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Maharishi School Offers New Holistic Health and Sex Ed Program to Grades 4-6

Upcoming Parenting Talk


Maharishi School has a Holistic Sex Ed Program and Gender Diversity Policy that honors and protects trans students, staff, and faculty and everyone on the LGBTQ spectrum. We are a private day and boarding school located in Southeast Iowa, ideal for families in the Quad Cities, the Midwest, and around the world!

It can be difficult to know when to have "the talk" with your kids.  What to say, how much to say, what context?  There's a lot to figure out, but don't worry - we're here to help!

Parents of Maharishi School Students grades 4-6 are invited to attend our parenting talk on Tuesday, January 17 at 7:30 pm. Dr. Denevi and long-time Maharishi School science teacher Karen Price will present to parents age-appropriate topics in our Holistic Health Curriculum. This curriculum has been on the top of the wish list for Maharishi School parents for a long time, and Dr. Denevi and Karen will begin sharing these lessons with our 4th-6th graders, beginning January 18. WE WANT ALL PARENTS TO BE WELL INFORMED AND HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO ASK QUESTIONS AND VOICE CONCERNS. PLEASE MARK YOUR CALENDARS!!!

Dr. Denevi’s 34-year career in education includes teaching and leadership positions in select schools in Colorado, San Francisco, Washington, DC, and most recently Chicago. She holds a bachelor's degree from Northwestern, master's from Columbia, and PhD from University of London’s Institute of Education. She is a respected diversity educator, leading workshops and consulting with schools across the country. Dr. Denevi is known to those parents who attended the Diversity Workshop she presented in November. She is now our new Interim Academic Director and will be helping in all academic areas, including working with our students. Dr. Denevi will travel to Fairfield every other week for 2-3 days at Maharishi School.

Over a five month period, they will cover one topic a month. Using research-based information from SIECUS (Sexualiy Information and Education Council of the United States), the key concepts of this new program include:

Key Concept 1: Human Development

Human development is characterized by the interrelationship between physical, emotional, social, and intellectual growth.

Key Concept 2: Relationships

Relationships play a central role throughout our lives.

Key Concept 3: Personal Skills

Healthy sexuality requires the development and use of specific personal and interpersonal skills.

Key Concept 4: Sexual Behavior

Sexuality is a central part of being human, and individuals express their sexuality in a variety of ways.

Key Concept 5: Sexual Health

The promotion of sexual health requires specific information and attitudes to avoid unwanted consequences of sexual behavior.

Key Concept 6: Society and Culture

Social and cultural environments shape the way individuals learn about and express their sexuality

Please bring your questions! Dr. Denevi want this to be an interactive and informative meeting. Resources are available to parents through the Lower School library to check out at your convenience.

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