Un-demonizing™ the GYM teacher: working with challenging staff and faculty

By Center for Human Sexuality Studies (other events)

Saturday, January 26 2019 6:00 PM 8:00 PM

Number of hours (CE credits): 2hrs

The goal of this workshop is to familiarize non-school based personnel around the landscape of sexuality education in schools and provide strategies for calling-in faculty/staff that are traditionally averse to teaching the content.


The workshop will review a brief timeline of sexuality education, lessons learned, consistent barriers and upcoming challenges to sexuality education in the school setting.  Participants will take part in a variety of activities that promote learning in the knowledge, affective and skill-building domains.  Presenters will provide participants with resources and strategies on working with this population in order to promote sexuality education that is: comprehensive, developmentally-appropriate, skill-based, medically accurate, inclusive and non-oppressive.


By the end of the session, participants will be able to:

1. Describe at least 3 barriers to teaching sexuality education that may appear in a school setting, through an impromptu speaking activity.

2. Reflect on the social-emotional impact of 2 real-world challenging scenarios that school-based personnel may face, through written and oral dialogue.

3. Implement at least 1 strategy, into a take-home action-plan, to effectively call-in averse faculty/staff that are teaching sexuality education.


Rachael E. Gibson, MPH, MS, MEd is a high school Health and Sexuality Educator with over 18 years of experience in the field.  She is based in New York City, and has taught Sexuality Education all over the U.S. and the world, most recently in conjunction with the University of Cape Town in South Africa and at Chongqing Technology University in China.  Ms. Gibson’s emphasis is adolescent sexuality with a strong focus on social justice, women’s empowerment, and sex positive education for young men.  Ms Gibson is an instructional coach, and holds a variety of workshops for educators, administrators, parents and youth.  In addition, she is an adjunct professor of Human Sexuality.  Ms. Gibson holds a B.S. in Health Science from the University of Arizona, an MPH from California State University, Long Beach and a Master of Science in Educational Leadership from the City College of New York.  She is a current PhD student in Widener University’s Center for Human Sexuality Studies.

Drew Miller, MEd, is a health and sexuality educator with over eight years of professional experience in public secondary education.  Drew began his teaching career at Chambersburg Area Senior High School (CASHS) and has continued to innovate and engage learners at Bard High School Early College in Manhattan.  He has taught traditional health and physical education electives, International Baccalaureate courses, advised clubs, and served as a varsity coach for high school track and field, cross country and soccer programs.  As part of his work in public education, Drew has helped rewrite health education curricula to incorporate a sexuality education piece that meets both National Sexuality Education Standards and the State Standards for Health and Physical Education.  Drew also works to incorporate new learning technologies through the use of Google Classroom, Moodle, Poll Everywhere, and Quizlet.  Drew received his M.Ed. in Human Sexuality from Widener University in 2018 and has professional areas of interest in interpersonal communication, healthy relationships, and developing sex-positive attitudes among high school-aged students.  He is located in the New York City and is willing to travel within the NY, NJ, PA, and MD region.  You can reach him through his email at [email protected]

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