School Resource Brief
for Youth: Sex Education Resource Center. Lesson plans, curricula, and national standards; descriptions of programs
that have been proven to reduce risky sexual behavior; and policy and
advocacy information and tools, including state profiles of sexuality
education policies and health outcomes. Advocates for Youth aims to help adolescents and young adults make informed and responsible decisions about their reproductive and sexual health. See the report, Science
and Success: Sex Education and Other Programs That Work to Prevent Teen
Pregnancy, HIV and Sexually Transmitted Infections (2nd ed.) (2008). Also see the Future of Sex Education (FoSE).
Lesson plans, discussion guides, online workshops and webinars, and a blog
about adolescent sexuality and sexuality education. Located at Rutgers University,
Answer is a national organization dedicated to providing and promoting comprehensive
sexuality education to adolescents and the adults who teach them. Also see
the Future of Sex Education (FoSE).
for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): Healthy Youth! Sexual Risk
Behaviors. Information about school health policies and programs,
data, and guidelines for developing school health programs to prevent
adolescent pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases. See the data brief, Educating Teenagers About Sex in the United States (2010).
- Education Resources
Information Center (ERIC) Database. Information about journal
articles, research reports, teaching guides, curricula, conference papers,
and books covering all aspects of education-related issues. Enter "sex education" in the search box. Click on Search. Use the filters in the left navigation bar to further limit your search. ERIC is sponsored
by the Department of Education (ED).
of Sex Education (FoSE). A history of sexuality education
in the United States and an overview of the current barriers to comprehensive
sexuality education implementation. Presents information about FoSE's
mission to advance comprehensive sexuality education in schools; a toolkit
and a strategic framework for advancing sexuality education policy and
implementation at the national, state, and local levels; and links to
a selection of comprehensive sexuality education programs, evidence-based
programs that have been proven to reduce risky sexual behavior, lesson
plans, and national standards and assessment tools. FoSE is a project
of Advocates for Youth, Answer,
and SIECUS. Recent resources include
National Sexuality Education Standards: Core Content and Skills, K-12. (2012).
Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE): State School Health
Policy Database. A collection of state laws and policies in key
areas of school health. Click on View by Topic. In
the left sidebar, click on Curriculum and Instruction and choose HIV, STD, and Pregnancy
- Resource Center for Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention (ReCAPP). Tools and information about reducing sexual risk-taking behaviors among adolescents.
Includes information about evidence-based programs and evaluated program
materials. Access ReCAPP's library for additional education materials. ReCAPP was created by ETR Associates, a private, non-profit health-education-promotion organization. Also see ETR's Reducing Adolescent Sexual Risk: A Theoretical Guide for Developing and Adapting Curriculum-Based Programs (2011).
Information and Education Council of the U.S. (SIECUS): SexEdLibrary.
Lesson plans, background information, statistics about human sexuality,
and links to training opportunities. SIECUS advocates for the right of all people to have accurate information and comprehensive education about sexuality and sexual health services.
- National Dissemination Center for Children
with Disabilities (NICHCY). 2012. Sexuality Education for Students with Disabilities, rev. ed. Washington, DC:
National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities (NICHCY).
Related MCH Digital Library Resources
- Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention professional resource guide, family resource brief (Includes websites for teens)
- Community Services Locator: An Online Directory for Finding Community Services for Children and Families professional resource guide
- Health Insurance and Access to Care for Children and Adolescents professional resource guide, family resource brief
- School-Based and School-Linked Health Care school resource brief
- School Health resource brief
- Social and Emotional Development in Children and Adolescents professional resource guide, family resource brief, school resource brief
Sexuality Education: School Resource Brief. (June 2011). (Updated: January 2013).
Author: Susan Brune Lorenzo, M.L.S., MCH Digital Library.
Reviewer: Olivia K. Pickett, M.A., M.L.S., MCH Digital Library.
Editor: Ruth Barzel, M.A., MCH Digital Library.