Sex Education

Student Well-Being Online Summit SEL in Middle and High School: What Works, What Doesn’t
Join fellow educators and administrators in this discussion on social emotional learning and what schools and staff can do to provide it.
October 14, 2021
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Special Report Making Social-Emotional Learning Work for Teens
Chances are teenagers are not getting the social emotional learning they need, especially now. This report shows how schools can help.
October 12, 2021
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Curriculum From Our Research Center Privacy, Porn, and Parents in the Room: Sex Education's Pandemic Challenges
After more than a year of instructional shifts and social isolation, students need sex education that is media-savvy and relationship-wise.
Sarah D. Sparks, October 12, 2021
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Education Briefly Stated Briefly Stated: Stories You May Have Missed
A collection of stories from the previous week that you may have missed.
November 17, 2020
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Curriculum What Should Students Learn in Sex Education? In This State, Voters Will Decide
Washington voters will consider a statewide mandate for comprehensive sex education.
Evie Blad, October 23, 2020
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School Choice & Charters Briefly Stated Briefly Stated: Stories You May Have Missed

COVID-19 Rates Go Up Among Schoolchildren as Schools Reopen

October 7, 2020
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Curriculum When Teens Are in Violent Relationships, Should Principals Step In?
A survey of high school principals reveals that more than half of school leaders say they have dealt with an incident of teen dating violence recently, but many of them aren't clear what their role should be.
Arianna Prothero, September 25, 2019
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Student Well-Being Opinion Yes, I Get My Period. School Shouldn't Shame Me for It
Schools should take the lead in removing the stigma around menstruation, writes 16-year-old Maggie Di Sanza, founder of Bleed Shamelessly.
Maggie Di Sanza, February 7, 2019
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Equity & Diversity Give Students Free Tampons, Pads, Advocates Say. Here's Why Some Schools Already Do
A growing number of schools are offering free tampons and sanitary pads, hoping to meet the needs of low-income students. Here's why more schools may join them.
Evie Blad, January 28, 2019
2 min read
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Curriculum Reported Essay We're Teaching Consent All Wrong
No, consent doesn't just belong in sex ed. class; it needs to start a lot earlier. Sarah D. Sparks looks at the research.
Sarah D. Sparks, January 8, 2019
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Student Well-Being Conversations About Sexual Assault Have Roiled the Nation. 6 Takeaways for Educators
The controversial confirmation process for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh has students, teachers, and schools grappling with sensitive issues around men, women, bodies, and power.
Stacey Decker, October 4, 2018
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Student Well-Being When Students Say #MeToo, Schools May Be Unprepared to Help
Some researchers and advocates say it's often difficult for students to seek assistance from schools when they want to report a sexual assault, a concern that's become more urgent against the backdrop of the tumultuous Supreme Court confirmation process of Brett Kavanaugh who has been accused of sexual assault by three women.
Evie Blad, September 26, 2018
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Student Well-Being Teaching Comprehensive Sex Education, From Kindergarten Through High School
Comprehensive sexuality education includes everything from basic anatomy to how to have a healthy relationship. Advocates say it should start as early as kindergarten.
Lisa Stark, August 22, 2018
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Curriculum Video Beyond the Birds & the Bees - What Comprehensive Sex Education Looks Like
Sex education - and what it covers - varies widely from district to district, even school to school. In some areas, there is still an ongoing debate about whether this is a subject best left to parents, not teachers. Those who support comprehensive sexuality education say both have a role to play. Parents can communicate family values; teachers can cover everything from medically accurate information to relationship dynamics. Shafia Zaloom, a health educator and consultant based in San Francisco, travels to schools around the country teaching sexuality education. Zaloom believes this instruction should start as early as kindergarten, with the youngest students learning about empathy and understanding emotions. She outlines what it looks like from the earliest years through high school. Read more:
August 22, 2018