NEW K-12 Standards for Optimal Sexual Development

Founded on Positive Character and Healthy Relationships

A Framework for Empowering Health and Wholeness

The World Health Organization has defined health as “a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.” The definition speaks to the whole person nature of health – body, mind, and relationships with others.

K-12 Standards advance this concept by illustrating the pathway toward thriving, human flourishing, wholeness, and optimal health. A result of two years of collaborative research and development by leading national educators in the fields of sexual health, character, and relationship education, these standards provide a framework that will guide policy makers, curriculum developers, educators, and parents in their efforts to maximize student success.

Founded on Positive Character and Healthy Relationships

K-12 Standards present a comprehensive set of critically needed knowledge and skills to help protect school-aged children from negative cultural influences and empower them to make positive choices for achieving optimal health.

The process of educating children, for both schools and parents, across all grade levels and across all disciplines, is increasingly more
challenging. K-12 Standards are intentional in addressing character and relationship education as the foundation for optimal sexual
health. In addition to other academic milestones, they will guide student achievement and maturity and hold the most promise for
moving students toward a healthy future.

K-12 Standards for Optimal Sexual Development

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