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The Department of Education's HIV/AIDS Program is funded by the Centers for Disease Control to support local school districts in providing effective K-12 HIV, STD and pregnancy prevention in the context of comprehensive sexuality education. The HIV/AIDS Program provides training and technical assistance to health coordinators, teachers, nurses, counselors and administrators on a wide range of HIV- and sexuality-related topics. Some of these include: program planning, implementation and evaluation; curriculum development; classroom strategies; building support for HIV and sexuality education programs; HIV education policies; confidentiality; parental notification; condom availability; how to support HIV-infected students and staff; HIV treatment and prevention updates; and targeting students at high risk.

The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education's AIDS Advisory Panel (AAP) serves as a body of stakeholders who advise the HIV/Teen Pregnancy Prevention Programs of the Department. Members are selected by the staff of the Department's HIV Prevention Program. Members are sought who have expertise on: healthy sexual development, HIV/AIDS, sexual minority youth, teen pregnancy, minority youth, adolescent reproductive health issues, youth at risk, sexuality education in school settings, outreach, program planning, state and local government programs, community organizations. The panel's work includes, program development, community communication, and materials' review.

The AAP periodically reviews sexuality education curricula against 14 criteria they developed for school based programs. The criteria include accuracy of information, matching the Massachusetts Health Education Frameworks, matching the National Health Education Standards, racially, ethnically and culturally non-bias and developmental appropriateness.
Download PDF Document  Download MS WORD Document Form for Curriculum Review

Please note that other resources currently listed on this page may also list evidenced-based curriculum, strategies, and practices. At no time should this list be considered exhaustive, as other programs and practices may exist that are not posted here. Each district needs to determine what curriculum and strategies are most appropriate for each school and grade, taking into account developmental stages, local needs and other factors.

The results Download PDF Document  Download MS EXCEL Document of the reviews are posted and are updated periodically.

For more information, please contact:
Lenore Tsikitas, MPH
HIV/AIDS Program Coordinator

HIV/AIDS Related Resources:

CDC Division of Adolescent and School Health
CDC National Prevention Information Network

Resources for Teachers

Advocates for Youth
The Sexuality Information and Education Council of the U.S
SexEd Library
The Massachusetts Comprehensive Health Curriculum Framework Download PDF Document

Resources for Administrators

The Council of Chief State School Officers School Health Project
The National Association of State Boards of Education and the National School Boards Association HIV Tool Kit

Resources for Parents

The Massachusetts Alliance on Teen Pregnancy
National Campaign to End Teen Pregnancy
The Family Project

Last Updated: March 6, 2017
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