i. Updated HIV Policy
The document HIV in School Settings provides updated language and references to assist in updating HIV policies, including a page of citations referencing the authority for the guidance that is provided. The Network for Public Health Law – Western Region Office at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, Arizona State University, provided research and guidance underlying the production of the document. A related resources is an article published in the ASBA Journal, Increasing Impact and Ongoing Stigma of HIV/AIDS in Arizona Schools (pg 45), available at http://issuu.com/asba/docs/asbajournalspring2010
Resource: HIV in School Settings
ii. Lists of ADE Reviewed HIV & Sexual Health Materials
The ADE HIV/Sexuality Education Program’s Material Review Committee reviews materials to create a list of medically accurate, age-appropriate resources that comply with state and federal guidelines to assist schools in selecting resources for use in sexual health education, puberty education, STD/HIV and teen pregnancy prevention education. Lists are available of curricula that have been reviewed and approved, all materials that have been reviewed and approved, and materials that have been reviewed and not approved, since 1996.
Sexual health and parent program resources consisting of books, curricula, DVD’s, and PowerPoint presentations have been placed at the Arizona Foundation for Legal Services & Education Clearinghouse, a free statewide lending library that serves as a resource for educators, school resource officers and attorneys. See ClearingHouse & Drug/Violence Prevention under Resources for more information.
Resource: HIV/Sex Ed Clearinghouse Resources
http://www.azed.gov/health-nutrition/health-ed-sandard/ . The Arizona Health Education standards are closely aligned with the National Health Education Standards. Sexual health education examples are missing from the Arizona standards, and the National Standards avoid content-specific performance indicators, which is why the National Sexuality Education Standards (below) are such a valuable resource. Information on the National Health Education Standards can be found at National Health Education Standards and the publication can be ordered at the ACS Online Bookstore.
Published in the Journal of School Health in 2011, the National Sexuality Education Standards provide straightforward guidance on the essential minimum, core content for sexuality education that is developmentally and age-appropriate for students in grades K-12. The standards are the result of a cooperative effort by the American Association of Health Education, the American School Health Association, the National Education Association Health Information Network, and the Society of State Leaders of Health and Physical Education, in coordination with the Future of Sex Education (FoSE) Initiative. Nearly 40 stakeholders developed the standards over a two-year process.
Resource: National Sexuality Education Standards
This chart describes the 17 characteristics that Kirby, Laris, & Rolleri (2005) found that effective curriculum-based sexual health education programs for youth have in common. The characteristics are organized three categories: the process of developing the curriculum, the contents of the curriculum itself, and the implementation of the curriculum.
The Tool to Assess the Characteristics of Effective Sex and STD/HIV Education Programs (TAC) is an organized set of questions designed to help assess whether curriculum-based programs have incorporated the common characteristics of effective programs. This resource was developed by two highly regarded national nonprofit organizations: Healthy Teen Network and Education, Training & Research (ETR) Associates.
Resource: Tool to Assess the Characteristics
Resource: What Works
Resource: CDC Parent Engagement Strategies, Promoting Parent Engagement in School Health PP
B. ONLINE RESOURCES
HIV FAQ provides answers to many frequently asked questions on the HIV Basics webpages at http://www.cdc.gov/hiv/basics/index.html
STD Fact Sheets in English and Spanish are available from CDC on many common sexually transmitted diseases including chlamydia, gonorrhea, genital herpes, and HPV. http://www.cdc.gov/std/healthcomm/fact_sheets.htm
The National Campaign seeks to improve the well-being of children, youth, families, and the nation by preventing unplanned and teen pregnancy. This comprehensive site has a wealth of national and state data, funding, and resources, and webpages specifically designed for parents. http://www.thenationalcampaign.org
This is the teen site of the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy. It features information, videos, activities, games, quizzes, polls, search options to find a local health center, and links to other related online sites. http://www.stayteen.org
SIECUS was founded in 1964 to provide education and information about sexuality and sexual and reproductive health. SIECUS has many resources on its website including annual State Profiles with summaries of state and federal funding received for sex education, Youth Risk Behavior Survey data, teen pregnancy, birth & abortion rate data, and descriptions of prevention programs with contact info. http://www.siecus.org
C. LAWS GOVERNING SEXUAL HEALTH EDUCATION IN SCHOOLS
D. ARIZONA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH SERVICES OFFICES AND DATA SOURCES