Lessonbee provides digital health and sex education curriculum, a reflective learning management system, and a marketplace for educators to find, share and adapt lessons and resources online. We publish student-facing lessons and resources as well as professional development resources for educators to build the knowledge and skills needed to provide medically accurate health and sex education in grades kindergarten through 12 and beyond.
A Teachers College graduate saw firsthand how schools were failing to provide adequate health and sex education.
She decided to make holistic health education possible for every student.
In 2016, Reva McPollom began a mission to use technology to provide health and sex education for high school students in Brooklyn, NY. Very quickly, she realized that few digital curriculum resources were available. She spoke with dozens of teachers and learned that many schools relied on grant-funding and community-based organizations to provide health and sex education. Because of that - and a mishmash a policies across the United States - she realized the quality of a student’s health and sex education depended on their zip code.
Through extensive research, Reva further saw that students were disengaged by teachers who avoided topics that they found uncomfortable, in particular STDs and identity. In the US, 57% of higher education institutions do not require sexuality courses for pre-service students, and 83% of teens have sex before they ever have sex education. A story emerged of schools - even those that were high performing in other subject areas - failing to offer students the health and sex education they needed to make responsible decisions.
In 2017, Reva assembled a team of learning designers, developers, software engineers and health specialists to create a platform and curriculum that would make comprehensive health and sex education accessible online. She envisioned a technology that would inspire connection, openness, diversity, metacognition, and a sense of community for teachers and students. In 2018, she launched Lessonbee, the first school-based digital learning platform and marketplace for comprehensive health and sex education.
Our goal is to democratize health and sex education. Today, Lessonbee makes comprehensive health and sex education possible for millions of students.
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