Family Life and Sexual Health (F.L.A.S.H.)
Source: Public Health – Seattle & King County
Grades 4—6 (Level II, preadolescence, ages 9 through 12; later elementary school)
Grades 7—8 (Level III, early adolescence, ages 12 through 15; middle school/junior high school)
Grades 9—10 (Level IV, adolescence, ages 15 through 18; high school)
Grades 11—12 and college/university (Level IV, adolescence, ages 15 through 18; high school)
Special Education (Level IV, adolescence, ages 15 through 18; high school)
The Family Life and Sexual Health curriculum (F.L.A.S.H.) is a comprehensive sexuality education curriculum developed by Public Health - Seattle & King County.
The FLASH curriculum:
Addresses such issues as physical development, promotion of sexual health, prevention of disease, affection, interpersonal relationships, body image, and gender roles. Embraces an abstinence-based approach, as well as information related to the prevention of pregnancy, HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases. Rests on a foundation of positive and healthy sexuality across the life span. Focuses on the needs of public schools and diverse communities. Ensures discussion about the wide spectrum of beliefs on sensitive issues. Values family involvement.
For a F.L.A.S.H. curriculum overview, click here: www.kingcounty.gov/healthservices/health/personal/famplan/educators/~/media/health/publichealth/documents/famplan/Appendix_H.ashx
To view all of the F.L.A.S.H. lessons and supplemental materials, click here: www.kingcounty.gov/healthservices/health/personal/famplan/educators/FLASH.aspx
Family Life Education HIV/AIDS Education: Guidelines, Activities, and Resources
Source: Santa Clara County Office of Education
Target Audience: Grades 7—12 (Level III, early adolescence, ages 12 through 15; middle school/junior high school and IV, adolescence, ages 15 through 18; high school)
Date Published: 2002
This manual, which aligns with the California legislative mandate for HIV/AIDS education, was designed to provide classroom teachers with best practices and a sampling of lessons for each of the areas required. The manual consists of three sections: “Getting Started,” “Classroom Activities,” and “Additional Resources for Teachers.” The classroom activities cover a range of topics related to HIV/AIDS, including decision-making, peer pressure, refusal skills, and media literacy.
To go to the Santa Clara County Office of Education website click here: www.sccoe.org/default.asp
To view the Family Life Education HIV/AIDS Education manual click here: www.sccoe.org/depts/sdfsc/docs/Guidelines%20to%20HIVAIDS.pdf
Filling the Gaps: Hard to Teach Topics in Sexuality Education
Source: Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States (SIECUS)
Level IV (adolescence, ages 15 through 18; high school)
Date Published: 1998
Filling the Gaps: Hard to Teach Topics in Sexuality Education, is a teacher’s manual designed to address eight “hard to teach” topics in sexuality education: abstinence, condom use, diversity, pregnancy options, safer sex, sexual behavior, sexual identity and orientation, and sexuality and society. It provides (1) a rationale for teaching them, (2) messages that children at different ages need to know, and (3) suggested lesson plans, worksheets, and fact sheets for leaders and the community. The manual is not a curriculum or program plan, but designed to be used as a supplement for existing programs.
To view and download the Filling the Gaps manual, click here: www.siecus.org/pubs/filling_the_gaps.pdf
Healthy Oakland Teens Project Peer Education Curriculum
Source: Center for AIDS Prevention Studies (CAPS)
Audience: Level III (early adolescence, ages 12 through 15; middle school/junior high school)
Date Published: 1995
Pages: curriculum to train peer role models: 70 pages; curriculum that peer role models deliver: 113 pages
The Healthy Oakland Teens Project (HOT) began in the fall of 1992 at an urban, ethnically diverse junior high school. The project's goal was to reduce adolescents' risk for HIV infection by using peer role models to advocate for responsible decision making, healthy values and norms, and improved communication skills.
The HOT program educated ninth grade students during a one semester, daily class to become HIV peer helpers for seventh grade students. After extensive training, the ninth grade peer helpers delivered weekly interactive sessions in seventh grade science classes, focusing on values, "decision" decision-making, communication, and prevention skills. The HOT project ended in 1995.
For more information on the Healthy Oakland Teens Project (HOT) click here: www.caps.ucsf.edu/projects/HOT/
To view the curriculum that was used to train the 9th grade peer helpers click here: www.caps.ucsf.edu/projects/HOT/pdf/HealthyOaklandTeensAdult.pdf
To view the curriculum that the 9th grade peer helpers delivered to 7th grade students click here: www.caps.ucsf.edu/projects/HOT/pdf/HealthyOaklandTeensPeercurriculum.pdf
Source: New York City Department of Education
Date Published: 2005
The updated HIV/AIDS curriculum provides age and developmentally appropriate lessons to help children and adolescents understand the nature of HIV/AIDS, methods of transmission and prevention, and ways to support friends or loved ones who may be living with HIV/AIDS. Lessons use strategies that reinforce the importance of communicating with parents/guardians, teachers, and other caring and appropriate adults in their lives. Interactive activities foster communication skills, assertiveness, planning and goal setting, decision making, and limit setting. The curriculum consists of five lessons per grade for grades K—6 and six lessons per grade for grades 7—12.
To view and download lessons from the New York City Department of Education HIV/AIDS Curriculum, click here: http://schools.nyc.gov/Academics/FitnessandHealth/StandardsCurriculum/HIVAIDSCurriculum
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