The goal of the Working to Institutionalize Sex Ed or WISE project is to increase Iowa school districts’
sustainable implementation of effective comprehensive sex
education that complies with the Human Growth and Development Mandate/Iowa Code 279.50. This project partners with Iowa school districts to support them in adopting,
implementing and institutionalizing comprehensive sex education programs that are research-based and medically accurate. The WISE project is part of a national initiative that helps fund this Iowa project due to our favorable policy climate. To learn more about the WISE Initiative, please click here.
What is comprehensive sex education?
Comprehensive Sex Education (CSE) addresses both abstinence and age-appropriate, medically
accurate information. CSE is developmentally appropriate; introducing information on relationships,
decision-making, assertiveness, and skill building to resist social/peer pressure, depending on grade-level.
Research shows that students who receive CSE are less likely to get pregnant or cause a pregnancy and does not increase sexual activity in teens. There is little evidence to show that abstinence only
programming is effective in pregnancy prevention. Evaluations of CSE programs help our youth by:
- Delaying the onset of sexual activity
- Reducing the number of sexual partners
- Reducing the frequency of sexual activity
- Increasing academic achievement and decreased dropout rates
To view the Iowa Department of Education approved and evidence based curricula as well as curricula that has been mapped to the National Sexuality Education Standards, please click here.
The National Sexuality Education Standards recognize sexuality
education as a broad term that includes a range of topic areas that impact a person’s sexual health and well-being. Although it has
historically focused on sexual behaviors and the potential outcomes of those behaviors, in its more comprehensive form, sexuality
education is about much more than that. The topic areas included in the National Sexuality Education Standards are:
- Anatomy and Physiology
- Puberty and Adolescent Development
- Pregnancy and Reproduction
- Sexually Transmitted Diseases and HIV
- Healthy Relationships
- Personal Safety
For assistance in mapping the human growth and
development programming provided in your school
please contact the WISE team.
To find out more about WISE, download our informational brochure.