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1 New Sexuality Education Requirements in Illinois: What It Means for You and Your Students

2 Introductions Tammy Wynard: Health Education Faculty, Health and Physical Education Program Coordinator Alyssa Walters: Senior Health and Physical Education Major Contributions from: Tammi Tannura, Kinesiology Department and School of Professional Studies

3 First Things First Abstinence- Centered Education Abstinence-Based Education Abstinence-Only- Until-Marriage Education Abstinence-Only Education Comprehensive Sex Education Abstinence-Plus Education

4 Comprehensive Sex Education Covers the wide array of topics that affect sexuality and sexual health. It is grounded in evidence-based, peer- reviewed science. Its goal is to promote health and well-being in a way that is developmentally appropriate. It includes information and communication skills building as well as values exploration. Ideally, sex education in school is an integrated process that builds upon itself year after year, is initiated in kindergarten, and is provided through grade 12.

5 Sexuality Education In Illinois sex education offered in grades 6-12 must include instruction on abstinence and contraception for the prevention of pregnancy and STI must be medically accurate, developmentally and age appropriate, and complete must be evidence-based or substantially incorporate elements of evidence- based programs

6 Illinois Health Education Mandates with Sexual Health Connections Abandoned newborn infant protection (K-12) AIDS education (6-12) Cancer (K-12) Human growth and development (K-12) Child abduction prevention (K-8) Family life (K-12) Erins Law - Sexual abuse and assault awareness (PreK-12)

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8 Sexuality Education Policy Mandated comprehensive sexual health education K through 12 Aligned with the National Sexuality Education Standards Age appropriate for each grade level Instruction about gender identity, gender expression, and sexual orientation

9 The Headlines CPS Mandates Sexual, Health Education For Kindergarten Chicago Passes Sex-Ed for Kindergartners As Chicago Kids Head Back To School, Conservatives Freak Out About Kindergarten Sex Ed Chicago Public Schools Mandate Sex Ed for Kindergarteners Obama Agreed With Mandating Sex Ed Classes for Kindergarten Students

10 CPS Outline K-1 st Grade –anatomy, healthy relationships, and personal safety 2nd-3 rd Grade –growth and development 4 th Grade –physical, social, and emotional aspects of puberty, causes of HIV transmission 5 th -12 th Grade –human reproduction, healthy decision-making and bullying

11 Who Supports Comprehensive Sex Education American School Health Association American Public Health Association American Psychological Association YWCA of the USA Society for Adolescent Medicine Guttmacher Institute Advocates for Youth American Academy of Pediatrics

12 Opponents of Comprehensive Sex Education National Abstinence Education Association American Family Association Concerned Women for America Focus on the Family Citizens for Excellence in Education Medical Institute for Sexual Health Family Research Council

13 Voicing Parental/Community Concerns Parent Opt-Out –no pupil shall be required to take or participate in any class or course on AIDS or family life instruction if his parent or guardian submits written objection... Citizens Request for Reconsideration of Instructional Materials

14 Voicing Parental/Community Concerns Know Your:

15 Opposition Case Studies Focus: Positive, Respectful, Common Ground

16 Inspired by the late Health Educator Extradonaire, Karen Denard Goldman


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