Since its inception in 2007, the FoSE partners have successfully completed numerous projects to advance the collective effort of improving sexuality education in U.S. schools, including:
- Developed the first-ever guidance on the minimum core content and skills young people need to master by grade groupings, National Sexuality Education Standards: Core Content and Skills, K–12. Initially released in a special report of the Journal of School Health in January 2012, a 2016 study by the CDC revealed that 41% of the schools surveyed now rely on the NSES to guide the sex education they implement. In 2020, FoSE released the National Sex Education Standards, Core Content and Skills, K-12 (Second Edition).
- Developed the National Teacher Preparation Standards for Sexuality Education and corresponding article “Improving Sexuality Education: The Development of Teacher Preparation Standards” published in the Journal of School Health in June 2014. The Teacher Preparation Standards helped to call attention to the importance—and dearth–of pre-service training in sex education and led to improvements in the course content offered to physical and health education teacher-candidates at 21 institutes of higher education in 15 states. In 2021, FoSE released the National Teacher Preparation Standards for Sex Education (Second Edition).
- Released numerous tools to support implementation of the National Sex Education Standards and National Teacher Preparation Standards for Sex Education, including a Public Education Primer, School Health Primer, a Glossary of Sex Education Terms, a Glossary of Sex Education Terms, and Addressing Sexual Health in Schools: Policy Considerations, and Theoretical Frameworks and Models Commonly Used in Sex Education Programs and Curricula. Also released the FoSE Toolkit, designed to assist state and local organizations to convene a sex education strategic planning summit in their communities.
- Commissioned the development and publication of Broadening the Evidence for Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health and Education in the U.S. in the Journal of Youth and Adolescence, which provided an expanded view of the evidence for sexuality education including research on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer and questioning (LGBTQ) youth, gender, and economic inequalities and health.
- Authored the publication Building a Foundation for Sexual Health Is a K–12 Endeavor: Evidence Underpinning the National Sexuality Education Standards to demonstrate the evidence upon which the National Sexuality Education Standards were built and provide communities with assistance advocating for and supporting comprehensive sex education.
- Released A Parent’s Guide to Understanding Sex Education in Your School Toolkit, to support parents learning more about sex education in their child’s school and about their state’s sex education policy, as well as taking action to support sex education in schools.
- Supported the development and publication of Three Decades of Research: The Case for Comprehensive Sex Education, which examined studies from over three decades of research on sex education and found “evidence for the effectiveness of approaches that address a broad definition of sexual health and take positive, affirming, inclusive approaches to human sexuality.”
- Convened the Future of Sex Education Research convening in 2021 to advance a conversation on improving and expanding data collection, evaluation, and research efforts to understand the broader individual, community, and social benefits of comprehensive sex education in the U.S. Subsequently released Future of Sex Ed Research Agenda: A Call to Action with convening co-host Widener University Center on Human Sexuality Studies.
- Conducted administrative advocacy within the Obama, Trump, and Biden administrations to win improvements to federal teen pregnancy, sex education, and HIV programs supported by the Office of Adolescent Health, the Family and Youth Service Bureau, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and CDC’s Division of Adolescent and School Health (DASH).
- Spearheaded the creation of the Sex Education Collaborative in an effort to build consensus for a shift in teacher training strategy from one focused on curriculum specific to one focused on improving educators’ knowledge and skills independent of the curricula or grade taught.