ODE Sexuality Education Newsletter -- May 2023

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ODE Sexuality Education Newsletter: May 2023

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ODE Sexuality Education Newsletter 

May 4, 2023

Dearest colleagues, 

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Since 2009, Oregon has proudly called May “Youth Sexual Health Month”– representing an intentional shift away from what was previously known as “Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month”. Oregon recognizes that improving young people’s lives and the communities around them requires a holistic approach beyond pregnancy and STI prevention. Every May, Oregon reaffirms that to truly help students thrive, it’s not just about telling them what not to do, it’s also about empowering students with information and resources needed to  make decisions about their bodies, health, relationships, and future. Developing student agency not only works to prevent unintended pregnancies and STIs, but it also supports students in other aspects of their lives, too. Oregon Youth Sexual Health Month reminds us that youth deserve comprehensive sexuality education.

Nationally, May is also recognized as Sex Ed for All Month. In a time marked by a decrease in youth accessing sexual and reproductive services alongside increases in teen dating violence, it is critical to elevate comprehensive sexuality education as part of every person’s human right to health services and information

In this newsletter, we share 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

Section photo by the Sex Education Collaborative

ODE Updates

Sex Ed for All Month Roundtable

Join ODE staff and Lane County Public Health for “Sex Ed for All Month” Roundtable. In this hour, participants will learn about sexuality education in Oregon, why it’s so important for students, and what instruction challenges & opportunities educators are experiencing. Join us for conversations, connections, and Q&A, on Tuesday, May 16 from 3:30-4:30.This event is reserved for school staff only. Please register with your school email address.

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Sex Ed News & Resources for Educators

ODE is committed to supporting school districts with implementing Oregon Human Sexuality Education (OAR 581-022-2050). Please see below for related news and resources for K-12 educators. 

Research & News Articles for Educators

Resources for Oregon Youth Sexual Health Month/Sex Ed for All Month

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Resources for Menstrual Hygiene Day

Upcoming Events, Training & Conference Opportunities for Educator

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 education professionals to consider.

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Volunteer Opportunities

Youth Opportunity

The Oregon State Board of Education and the Oregon Department of Education encourage incoming high school seniors to apply for a one-year appointment as either a Student Advisor to the Board or a Student Rule Advisor. These appointments begin August 2023 and end July 2024. To qualify, students must be current high school juniors (seniors during the 2023-24 school year) with strong leadership qualities and the ability to deliberate policy issues.

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The Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander Student Success Advisory Group

The Oregon Department of Education’s Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion is excited to share the Letter of Interest for the new Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander Student Success Advisory Group. The Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander Student Success Advisory Group will support the development and implementation of the Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander Student Success Plan. We are looking for up to 20 members to join the new Advisory Group to serve 2-year terms starting in June 2023. 

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Questions? Connections? 

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

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