Bill Taverner

My Experience at the National Sex Ed Conference


As someone deeply passionate about sex education, attending the National Sex Ed Conference is always a highlight of my year. It’s a gathering where educators, advocates, and professionals from across the country come together to share knowledge, exchange ideas, and inspire one another. In this personal blog post, I want to share my experiences and reflections from this year’s conference.

Networking and Connection

One of the most valuable aspects of the National Sex Ed Conference is the opportunity to connect with like-minded individuals who share a commitment to promoting sexual health and well-being. From educators in the field to researchers and policymakers, the conference brings together a diverse array of perspectives and experiences. I always leave feeling inspired and energized by the connections I’ve made and the conversations I’ve had with fellow attendees.

I have the pleasure of reconnecting with old friends and colleagues while also forging new connections with individuals who are doing incredible work in the field of sex education. Whether it’s chatting over coffee between sessions or exchanging ideas during a workshop, the sense of camaraderie and mutual support at the conference is truly uplifting.

Learning and Growth

The National Sex Ed Conference is also a hub of learning and professional development. With a wide range of workshops, seminars, and keynote presentations, there’s always something new to learn and explore. I have the opportunity to attend sessions on topics ranging from LGBTQ+ inclusive sex education to trauma-informed approaches to teaching about consent.

One session that particularly resonated with me was a session on accessibility. As someone who is committed to advocating for accessible, inclusive, and non-judgmental approaches to sex education, learning from this expert reaffirmed the importance of challenging stigma and creating supportive environments for discussing sexuality.

Inspiration and Empowerment

Perhaps the most rewarding aspect of attending the National Sex Ed Conference is the sense of inspiration and empowerment that it fosters. Hearing from keynote speakers who are leading the way in the field of sexual health education, I am reminded of the impact that each of us can have in our own communities and beyond.

At the most recent conference, I was particularly inspired by the awards ceremony, which put a spotlight on several folks doing exceptional work in sex education. Their courage and determination reminded me of the lifelong commitment many give to our work, and the power of effective, honest, age-appropriate sex education.

Looking Ahead

As I reflect on my experiences at last year’s National Sex Ed Conference, I am filled with gratitude for the opportunity to learn, connect, and grow alongside fellow advocates and educators. The conference serves as a reminder of the importance of our work and the collective impact that we can have when we come together with a shared vision of promoting sexual health and well-being for all.

As I look ahead to future conferences, I am excited to continue building on the connections and insights gained this year and to contribute to the ongoing dialogue and action in the field of sex education. Together, we can create a world where everyone has access to accurate information, support, and resources to make informed decisions about their sexual health and relationships.