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Unpacking Ontario’s 2015 Sexual Health Education Curricula

May 25, 2015 from 8:30 am - 12:00 pm


This timely workshop, analyzing and understanding Ontario’s new Sexual Health Education Curriculum will be divided into three sections. In the first section participants will review the significant changes between Ontario’s previous Growth and Development/Healthy Growth and Sexuality strands (1998-2000) and the recently released Human Development and Sexual Health strand (2015). The second section will be devoted to analysis of some specific expectations to clarify any misconceptions and/or myths that have been suggested by the media. Finally, the third portion of the workshop will be dedicated to exploring how teachers can introduce and navigate some of the topics covered in the Human Development and Sexual Health strand in our Grade 1 to 12 classrooms.

Providing additional insight, Justice Marvin Zuker will review some of the legal considerations and questions arising around Ontario’s new Sexual Health Education Curriculum. At the core of his discussion is his analysis of the key objectives of the curriculum; is the curriculum designed to require educators to ensure pupils are provided age-appropriate instruction in human growth and development OR is it intended to foster a partnership between parents and schools to promote the optimal health and well-being of pupils? This examination of the curriculum then naturally leads to additional questions regarding parental control over student participation and the topic emphasis of the new curriculum – what is included/what is left out/at what age are topics broached?

Downloadable Materials

PowerPoint Slides (PDF)

Justice Zuker’s Presentation Notes

About the Speakers

Justice Marvin Zuker

P - MarvinThe Hon. Justice Marvin A. Zuker is a Justice of the Ontario Court of Justice, appointed in 1978.  He holds the rank of Associate Professor at the Ontario Institute of Studies in Education at the University of Toronto where he has taught since 1982.  Justice Zuker has written extensively in the areas of family law, civil and education Law.  He is the author of many articles in these fields and is the author and co-author of numerous books on education, women and children’s rights including Children’s Law Handbook, Second Edition with Randolph C. Hammond and Roderick C. Flynn, Education Law, 4th Edition with Anthony Brown (Carswell, 2007) and, most recently, An Educator’s Guide to the Law and The Ontario College of Teachers (2013).  He is the Consulting Editor of Sexual Misconduct in Education, authored by Grant Bowers and Rena Knox (2006).  He was appointed by the Minister of Education as a trustee with the Bloorview School Authority in the spring of 2013 and became Vice-Chair in December 2013.

Carly Basian

carly-basian-bioCarly completed her Masters of Teaching degree at the University of Toronto (Ontario Institute for Studies in Education). Throughout her graduate studies, she conducted research in the field of sexual health; she was a Graduate Assistant in an HIV prevention lab and completed her thesis on best practices for teaching sexual health education at the high school level. Additionally, she was a peer sexual health educator for students at the University of Toronto. Since the release of the new Health and Physical Education curriculum, she has facilitated workshops and presented at conferences to discuss her research and Ontario’s updated Human Development and Sexual Health strand.


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May 25, 2015
8:30 am - 12:00 pm


Mississauga Grand Banquet Hall & Convention Centre
35 Brunel Road
Mississauga, Ontario L4Z 3E8 Canada
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(905) 977-9091