Behind the Music: Singing about Healthy Relationships with Corbin Knight-Dixon, MS

iTunes, Pandora, Spotify! The ubiquity of today’s music makes it a great tool for teaching! Some adults are quick to condemn modern lyrics, but rather than wag our fingers, roll our eyes, and shake our heads, let’s teach teens to critically examine the messages they receive about love, sex, and relationships! Come ready to sing!

Breaking the Binary: Creating Inclusive Sexuality Education for Trans and Intersex Students with Jamey Jesperson & Emily Quinn

We will present an introductory workshop on trans and intersex identities, foregrounded by new findings on LGBTQ+ student experiences using GLSEN’s national research. Participants will learn and apply best practices to center trans and intersex students in sex education and ultimately break the binary in pedagogy and curriculum development.

Bringing Sex Ed to the (Young) People*, with Kathryn Donaldson, MPH, CHES & Katie Jourdan, MPH, CHES

For most people, sex education conjures up the idea of high school health class or an elective in college. But, many young people in this county are not getting sex education in the classroom. And moreover, those who are receiving sex education in a classroom setting are not getting the whole message or a message that is right for them. See how two educators have moved beyond the classroom, engaging high school students, young adults, and college students to learn about and advocate for sexual health.

* This session does not offer continuing education credits.

Disability Inclusive Sex Education Isn’t Revolutionary, It’s Right with Sheryl-Amber Edmondson, MSEd, & Nicole Mayeux, MFA

Sex education shouldn’t be a privilege reserved only for the neurotypical. Learn how an educator and two public health professionals collaborated to transform a life skills course into skills for life for students with exceptionalities. You don’t have to reinvent the wheel, but you do have to adjust the gears.

I Have No Idea What I’m Doing: How to Overcome Imposter Syndrome as a Sex Educator with Damiene Denner, MEd & Sarah Gannon, MEd

Imposter syndrome, doubting your accomplishments and feeling like a fraud, affects people from all walks of life and can negatively impact job performance. This workshop will dive into recent research on imposter syndrome, including strategies on how to overcome it, while giving participants a space to discuss their experiences.

Iterate, Iterate, Iterate and Other Essential Lessons of Social Media and Internet Recruitment with Milagros Garrido, MS & Nick Sufrinko

Learn strategies and best practices to effectively recruit youth into programs and research studies using social media and internet advertising platforms. We will share examples of our own materials, graphics, messages, recruitment videos, and tag lines used to entice youth. See how some flopped and how others exceeded our expectations.

Lower Teen Pregnancy Rates, Less STI Transmission, and Healthier Students: What’s the C.A.T.C.H.?! with Bryce Komaroff, MEd & Alexandra Pamiloza, MPH, CHES, CLC

The C.A.T.C.H. Program is an innovative approach to enhancing high school students’ reproductive health in NYC. Many cities and states want a way to help reduce unplanned pregnancies and STI rates among teens and the C.A.T.C.H. Program does just that! Join us to learn more about this exciting partnership.

Reframing Reproductive Coercion: Dialogues with Youth About Coercive Sexual Behaviors with Grace Schoenberger

Discussions about reproductive coercion should be central to any healthy relationships education with youth. This training examines the ways in which coercive sexual practices may become normalized to youth, due to societal norms about sex and gender. It teaches educators to facilitate safe and meaningful conversations with youth that empower them to engage in healthy sexual practices through activities like roleplaying, values-clarification exercises, and judgment-free discussion.

Religiously Rooted Stigma and Shame: How Sex Educators of Faith – Or No Faith – Can Respond with Amy Johnson, MSW, LICSW & Kentina Washington-Leapheart, MDiv

Sex educators often encounter students whose sexuality has been wounded by faith communities. It is important to have a basic competency about the intersection of religion and sexuality in order to provide non-judgmental guidance to your students. Rev. Kentina Washington-Leapheart and Amy Johnson offer tools to combat stigma and shame.

Sex Education is Popular! Leveraging Public Opinion to Build Community Support for Sex Education with Julia Bennett & Kaitlyn Marchesano, MPH

Presenters will share data from a national survey of likely voters about the overwhelming support for sex education, including most favorable terms and what messages are most effective. Presenters will lead participants in a working session to apply these learnings to strategies for increasing buy-in among key stakeholders.

Social Emotional Learning and Sex-Positive Education: Partners for Student Success with Katie Childs, MSW, MPH

Social emotional learning outcomes support and amplify sex positive messages when implemented concurrently in a curriculum. Participants will examine how social emotional learning competencies intersect with sex positive messages. Participants will practice skills needed for developing sex positive curriculum infused with social emotional learning for their students.

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