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
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.”
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.
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.
Addressing Sexual Health in Schools: Policy Considerations
This resource provides an overview of key policy components for sexual health education in schools. It includes sample policies and other resources pertaining to parental notification and involvement, curriculum selection and materials review, professional development, the role of external agencies and more.
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. It also includes guidance documents and other non-binding materials that provide a more detailed picture of a state’s school health policies and activities. Hyperlinks to full written policies are provided whenever possible. The database is searchable by state, topic, and keyword.
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. It also includes information about a variety of federal funding programs that support sexuality education and/or abstinence-only-until-marriage programs as well as how much money each state is receiving from each federal program (if applicable) and a summary of how it is being used.
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. Creating a simple, accessible handout with the key policies and codes can ensure stakeholders understand what is mandated and where opportunities for tailoring to local contexts exist. GCAPP created a state-level overview and regional fact sheets to allow regions to compare their policies with the state policy.
Technical Assistance Action Plan
This Technical Assistance Action Plan is a tool to assist in the process of moving from planning to action. The planning tables below can help bridge the gap between the roll-out plan and the provision of needed technical assistance. Tables may be adapted to serve individual districts, as needed.