Advocates for Youth recognizes that there are many skills professionals need to master in order to be effective. For school-based educators, these skills are outlined in the Professional Learning Standards for Sex Education. Given the limited time of and differing needs for each teacher during in-person PD, teachers often don’t get a chance to practice in a way that can further their unique needs and support their professional growth. Clinicians also face challenges meeting the sexual health needs of their adolescent patients. Virtual PD is a simulated environment (classroom, health care exam room and office) where professionals can practice with youth avatars using short scenarios and support from an instructional coach, so they can quickly learn and master the skills they need to be effective. With upper elementary, middle and high school classrooms, an office setting to meet with a concerned parent and a health care exam room, Virtual PD has scenarios for sexual health professionals in school and clinical settings across a wide range of topics.
Upper Elementary, Middle, and High School Scenarios
The scenarios can be used in Upper Elementary, Middle or High School Grades.
Middle and High School Scenarios
The scenarios can be used in Middle and High School Grades.
Addressing a Parent’s Concerns about Family Life in 5th Grade (Elem)
Addressing a Parent’s Concerns about Sex Ed in 7th Grade (MS)
Addressing a Parent’s Concerns about Sex Ed in 9th Grade (HS)
Using Inclusive Language When Talking About Sexual Behaviors
Taking an Effective Sexual Health History with an Unengaged Teen Patient
Taking an Effective Sexual Health History with an Engaged Teen Patient
Costs: Virtual PD is booked by the hour and each hour, including costs to cover the technological platform and instructional coach, is $300. We do offer bulk discounts, so please contact us if you’re interested in scheduling more than 5 hours.
Background on Research Supporting Virtual PD
Advocates for Youth conducted a small research study in partnership with the University of Central Florida in Spring 2017 to test the effectiveness of teacher training using the Mursion virtual classroom versus traditional in-person methods. We found statistically significant results from the teachers who used Mursion to rehearse skills with the student avatars compared to the teachers in traditional in-person workshops. Leveraging this exciting result, we are now offering a wide range of skill scenarios for both teachers, as outlined in the Professoinal Learning Standards for Sex Education, and clinicians to help professionals become effective.
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