Health Resources & Guest Speakers
Choosing Health Resources
Along with the resources on this website, there are many other sexual health education resources for teachers. It’s important to choose resources that are comprehensive, evidence‑based and use instructional methods proven to influence positive behavioural change. One tool teachers and school administrators can use to guide which resources to use is the Guide for Choosing School Health Resources. This resource help schools choose high quality health and wellness resources that will meet their identified needs.
If choosing to involve a guest speaker to reinforce and support the curriculum outcomes:
- Check with your school district first to see if there are policies, guidelines, regulations and/or procedures when using guest speakers.
- Ensure the guest speaker provides comprehensive sexual health information in their presentation that aligns with the curriculum and classroom goals.
- Comprehensive sexual health education includes age-appropriate, scientifically accurate information on a broad set of topics related to sexuality, including human development, relationships, decision making, abstinence, STIs, birth control and safer sex.
- Although teaching about abstinence is a component of comprehensive sexual health education, abstinence-only programming is not a form of comprehensive sexual health education, and evidence has shown it is not effective.
Alberta Health Services provides classroom education in some zones. To learn what’s offered in your area, go to Services by Zone.
Please note that Alberta Health Services does not keep a list of approved guest speakers for schools. Alberta Health Services defers to each school board/jurisdiction to choose their guest speakers.