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Choosing Curricula

Finding Curricula

The WCSAP Prevention Resource Center has created a new section of our website that lists curricula that are commonly used in sexual violence prevention. Each curriculum on the list comes with information about the program premise, targeted topic areas, intended audience, and availability.

Looking to use a curriculum (or two) in your programming? While this list is not intended to include all possible curricula options nor serve as an endorsement, it is a really great starting point.

Browse the Curricula Guide.

Curriculum Considerations

Curricula are useful tools when building skills and are often the go-to item when presenting in schools. The Fall 2009 issue of Partners in Social Change (PISC) focused on working with schools. Read the issue Working With Schools: The Healthy Youth Act and Your Community. The first article, called Concepts for Choosing or Adapting a Curriculum, provides some points to consider as you evaluate whether a curriculum meets the community's needs:

  • Sociocultural relevance
  • Permanence versus flexibility
  • Informed by theory
  • Variety of materials: lessons, videos, etc.

Sound familiar? These points are consistent with the Nine Principles of Effective Prevention.

Want More?

The WCSAP Prevention Resource Center hosted a webinar in May 2011 about prevention programs in high schools. Amy Loftus from the Sexual Assault Response Center in Beaverton, OR presented an interesting one and a half hour webinar about how she has developed an in-depth primary prevention curriculum by following important prevention principles and theories and letting the community guide the program. One of our big take-aways: whether you modify one curriculum or piece together your own from several others, making sure that it is relevant to the community is essential.

If you missed it before, you can access the recorded webinar and materials on our site: http://www.wcsap.org/power-primary-prevention-education-high-schools

Reviewed: April 14th, 2015