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EyesOpenIowa’s Training Academy strives to provides professionals, community members, parents and caregivers with the skills they need to best serve their staff, students, patients, clients, families, and selves. EOI’s trainings are innovative and engaging, and guide learners to content and best practices designed in meeting the needs of young people. Through in-person and online trainings, with EyesOpenIowa, your professional development is tailored to your specific needs.

EyesOpenIowa is part of the Sex Education Collaborative (SEC), a  national collaborative that developed the Professional Learning Standards for Sex Education. These standards provide guidance for educators and school districts about content, skills, and professional disposition needed to implement sex education effectively. To learn more about the standards and how EOI's trainings align, go here .





Eyes Open Academy®

In addition to in-person trainings available at the EyesOpenIowa training hall or available by request, EyesOpenIowa is excited to offer Eyes Open Academy. Eyes Open Academy is our new online training school in which we offer professionals, community members, parents, and caregivers across Iowa 24/7 access to a constantly growing library of innovative and engaging trainings. Additionally, all trainings within the Eyes Open Academy count toward recertification hours to become a Certified Sexual Health Educator.

What training topics does the EyesOpenIowa Training Academy provide?

  • Comprehensive, evidence-based, and evidence-informed sexual health education curricula
  • Becoming comfortable with sexuality conversations in the home or classroom setting

  • Sexual health education best practices and skill building

  • Organizational development and sustainability

  • LGBTQIA+ affirming education

  • Eliminating shaming sex education

  • Cultural humility

  •  Best practices for working with pregnant and parenting young people

  •  Lifespan sexuality

  •  Sexuality in the age of tech and social media

  •  Creating safer and more welcoming learning spaces

  •  Classroom management

  •  Teaching sex education to students with developmental and intellectual disabilities

  • Consent and sexual violence prevention

  • Social and emotional learning

  • Custom training needs

  •  And more!






Awkward to Awesome - September 24 & 25

A highly interactive two-day training that is full of engaging activities and discussion around a variety of sexual health topics. This training will help lay the foundation for new educators and is a great refresher for those already in the field. This training will build core skills. Participants will leave feeling confident and "awesome"! Register here.

Puberty, Reproductive Anatomy, and Contraception - October 1

This dynamic training that is a fun way to learn about puberty, reproductive anatomy, and contraception. Participants will learn how to teach/discuss these topics to youth by engaging in numerous, easy to recreate activities. Participants will leave this training with a better understanding of the topic areas, as well as resources to use with youth. Register now so you don’t miss out!

HIV & other STDs - October 2

This training will help participants increase their knowledge of the basics of HIV, AIDS, and other STDs. Participants will learn about the history of these diseases, testing, treatment and prevention, as well as best practices for teaching on these subjects. Participants will leave with up to date information and teaching tools and strategies. Register here.

Teens & Technology - October 23

As our society embraces all technology has to offer, we find ourselves in a position to guide young people through a landscape we are navigating with them. From online safety and social media to texting and sexting, this training will unpack best practices, shift fear-based messaging, and guide educators in a growing field. Learn more here.



Certified Sexual Health Educator™

This certification is open to any professional in Iowa who would like to develop or enrich their skills in providing sexual health to adolescents. The certification process is voluntary and aligns with the National Teacher Preparation Standards. Becoming a Certified Sexual Health Educator allows professionals to competently and comfortably teach age-appropriate, medically accurate sexual health education while following a basic set of ethics.



2018 Annual Conference - Ripples Affect

Our widely attended conference provides engaging sessions and cutting edge speakers on adolescent sexual health and overall well-being. It’s an excellent professional development opportunity for school districts and community organizations! Attendees receive rich information on the latest teen trends and medical research with resources and future support.

We can customize a training and resource package just for you and your organization.

Click here to see our service package. Click here to view our Training and Capacity Building Brochure.

Please email with any training questions or requests.

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Not in Iowa? No worries!

We travel across the country to provide a variety of topical and curricular trainings. In need of a speaker or trainer?

Contact our Director of Training, Emily Miller, at

This was the most helpful, useful training of any training, any category, in my entire adult life.
— Training Participant, 2017
[The trainings/meetings] I was privileged to participate in have truly opened my eyes in so many ways and will forever inspire me to be more informed, sensitive, compassionate, and inclusive in both my work with students and in my personal life. I will forever be grateful for these experiences and thank you both from the bottom of my heart for the personal time, energy and support you’ve shown to me since I attended my first training as a ‘newbie’
— Educator, 2018

Training and Cancellation Policy

EyesOpenIowa reserves the right to cancel a training or event if we do not reach the minimum number of participants to make the event viable by the registration closing date. In the event that we cancel a training, we will notify you using the email you used during registration and refund your full registration amount using the same method you used for payment. Register early to avoid cancellation!

In the event of inclement weather we will work to reschedule the training. If we must cancel due to weather, we will contact you via the information you provided on your registration form.

Full refunds will be provided to registrants who provide at least one week’s notice prior to training. No refunds will be given after that time.

Please email us with any training inquiries.

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EyesOpenIowa is designated by the federally funded agency Advocates for Youth as the State Lead Agency in Iowa for Teen Pregnancy Prevention.