2021 Conference Agenda

  • Preliminary Agenda
    Subject to Change

    December 7-9, 2021

    Eastern: 11am to 8 pm
    Central: 10am to 7pm
    Mountain: 9am to 6pm
    Pacific: 8am to 5pm
    Alaska: 7am to 4pm
    Hawaii: 6am to 3pm

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    Featured speakers will be recorded, so if you cannot attend live you may watch at your convenience.

    Highlights
    9 live streaming featured speakers
    7 pre-recorded webinars
    Awards, Games, Networking Sessions, Special Interest Groups
    Continuing Education Credits – AASECT, CFLE, CHES, DVS


    2021 (Virtual) National Sex Ed Conference Speakers

    Live Streaming Featured Speakers

    All featured speaker presentations will be recorded for later viewing.

    A Celebration of Orientation
    Terri Clark, MPH
    Tracie Q. Gilbert, PhD

    In 2020, The Center for Sex Education published Orientation: Teaching about Identity, Attraction, and Behavior, a two-volume set with 55 lesson plans by 50 contributing authors. Lauded by top experts in sexuality and LGBTQ education, this resource provides lesson plans for learners of all ages. Join editors Terri Clark and Tracie Gilbert and a host of contributing authors and reviewers as we discuss and celebrate this work and give out free lesson plans!

    A New Era of Sexuality Education:
    From Physical Classrooms to Google Classrooms
    Diego Israel Espino

    If organizations were not already conducting or at least thinking about conducting sexuality education programming virtually before 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic certainly forced us to rapidly transition programs to virtual delivery to ensure the continuity of learning. This webinar will discuss new online education tools for sexual health education and adult peer education to strengthen the pillars of sexuality education programs. Using examples from a national collaboration with Planned Parenthood affiliates, we will explore the process of converting existing content to be delivered virtually and the benefits of intentionally creating new materials with digital learning and delivery in mind. Participants will explore how this next evolution of sex education will support a new wave of learning that relies on the dynamic, interactive elements that individuals need to thrive and learn online.

    Exploring the Essence of Black Women’s Sexuality and Pleasure in the 21st Century
    Shemeka Thorpe, PhD
    Ashley Townes, PhD, MPH
    Christina Wright, MPH

    Discourse on Black women’s sexuality has often focused on sexual risk reduction, failing to explore their sexual health and holistic wellbeing. The purpose of the panel is to discuss the sex-positive aspects of Black women’s sexuality, including pleasure and orgasms, and how they appear in both research and practice. We will also discuss how racist and sexist sexual stereotypes inform Black women’s sexuality. Finally, we will provide implications to improve the current state of sexuality education for Black women to achieve sexual health equity and foster pleasurable experiences.

    Leave No One Behind: The Intersection of Inclusivity, Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, and Sexuality Education
    Katherine McLaughlin, MEd, CSE

    As sexuality educators, we often describe one of the goals of our work is to be as inclusive as possible. One area that we may not know exactly how to be inclusive is in teaching people with developmental disabilities about sexuality and relationships. Given that people with intellectual and developmental disabilities are seven times more likely to be abused and are often not considered sexual beings, we have to consider: what are the needs and wants of people with disabilities? What does cognitively accessible mean? And what do I need to know to be disability-inclusive? This presentation will share strategies for your disability inclusivity toolbox and help you learn ways to leave no one behind.

    Neva Scared: Imagining (Not So) Radical Approaches to Racial Justice in Sex Education
    Tracie Q. Gilbert, PhD

    The call has resounded loudly throughout sex ed for racial justice to be more thoroughly centered in the work that gets done. To achieve this aim more effectively, however, it is important to be clear about the range of sexual harm racism has caused and how sexuality practitioners can truly use their work to help alleviate it. This session discusses particular harm related to sex and racialization for one research sample of African Americans, using it as a springboard for increased understanding of dimensions of sexuality more broadly, and opportunities for cultivating sexuality practitionership that is more deeply-rooted in healing, transformation, and long-term positive development.

    Putting Equity into Sexuality Education: Leave What You Know Behind!
    Bianca Chanel Mayes

    This session will explore current sex education pedology and focus on its inequities on those most marginalized. We will use this space as an opportunity to collaboratively stretch ourselves as we address oppression within sex education. This session is intended for sex educators and all professionals working in human sexuality.

    Reproductive Justice, Human Rights, and Sexuality Education
    Loretta J. Ross

    Join Loretta J. Ross, co-founder of SisterSong and co-creator of the theory of reproductive justice, as we engage in a deeply necessary exploration of the intersections of reproductive justice, human rights, and sexuality education. By the end of this session, participants will be able to define reproductive justice, and describe ways that a reproductive justice lens can be applied to sexuality education.

