Sexual Health Education
PLEASE NOTE: Participants are required to create an account, via PDEnroller, prior to registering for any of the following training opportunities. School staff should use their district email address when creating a user profile. If you are not with a district, please use your regular email address. In-person training is on hold for the time being.
Free clock hours are provided for all trainings.
If your district would like to request a training, please contact Laurie Dils.
Some of the following training events are sponsored by OSPI partners and are listed here as resources only. OSPI does not have control over the content of these training events.
Spark*Ed: Online training and professional development program, "designed to ignite excellence in sex education." Self-paced, six training modules, free through December. Register via PDenroller and through Spark*Ed.
Modules available now:
The following trainings are offered regularly by OSPI in order to support the provision of sexual health education that is consistent with WA State Laws (Healthy Youth Act and AIDS Omnibus Act). We are working to develop virtual training events to replace in-person events during the COVID-19 pandemic and will post new professional development offerings on this page as they are available.
KNOW is the model HIV/AIDS Prevention Curriculum developed by OSPI at the direction of the legislature to support schools in providing required HIV/AIDS prevention education to students in grades 5-12.
This training is designed to support delivery of KNOW for grades 5-8, though it is also helpful for those providing high school level HIV prevention instruction.
There's a free KNOW download.
FLASH (Family Life and Sexual Health) is a comprehensive sexual health education curriculum developed by Public Health Seattle - King County. In addition to KNOW, it is the most widely used sexual health curriculum in WA.
This training is a highly interactive and research-based learning process that supports educators with the knowledge and skills needed to successfully use the FLASH program in the classroom. Training sessions may focus on delivery of elementary, secondary or special education versions of FLASH. Educators who successfully complete the FLASH educator learning process walk away with knowledge and skills on:
- The foundations of sexual health and HIV instruction
- How to answer sensitive student questions
- Key concepts to use in teaching the FLASH curriculum
- Best practices in methodology for teaching key sexuality education topics, such as abstinence, puberty, sexual violence prevention, LGBT issues, and more
The first day of the Foundations training covers the essential skills for facilitating sex education, including: climate building in the classroom; understanding state and local sex education policies; pedagogical approaches for experiential learning; values clarification; managing personal disclosure; and handling difficult questions and harassing comments. Day 2 of the training, which is optional, will offer two half-day modules covering two of the following topics: cultural competency, LGBTQ inclusion, trauma-informed approaches, facilitation skills for common sex education strategies. This training covers most of the same content as the 2-day ESHE Academy.
Foundations focuses on the core skills needed to effectively facilitate sex education and does not include information on content such as birth control methods, STDs, healthy relationships, etc. Educators are strongly encouraged to brush up on their content knowledge prior to participating in Foundations. Answer offers a series of online professional development workshops that cover essential sex education content, and other online training options can be found below.
This full-day training is intended for teachers and other educators who have experience delivering sexual health instruction and who have attended previous trainings (e.g. FLASH, KNOW, ESHE Academy, Foundations, 3Rs, Get Real). The primary focus of this training is to support an inclusive approach to sexual health education to ensure that all students can feel safe, supported, and participate fully in sexual health instruction. This highly interactive training includes:
- building core skills,
- providing a framework, definitions, and activities to understand the importance of using a trauma-informed approach,
- providing a framework, definitions, and activities to understand the importance of using a culturally proficient approach
Welcoming Schools is a comprehensive approach offering a tool kit to create welcoming schools that address family diversity, avoiding and eliminating gender role stereotyping, and ending bullying. Each one-day training is designed to meet the needs of pre-school and elementary-level educators, school staff, and child serving agencies. It is STRONGLY suggested that schools bring teams to these sessions, if at all possible.
|Training Course Content||Sponsoring Organization|
|Centralized listing of online and in-person professional trainings throughout the U.S.||Sex Education Collaborative Training Hub|
|Online training and professional development program, "designed to ignite excellence in sex education." Self-paced, six training modules, free through December.||SparkED.net|
Virtual Professional Development for sexual health educators. Includes classroom simulators and instructional coaches for elementary, middle or high school sexual health instruction. Sessions can be done individually or in small groups.
|Advocates for Youth|
Sexual Health Education and School Health Equity Training Modules: Answering Difficult Questions; Reducing Homophobia in Schools; Becoming a More Culturally Responsive Educator; Social Media 101; School Health Advisory Councils; Mapping Sexuality Education Standards and Evidence-based Curricula.
|Advocates for Youth|
"Spark Trainings" on confidentiality best practices, being an askable adult, adolescent sexuality, being youth friendly and other topics. Short, free mini-trainings for staff/provider training.
|Teen Sexuality Online Workshops, including abstinence, birth control, STDs, LGBTQ issues in schools, sexual anatomy and response, pregnant and parenting teens, relationship skills, and boys/sex ed; Certificate in Adolescent Sex Education Basics offered through Rutgers Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology.||Answer (Rutgers University)|
|eLearning Courses on adolescent sexuality, sexual health services.||Cardea Services|
"The Teachers' Guide to the Fundamentals of Sexual Health Education," 8 self-paced units covering topics such as puberty and reproduction, pregnancy prevention, sexuality and gender, healthy relationships; other elearning resources include: "Evidence-Based Interventions" (free public access), "Building Support for Sex Education in Schools," "Privacy & Confidentiality for Adolescents Accessing Sexual & Reproductive Health Care," "Serving Everyone: Providing Sexual & Reproductive Health Services to LGBTQ+ Youth," and "Unlocking the Secrets of Classroom Management" techniques for sex ed (free).
|HIV Fundamentals E-Learning Course||Community Impact Solutions, (ETR)|
|The Respect Workshop -The course teaches school professionals how to provide direct services and utilize school-based practices that promote sexual health and responsibility among LGBTQ students. Free on-line course with 3 self-paced modules,||American Psychological Association|
|"Step In, Speak Up!" An interactive role-play simulation for educators that builds understanding and appreciation for the challenges faced by LGBTQ youth, and prepares users to lead real-life conversations with students to curtail harassment and support those who may be struggling as a result of bullying or isolation.||Kognito|
|Dating Matters: Understanding Teen Dating Violence Prevention, web-based course designed for middle and high school educators.||Center for Disease Control and Prevention|
|"Growing Up Trans Professional Development Collection," developed for educators to provide a deeper understanding of gender identity and explore best practices for providing safe, inclusive classrooms and schools.||Frontline/PBS Learning Media|
"Health Across the Gender Spectrum," for providers, educators, parents, others who work with youth, to promote a better understanding of gender identity and the gender spectrum.
Connections for Student Success
Part 1 - Implementing a Sexual Health Services Referral System in your Priority Schools
Part 2 - e-Resources for SHS Referral Systems
Part 3 - Peer-to-Peer Sharing on Referral Counting
Part 4 - Communicating about Adolescent Sexual Health: Messaging & Story Telling
University of Washington & Seattle Children's Hospital
This three part series was developed to support school staff in understanding how to improve implementation of sexual health education and related curricula. These webinars are informational in nature and were not developed as training webinars. They do not replicate or replace on-site or face-to-face professional development provided by OSPI or its partners.