Schools

Are you SMART?


The first step for designing an evaluation plan is to get a comprehensive understanding of what the program is trying to achieve and with whom. SMART Objectives, as part of the program logic model, can tell us just this information. The program logic model not only lays out a plan or a map to developing…

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B-HEALTHY: 8 Ways to Be a Better Sex Ed Instructor


It’s no secret that some people find it difficult and/or uncomfortable to teach sex ed. And professionals who support sexual health educators often ask us for tips to make it easier. Through our work with CDC-DASH (the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Division of Adolescent and School Health), we compiled eight key strategies you…

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Building Buy-in for Sexual Health Education in Schools: When Using Data Isn’t Enough


Many of us who work in or with schools have found ourselves in a situation where we shared the latest teen pregnancy and STI rates in the hopes of persuading school staff that they should implement or improve their sexual health education. All too often, we have been disappointed when they don’t ultimately choose to…

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Conference


Join us for our 2017 Conference Social Norms & Culture: Honoring Experiences & Perspectives October 2-4, 2017 Hilton Baltimore | Baltimore, MD Social norms and culture are powerful influencers on our individual experiences and perspectives. They affect every facet of our personal and professional life—our attitudes and outlook, who and what we value, dismiss, embrace, and fear. Now…

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Expectant and Parenting Students Provisions of the Every Child Achieves Act (S. 1177)


Providing support for expectant and parenting students improves high school graduation rates. Expectant and parenting students are often highly motivated and hard-working, and many describe becoming a parent as a turning point in their lives. With the right support and encouragement from their schools, expectant and parenting students–and their children–can and will succeed. This is…

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February is National School-Based Health Care Awareness Month


Guest Post by Anna Burns, Outreach and Engagement Associate, School-Based Health Alliance Every February, the school-based health care community comes together to celebrate its successes and recharge its focus on redefining health for kids and teens. This year, the School-Based Health Alliance—a national nonprofit organization that works to advance and advocate for school-based health care—is…

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Health Education Curriculum Analysis Tool (HECAT)


Healthy Teen Network provides trainings, workshops, technical assistance, and other customized capacity-building assistance to support the use of the HECAT, or Health Education Curriculum Analysis Tool (HECAT). Learn more about our capacity-building assistance, or complete a Service Request Form for more information. HECAT Resources All about the HECAT! Mini-Webinar Series These six recorded “mini-webinars” were…

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Healthy Teen Network Launches Companion to Manual for Using Getting to Outcomes (PSBA-GTO)


We are delighted to release a resource for school districts wanting to use the Getting to Outcomes® (GTO) framework for selecting, adapting, and evaluating teen pregnancy prevention programs. It’s called Making Evidence-Based Sexual Health Education Work in Schools: A Companion to the Promoting Science-Based Approaches to Teen Pregnancy Prevention Using the Getting to Outcomes (PSBA-GTO)…

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How Would You Score? Assessing for Characteristics of Effective Curricula


If you work with schools to provide teen pregnancy, HIV, and/or STI programming, you may already know that many schools and districts use the Health Education Curriculum Analysis Tool (HECAT) to select and adapt curricula. For those of you less familiar with yet another acronym for our field: The HECAT stands for Health Education Curriculum…

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Keep It Simple


Getting the Right Sexual Health Care Growing up isn’t easy. Navigating your sexual health isn’t easy either. But there are some things we can make simpler, like making sure  you know that you have the right to high quality sexual health care and that we care enough to help you get it. Check out the…

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Keep It Simple: A Lesson in Linking Teens to Sexual Health Care Facilitator’s Guide


The Keep It Simple: Linking Teens to Sexual Health Care lesson plan and accompanying video, or motion graphic, is designed to help link young men and women, ages 15-19, to trusted, “teen friendly” contraceptive and reproductive healthcare providers (also available in Spanish). Read more on this resource here.

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Keep It Simple!


