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Training/Staff Development

Contact Information

Sexual Health Education

360-725-6364

PLEASE NOTE: Participants are required to create an account, via pdEnroller, prior to registering for any of the following professional development 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 OSPI-sponsored trainings.

If your district would like to request training, please contact Laurie Dils.

Professional Development

OSPI will sponsor a number of virtual professional development events in the 2021-22 school year. All events will be posted here when dates are determined. These trainings support school staff in meeting legislative requirements for comprehensive sexual health education as described in RCW 28A.300.475.

Some listed training events may be sponsored by OSPI partners and are listed here as resources only. OSPI does not have control over the content of those training events.

All times listed are Pacific Time Zone.

Date Training Location
September 30, 2022

Sexual Health Education Best Practices core skills training (in-person), OSPI, free with clock hours. (Save the date, registration coming soon!)

Salish Middle School, Lacey, WA
October 7, 2022

FLASH, OSPI, free with clock hours. 

This in-person FLASH training will provide secondary educators with an introduction to the skills needed to effectively deliver the FLASH sexual health curriculum in classrooms. The training will focus on an overview of comprehensive sexual health education broadly and the FLASH curriculum specifically; the role of key concepts in delivering the program, specifically how to utilize key concepts to frame information; the Values Question Protocol as a strategy for answering values-laden questions posed by students in sexual health classrooms; and increasing comfort with other strategies to answer difficult questions. This training is appropriate for both new and seasoned sexual health educators. 

Stanton Academy, Yakima, WA

October 21, 2022

8:00 a.m - 3:30 p.m. 

Core Skills (hybrid), OSPI, free with clock hours. 

This interactive, practice-based training focuses on core skills needed for teaching sexual health education. We will examine strategies for creating a positive, empowering and inclusive learning environment as well as increase your comfort level with teaching sexual health content and answering sexuality-related questions.

Online

November 1, 2022

3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. 

Affirmative Consent & Bystander Intervention, OSPI, free with clock hours. (Save the date!)

 In this training, we will define affirmative consent and bystander training, share ways to model affirmative consent and bystander intervention in the classroom, and explore multiple activities for classroom instruction. This training is most relevant for sexual health education being taught in grades 4 through 12.

Online 

November 8, 2022

3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. 

Gender Inclusive Puberty, OSPI, free with clock hours. (Save the date!) Online

December 7 - 8, 2022 (Part 1 and Part 2)

3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Sexual Health Education for Students with Special Needs (Save the date! More information to come!)  Online

January 12, 2023

3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. 

 

Social Media & Sexually Explicit Materials, OSPI, free with clock hours. (Save the date!)

This is an interactive, practice-based training focused on strategies for discussing social media, pornography, and sexting in the classroom with a focus on harm reduction. We will examine the importance of discussing these topics with students and the interconnectedness of these topics with all aspects of CSHE. 

Online

January 24, 2023

3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. 

Gender & Sexual Diversity, OSPI, free with clock hours. (Save the date!) Online

February 9, 2023

3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. 

Gender Inclusive Puberty, OSPI, free with clock hours. (Save the date!)

 

Online

February 21, 2023

February 23, 2023

3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. 

Equity & CSHE (Two part training) OSPI, free with clock hours. (Save the date!)

In this two-part training, we will explore sexual health education through the lenses of social, health and educational equity and inclusion-based practices. We will identify concrete teaching practices that integrate race, culture, gender and other identities into instruction thereby increasing student engagement and empowering student learning. For Part I and Part II, we will be working in small groups.

Online

March 16, 2023

3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Trauma-Informed CSHE, OSPI, free with clock hours. (Save the date!) Online

March 22 - 23, 2023 (Part 1 and Part 2)

3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Sexual Health Education for Students with Special Needs (Save the date! More information to come!)   

April 4, 2023

3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. 

Affirmative Consent & Bystander Intervention, OSPI, free with clock hours. (Save the date!)

 In this training, we will define affirmative consent and bystander training, share ways to model affirmative consent and bystander intervention in the classroom, and explore multiple activities for classroom instruction. This training is most relevant for sexual health education being taught in grades 4 through 12.

Online

April 18, 2023

3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. 

Gender & Sexual Diversity, OSPI, free with clock hours. (Save the date!) Online

Training Descriptions

The following in-person trainings will be offered by OSPI once COVID-related restrictions are lifted. These trainings support the provision of comprehensive sexual health education that is consistent with WA State Laws (RCW 28A.300.475 and AIDS Omnibus Act). Virtual training events are posted on the calendar above 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.

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.

Online Learning Opportunities

This list is provided for informational purposes only and does not represent a recommendation or endorsement. No clock hours are provided for these opportunities.

Training Course Content Sponsoring Organization
Centralized listing of online and in-person professional trainings throughout the U.S.                    Sex Education Collaborative Training Hub

Virtual Professional Development for sexual health educators. Includes free recorded training modules, as well as online fee-based training using 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

Rights, Respect, Responsibility (3Rs) curriculum trainings for educators and trainers, individual and group, synchronous and asynchronous.

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.

Adolescent Health Initiative, University of Michigan

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

Customized workshops for educators and other professionals who provide sexuality education to people with developmental disabilities.

Centre for Sexuality 

"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).

Healthy Teen Network

Sex Ed Lecture Series is an ongoing series of lectures given by authors, experts, and other leaders in sexuality education. Sex Ed Lecture Series
Online training and professional development program, "designed to ignite excellence in sex education." Self-paced and synchronous options, group discounts available by contacting Spark*Ed.   Spark*ED
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 online course with 3 self-paced modules, American Psychological Association
"Step In, Speak Up!" An interactive role-play simulation for educators that build 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, a 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.

Stanford University

Recorded Webinars

Sponsoring Organization Training

Connections for Student Success

Increasing Access to Sexual Health Services: 4-part webinar series for school staff on developing a referral system

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

OSPI

Health Education K-12 Learning Standards: Focus on Sexual Health | Recording

University of Washington & Seattle Children's Hospital

Adolescent Friendly Services Key Criteria and Assessment Tool | Webinar