Teen Pregnancy Prevention Resource Center

Schools and Education

In a 2009 statewide survey of parents, 91.8% of respondents thought sexuality education should be taught in public schools and the 2009 Healthy Youth Act requires that our schools provide objective and medically accurate information about sexuality and ways to prevent pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases.  It is important that our school district meets these standards to give both boys and girls the information they need to help them prevent teen pregnancy.  It is also important that our schools implement programs and policies that support teen mothers in their efforts to continue their education.  Below are some resources related to schools and education and the role they can play in preventing teen pregnancy.

Winston-Salem Forsyth County Schools

Frequently Asked Questions About the WSFC Schools Sexual Health Education Programs
This FAQ sheet was developed for our Social Change Exchange event in September 2011.  It provides an overview of what is being taught locally in the WSFC Schools.

Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools Family Life Resources
Contains a list of resources for Family Life/Reproductive Health used by the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County teachers in grades 5-9. Resources are listed by grade levels and are designated as teacher or student.

North Carolina

Healthy Youth Act Implementation Guide
In 2009, the North Carolina General Assembly changed North Carolina’s sexuality education law by passing the Healthy Youth Act .  This guide provides a great overview of the requirements of the Healthy Youth Act and how communities and school districts can implement the act most effectively.

North Carolina Comprehensive School Health Training Center
The Training Center provides programs throughout the state for teachers, nurses, counselors, administrators, and public health educators to reduce health-risk behaviors in children and adolescents. The Training Center provides approximately 45 professional development events a year, most of which are funded by the NC Department of Public Instruction, or requested by local school systems. 

North Carolina Parent Opinion Survey of Public School Sexuality Education
The Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Campaign of North Carolina partnered with the Gillings School of Global Public Health at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill to conduct a survey of parents of NC public schoolchildren. Conducted between November 2008 and January 2009, the survey asked a random sample of parents about their views on sexuality education, what should be taught, when teaching should commence and how long it should last, and other topics.  There was overwhelming support among the parents for these topics to be taught in public schools.

Additional Resources

Involving Schools in Teen Pregnancy Prevention

This is a chaper from Get Organized: A Guide to Preventing Teen Pregnancy, a practical manual for people who are interested in taking action to prevent teen pregnancy in their communities.   Get Organized  was produced by The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unintended Pregnancies, in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. 

Resources for Sex Educators
Whether you are someone new to the field of sex education or trying to stay abreast of the latest effective programs and resources, Advocates for Youth can help. Explore the Sex Ed Center for lesson plans, curricula, national standards, and state legislation.

Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States (SIECUS)
Founded in 1964, SIECUS has become a recognized leader in the field of sexuality and sexuality education. SIECUS educates, advocates and informs on a wide variety of sexuality education topics. 

Sex Ed Library
The Sex ED Library is a comprehensive online sex education resource that is sponsored by SIECUS.  It is a resource for educators who teach about sexuality with the tools they need to effectively reach young people. It includes lessons, curricula, research, and professional development opportunities.



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