    You Gonna Learn Today: The Benefits of Professional Development in Sexuality Education
    Tanya M. Bass, PhD, MEd, MS. CHES, CSE

    Sexuality professionals are expected to encompass a range of knowledge, skill, and comfort in providing education to a range of audiences. While some professionals have years of experience, others may be new to the discipline. Regardless of their tenure, engaging in professional development and conducting introspective assessments are critical components for success. During this presentation, Dr. Tanya Bass will present compelling reasons to participate in professional development.

    Pre-Recorded:

    A Guided Tour of Unequal Partners
    Kirsten deFur, MPH

    Editor Kirsten deFur discusses the building blocks of the fourth edition of Unequal Partners: Teaching about Power, Consent, and Healthy Relationships. Unequal Partners includes a range of lesson plans covering understanding consent, coping with rejection, and recognizing warning signs of abuse. In this webinar, Kirsten reviews the guiding principles of the manual and the gaps the manual seeks to fill. Kirsten also makes recommendations on implementing the lesson plans from Unequal Partners to best suit various program needs and best practices for trauma-informed facilitation skills.

    Building the New Jersey Sex Ed Standards: A Roadmap to Help Your State Thrive
    Elizabeth Coulter and Dan Rice

    How can you make an impact in your state to improve comprehensive sex education and ensure all students thrive? This session will provide a roadmap on the strategies you can employ, using the recent efforts in New Jersey as an example. The presenters will walk you through how to review student learning standards, provide formal testimony at State Board of Education meetings, educate and advocate to decision-makers in your state, and what resources you can draw upon as you navigate this process. You will also hear about recent coalition efforts in New Jersey to draft and introduce legislation that ensures these standards are implemented and that educators receive necessary training and support. Join us as we head down this road together!

    Maximizing Your FREE Sex Ed Network Membership
    Nick Beard, PhD, Esq.
    Bill Taverner, MA, CSE

    A one-year membership in the Sex Ed Network ($245 value) is FREE as part of your conference registration this year! Join us as we explore how to access content on the Sex Ed Network, including hundreds of downloadable lesson plans in PDF format and complete access to all current and back issues of the American Journal of Sexuality Education.

    Great Mentoring: Talking with Young People about Sexual Decisions
    Bill Taverner, MA, CSE

    Grounded in transactional analysis principles, this webinar will equip adult mentors, teachers, and caregivers with skills for communicating in positive, empowering ways about sexual decision-making in their mentoring relationships with young people. By the end of this session, participants will be able to list at least two tips for being a positive sexual decision-making mentor, and identify how ego states affect communication and learn to work in the adult ego state.

    Orientation: Teaching about Identity, Attraction, and Behavior
    A Sampler of Lesson Plans and a Look at The Center for Sex Education’s Latest Teaching Manual
    Terri Clark, MPH

    Orientation is the expanded version of The Center for Sex Education’s earlier 25 Great Lesson Plans about Sexual Orientation. This webinar highlights lesson plans that build on existing expertise and provide new tools for sexuality educators to teach about sexual orientation. The manual can help educators guide their learners to understand different approaches and methods for understanding sexual orientation. Although the manual includes many lesson plans related to an array of topics for teaching about sexual orientation, this webinar will focus on teaching about bisexuality and tips for talking with older adults about sexual orientation.

    Now That We’ve Been ‘Oriented‘ – Notes from a Co-Editor
    Tracie Q. Gilbert, PhD

    Orientation: Teaching about Identity, Attraction, and Behavior arrived to sex ed as the first-ever lesson plan manual focused solely on aspects of sexual orientation. Now that it has had time to settle in, co-editor Dr. Tracie Q. Gilbert reflects on the manual’s creation process and subsequent public reception, and walks participants through the two volumes, offering to assess its continued usefulness to an entrenched pandemic reality.

    The A-B-Cs of S-E-X: An Interactive Webinar from the Center for Sex Education
    Introduced by Deborah M. Roffman

    Created by Planned Parenthood of Northern, Central, and Southern New Jersey and its Center for Sex Education, this highly interactive webinar reviews the fundamentals of parent-child communication about sex. The webinar’s innovative technology allows note-taking and includes a library of downloadable resources, and may be replicated in your own parent-child communication workshops. The webinar is introduced by award-winning educator Deborah M. Roffman, author of Talk to Me First and The Science of Babies.

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