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About the Authors

Author Elizabeth Schroeder, EdD, MSW, is an award-winning educator, trainer, and author in the areas of sexuality education pedagogy, LGBTQ issues, working with adolescent boys and using technology and social media to teach young people about sexuality. She has provided consultation to and direct education and training for schools, parent groups, and youth-serving organizations in countries around the world for more than 20 years, most recently creating the first-ever online sexuality education course for UNFPA and UNESCO to train teachers in East and Southern Africa.

Dr. Schroeder is the former executive director of Answer, a national sexuality education organization serving young people and the adults who teach them. She was previously the associate vice president of education and training at Planned Parenthood of New York City and the manager of education and special projects at Planned Parenthood Federation of America. She was part of the core team that developed the National Sexuality Education Standards: Core Content and Skills K-12 (2011) and National Teacher Preparation Standards for Sexuality Education, (Journal of School Health, 2014). The co-founding editor of the American Journal of Sexuality Education, Dr. Schroeder has authored or edited numerous publications, including the four-part book series, Sexuality Education: Past, Present and Future with Dr. Judy Kuriansky and Sexuality Education: Theory and Practice with Dr. Clint Bruess. She is a frequently sought-out spokesperson and blogger in the news media on issues relating to sexual health education and youth development, including CNN, HuffPo Live and various NPR affiliates. Dr. Schroeder, whose website is www.drschroe.com, holds a Doctorate of Education in Human Sexuality Education from Widener University and an MSW from NYU.

Author Eva S. Goldfarb, Ph.D., Professor of Public Health at Montclair State University is a nationally recognized expert in the field of sexuality education. For the past twenty five years, Dr. Goldfarb has developed and led sexuality education and sexual health programs with youth, parents, educators, and other professionals and has trained teachers across the country. She has also presented at conferences worldwide in the area of sexuality education and sexual health. Dr. Goldfarb has published widely including her co-authorship, as a member of the national advisory board that developed the National Sexuality Education Standards: Core Content and Skills K-12 (2011) and National Teacher Preparation Standards for Sexuality Education, (Journal of School Health, 2014).

In addition to having published numerous peer-reviewed articles in the area of sexuality education pedagogy and evaluation, Goldfarb is co-author with Dr. Elizabeth Casparian, of the groundbreaking curricula Our Whole Lives: Sexuality Education: Grades 10-12 and Our Whole Lives: Sexuality Education: Grades 4-6, is co-author and co-editor of Filling the Gaps: Hard-To-Teach Topics in Human Sexuality, and co-author with Dr. Elizabeth Schroeder, of Making Smarter Choices About Sex, a curriculum for middle school adolescents as well as Being Out, Staying Safe, the first HIV/STD prevention curriculum specifically geared for lesbian, gay and bisexual teens.  Her work has been featured in Sexuality and Our Faith, on MTV.com, in Newsweek, The Nation, Self, Family Circle, and The New York Times.

Dr. Goldfarb holds a Ph.D. in Human Sexuality Education from the University of Pennsylvania, a Masters Degree in Communications from the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania, and a Doctor of Humane Letters (honorary) from the Starr King School for the Ministry of the Unitarian Universalist Association. She completed her Post-Doctoral Fellowship at The HIV Center for Clinical and Behavioral Studies at Columbia University and the New York State Psychiatric Institute.

Author Nora Gelperin, M.Ed. is the Director of Sexuality Education and Training at Advocates for Youth. Nora is one of the national technical assistance providers on the Working to Institutionalize Sex Ed (WISE) initiative and has been a member of the Future of Sex Education (FoSE) initiative and was part of the core team that developed the National Sexuality Education Standards: Core Content and Skills K-12 (2011) and National Teacher Preparation Standards for Sexuality Education, (Journal of School Health, 2014). She has more than twenty years of experience providing sexuality education to youth and professional development to school health and education professionals. Prior to joining Advocates she was the Director of Training at Answer where she founded the Training Institute in Sexual Health Education (TISHE) and Answer’s online professional development workshops. She was a community educator with Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest and Planned Parenthood of Greater Northern New Jersey. Nora holds a Masters in School Health Education from Temple University was awarded a Mary Lee Tatum Award from Planned Parenthood Leaders in Education (APPLE) and has been named a 2014 Fellow of the American School Health Association.

The authors gratefully acknowledge the contributions of the many individuals who assisted in the process of creating Rights, Respect, Responsibility: A K-12 Sexuality Education Curriculum, including Debra Hauser, Emily Bridges, Rosanna Dixon, Arlene Basilio and Sarah J. Kleintop.

Our thanks to WestWind Foundation, Open Road Alliance, and Turner Foundation, among others who wish to remain anonymous, for financial support that made this curriculum possible.

About Youth Reviewers

Thea
Young Women of Color Leadership Council
Eshani
Young Women of Color Leadership Council
Patty
Young Women of Color Leadership Council
Marcella
Young Women of Color Leadership Council
Adrian
Youth Resource
Sean
Louisiana Youth for Truth