Happy New Year!
The 2013 National Sex Ed Conference was filled with great experiences and a number of defining moments. Some of the highlights include the pre-conference workshops, concurrent sessions and phenomenal keynotes by Sam Killermann, Rev. Debra W. Haffner, Trina Scott, Heather Corrina and Al Vernacchio. We extend a giant “thank you” to all speakers, presenters, volunteers and staff supporting the conference last year. Special thanks also to Dr. Catherine Dukes. Cat was an amazing co-chair last year, put in an incredible amount of work, and we can’t thank her enough!
We applaud the Center for Family Life Education (CFLE), the national education division of Planned Parenthood of Central and Greater Northern New Jersey (PPCGNNJ) for hosting the National Sex Ed Conference each year. We honor the dedication, passion and drive of executive director Bill Taverner and program coordinator Jeffrey Anthony. They worked tirelessly behind the scenes from start to finish! Last year’s conference reached a historical marker with a 40% increase in attendance. We are going to work hard to keep the momentum in 2014.
The world of sexuality education is an exciting area to work, study, and innovate! Each conference allows us to bring together a community of sex educators that inspire one another and provide a platform to remain at the cutting edge of the field. As we begin to plan for the 2014 National Sex Ed Conference, our focus is to remain adaptable, motivated and responsive to the needs of sexuality educators and our learners. We are in the process of choosing our 2014 planning team and are very excited to bring together a new team of people who are ready to work hard to address the needs of participants. We will continue to present meaningful learning experiences and provide networking opportunities. As the 2014 National Sex Ed Conference co-chairs we are very proud of where we are and excited about where we are going.
If you were unable to attend in 2013, we hope you will make every effort to join us in 2014. The attendees are truly the conference’s greatest asset, and we could not accomplish what we do without your support and commitment. We hope to see you at the conference in 2014!
Karen Rayne, Ph.D. and Tanya Bass, MS, CHES
2014 National Sex Ed Conference Co-Chairs