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Anticipating Pushback to Virtual "Sex Ed": How to Head It Off & Face Controversy with Confidence!
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When: 09/29/2020
5:00 pm to 6:15 pm
Where: zoom
Baltimore, Maryland 
United States

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Category: Direct Instruction and Discussion

While the necessities of coping with COVID-19 have strained school resources and upended many priorities, the obligation to provide lower, middle and upper school students with life and health enhancing programming--including sexuality education--remains crucial. Unfortunately, misplaced fears and anxieties about "stirring up controversy" may cause schools to step back from this topic or even put it off indefinitely.


Ms. Roffman will share vital insights and strategies gleaned over decades of work with 100's of independent schools, including: the importance of transparency around purpose and goals; proactive work around school/family partnerships in nurturing healthy sexuality; contextualizing content within clear development benchmarks, pedagogical best practice, and the values upheld by the institution; and problem solving around the complexities and quirks of teaching this topic online. Participants should bring examples of the specific challenges they currently face or are anticipating.



Registration details

  • Registration for this event will be processed through VAIS (Virginia Association of Independent Schools)
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  • Registration for VAIS programming will be open to AIMS members at a reduced non-member price for this program only                


Event cost

AIMS Members: $25 




Deborah Roffman, human sexuality educator, author and consultant


Debbie has taught sexuality education at the Park School of Baltimore for more than 40 years. In addition to her constant teaching, and writing, she’s worked with PreK-12 parents, teachers, counselors, administrators, students, alumni, and trustees at more than 400 schools and organizations across the country. Her work has been highlighted widely throughout the national media, including a recent profile in The Atlantic. Debbie’s ability to find common ground by keeping the focus on young people and their universal needs around healthy sexual development is one of her gifts. Her most recent book is Talk to Me First: Everything You Need to Know to Become Your Kids’ “Go-To” Person About Sex.





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