How to Address the Inequities of Sex Education as Practitioners

This session is from the NASP 2021 Annual Convention

  • PMD: 4,8
  • Skill Level: Introduction
  • Session 3: Promoting Diversity and Multicultural Competence in School Psychology

Learner Objectives

This session will help participants…

  1. examine barriers and facilitators of integrating comprehensive sex education into schools.
  2. instruct practitioners on how to advocate for comprehensive curricula as an appropriate and necessary approach to adequately support the healthy sexual development of children and adolescents.
  3. provide sex education resources for practitioners to utilize with diverse student populations as well as parents and guardians.
  4. discuss inequities related to the past and current landscapes of sex education and related policy in the United States.
  5. highlight current adolescent sex trends and issues in schools and disproportionate outcomes for youth of color.


The lack of comprehensive sex education has caused inequitable and negative outcomes for adolescents. Adolescents of color are disproportionately impacted. This call to practice will educate practitioners on the past and current landscapes of sex education and related policies as well as equitable and inclusive curricula. Practitioners will learn how to advocate for comprehensive sex education in schools and be provided resources to use with diverse student and family populations.



Elly Q. Maras, University of Denver
Chase M. Burkart, University of Denver
Mark H. Thomas, University of Denver


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