All of Health Connected's curricula go through a rigorous review process to ensure medical accuracy, alignment with state requirements, and consistency with best practicies in adolescent sexual health and youth development. Following is an overview of the reviews that our curriculum series have completed.
2016 Education Code Compliance Review
The Adolescent Sexual Health Work Group (ASHWG) is an organized collaborative of governmental and non-governmental organizations to promote and protect the sexual and reproductive health of youth in California. ASHWG is comprised of program managers from the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), California Department of Education (CDE), and key non-governmental organizations (NGO) committed to working more effectively to address the sexual and reproductive health of California adolescents.
In June of 2016 a group of eight reviewers were recruited via ASHWG to form an ad-hoc ASHWG sub-committee charged with reviewing a subset of comprehensive sexual health education curricula for alignment and compliance with the California Healthy Youth Act (CHYA). The group formed in response to extensive requests across California for guidance on which curricula meet the requirements of the new law (which went into effect on January 1, 2016). The goals of this review were to: (1) provide school district staff, teachers, and community education providers with information about a number of widely available curricula in order to inform local processes for curriculum selection; and (2) provide curriculum publishers and authors input from an outside review group on the alignment of their materials with the CHYA.
The ASHWG sub-committee reviewed both Teen Talk Middle School and Teen Talk High School along with several other nationally available curricula. All curricula reviews can be viewed on the ASHWG website by clicking here. Health Connected was pleased that Teen Talk Middle School and Teen Talk High School had the fewest number of recommended modifications of the curricula reviewed and all of the recommended modifications were characterized by the review committee as minor. We have updated and published our newest additions of Teen Talk Middle School and Teen Talk High School to include these recommended modifications. Click on the buttons below to review the committee's recommended modifications and our response to each recommendation.
Health Connected has partnered with physicians at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation to complete a medical review of each our curricula before they are published, to ensure that all medical information presented in the curriculum is medically-accurate. In addition, Teen Talk Middle School and Teen Talk High School, recently received additional medical reviews by multiple physicians and health professionals from the CA Office of Family Planning.
CA Healthy Kids Resource Library Review
The California Healthy Kids Resource Center (CHKRC) maintains a comprehensive collection of reviewed health education materials for use by teachers, administrators, university faculty, school district staff and other professionals who work with preschool through 12th grade students in school settings and after-school programs. These materials are available for loan from the CHKRC library, with free delivery in California. The California Healthy Kids Resource Center is funded by the California Department of Education.
The California Healthy Kids Resource Center reviews school health instructional and professional materials for inclusion in the lending library. Resources selected for review are evaluated using the Center’s Material Review Board process. The CHKRC Material Review Board is comprised of teachers, health education professionals, and university faculty. CHKRC uses research-based evaluation instruments to review materials.
Materials that have been evaluated through the Material Review Board process as high quality are acquired by the CHKRC and made available for free loan to public and private kindergarten through twelfth grade schools, other youth-serving agencies, and teacher training programs in California.
All of Health Connected's curricula were evaluated as high quality in 2016 through the California Healthy Kids Resource Center's Material Review Board process and are available for loan from CHKRC's lending library.
*Please note that the CHKRC does not have the CHYA-aligned editions of Health Connected's curricula at this time.