Program

MA State RepresentativeTricia Farley-Bouvier wishes to address the county’s high teen pregnancy rates. Good news from Pittsfield, Massachusetts! Its school curriculum subcommittee has decided to review the sex education programs in city schools this week.  The decision comes as state representative Tricia Farley-Bouvierand two students called for its overhaul, citing a high teen pregnancy rate in… Read more »

“Teaching Safer Sex” to Receive AASECT Book Award

Earlier this month the Center for Family Life Education (CFLE) received the jubilant news that our 2012 publication, Teaching Safer Sex, 3rd Ed., Vol. 1 & 2, will receive this year’s AASECT Book Award, given by the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists. This award is the most prestigious one given in the field for… 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 »

Newest Issue of the American Journel of Sexuality Education

Dear Colleagues, I am so happy to tell you about the newest issue of the American Journal of Sexuality Education, which just arrived in my mailbox. This is the most ambitious issue since volume 1, number 1. The table of contents is here: and I am also listing them below. (If I did it… Read more »