We made a great effort to get input from a wide array of stakeholders as we made our early programmatic decisions. Department of Education officials, health teachers, health professionals from the American Academy of Pediatrics and others helped guide us.
When it came to selecting the in-school curriculum program for Idaho’s 8th grade, we made sure to hear from as many teachers as possible, because they would be the ones responsible for implementing the curriculum. Ultimately, we opted to use “Fourth R” because our teachers liked how comprehensive its content was—it covered not just healthy relationships, but also the full range of issues relating to risk behaviors, from drug use to pregnancy. Our teachers also liked Fourth R’s approach to role play exercises, which they felt was methodologically strong.
Our efforts to involve teachers in that decision-making process paid off. To this day, almost every teacher we trained is still using that curriculum.