Growing up isn’t easy. Helping teens navigate their sexual health isn’t easy either. Right now, across the country, folks are working tirelessly to make sure teens learn about sex, love, self-respect, and taking care of themselves—and we love you for it! But there are some things we can make simpler, like making sure the young…

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Keeping Pregnant and Parenting Students from Dropping Out: A Guide for Policymakers and Schools


Providing better support for pregnant and parenting students is a critical step for schools to take in their efforts to reduce dropout rates. Graduating from high school improves pregnant and parenting teens’ chances of going on to further education and the workforce and avoiding poverty and/or the need to rely on public assistance. It also…

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Making Evidence-Based Sexual Health Education Work in Schools (MESHEWS)


Making Evidence-Based Sexual Health Education Work in Schools (MESHEWS) is a companion to the PSBA-GTO manual, building on the PSBA-GTO process to reflect the unique needs of education agencies. In particular, it adds and tailors guidance related to the following tasks: Using data to select schools with students at disproportionate risk of teen pregnancy and…

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No te compliques


The ¡No te compliques! Facilitator’s Guide and accompanying video, or motion graphic, are designed to help link young men and women, ages 15-19, to trusted, “teen friendly” contraceptive and reproductive healthcare providers. Facilitator’s Guide and motion graphic are also available in English.

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No te compliques! Conectando a adolescentes con servicios de salud sexual


The ¡No te compliques! Facilitator’s Guide and accompanying video, or motion graphic, are designed to help link young men and women, ages 15-19, to trusted, “teen friendly” contraceptive and reproductive healthcare providers. Facilitator’s Guide and motion graphic are also available in English.

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On Supporting Youth-Led Advocacy


Like the rest of the Nation, Healthy Teen Network is deeply saddened by the continued assaults on our youth in schools. We are in full support of the various youth-led school walkouts and marches that are attempting to force our representatives to do what is right and have a common sense, non-partisan discussion on gun…

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Opportunity Knocks: Creating a Safe Space for Talking with Youth about Sex


This blog post is the second in of a three-part series (see also: Part 1, Part 3) highlighting Healthy Teen Network’s resources on using teachable moments to reach youth, through our Opportunity Knocks resources, including a fact sheet and pre-packaged, fully designed presentation, ready for you to use.  The Opportunity Knocks series is based on…

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Opportunity Knocks: Important Information to Share During a Teachable Moment


This blog post is the third in a of three-part series (see also: Part 1, Part 2) highlighting Healthy Teen Network’s resources on using teachable moments to reach youth, through our Opportunity Knocks resources, including a fact sheet and pre-packaged, fully designed presentation, ready for you to use.  The Opportunity Knocks series is based on…

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Opportunity Knocks: Presentation


A teachable moment is a situation where opportunity knocks and is a time at which a person, especially a child, is likely to be particularly disposed to learn something or particularly responsive to being taught or made aware of something.  With accurate information and adequate support, young people can make healthy and responsible decisions about…

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Opportunity Knocks: Teachable Moments


This blog post is the first in a of three-part series (see also: Part 2, Part 3) highlighting Healthy Teen Network’s resources on using teachable moments to reach youth, through our Opportunity Knocks resources, including a fact sheet and pre-packaged, fully designed presentation, ready for you to use.  The Opportunity Knocks series is based on…

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Other Resources: Working with Schools


View Healthy Teen Network Working with Schools Resources here. Other Resources: School-Based Health Centers Literature Database Evidence-Based Sexuality Education Programs in Schools: Do They Align With the National Sexuality Education Standards? Measuring School Health Center Impact on Access to and Quality of Primary Care How Pregnancy Planning and Prevention Help Students Complete College Differences in…

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Position Statement: Educational Equity for Young People Who Are Pregnant & Parenting


Healthy Teen Network shares position statements on relevant issues for young people as a resource to support your advocacy efforts. See more position statements here. Healthy Teen Networks supports educational equity and systems of support that aid young people who are pregnant and parenting to complete high school. When pregnant and parenting youth graduate from…

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Position Statement: Title X Family Planning Program


Healthy Teen Network shares position statements on relevant issues for young people as a resource to support your advocacy efforts. See more position statements here. Healthy Teen Network supports continuation of the federal Title X family planning program, which provides federally funded health services to women and families, including preconception and prenatal healthcare, contraceptive care,…

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Quick Tips on Gender, Sexuality, and Inclusive Sex Education


Assuming someone’s gender identity or sexual orientation based on how they look, assuming that all young people are only attracted to the “opposite” gender, teaching that there are only opposite genders (boys and girls, and ignoring others). These are all examples where sex education may make youth of different identities, genders, or orientations not feel…

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Resources: Working with Schools


