Assess School District Readiness and Capacity to Implement Sex Education
- Completed assessment of sex education, including current practices, goals, and readiness to implement
- Decision regarding school district readiness to make meaningful progress on sex education implementation
In order to commit to working with a school district, it is important to have a strong level of confidence that the school district truly wants to work on sex education institutionalization, including the ability for the superintendent to support the vision for the project. It is not sufficient to have teacher-level champions without the prospect of support from school district leadership, including the school board. It is critical to ensure that there is a specific commitment of time to engage in the work (e.g., key personnel to champion the work internally, ability for teachers to get release time to attend professional development). A formal assessment of the school district establishes the readiness of a school district. The assessment phase focuses on capturing the: 1) status of current sex education offerings; 2) school district stakeholders’ familiarity with state sex education governance and school-district policy; 3) strength of existing sex education policies and procedures; 4) commitment of key stakeholders to sex education; 5) barriers that are currently interrupting effective sex education; and 6) school district’s goal for sex education.