OUSD Sexual Health Education Program Manager Ilsa Bertolini Develops Healthy Relationship Lessons

 
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Ilsa Bertolini is a program manager for the Oakland Unified School District’s (OUSD’s) Sexual Health Program and a United Administrators of Oakland Schools (UAOS) member.

When OUSD school sites began requesting lessons to educate young people on creating personal boundaries, Bertolini and her Health and Wellness Unit teamed up with the Behavioral Health Unit, and the Community Schools and Student Services (CSSS) staff to respond to these requests. The result was age appropriate lessons for OUSD students.

The following is an overview of the lessons they developed:

The kindergarten through third grade (K-3) lesson uses social and emotional learning (SEL) practices to help students understand their right to keep their own body safe and healthy. The fourth and fifth grade (4-5) lesson builds upon safety and sets a foundation. The lesson uses Tier 1 intervention designed to create a safe, respectful, and welcoming classroom for all students. Students are taught to understand and comprehend the terms sexual harassment and consent in an effort to decrease unwanted verbal and physical actions, as well as increase healthy communication and friendships. Both the K-3 and 4-5 lessons are available to use in OUSD elementary schools by classroom teachers.

 
A list of healthy and unhealthy behaviors from one of the lessons

A list of healthy and unhealthy behaviors from one of the lessons

 

Students in sixth grade receive puberty health lessons and in seventh and ninth grades students are taught comprehensive sexual health education, per the California Healthy Youth Act. All curriculum is age appropriate and taught by trained classroom science teachers. The goal of the curriculum is to give students the skills and knowledge to keep themselves and others safe and healthy.