We have organized resources for working with schools by topic to help you find what you need: Healthy Teen Network Resources Other Resources

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Supporting Evaluation


Evaluating the Implementation of Sex Education in Schools Healthy Teen Network partnered with Elev8 and East Baltimore Development, Inc. to implement and evaluate sexuality education programs in several Baltimore City elementary and middle schools. Healthy Teen Network evaluators engaged educators, school staff, and Elev8 administrators in the evaluation process to obtain meaningful process & outcome…

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Systematic Literature Review of the Association Between School Climate and Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health (Slides)


Our Youth 360° model highlights the importance of addressing social determinants of health that occur in the school level. This systematic review sought to characterize the current state of the literature on school climate and ASRH. Implications for school-based programs and research are summarized. See also: Summary Report  

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Systematic Literature Review of the Association Between School Climate and Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health (Summary Report)


 Our Youth 360° model highlights the importance of addressing social determinants of health that occur in the school level. This systematic review sought to characterize the current state of the literature on school climate and ASRH. Implications for school-based programs and research are summarized. See also: Presentation Slides

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Tip Sheet: Art of Verbal Storytelling


This tip sheet illustrates how a good story flows naturally with a well-developed plot that takes the listener through an image-filled journey that leaves the listener with something to think about or remember; a call to action, an idea, or a puzzle to solve.

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Tip Sheet: Classroom Management


Frontline staff require classroom management skills and supervisor support to create a safe space and productive learning environment for adolescent pregnancy prevention program delivery. This tip sheet describes strategies for frontline staff to prevent and respond to challenging student behavior, as well as tips for how supervisors can support staff’s efforts to manage the classroom…

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Tip Sheet: Opportunity Knocks


With accurate information and adequate support, young people can make healthy and responsible decisions about having sex and using contraception. Adults can be most effective by providing the information and support needed to promote responsible decision-making in youth and help ensure transition to adulthood is safe and healthy. In addition to this tip sheet, a complete presentation design is available, for…

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Tip Sheet: What’s going on in the classroom? Assessing the Implementation of Sexuality Education


If your aim is to improve the quality of sexuality education in schools, one of your top priorities is likely to be to provide a high quality curriculum or set of lesson plans. You’ll also want to know how the lessons are being implemented in the classroom. This resource provides tips for assessing the implementation…

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Tip Sheet: Working with School Health Advisory Committees (SHACs)


A school health advisory committee (SHAC) is any group that advises on school health. SHACs might go by other names, such as “school health teams” or “wellness councils.” Often based at the district level (though sometimes at the school or state levels), these committees are not part of the administrative structure and have no legal…

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Tool: Instructor Competency Assessment


The Instructor Competency Assessment Tool is a needs-assessment instrument designed to help you plan professional development (PD) for instructors teaching sexuality education.  The tool summarizes key competencies instructors need, and asks them to rate their comfort and capability within each competency. Click here to download the tool in Word format so that you can modify it…

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Tool: Instructor Interview


This tool is designed to help you learn more about sexuality education implementation in the classroom by conducting interviews with instructors. It is designed to be administered at any time after instructors have implemented a set of lessons. (Related resource: What’s Going on in the Classroom?)

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Tool: Instructor Observation


This tool provides examples of skills instructors need to deliver sexual health education effectively, as described in the National Teacher Preparation Standards. (Related resource: What’s Going on in the Classroom?)

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What Are Our Areas of Expertise?


Healthy Teen Network staff bring a diverse range of subject matter expertise, with years of experience providing capacity-building assistance. We possess the skills-building training, TA, elearning, instructional design, evaluation, and resource development skills to work with both youth and adults. Our highly qualified staff can meet your needs, across a range of services. Areas of…

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When the Teacher Is the Trusted Adult: Should You Give Advice to Students?


When we provide professional development for teachers on best practices for sexual health education, we always discuss ways to answer questions and talk about the importance of maintaining professional boundaries with students. We coach teachers to tell students to talk with a ‘trusted adult’ when they ask questions of opinion like “Is it OK to…

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Youth 360° in the Sexual Health Education Classroom


My work to promote Exemplary Sexual Health Education on a project with the Centers for Disease Control Division of Adolescent School Health (CDC DASH) puts me in close touch with school districts and staff who provide sexual health education. When I tell them about Healthy Teen Network and the Youth 360° approach we promote, I…

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