Step 2: Secure Commitment from Key School District Stakeholders
Now that you’ve determined a school district is ready and willing to achieve their sex education goals, it is time to establish which school district stakeholders will have ownership and accountability for the sex education efforts. You’ll need a “sex education team” within the school district and this team should include at least one administrator that has policymaking authority (e.g., assistant superintendent, curriculum director, and/or principal) as well as a health coordinator, teacher, and/or other school health staff that can make informed programmatic decisions.
Family engagement approaches and intensity will vary by district.
Family engagement in sex education is critical, however it is important to be thoughtful about the best way to engage parents and guardians. Before you begin, you should answer the questions “How could engaging families further our sex education efforts?” “What information would be helpful?” “When we decide to engage families, what is the best way to involve parents and guardians?” Check out these Best Practices for Family Engagement and consider what you can do before, during and after implementation of sex education efforts.
Capacity Assessment and Planning Tool (CAPT)
The Capacity Assessment and Planning Tool (CAPT) aids in determining how ready a school district is to engage in sex education efforts. This can be adapted to respond to a specific state or regional context.
Sample School District Stakeholder Message Development
Georgia Campaign for Adolescent Power & Potential (GCAPP), a WISE lead partner, developed a simple tool to document the various needs of key constituency groups. This sample shows the different school district stakeholders they engaged and how they tailored their message to distinct stakeholder needs. GCAPP staff would reference this document before conversations with these key stakeholders to ensure they were connecting their efforts to each stakeholder’s needs during every interaction.