The following resources and links will be useful for educators implementing and teaching the CHART curricula.
CHART Implementation Guide: Provides tips, checklists, best practices, and other useful information to assist with implementing CHART.
Answer’s Online Workshops: Gives you the opportunity to increase your baseline knowledge on adolescent sexual health issues and comfort and preparedness in teaching sex education.
Teaching with Fidelity: Provides information on the importance of teaching the CHART curricula with a high-level of fidelity and information on how the Mississippi State Department of Health will work with you to ensure that you are able to teach with fidelity.
The CHART Curricula: Provides information about the Draw the Line/Respect the Line and Reducing the Risk abstinence-plus curricula.
The Adult Preparation Subjects Toolkit: Provides 16 additional lessons to supplement the CHART curricula, with 4 lessons in each of the following Adult Preparation Subject areas: Adolescent Development, Healthy Skills, Healthy Relationships, and Parent-Child Communication.
Guttmacher Institute’s State Policies in Brief-Sex and HIV Education: This brief summarizes state-level sex and HIV education policies, as well as specific content requirements, based on a review of state laws, regulations, and other legally binding policies.
Sexuality Education in Mississippi: Progress in the Magnolia State: SIECUS (Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States) takes a look at the sexual health and behaviors of teens in the state, breaks down the new sexuality education policy, and outlines the progress made and challenges discovered after the first year of implementation.
Health & Vital Statistics Data: Mississippi State Department of Health provides information on the teen pregnancy rate (fertility) and the teen birth rate statewide and in each county.
What Do Mississippi Parents Think About Sex-Related Education in Public Schools? (conducted in 2011, published in 2011): Commissioned by the Center for Mississippi Health Policy and conducted by the Social Science Research Center at Mississippi State University, this scientific poll surveyed a representative sample of Mississippi public school parents statewide and in the nine state health districts about attitudes toward sex-related education and its place in public schools.
The Economic Impacts of Teen Births in Mississippi (2009 data, published in 2011): The Mississippi Economic Policy Center created this economic impact analysis for the Women’s Foundation of Mississippi’s report on the cost of teen births in Mississippi.
Kids Having Kids: Economic Costs and Social Consequences of Teen Pregnancy, second edition (published 2008 by Urban Institute Press): This book is considered one of the most current definitive works on the costs and consequences of teen childbearing. Only Chapter 1 is available online, but this chapter provides a solid overview of each chapter in the book as well as the findings of this research as a whole.
Sexual Health of Young People in the U.S. South: Challenges and Opportunities (published March 2012): This report by Auburn University-Montgomery’s Center for Demographic Research examines the five sexual health indicators–teen pregnancy, teen births, low birth weight, sexually transmitted infections, and HIV–in 10 southern states: Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia. The report describes funding for abstinence-only and comprehensive sex education programs and discusses the research on the effectiveness of each approach, concluding that comprehensive sex education that is evidence-based or evidence-informed is the best approach.
Key Questions for Consideration as a New Federal Teen Pregnancy Prevention Initiative is Implemented (Winter 2010): Guttmacher Policy Preview addresses the details and potential effectiveness of the current administration’s adolescent health initiative, which marked a major shift from the abstinence-only-until-marriage focus from previous years.