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Thanks for your interest in professional development opportunities at PPLM! We are in the process of re-imagining our offerings for a virtual landscape, and will post training descriptions and registration links in this space once we are ready. Get Real trainings are still being offered, and will take place online for Fall 2020. If you have any questions, please reach out to [email protected]

Professional Training opportunities


Sexuality Education Cornerstone Seminar

The Professional Education team at PPLM is excited to announce the return of our virtual version of the Sexuality Education Cornerstone Seminar (SECS) offering beginning in early Fall 2021! SECS is designed for educators, youth-serving professionals, and individuals interested in sexuality education who are seeking a basic foundation of knowledge in sexuality and sexual health information that they can share with their populations. We have taken this well-known and loved three-day in-person training and converted it into six independent virtual sessions of three hours each held via Zoom. We are committed to retaining the interactive and participatory nature of this learning experience as we move to a virtual platform. Each session will help participants develop the knowledge, skills, and practice needed to deliver information and answer questions related to the session topic, combining discussion and hands-on practical experience.

There will be one session a week for six weeks. You may register for one session, mix and match multiple sessions, or attend all six sessions. A schedule of session titles, descriptions, dates, and times can be found below.

At this time payment through this form is via credit card only. If your school or organization would like to pay by purchase order/invoice, please email [email protected]

Session 1: Sexuality Education Framework, Values & Gender and Sexual Identity
Tuesday, August 17 – 9:30am-12:30pm ET VIRTUAL
Tuesday, November 2 – 1:00pm-4:00pm ET VIRTUAL
Tuesday, February 1 – 9:30am-12:30pm ET VIRTUAL

Session 2: Anatomy & Puberty
Tuesday, August 24 – 9:30am-12:30pm ET VIRTUAL
Tuesday, November 9 – 1:00pm-4:00pm ET VIRTUAL
Tuesday, February 8 – 9:30am-12:30pm ET VIRTUAL

Session 3: Protection Methods, STIs & Pregnancy Options
Tuesday, August 31 – 9:30am-12:30pm ET VIRTUAL
Tuesday, November 16 – 1:00pm-4:30pm ET VIRTUAL
Tuesday, February 15 – 9:30am-12:30pm ET VIRTUAL

Session 4: Abstinence & Sexual Decision Making
Tuesday, September 14 – 9:30am-12:30pm ET VIRTUAL
Tuesday, November 30 – 1:00pm-4:00pm ET VIRTUAL
Tuesday, March 1 – 9:30am-12:30pm ET VIRTUAL

Session 5: Communication & Consent
Tuesday, September 21 – 9:30am-12:30pm ET VIRTUAL
Tuesday, December 7 – 1:00pm-4:00pm ET VIRTUAL
Tuesday, March 8 – 9:30am-12:30pm ET VIRTUAL

Session 6: Answering Student Questions & Facilitating Sex Ed
Tuesday, September 28 – 9:30am-12:30pm ET VIRTUAL
Tuesday, December 14 – 1:00pm-4:00pm ET VIRTUAL
Tuesday, March 15 – 9:30am-12:30pm ET VIRTUAL

To register for one session, multiple sessions, or all six sessions:

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Periods and Wet Dreams: Teaching Puberty in Elementary School

Puberty: a time of great (and sometimes daunting) change for both young people and the adults in their lives. This interactive, full-day training will provide educators, school nurses, youth-serving professionals, and other caring adults with skills and strategies for teaching pubescent youth about their changing bodies, emotional growth, and navigating the path to adulthood in a way that is inclusive of students of all genders and sexual identities. Through a social emotional learning lens, participants will have an opportunity to engage in lessons and activities that will build their own skills to teach anatomy, menstruation, hygiene, cultivating empathy, and more.

VIRTUAL - November 4, 2021
9:00am-4:30pm ET
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"They want me to teach WHAT?!" Stepping Into the Sex Educator Role

When the role of sexuality educator falls to the PE, science, and sometimes even the math teacher, it might feel scary or overwhelming - but it doesn't need to! This full-day training will provide educators who are newly tapped to teach sex education the foundational skills necessary for teaching this subject. From learning about group rights, to setting the classroom tone, managing potential challenges and establishing appropriate boundaries, and exploring personal values as they relate to teaching about sexuality - this training will cover it all. Participants will leave this training with an increase in their knowledge, skills, and comfort to successfully teach sexuality education.

