Our Whole Lives (OWL)
Our Whole Lives is a series of sexuality education curricula for six age groups: grades K-1, grades 4-6, grades 7-9, grades 10-12, young adults (ages 18-35), and adults.
Our Whole Lives helps participants make informed and responsible decisions about their sexual health and behavior. It equips participants with accurate, age-appropriate information in six subject areas: human development, relationships, personal skills, sexual behavior, sexual health, and society and culture. Grounded in a holistic view of sexuality, Our Whole Lives not only provides facts about anatomy and human development, but also helps participants clarify their values, build interpersonal skills, and understand the spiritual, emotional, and social aspects of sexuality.
Our Whole Lives uses approaches that work. The curricula are based on the Guidelines for Comprehensive Sexuality Education (PDF) produced by the National Guidelines Task Force, a group of leading health, education, and sexuality professionals assembled by the Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States (SIECUS).
Our Whole Lives covers topics and skills that both parents and students want to have available but schools are less likely to cover. The Kaiser Family Foundation has an interesting report on this subject called "Sex Education in America: A View from Inside the Nation's Classrooms." New national surveys are challenging the convention that Americans are reluctant to have sexual health issues taught in school. The surveys show that most parents, along with educators and students themselves, would expand sex education courses and curriculum.
K - 2nd Grade Our Whole Lives
Our Whole Lives for Grades K-2, a 8-session curriculum. This curriculum is based on the philosophy that parents and education institutions can form a meaningful partnership for positive and responsible sexuality education.
4th - 6th Grade Our Whole Lives
The 4th - 6th graders, a 9-session curriculum, is currently being offered. This curriculum is based on the philosophy that parents and education institutions can form a meaningful partnership for positive and responsible sexuality education.
7th - 9th Grade Our Whole Lives (OWL)
The 7th - 9th graders was offered Fall 2014 and will be offered again. The 27-session curriculum offers a sexuality education program for youth that models and teaches caring, compassion, respect, and justice. It is a holistic program that moves beyond the intellect to address the attitudes, values, and feelings that youth have about themselves and the world. OWL Schedule