SEXUALITY EDUCATION SUMMIT
Sexuality is fundamental to who we are as human beings and integral to every child's intellectual, social, emotional, and physical development from the time of birth. However, even in 21st Century education, the great majority of elite, California Independent schools remain 3-7 years behind in teaching even basic knowledge about human anatomy and reproduction. As educators we can turn the tide and truly provide the comprehensive sexuality education that teaches students the critical thinking skills needed to successfully navigate their complicated sexual landscape.
- Foundations of Sexuality Education Pedagogy: understanding how and why sexality edcuation has evolved and the effective teaching methods that meet student’s real needs at all ages
- Curricular Scope and Sequence:
developmentally sound curriculum and examples of lesson plans, K-12
- Leadership Best Practices:
skills for administrators in leading comprehensive sexuality education programs and creating authentic partnerships with families
WHO SHOULD ATTEND
All K-12 Administrators, Teachers, Counselors, Coaches and Nurses. Lower/elementary school personnel and men are especially encouraged to attend. If you attended the inaugural Sexuality Education Summit last year, we encourage you to return for Day 2 to reconnect with peers and hear from a new line-up of presenters.
Participants may sign up for Day 1 or Day 2 individually or as a two-day workshop.
DAY 1: FOUNDATIONS OF CHILD SEXUALITY DEVELOPMENT AND SEXUALITY EDUCATION (JUNE 16)
Led by nationally recognized Human Development educators and thought leaders, Day 1 of the Sexuality Education Summit will cover the foundations of sexuality education and child sexual development. Participants will walk away with a deeper understanding of why independent schools need to be at the forefront of sexuality education. Participants will also have the opportunity to engage in conversations with high school students about the issues they are encountering in their school communities and beyond, and the actions they are taking. Speakers include: Deborah Roffman, author of Talk to Me First: Everything You Need to Know to Become Your Child’s Go-to Person About Sex and Mike Riera, Head of Brentwood School and one of the country’s foremost authorities on understanding children and teenagers; Shafia Zaloom, author of Sex Teens and Everything in Between: The New and Necessary Conversations Today’s Teenagers Need to Have about Consent, Sexual Harassment, Healthy Relationships , Love and More; and Charis Denison, youth advocate, teacher and consultant.
DAY 2: BUILDING SKILLS, LEARNING NEW FRAMEWORKS, AND DEVELOPING A STRONG COMMUNITY OF PRACTICE TO SUPPORT OUR STUDENTS (JUNE 17)
On Day 2 of the Sexuality Education Summit, participants will have the opportunity to develop new skills, learn new frameworks, and build a strong community of practice, signing up for their choice of workshops led by educators, administrators, students, counselors and coaches. Workshop topics to include:
- “Masculinity on the Field and in the Locker Room”
- “Approaches to Elementary School Curriculum Development”
- “Teaching about Love and Intimacy”
- “How to Build Family Support”
Time will also be set aside for division specific cohorts to exchange ideas and build communities of support. We will announce the full agenda and workshop options soon.
ABOUT THE FACILITATORS
Dana Gonzalez is the Assistant Upper School Director at Brentwood School in Los Angeles. As a veteran Spanish and Human Development teacher, Dana also served as the Ninth Grade Dean and the Director of Diversity and Inclusivity at Viewpoint School in Calabasas. In her role as an administrator, Dana has worked in parent and faculty education, mental health, social justice, SEL, and student activism.
Sarah Huss, Director of Human Development and Parent Education at Campbell Hall, teaches Human Development courses to students in grades K-12. Among the many courses she has developed and taught are Human Sexuality, Drug Education, Relationships & Technology, Gender Dynamics and Peer Mentoring. She has also been trained by the Ojai Foundation and Council in Schools to facilitate Council circles, and has done so with students in grades K-12, as well as with parents and faculty. In addition to teaching Human Development, Sarah directs a robust parent education program that links the school community to innovative thinkers in the fields of parenting, mental health, social justice and spiritual development. She is currently working with educators across the country to advocate for comprehensive sexuality programming in independent schools and recently presented at the NAIS annual pre-conference Sexuality Symposium.
Life happens. We understand that there will be times when you cannot attend a workshop that you have registered and paid for. We strive to be as helpful and flexible as possible when things out of your control happen. Please visit our FAQ page for detailed information about our cancellation policy and answers to frequently asked questions about enrollment and membership.