VIRTUAL - December 9, 2021
9:00am-4:30pm ET
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Examining Sexually Explicit Media: Tools for Conversations with Youth

Sexually Explicit Media (SEM) is one way that youth are learning about sexuality. Using the lens of media literacy education, this interactive, one-day training will provide educators, youth workers, and professionals with an opportunity to explore how pornography can play a role in young people's sexual development and sexuality, their awareness of gender and gender stereotypes, consent, sexual behavior, bodies and body image, healthy and unhealthy relationships, and sexual identity. Participants will learn strategies to teach critical thinking skills about media literacy, how to discuss SEM with young people, and leave with activities to utilize in the classroom.

VIRTUAL - January 27, 2022
9:00am-4:30pm ET
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Tools for Creating LGBTQ+ Inclusive Spaces

This full-day training is for professionals committed to creating inclusive spaces for people of all sexual identities and genders. This training will cover vocabulary, using gender neutral language and correct pronouns, answering tough questions, and will provide opportunities for skill building utilizing real-life examples plus more. Any and all are welcome to attend, including educators, nurses, school nurses, human resource professionals, medical and health providers, disability service providers, youth-serving professionals, law enforcement officers, etc.

VIRTUAL - March 17, 2022
9:00am-4:30pm ET
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Sexuality Education Tools for the IDD Community

All people deserve access to medically accurate, developmentally appropriate information related to their sexuality and sexual health. And yet often, individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) are not included in sex education. Training participants will have an opportunity to identify and examine values, practice intentional language, work on concrete skills for adapting lesson plans, share challenges and successes, and learn best practices for implementing Universal Design for Learning (UDL) through lecture, peer-to-peer conversation, modeling and skill-building activities. This full-day, interactive training was informed by a team of multi-disciplinary experts, and a focus-group of youth self-advocates. We hope you can join us for this training intended for educators, service providers, and anyone who is working directly with individuals with IDD.

VIRTUAL - April 14, 2022
9:00am-4:30pm ET
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"Am I normal...? Is it okay if...?" Answering Student Questions About Sexual Health

Young people have endless questions about their bodies, their relationships, their sexuality, and so much more. In this interactive, half-day workshop educators (and really anyone who finds themselves in conversations with youth!) will identify types of sexuality questions, examine the role personal values play in answering these questions, and develop facilitation skills needed to answer sexuality questions in their teaching. During the workshop, participants will practice responding to real questions from real kids, receive feedback, and leave with increased confidence in their ability to respond to challenging questions.

VIRTUAL - January 20, 2022
9:30am-1:00pm ET
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Working with Parents

Designed for teachers, youth workers, and other professionals, this workshop recognizes the importance and necessity of partnering with parents and other caring adults in order to support and complement successful comprehensive sexuality education. Participants will develop specific strategies to engage parents in clarifying their values and creating ongoing conversations with young people so they can make informed choices about their own health and safety relating to sexuality. Get Real Educators will find this workshop a useful supplement to existing resources on getrealeducation.org. All participants will receive a resource packet and complimentary copy of “It’s Perfectly Normal” by Robie Harris.

VIRTUAL - May 19, 2022
9:30am-12:30pm ET
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Being an Askable Adult

What does it mean to be an “askable” adult? How do we improve our active listening skills? How do we validate questions? How do we really serve the young people we work with? Participants in this workshop will have the opportunity to explore these important questions and more. This workshop will help equip adults with tools to support the young people in their lives and to ensure they are meeting those young people where they are. Participants will also have the opportunity to identify how personal values might interact with their work, and will practice responding to youth questions while maintaining professional boundaries.

VIRTUAL - May 19, 2022
9:30am-12:30pm ET
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From Stigma to Strength: Re-Examining How We Talk About Teen Pregnancy 

Many sex education programs focus on decreasing teen pregnancy as an underlying goal. As educators working within these programs, we often perpetuate messages that stigmatize pregnant and parenting teens. This interactive workshop supports participants in exploring the intent of these messages as well as the unintended impacts of these messages on communities. We will also provide opportunity to reflect on adjusting language to be more inclusive of all students while adhering to curriculum objectives and guidelines.

VIRTUAL - May 25, 2022
9:30am-12:30pm ET
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Webinars

Working with Parents

Research supports that children who have frequent and open conversations with their parents about sex and sexuality are more likely to make healthy and responsible decisions about sex. And we know that engaging parents as the primary sexuality educators of their own children can be difficult. During this one hour webinar, educators will have an opportunity to build empathy with parents and to examine some of the challenges of engaging parents. In addition, educators will practice ways to overcome some of these challenges and leave with concrete tips on how to answer parent questions and concerns confidently and effectively.

