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School Health Equity Newsletter December – January 2017



Advocates for Youth is pleased to provide the latest installment in a series of on-line modules to support teacher professional development, Answering Difficult Questions from Adolescents about Sexual Health. In response to teachers having the skills needed to answer questions, this module provides three simple strategies for answering questions at three stages of adolescent development. The strategies will be applied to example questions that a teacher might receive and example age appropriate answers are provided. Viewers will then have the opportunity to view a video of an educator putting all the strategies together to answer student questions. The module can be accessed via this link and we encourage our state partners to share with their school districts. This module is currently not located on Advocate’s website; once you open the link please bookmark it.



Having the Talks

Just released from AMAZE.org, Having The Talks (because it’s never just one talk!) is a new series and set of resources for parents. It includes introductory videos from sex ed experts, gorgeously designed printable PDF tips and scripts, related resources, and more that are designed to help make the talks easier and less uncomfortable! Although this resource was initially designed for parents, it can be used by educators as well!

Why Sex Ed?

Sexuality is a normal part of human development. Young people make healthier choices and have healthier relationships when they receive quality, fact-based sexual health education in school. Sexual health education gives students the knowledge and confidence they need to make healthy decisions. With honest and factual information, students can take charge over the many confusing and distracting aspects of puberty and growing up, giving them the space they need to concentrate on their future. The Future of Sex Education (FoSE) recently created a toolkit for parents that will help them better understand the sexual education being delivered in their child’s school.


The School Superintendents Association Conference: Education in the Digital Age

Date & Location: February 15-17, 2018 in Nashville, TN. Registration for the School Superintendents Association (AASA) annual conference is now open!

Time to Thrive Conference

Date & Location: February 16-18, 2018 in Orlando, FL.

Registration for the fifth annual Time to Thrive conference is now open! The Human Rights Campaign Foundation in partnership with the National Education Association and the American Counseling Association present Time To THRIVE, the annual national conference to promote safety, inclusion and well-being for LGBTQ youth…everywhere!

Save the Date: 21st Annual National School Social Work Conference

Date & Location: March 14-17, 2018 in Columbus, OH.

Mark your calendars for the 21st annual School Social Work Conference! This annual conference is the only national conference devoted exclusively to the School Social Work profession! This year’s conference will be hosted at the Hyatt Regency Columbus.

Youth Tech Health Live conference

Date & Location: May 6-7, 2018 in San Francisco, CA.

Registration is now open! YTH Live is the premier conference for trailblazing technology that advances youth health and wellness.

Save the Date: 2018 Gender Spectrum Conference and Professionals’ Symposium

Professionals’ Symposium: Friday, July 6, 2018

Gender Spectrum Conference: Saturday, July 7 – Sunday, July 8, 2018

Both events will be held at Saint Mary’s College of California in Moraga, CA. Registration, schedule, logistics and more coming in early 2018!


Gender Expansive Students at Higher Risk of Suicidal Behavior

In collaboration with The Trevor Project, Advocates for Youth is releasing its first in a series of issue briefs addressing specific health risk behaviors utilizing the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) 2015 Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) Gender Expression Question data. Until recently, there has been limited research about gender expansive young people showing that they are at increased risk for bullying, abuse, sexual harassment, depression, and drug use. New population-based research has confirmed that gender expansive young people are also at increased risk of suicidal behavior and various risk factors for suicide. This issue brief presents data from two sources, the CDC YRBS and The Trevor Project’s Trevor Chat and TrevorText, to provide insight into the experiences of gender expansive youth and their unique risk for suicide.


No Name-Calling Week

GLSEN’s No Name-Calling Week, this year from January 15-19, is a week organized by K-12 educators and students to end name-calling and bullying in schools. To start, K-12 educators and student leaders should register their participation for this event. All registrants get free streaming of LGBTQ-inclusive classroom documentaries and first access to resources! Click here to register!

This document was made possible by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Division of Adolescent and School Health (CDC-DASH) under cooperative agreement 1UP87PS004154. The contents do not necessarily represent the official views of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. divider

To submit an article, announcement, or resource for the School Health Equity Newsletter, please email Mary Beth Szydlowski at marybeth@advocatesforyouth.org

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