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New Sexuality Education Requirements in Illinois:. What It Means for You and Your Students. Introductions. Tammy Wynard: Health Education Faculty, Health and Physical Education Program Coordinator Alyssa Walters: Senior Health and Physical Education Major. Contributions from:

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new sexuality education requirements in illinois
New Sexuality Education Requirements in Illinois:

WhatItMeansforYou and YourStudents


Tammy Wynard:

Health Education Faculty, Health and Physical Education Program Coordinator

Alyssa Walters: Senior Health and Physical Education Major

Contributions from:


Kinesiology Department and School of Professional Studies

first things first
First Things First

Abstinence-Only Education

Comprehensive Sex Education

Abstinence-Only-Until-Marriage Education

Abstinence-Based Education

Abstinence-Centered Education

Abstinence-Plus Education

comprehensive s ex education
Comprehensive Sex Education

Covers the wide array of topics that affect sexuality and sexual health. It is grounded in evidence-based, peer-reviewed science. Its goal is to promote health and well-being in a way that is developmentally appropriate. It includes information and communication skills building as well as values exploration. Ideally, sex education in school is an integrated process that builds upon itself year after year, is initiated in kindergarten, and is provided through grade 12.

sexuality education in illinois
Sexuality Education In Illinois
  • sex education offered in grades 6-12 must include instruction on abstinence and contraception for the prevention of pregnancy and STI
  • must be medically accurate,developmentally and age appropriate, and complete
  • must be evidence-based or substantially incorporate elements of evidence-based programs
illinois health education mandates with sexual health connections
Illinois Health Education Mandates with Sexual Health Connections
  • Abandoned newborn infant protection (K-12)
  • AIDS education (6-12)
  • Cancer (K-12)
  • Human growth and development (K-12)
  • Child abduction prevention (K-8)
  • Family life (K-12)
  • Erin’s Law - Sexual abuse and assault awareness (PreK-12)
sexuality education policy
Sexuality Education Policy
  • Mandated comprehensive sexual health education
  • K through 12
  • Aligned with the National Sexuality Education Standards
  • Age appropriate for each grade level
  • Instruction about gender identity, gender expression, and sexual orientation
the headlines
The Headlines

CPS Mandates Sexual, Health Education For Kindergarten

As Chicago Kids Head Back To School, Conservatives Freak Out About ‘Kindergarten Sex Ed’

Obama Agreed With Mandating Sex Ed Classes for Kindergarten Students

Chicago Public Schools Mandate Sex Ed for Kindergarteners

Chicago Passes Sex-Ed for


cps outline
CPS Outline
  • K-1st Grade
    • anatomy, healthy relationships, and personal safety
  • 2nd-3rd Grade
    • growth and development
  • 4th Grade
    • physical, social, and emotional aspects of puberty, causes of HIV transmission
  • 5th-12th Grade
    • human reproduction, healthy decision-making and bullying
who supports comprehensive sex education
Who Supports Comprehensive Sex Education
  • American School Health Association
  • American Public Health Association
  • American Psychological Association
  • YWCA of the USA
  • Society for Adolescent Medicine
  • Guttmacher Institute
  • Advocates for Youth
  • American Academy of Pediatrics
opponents of comprehensive sex education
Opponents of Comprehensive Sex Education
  • National Abstinence Education Association
  • American Family Association
  • Concerned Women for America
  • Focus on the Family
  • Citizens for Excellence in Education
  • Medical Institute for Sexual Health
  • Family Research Council
voicing parental community concerns
Voicing Parental/Community Concerns
  • Parent Opt-Out
    • “no pupil shall be required to take or participate in any class or course on AIDS or family life instruction if his parent or guardian submits written objection . . .”
  • Citizen’s Request for Reconsideration of Instructional Materials
opposition case studies
Opposition Case Studies

Focus: Positive, Respectful, Common Ground