Design a Rollout Plan

The purpose of this phase is to create the systems, processes, policies, and guidelines that will be the backbone of long-term, sustainable sex education.

About This Phase 

While the previous phase, “Engage School Districts”, creates an action plan to improve sex education (e.g., MOU with the school district), this phase results in a clear articulation of the school district’s vision and commitments for sex education, including “in the weeds” details to guide sex education implementation now and in the future. This phase of the work relies heavily on the input of the “sex education team” – the interdisciplinary team created during the Engage Phase. At the end of this phase of the work the key documents that formalize how the school district will reach and sustain its sex education goals are in place (e.g., curriculum, policy, procedures, and curriculum scope and sequence) and all key school district stakeholders are clear about the school district’s commitment and approach to sex education.

Steps to Design a Rollout Plan

Step Results
1
Create the Sex Education Rollout Plan
  • Sex education implementation goals and objectives defined
  • Sex education curriculum selected, procured, adapted and adopted
2
Ensure Policies and Procedures are in Place to Guide and Sustain Sex Education
  • School district leadership and sex education implementers review and understand existing policies and procedures that govern the teaching of sex education
  • Formal policies are in place that support sex education institutionalization
  • Procedures and regulations articulate the school district’s plan and support for sex education institutionalization
3
Communicate the Sex Education Institutionalization Plan
  • School district leadership are aware of and promote sex education institutionalization
  • Teachers understand their roles and responsibilities for sex education institutionalization
Sustainability 

The long-term sustainability of gains made during this phase of the work is supported by:

  • Clear, written documentation that are go-to resources to inform sex education instruction (e.g., via the established policies, procedures, guidance documents, and frameworks).
  • Sex education responsibilities embedded into key job descriptions, establishing a basis of accountability.
  • Ongoing investment and leadership support – a one-time communication strategy will not sustain the work. Be sure to keep communications consistent over time so that sex education gains don’t “fall off the radar.”

Resources

Health Education Curriculum Analysis Tool

The Health Education Curriculum Analysis Tool (HECAT) can help school districts, schools, and others conduct a clear, complete, and consistent analysis of health education curricula based on the National Health Education Standards and CDC’s Characteristics of Effective Health Education Curricula

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National Sexuality Education Standards Curricula Mapping Tools

By mapping state or local standards and/or programs and curricula to the National Sexuality Education Standards, school professionals can identify which topics are currently covered in sex education class by grade level and which are not. 

 

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Addressing Sexual Health in Schools: Policy Considerations

This resource provides an overview of key policy components for sexual health education in schools.

State School Health Policy Database

The NASBE State School Health Policy Database contains brief descriptions of laws, legal codes, rules, regulations, administrative orders, mandates, standards, resolutions, and other written means of exercising authority.

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State Profiles

SIECUS State Profiles is a state-by-state resource that describes sexuality education and abstinence-only-until-marriage programs in each state.  Each state profile includes a summary of state laws and policies related to sexuality education.

Georgia State and Regional Sex Education Policy Overview

School districts and teachers may not be aware of current sex education policies and education codes that govern sex education.

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Curriculum Selection Tool

This curriculum selection tool lists a variety of criteria to consider including curriculum, training and TA availability and cost, alignment with standards and best practices, etc.