ODE Sexuality Education Newsletter--November

ODE Sexuality Education Newsletter 

Oregon Department of Education

November 9, 2020 

Dearest colleagues, 

The school year is well under way and we are so encouraged by the resilience and creative solutions we are witnessing across the state. We hope you are finding time to reflect on all you have overcome this year and feeling empowered by your tenacity.

The team at ODE is aware of the impacts the Covid-19 restrictions are having on our staff, students, and caregivers. We are working diligently to address these needs in a safe and sustainable manner. The updated guidance for school metrics and safety, which impacts the return to in-person learning schedules for the Oregon districts was released last week and we hope it provides some clarity and structure for what we can expect in the coming months. Please continue to take time to care for yourself, as needed, and reach out with any questions. 

In this newsletter, we will share with you some of the newly released health and sexuality education guidance, research, resources, and opportunities for training by the ODE, as well as other offerings by statewide and national colleagues that may be of interest to you. 

ODE Sexuality Education & Equity Updates 

Announcing Funding Opportunity for Openly Licensed K-5 or 9-12 Comprehensive Sex Ed Lessons 

The Oregon Department of Education (ODE) is seeking applications from educators, other non-profit groups, businesses, or individuals, to develop openly licensed lessons that cover Oregon’s Sexuality Education Laws & Health Education Standards and Performance Indicators to be made available on the Oregon Open Learning (OOL) Hub. This project will provide small one-time grants (~$10,000-$20,000) to teams developing free and openly licensed health and sexuality education lessons for grades K-5 or 9-12 for optional use in Oregon schools.  Applications are due by December 14, 2020. Keep an eye out for our RFP and application in the coming days.

For more information, please tune into a Q&A discussion on November 16, 2020 from 3:30-4:30. Register here. Or, reach out to Sasha Grenier at sasha.grenier@state.or.us or Andrea Bibee at andrea.bibee@ode.state.or.us with questions.

Oregon State Board of Education’s Black Lives Matter Resolution

The Oregon State Board of Education released its Black Lives Matter Resolution. Please take the time to read through it if you haven’t had a chance to do so--one important clarification provided in the resolution is that expressing support for Black Lives Matter is not a partisan/political statement and serves to affirm the inherent value and dignity held within each of our students, staff, and caregivers. 

Shared History/Tribal History Update

The Office of Indian Education has released the next online professional development course as part of their virtual asynchronous learning series: SB 13 Tribal History/Shared History Module 2 Online Course

Sex Ed Data & Research 

Health and sexuality education holds an important responsibility to reflect the lived experiences of students and staff in Oregon and in the United States. Below, please find some local and national research and data that tell the stories of young people, especially as it pertains to experiences within educational environments. 

Sex Ed News & Resources 

Teaching inclusive sexuality education is a critical piece in our equity work. While we know the Oregon Human Sexuality Education OAR 581-022-2050 requires the use of “inclusive materials, language, and strategies that recognizes different sexual orientations, gender identities and gender expression” that must also be “culturally inclusive,” this work cannot happen overnight. ODE is committed to supporting school districts to provide sexuality education that allows all students to feel safe, seen, and valued. 

  • The popular and free 3Rs curriculum available in three grade bands in Google Classroom has just been translated into Spanish. Please complete this short form to sign up for the grade(s) you want to receive. 

Upcoming Training Opportunities for Educators 

Oregon Teacher Training Institute (OTTI)

We are currently adapting and developing virtual sessions of our OTTI sexuality education training series for the 2020-21 school year. Interested in attending an upcoming virtual training? We’d love to hear more from educators, admin, and other school staff about what your needs and capacity looks like in the 2020-21 school year! Please fill out this 3 minute interest gauging form to make your voice heard. 

Note: Unless hosted or facilitated by The Oregon Department of Education (ODE), these training opportunities have not been endorsed by ODE, but are being shared as relevant and high quality opportunities for sexuality education professionals to consider. 

Job Openings and Volunteer Opportunities

Listserv Submission Process

We welcome your submissions to ODE's Sexuality Education ListServ! If you have important announcements, job postings, or general questions for your colleagues, you can submit them to Sasha Grenier at sasha.grenier@state.or.us or to Andrea Bibee at andrea.bibee@ode.state.or.us.

In an effort to streamline Listserv messages, we are now planning to send out ListServ messages once a month, during the first week of the month. To accommodate this change and to ensure that we can equitably share announcements from everyone, we're now asking that you submit your Listserv posts no later than the 25th of each month.

Questions? Connections? Please reach out to us: 

Sasha Grenier, MPH, CHES (she/her/hers) Sexuality Education and School Health SpecialistOregon Department of Education | Office of Teaching, Learning, and Assessmentsasha.grenier@state.or.us | www.oregon.gov/ode 

Angie Foster-Lawson, MEd (she/her/hers) Sexuality Education Analyst Oregon Department of Education | Office of Teaching, Learning, & Assessment angie.foster-lawson@state.or.us | www.oregon.gov/ode 

Andrea Bibee, JD, MA (she/her/hers) Temporary Program Analyst Oregon Department of Education | Office of Teaching, Learning, & Assessment andrea.bibee@state.or.us | www.oregon.gov/ode