Genesee Valley Educational Partnership
WISE New York is currently working statewide to support school districts to institutionalize sexuality education as part of coordinated school health efforts. In one district, the focus was on developing a sexuality education curriculum, entitled "I'm WISE" for students in grades 4-6. The curriculum was developed in alignment with the Common Core and Health and Sexuality Education Standards and is currently being implemented in elementary schools by teachers who participated in sexuality education professional development. A parent education program, Family Talk, is implemented in each of the elementary schools as well as parent and teacher sexuality education resource centers. To support this effort, an advisory council was developed and it continues to guide the elementary program.
In other schools, WISE New York has focused on middle and high school grade levels. In 2011 WISE New York collaborated with the NYS Council on Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention to conduct a statewide Health Education Leadership Institute focused on sexuality education best practices. Eighteen schools attended and five schools continued to work collaboratively with WISE New York to implement and institutionalize sexuality education. WISE New York's current focus is on continuing to collaborate with schools, families and community partners to enhance and institutionalize sexuality education in NYS’s largest and highest need school districts and schools statewide.