Genesee Valley Educational Partnership
WISE New York, led by the Student Support Services Center of the Genesee Valley Educational Partnership, has worked with a wide range of districts across New York State 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 districts, WISE New York has focused on middle and high school grade levels aligning state policy and best practice along with mapping and alignment to national and state standards, curriculum selection, training and implementation. As the work has evolved, so too has WISE New York's strategy. In addition to supporting local school district efforts, WISE NY has collaborated with the NYS Council on Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention on educational outreach and advocacy efforts as well as building capacity of partner organization to spearhead WISE efforts in their region.