ODE Releases Next Cluster of Engaging Equity Professional Learning Series for Educators

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ODE Releases Next Cluster of Engaging Equity Professional Learning Series for Educators

Dear Partners,

This release of information has two components: A) Essential Information and B) Background and Details.

Essential Information

  • ODE has continued to develop a professional learning series that lives into the commitments of the Student Success Act. This builds off of the first cluster of modules, Racial Equity Foundations, released in February 2023
  • The series continues to be universal in design and can be accessed on the EII webpage.
  • ODE recommends schools, districts, ESDs, and partners begin to explore this resource by considering the design of the learning series and arranging for facilitation support ahead of potential larger scale use later this year. 
  • Where feasible, ODE also recommends a central coordinating leader or team be tasked with stewarding the overarching arc of the professional learning series. 
  • Additional information and access information is available in the details of this message and on this landing page.

Background and Details

When the Student Success Act (SSA) passed in May 2019, it was designed to provide the resources districts need for support. Beyond the formula dollars for grants, over the last three years, ODE has also done work, in collaboration with community and education leaders, to provide better tools and resources to meet the promise of SSA. The Engaging Equity: Equitable Mindsets, Practices, and Systems professional learning series is one of those tools. 

Culturally Responsive and Sustaining Practice, the second cluster of four within this professional learning series, was designed to support educators to gain skills in culturally responsive and sustaining pedagogy and practice within instruction to meet every student where they are - in their strengths and needs. Every student can benefit from these universal and targeted approaches. 

This professional learning series is open, universal, and invitational. The series equips educators to create positive connections and strengthen community and learning conditions to improve student outcomes.

This professional learning series is for adults, with the aim to improve educational conditions for each and every student given the changing demographics in Oregon. It is not a curriculum for students. Across Oregon, school communities are growing increasingly diverse. As of the 2022-23 Fall Membership Report, Oregon is serving 552,380 students, with students of color and native students making up at least 41% of the total. On average, between 11% (teachers) and 21% (educational assistants) of Oregon’s educators and administrators identify as people of color or Indigenous. This is the moment to leverage the strength of that diversity to make sure students are able to reach their full potential. By developing and disseminating this important, innovative, and evidence-based learning series, Oregon’s state education agencies are demonstrating a strong leadership stance in promoting educational equity. 

To learn more about the Engaging Equity professional learning series: