Friday, March 04, 2005

Fairmont State will host an educational workshop titled "Meeting the Needs of Special Education Students in Human Sexuality Education" on Monday, March 14. This event will provide educational training on human sexuality education for teachers and administrators dealing with special education/special needs students.

The event will take place from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Multi-media Room A of the Ruth Ann Musick Library. All educators and administrators working with special needs students will find this training invaluable.

"It is a fantastic opportunity for Fairmont State to host this particular training," said Beverly Michael, event coordinator.

"As one of the state's leading teacher-training institutions, this event will promote FS as a leader in teacher-training focusing on the needs of special populations. To date, 48 of the nation's 50 states have provided this training for their teachers; many have been so pleased with the results that they have repeated it several times. It is fortunate that the West Virginia Department of Education agreed to collaborate with FS by sponsoring this trainer and providing this workshop for the state's educators."

This training will provide attendees with background on the need and importance of sexuality education targeting special populations, an area often overlooked in most preservice teacher training programs. It will focus on issues that drive the scope and sequence of a special population's comprehensive human sexuality education curriculum. Attendees will be provided and experience a sampling of teaching techniques/strategies for comprehensive human sexuality education that have been specifically adapted and modified for various special populations from grade levels 6-12. An overview of the scope and sequence of the sexuality curriculum for special populations will include:
Self-concept
Communications
Physical Growth and Development
Personal Relationships
Emotional Development
Sexuality
Sexual Relationships
Abuse and Violence
Parenthood Education

The presenter of the program will be Dr. Darrel Lang, HIV/AIDS Human Sexuality Education Program Coordinaotr for the Kansas Department of Education. He is a nationally recognized speaker and health educator.

"Dr. Lang's public school teaching experience, his extensive knowledge in health, sexuality education and sexuality education for special populations is equal to his talent as an exciting, innovative presenter," Michael said. " believe attendees will be thrilled with the experience."

For more information, contact the campus coordinator Beverly Michael, health educator in the Health and Human Performance Department, at (304) 367-4274. Event registration is being handled through the West Virginia Department of Education office. Because involvement is restricted to the first 50 registrants, participation is limited to a first-come, first-served basis. To date there may be one or two spots still open. Interested individuals may contact:

Rebecca King
HIV/AIDS/STD Prevention Coordinator
Office of Student Services and Health Promotion
Bldg 6, Room 309, 1900 Kanawha Blvd., Charleston, WV 25305
Phone: (304) 558-8830
Fax: (304) 558-3787
Email: rjking@access.k12.wv.us