WBUR: From 'Big Mouth' To 'Pen15,' TV Is Taking On Teen Sexuality

APRIL 2019

Since its debut in 2017, the Netflix animated series Big Mouth has brought alt-comedy to middle school, allowing performers like Jenny Slate and Jordan Peele to dissect and re-enact the vicissitudes of youth. Though it could be used as a guide for teenagers, it’s become a phenomenon among adult viewers reliving the sordid days of early puberty.


OPPORTUNITY ATLAS: How to Teach Boys Sexual Ethics


The testimony of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford and Supreme Court nominee Judge Kavanaugh has called into question our country's handling of sexual assault allegations. We'll discuss about how parents can talk to their sons about sexual assault, and how they can be allies against it. Also, we learn about a new interactive online tool that could help kids in unserved areas get more opportunities. 

EDUCATION WEEK: Teaching Comprehensive Sex Education, From Kindergarten Through High School


"This subject has taken on added significance in the wake of the #MeToo movement, which has some states and school districts rethinking their curriculum, debating whether to add instruction on sexual harassment, preventing violence and ensuring consent."

"I think it really highlighted for people how important it is, and it's not just sex information," she says, "but how you apply that information to the complexities of human relationships." 


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EDUCATION WEEK: Teaching sex education to teens in the #MeToo era?

JULY 2018

"Teaching sex education to teens in the #MeToo era? Tonight @NewsHour @educationweek @SIECUS - here's educator Shafia Zaloom" - Lisa Stark

PBS: Sex ed: Some schools are rethinking sex ed with lessons on consent

JULY 2018

"The changing culture around sexual harassment and the #MeToo movement has some states and school districts rethinking their sex ed curriculum to include healthy relationships, preventing violence and ensuring consent. Special correspondent Lisa Stark of Education Week visits a Washington, D.C., school that is committed to comprehensive sexuality education."


USA TODAY: Sex ed: Many parents wouldn't recognize it today — and #metoo may change it even more

MARCH 2018

'"Benjamin Miller, a junior at the Urban School, took Zaloom's course his freshman and sophomore years, after receiving sex ed in middle school that focused largely on biology. He wasn't expecting much more, but was proven wrong, he said.

"I learned the overall importance of communication in relationships, because it seems like no what matter what sex problems people have ... it seems like one of the main things that's always lacking is communication, and one of the things that's always present in a healthy relationship is communication," he said. "And that's both during sex, but also in your daily life."

KQED: How to Teach Teens About Love, Consent and Emotional Intelligence


"One 15-year-old girl who took Zaloom’s class said the course gave her communication tools and helped her establish her own moral compass.

“Knowing my priorities and values before going into situations taught me how to interact with people,” she said. “Not just a value for relationships ... life in general. It’s really applicable to everyday life and how I can go through life with an open mind and always willing to hear from other people.”'



NPR: Lessons in Love For Generation Snapchat


"Another school that's trying to answer the call is The Urban school, a private high school in San Francisco. Health teacher Shafia Zaloom says she too was alarmed by teens' social struggles and their belief that they "can build relationships over Snapchat or Instagram." So she started a kind of "Dating 101" curriculum that covers things as basic as how to ask someone out. In one recent class, students brainstormed out loud."

THE WASHINGTON POST: Maryland weighs teaching ‘yes means yes’ as part of sex ed


“A lot of people push back and say, ‘This is so awkward,’ ” said Shafia Zaloom, who teaches human sexuality at the Urban School of San Francisco and has created an affirmative-consent curriculum for other schools to use.

THE WEEK: How To Talk To Your Kids About Sex 

JUNE 2016

"Parents need to be talking to kids comprehensively about sex in general,"says Shafia Zaloom, teacher and noted sex education expert. "Not just about the mechanics of sexuality, but how to treat people. How to take care of themselves. How to have healthy, happy, and rich relationships throughout their lives."

CONNECTIONS.MIC: The Key to Curbing Campus Sexual Assault Lies in High School Health Class

APRIL 2016

"Zaloom's classes don't just teach the basics of sex ed - reproductive anatomy, menstruation, STIs - but address the questions and experiences teens face on a day-to-day basis. Rather than lecture, she encourages students to speak frankly about sexual identity, hook-up culture, and healthy relationships."

KLAW City Visions: Exploring changes to sex education in California


"November 9, 2015. In October Governor Brown signed two laws making changes to California's requirements for sex education in high schools. Join our conversation about what sex ed should look like and where it should happen."

THE NEW YORK TIMES: Sex Ed Lesson: ‘Yes Means Yes,’ but It’s Tricky


"Consent from the person you are kissing - or more - is not merely silence or a lack of protest, Shafia Zaloom, a health educator at the Urban School of San Francisco, told the students. They listened raptly, but several did not disguise how puzzled they felt."

TODAY: ‘Yes means yes’ law spotlights consent in sex ed classes


“Affirmative consent” – the idea that a partner must give explicit permission before a sexual encounter can move forward – will now be a mandatory lesson in health classes across California. It’s part of the nationwide effort to stem sexual assaults among young people. TODAY’s Erica Hill reports."