VIRTUAL - October 4, 2021
3:00pm-4:00pm ET
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Using the Get Real for Parents Mobile Website

Educators of the Get Real comprehensive sex education middle school curriculum have access to the Get Real for Parents mobile website – a platform that has taken each of the Family Letters and Family Activities from all three grades of the middle school curriculum and has put them on a mobile-accessible website for easier interaction and completion. This webinar will take educators through the steps for requesting their access code, an overview of what the website looks like and how families use it, and suggestions for communicating with the parents and caring adults of their students.

VIRTUAL - October 18, 2021
3:00pm-4:00pm ET
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Incorporating Social Emotional Learning Into Sexuality Education

Social Emotional Learning (SEL) has become a framework that many schools are utilizing in building not only academic achievements in students, but social and emotional achievements as well. Teaching SEL in the context of comprehensive sexuality education can help young people develop the understanding and skills needed to navigate healthy relationships and healthy sexuality throughout life. In this webinar, participants will examine SEL foundations and how to utilize core understandings to enhance their sexuality education classrooms.

VIRTUAL - March 21, 2022
3:00pm-4:00pm ET
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Get Real Trainings:

Get Real Training of the Educator (TOE)

The Get Real Training Institute (GRTI) offers educators a Get Real Training of the Educator (TOE). The TOE provides an invaluable professional development experience for teachers implementing Get Real. This research-based approach includes participation in a 10-12 hour, self-guided online course followed by participation in a two-day, skill-building, virtual training. In addition, teachers are provided two follow-up support sessions when they begin teaching Get Real in the classroom and receive ongoing online support through the special interactive Teacher Resources area of the Get Real website. This phased training approach helps ensure that teachers develop the necessary knowledge and skills to become competent and comfortable teaching comprehensive sexuality education with the ultimate goal of impacting student behavior.

For more information and to get registered, please visit the Training & TA section of the Get Real website.

Get Real Middle School TOEs

VIRTUAL - September 22-23, 2021
9:30am-4:00pm
register here 

VIRTUAL - February 9-10, 2022
9:30am-4:00pm
register here

Get Real High School TOEs

VIRTUAL - October 6-7, 2021
9:30am-4:00pm
register here 

VIRTUAL - March 9-10, 2022
9:30am-4:00pm
register here


Get Real Skills Booster Day

The GRTI has also developed a Skills Booster Day, created in response to high demand from Get Real Educators. The Skills Booster Day is an opportunity for educators to practice facilitating activities from the Get Real curriculum. Get Real Educators who have completed the Get Real TOE are eligible to attend our Skills Booster Days for the middle school or high school curricula. These day-long Skills Booster Days take place immediately following the two-day, virtual TOE. The Skills Booster Day is open to the participants of that scheduled TOE as well as any other Get Real Educator looking to brush-up on their teaching skills and boost their confidence in the material.

For more information and to get registered, please visit the Training & TA section of the Get Real website.

VIRTUAL - February 17, 2022   
9:00am-4:30pm
register here 

*this skills booster day is open to all Get Real Educators teaching either the middle school or high school curriculum


Get Real Training of the Trainer (TOT)

The GRTI also offers a Training of the Trainer (TOT). This training opportunity is open to those with advanced training skills who have successfully completed a PPLM-facilitated TOE since January 2015 and have implemented the curriculum in a classroom setting. The 5-day TOT is a high-level professional learning process that builds the knowledge and skills required of qualified trainers to provide Get Real TOEs and technical assistance/capacity-building assistance to adult learners who intend to implement Get Real. Registration applications will be required and all individuals will need to be approved before officially enrolling in this training. Additional pre-work will be required. For more information and to request your application, please visit the Training & TA section of the Get Real website.

Upcoming Trainings

VIRTUAL - June 6-10, 2022

Please email [email protected] for an application.


Frequently Asked Questions

How do I register? Participants should register using the registration link for the desired training date. The course is paid via credit card at the time of registration. Please note that many of our courses fill up well in advance and are filled on a first come, first served basis. Your seat will not be reserved until payment has been received. If no registration link is provided, please contact [email protected] for more information.

Can I bring this training to my workplace? Yes. Schools or organizations may host a private training for their staff, either at your location or ours. For more information on booking PPLM for your professional training needs, please contact [email protected].

How do I find out about future professional training opportunities? Our trainings will always be listed at this site (pplm.org/training). You can also sign up to be added onto the Professional Training mailing list, as well as a number of other listservs from our Education & Training Department; you can do so by clicking here.

What if I have other questions? All questions about our professional training offerings can be directed to [email protected].