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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 roll out our first-ever virtual Sexuality Education Cornerstone Seminar (SECS) offering this fall! 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.

Pricing is tiered – in the Registration Information section you will be asked to select how many sessions you would like to attend, and to check off which sessions you plan to attend. The more sessions you attend, the bigger a discount you receive. At this time payment thorugh 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: Values & Gender and Sexual Identity
Tuesday, October 20 – 9:30am-12:30pm

This session will cover the topics of sexual identity and values as they pertain to sexuality education. The session will begin with exploring personal values, attitudes and beliefs as they relate to human sexuality, and understanding the impact of values in the sex education classroom. Participants will be able to accurately distinguish between fact-based and value-based information, and utilize a range of perspective when discussing values. We will then move into discussing gender and sexual identity including the difference between sex assigned at birth, gender identity, gender expression, and sexual orientation. We will explore using inclusive language when discussing gender and sexual identity; and the importance of creating inclusive learning environments.

Session 2: Anatomy & Puberty
Tuesday, October 27 – 9:30am-12:30pm

This session will explore the topics of anatomy and puberty, including modeling lesson activities in a gender-neutral and inclusive manner for participants to be able to utilize in their own classrooms. We will begin by identifying all reproductive anatomy and the function of each part, and will then move to discussing the emotional and physical changes that occur during puberty, including discussion on masturbation, menstruation, wet dreams, and hygiene.

Session 3: Sexual Decision Making & Abstinence
Tuesday, November 3 – 9:30am-12:30pm

This session will explore how to teach about both abstinence and sexual decision making in the sex education classroom. Participants will have the opportunity to reflect on adolescent relationships, explore multiple ways to discuss abstinence, and sexual decision making and sex readiness in a meaningful way with young people. Participants will leave with activities that they can use and adapt to their learning environment.

Session 4: Protection Methods, STIs & Pregnancy Options
Tuesday, November 10 – 9:30am-12:30pm

This session will cover protection methods, ways to teach about STIs, and an overview of pregnancy options and abortion services, including relevant laws for minors. We will utilize PPLM's Protection Methods Kit to explain the most commonly used methods of contraception and include multiple activities and best practices for facilitating lessons on protection methods. Participants will learn how to teach correct and consistent condom use as well as effective STI education in a classroom setting.

Session 5: Communication & Consent
Tuesday, November 17 – 9:30am-12:30pm

This session will focus on the importance of teaching about communication and consent in the sex education classroom. We will discuss and model various activities that can be used to engage students in learning effective communication skills, including the importance of assertive communication, as well as deepen their understanding of the need for consent in all facets of relationships and particularly in sexual relationships. We will introduce the use of role-play as a strategy for teaching about communication and consent as well as other topics in sexuality education.

Session 6: Answering Student Questions & Facilitating Sex Ed
Tuesday, December 1 – 9:30am-12:30pm

This session will focus on skills for answering student questions about sexuality, and strategies for effectively teaching sex education. Participants will identify types of sexuality questions, examine the role personal values play in answering these questions, and develop skills needed to answer sexuality questions in their teaching. During the training, participants will practice responding to real student questions, receive feedback, and leave with increased confidence in their ability to respond to challenging questions. This session will also focus on key elements of teaching sex education including establishing group rights, setting the classroom tone, managing potential challenges, and establishing appropriate boundaries. Participants will leave this training with an increase in their knowledge, skills, and comfort to successfully teach sexuality education.

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

click here 

Exploring the Impact of Masculinity on Sexual Health

Far too often, masculine expectations lead those who identify as male to engage in harmful behaviors, including high risk sexual behaviors. Educators, youth workers, and other caring adults frequently see the negative impact of these expectations and struggle to reach male identified folks unwilling to seek out and utilize health care services and other support networks. In this workshop participants will explore and attempt to understand harmful masculine expectations and will leave with strategies for challenging and countering these expectations with the goal of promoting more positive, uplifting expressions of masculinity.

VIRTUAL - September 30, 2020
9:30am-12:30pm ET
Register Here

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, in-person 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.

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, in-person 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.


Get Real Middle School TOEs

VIRTUAL - September 17-18, 2020
Boston, MA - register here

January 27-28, 2021 - 9:00am-4:30pm
Boston, MA - register here


Get Real High School TOEs

VIRTUAL - October 7-8, 2020
Boston, MA - register here 

February 10-11, 2021 - 9:00am-4:30pm
Boston, MA - register here

Get Real Skills Booster Day

November 14, 2019 - 9:00am-4:30pm
Boston, MA - 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

June 8-12, 2020

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].