Rights, Respect, Responsibility builds on 30 years of research into effective sexuality education programs, while respecting young people’s right to the information they need to protect their health and make responsible decisions. It follows the National Sexuality Education Standards for what students should learn and be able to do at each grade level, and it is inclusive of learners of all genders and sexual orientations. Rights, Respect, Responsibility is intended for use with students in Kindergarten through 12th grade. Its lessons are scaffolded, and age-appropriate, beginning with basic lessons about friendship and safety, and introducing more complex concepts as students age.
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Characteristics of Effective Sexuality Education
Doug Kirby, the premier researcher on elements of sexuality education that were effective to create desired outcomes, created a list of characteristics of effective programs published in 2007 and reprinted here.
- Focuses on specific behavioral outcomes.
- Addresses individual values and group norms that support health-enhancing behaviors.
- Focuses on increasing personal perceptions of risk and harmfulness of engaging in specific health risk behaviors, as well as reinforcing protective factors.
- Addresses social pressures and influences.
- Builds personal and social competence.
- Provides functional knowledge that is basic, accurate and directly contributes to health- promoting decisions and behaviors.
- Uses strategies designed to personalize information and engage students.
- Provides age-and developmentally appropriate information, learning strategies, teaching methods and materials.
- Incorporates learning strategies, teaching methods and materials that are culturally inclusive. Provides adequate time for instruction and learning.
- Provides opportunities to reinforce skills and positive health behaviors.
- Provides opportunities to make connections with other influential persons.
- Includes teacher information and plan for professional development and training to enhance effectiveness of instruction and student learning.1
Learn more about sexuality education: Sexuality Education: Building an evidence- and rights-based approach to healthy decision-making
1: Kirby, D., Rolleri, L. A., Wilson, M. M. Tools to Assess Characteristics of Effective Sex and STD/HIV Education Programs (TAC). 2007.