Workshops from the 2018 Conference:

  • Boundaries for Sexuality Educators: Where Do You Draw The Line? with Joleen M. Nevers and Cassy Setzler.  

    Sexuality Educators are often confronted with various situations, some of which may require an understanding of their personal boundaries. This session will introduce types of boundaries and ethical principles utilized in most ethical models. Participants will have the opportunity to explore their own boundaries as it relates to their profession.

  • Unique Sexuality and Gender Knowledge Needs in Intellectually Disabled Students with Andrew Triska

  • This workshop will focus on the sexuality and gender identity knowledge needs of intellectually disabled students of all ages, particularly those areas of knowledge that are underemphasized in general sex education curricula or specific to intellectually disabled students.

  • Consent – Ask For It with Ukumbwa Sauti

    Consent: Ask For It will define and give broad and detailed context for the concept of consent, illuminate various perspectives about why it is vital not only to sexual, physical and emotional safety, but also in other social frameworks. This class is interactive.

  • Sexually Explicit Media and Our Youth with Jess Alder and Nicole Daley

    Just as “media literacy” programs have been helping youth understand how a steady flow of advertising, entertainment and social media influences their perceptions, a “pornography literacy” curriculum might help youth interpret and make sense of the sexually explicit media to which they are exposed. Join us in a new sexually explicit media curriculum that has been delivered to Boston high school students.

  • Sexuality Education: Historical and Hysterical with Jane Detwiler

    Turn on your cell phone or tablet to participate in this workshop on sexuality education through history. Using Kahoot, a game based classroom response system played by the whole class in real time, we will explore ideas about sexuality since the early 20th century.

  • Making Sense of Abstinence with Bill Taverner

    Abstinence education in the U.S. is pretty bad, with its fear/shame-based tactics, misleading/ inaccurate statements, sexism, homophobia, ineffectiveness, and directive pedagogy.

    But what if it were reconceptualized with a positive, skills-based, choice-oriented frame that encouraged critical decision-making, and applied the same learning principles known to work in sexuality education? What if, instead of demanding abstinence-until-marriage it discussed the knowledge and skills needed once a person changed their decisions?

    Participants will explore these concepts from “Making Sense of Abstinence,” and all participants will receive a free copy of first edition of this resource. This year, The Center for Sex Education is publishing a second edition, for which participants will play a vital role, giving input on teaching about abstinence in a positive healthy frame.

  • Answering the “Virginity” Question through an Anti-Oppressive Lens with Jenna Emerson

    Virginity has a long history of privileging and oppressing certain bodies. This workshop will explore the social construction of virginity and its implications in the sex ed classroom today. We will look at the different types of virginity questions and practice responding through an anti-oppressive lens.

  • Examining and Re-framing Inclusion Practices in the Classroom with Cambridge Health Alliance

    Inclusion efforts often suggest simple vocabulary changes as a cure all solution and assume the rest will fall into place. While these efforts are important, they are only one element of practicing inclusion in the classroom. Educators will practice asking questions that will reframe their content and process for a more socially just classroom.

  • Protection Methods 101 with Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts with Angélique Bouthot

    What are Protection Methods, how do they work, and how can people access them? We’ll discuss hormonal and non-hormonal methods, barriers, emergency contraception, and more. A great intro workshop and a great refresher for people looking for inclusive ways to discuss these methods quickly and effectively.

  • Exploring Identity and Lifting Youth VOICES with Lola Akintobi

    Lola’s presentation is online here

    Sexual health programs are most successful when they recognize the cultures of participants. In order to move towards more culturally competent programming, let’s talk about identity! In this workshop, participants will explore how to lead an activity on identity that compliments sexual health programming.

  • More than the Question Box: Integrating broad understandings of sex and gender into your regular sex ed class with Cindy Beal

    Balancing boundaries of content placed on us by agency/school and our commitment to comprehensive education can be tricky. We will explore ways to bear witness to young people of all genders and to create a more gender and sex expansive sexuality education experience. This workshop will include a lens for noticing opportunities, specific exercises and tools, and we will share tips with one another.

    Guy Problems: Forms of Societal Oppression of Experienced by Men & Boys with E. Winter Tashlin

    Men’s issues’ has become synonymous with misogyny thanks to the MRA movement, but there are real issues that men & boys struggle with. This workshop looks at those issues with an eye towards dispelling assumptions, enhancing empathy, and finding points of intersection with the lives and struggles of other people.