ODE Sexuality Education Newsletter -- March 2022

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ODE Sexuality Education Newsletter: March 2022

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ODE Sexuality Education Newsletter 

March 15, 2022 

Dearest colleagues, 

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We hope that this mid-month newsletter finds you all well, celebrating Women’s History, and anticipating a spring reprieve. Women’s History Month continues to give us opportunities to support our students reflecting on their own identities and experiences–  both on their own and in relation to one another. Asking students to think about the women in their own communities who have influenced or inspired them can guide positive self identity development: a cornerstone of sexuality education. This year’s Women’s History Month theme, “Providing Healing, Promoting Hope”, can weave into our health & sexuality education classes by encouraging a similar student-centered discussion, how have the women and girls in your students’ lives been a force for healing and hope?

March is also Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month. The 2022 theme, “Worlds Imagined”, focuses on how the world is changing as we move through and beyond the pandemic. Check out this year’s social media campaign, featuring the artwork of Calvin “Sonny” Clarke. You can also find more events related to supporting people with I/DD in the events section of this newsletter. And, finally, inclusive resources from partners in Oregon may spark inspiration in your sexuality education classes:

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

Header photo by Tim Mossholder on Unsplash, Newberg, OR

Photo by Alexis Brown on Unsplash

Sex Ed News & Resources 

ODE is committed to supporting school districts with implementing Oregon Human Sexuality Education (OAR 581-022-2050), which 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." Our collective goal is for all students to feel safe, seen, heard, and valued. 

Please see below for related news and resources that may be relevant as you consider how to implement K-12 comprehensive sexuality education. 

Sex Ed Data & Research 

We have an important responsibility to health and sexuality education by reflecting the lived experiences of students, staff and school communities 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. 

Apply to the 2022-23 Health Education Advisory Panel

The Health Education Advisory Panel will work to revise the Health Education and Sexuality Education Standards and Performance Indicators for approval by the State Board of Education. Membership on this panel will require participation in approximately four - six meetings and convenings over the 2022-2023 school year.

Click here to apply and/or share! 

Oregon Open Learning

Oregon Open Learning Sexuality Education Resources

The Oregon Open Learning Hub is a digital resource repository and collaboration space for educators, administrators, and other educational partners to curate, create, and remix open educational resources (OER). The Hub is a portal to over 50,000 openly licensed resources available on OER Commons, searchable by grade level, subject, and standard. 

There are already free sexuality education and health lessons on Oregon’s Health Group and more will be posted very soon. In the meantime, check out the Erin’s Law/Child Abuse Prevention lessons!

Want to learn more about OER and the Oregon Open Learning Hub?  Asynchronous learning options include the OER Professional Learning Group on the Hub and the User Guide for Oregon Open Learning.

Upcoming Events, Training & Conference Opportunities

All trainings are listed in Pacific Time zone unless otherwise noted. 

  • Oregon My Future My Choice Workshop Series, March 16- May 25, 2022 (free, PDUs available).
    • What’s the ‘A’ again? Asexual-affirming Sex Ed, March 16, 2022 3:30-5pm PDT
    • Emotional Intelligence & Sex Ed, March 30, 2022 3:30-5pm PDT
    • The Case for Porn Literacy, April 13, 2022 3:30-5pm PDT
    • LGBTQ2S+ Identities, My Future, My Choice, April 27, 2022, 3:30-5pm PDT
    • Sex Ed for Youth with Disabilities, May 11, 3:30-5pm PDT
    • Latinx Inclusive Sex Ed, May 25, 2022 3:30-5pm PDT

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 opportunities for sexuality education professionals to consider.

Grants, Job Openings, and Youth Opportunities

Oregon Health Authority

OHA Calls for Youth Leaders and Community-Based Organizations

Oregon Health Authority (OHA) is accepting applications from youth and youth-serving community-based organizations to serve on and/or support a statewide youth advisory council (YAC). With the overarching goal of health equity, this youth council will make decisions on how to invest $1 million to help youth, schools and communities recover from COVID-19 and its many effects. Apply here by March 31, 2022.

OHA is also offering $10,000 mini-grants for CBOs to engage with and support the council through individual youth support, mentorship, and/or additional engagement activities (such as focus groups) with the youth the CBO serves. To learn more, please visit OHA’s webpage and/or email adolescent.program@state.or.us with any questions. Apply here by March 31, 2022.

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The School-Based Health Alliance is recruiting Board Members

The Oregon School-Based Health seeking board members to join their 2022 board. To apply: please send applications by March 23, 2022 to board@osbha.org. More information and an application is available on the website.

Health teen network call for proposals

Call for Proposals: Healthy Teen 2022 Conference

The conference’s theme is Dare to Dream of a New Era and will be hosted on October 17-19, 2022 in Miami, Florida. The deadline to submit all proposals is 11:59 PM ET, Wednesday, March 23, 2022. Submit your proposal here. To preview the proposal form, you can download it as a PDF.


Job Opportunity: Equity and Access Coordinator 

Oregon Coalition Against Domestic & Sexual Violence is hiring and Equity and Access Coordinator. To apply: Send a resume and cover letter to Jobs@ocadsv.org.

Job Opportunities: Higher Education Coordinating Commission

HECC is hiring a Program Analyst 2 (Youth Program Specialist), a Program Analyst 1 (Youth Program Coordinator) to administer youth workforce programs and a Program Analyst 2 (Outreach & Training Coordinator) to support and promote service, volunteerism, and civic engagement in Oregon. Applications close on 3/21/22.

Job Opportunities: Safe Harbors

Safe Harbors in Wallowa County is hiring a Legal/Crisis Advocate and a Shelter/Crisis advocate. To apply: please email your resume, and cover letter that includes responses to the questions listed in the job descriptions to mel@wcsafeharbors.com

Newsletter Submission Process

We welcome your submissions to ODE's Sexuality Education ListServ! If you have announcements, job postings, or general questions for your colleagues, you can submit them to ode.sexed@ode.oregon.gov.

In an effort to streamline our newsletter, we are now planning to send out our newsletter twice a month, during the first week and again mid-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, for inclusion and consideration in the following month (e.g. submit October 25 for November newsletters). 

Questions? Connections?

Please reach out to us at ode.sexed@ode.oregon.gov.

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