ODE Sexuality Education Newsletter -- February 2024

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ODE Sexuality Education Newsletter: February 2024

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ODE Sexuality Education Newsletter 

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February 16, 2024 

Dear Colleagues,

February is Black History Month, a time to celebrate the contributions and history of Black Americans. While educators include and celebrate Black history all year, this month serves as a special time to reflect, teach, and learn from both the challenges and the achievements of Black communities and individuals throughout history. 

February 7th was National Black HIV/Awareness Day inviting us to recognize and address racial health disparities and work towards equity in our health classrooms. Sexuality education lessons can lead to conversations on HIV stigma– in alignment with HS.SRH.10, Analyze political and historical issues that were rooted in and have resulted in discrimination, oppression, and stigma against historically and currently marginalized people, including those with sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and HIV/AIDS– and facilitate analysis of healthcare inequities, connecting to HS.SRH.17 Analyze systemic barriers to sexual, reproductive, and obstetric care, including prenatal care, childbirth, and postpartum care.

February is also Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month, as proclaimed by Governor Tina Kotek. According to the Student Health Survey, one out of twelve 11th graders in Oregon had experienced physical dating abuse in the past year– and one in five had been “purposely controlled, manipulated, or hurt mentally or emotionally.”  Ten percent of students also reported having been “monitored, shamed, or embarrassed” with privately shared content on social media. This year’s theme, Love Like That, uplifts the variety of ways that people form healthy, safe, and equitable relationships. For K-12 lessons on healthy relationships and violence prevention, visit the Sex Ed Oregon Open Learning Hub.

This newsletter includes announcements, research, resources, and opportunities for training, as well as other offerings by statewide and national colleagues related to sexuality education.

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ODE Updates & Opportunities

Request for Information: ODE LGBTQ2SIA+ Student Success Summit

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The Oregon Department of Education (ODE) has released a Request for Information (RFI) and corresponding Smartsheet questionnaire in order to seek ideas for a potential LGBTQ2SIA+ Student Success Summit, hosted by ODE. 

At the request of individuals across Oregon who have felt isolated in their communities, we wish to create an in-person summit for LGBTQ2SIA+ serving and identifying administrators, educators, GSA advisors, and student leaders to connect, plan, and sustain LGBTQ2SIA+ affirming school communities to support student success and wellbeing. An intended outcome of this summit is to strengthen partnerships and reinforce networks serving LGBTQ2SIA+ students and community members statewide. 

Help us design a summit!

We want to hear from you! For those interested in learning more about this opportunity and sharing feedback with ODE about this potential summit, please share your expertise and insights in one or all areas of the questionnaire (no requirement to complete this questionnaire in its entirety).

The due date to submit information in either format is Friday, March 29, 2024.

Fill out Questionnaire

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Updated Adoption Criteria for K-12 Health Education Instructional Materials 

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On January 18, 2024, the Oregon State Board of Education approved updated criteria for the evaluation and adoption of K-12 health education instructional materials. The updated criteria are based on the revised health education standards that were adopted in October 2023. Adoption criteria are used by the Oregon Department of Education and Oregon public school districts to evaluate instructional materials for alignment with Oregon academic standards and current best practices before implementing updated materials in classrooms.

Future adoptions of instructional materials are required to use the most updated adoption criteria for the subject area under consideration. Please utilize the 2023 Adoption Criteria for K-12 Health Education Instructional Materials for upcoming adoptions of health education instructional materials. Adoption criteria documents for additional subject areas can be found on the Adoption Criteria for Instructional Materials webpage. Additional helpful resources related to instructional materials adoption can be found on the Instructional Materials Toolkit page.

If you have questions about instructional materials in Oregon, please contact ODE.InstructionalMaterials@ode.oregon.gov.

Survey: Updating the Fentanyl & Opioid Response Toolkit for Schools

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ODE and OHA are in the process of updating the Fentanyl & Opioid Response Toolkit for Schools and need partner and community input to ensure that the toolkit meets the needs and expectations of school administrators, educators, and others who may find the toolkit useful. Your feedback will be helpful in shaping the update of this resource and ensuring its effectiveness in supporting schools and communities. If you do not have time to review the toolkit and have relevant knowledge and experience to share, we would still appreciate hearing from you. 

Access the survey

Survey to Inform the Oregon Multilingual Learner State Strategic Plan

This is an exciting year as ODE develops the new Multilingual Learner State Strategic Plan! The development of the plan includes input from a variety of constituents through workgroup sessions, community focus groups, conference sessions and surveys.  

The Oregon Department of Education invites school, district, and Education Service District educators, administrators, and staff to participate in a 15-20-minute survey to share feedback on the draft plan and to share about the services provided to multilingual students. Your participation is voluntary, confidential, and will contribute to improving services and experiences for multilingual children.  

Click on the Multilingual Plan Survey to make your voice heard! 

This survey is best answered on a laptop/desktop computer.

Join us in shaping a statewide plan for improving education for multilingual students in Oregon! 

Contact Manuel Vazquez, manuel.vazquez@ednw.org or 

Jennifer Fontana, jennifer.fontana@ode.oregon.gov with questions.

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 Educators

  • Welcome to Prevention Land!, a series of short videos by the Oregon Sexual Assault Task Force on preventing violence and abuse in our communities to create a world that is healthier and safer for all people.

Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month (TDVAM) Resources:

Black History Month/National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day Resources:

  • Classroom Resources
  • Educator Professional Learning

Upcoming Events, Training & Conference Opportunities for Educators

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.

  • ODHS My Future-My Choice Spring Virtual Workshop Series
    • Feb. 21, 4-5:30pm- Fat Positivity in Sex Ed
    • Apr. 17, 4- 5:30pm- An Intro to a Social Justice Approach to Youth Engagement
    • May 1, 4- 5:30pm- Autistic Focused Sex Ed
  • Multiple Dates, Feb. 21 - Mar. 4, 3:30-4:30pm,  Centering Health in Education: A Webinar Series, ODE/OHA
  • Multiple Dates Feb. 20 and 28, 4-6pm, Family Acceptance Project, Workshop Series Increasing Family Support for LGBTQ+ Students to Reduce Risk & Promote Well Being. Reserved primarily for school districts in: Coos, Curry, Douglas, Jackson, Josephine, Lane, Benton, Clatsop, Columbia, Lincoln, Linn, Marion, Polk, Tillamook and Yamhill counties. 
  • Human Rights Coalition (HRC) Winter/Spring Webinars
  • Community of Practice with Healthy Native Youth Workshop Series 
    • Mar. 13, 10am- Swab Squad to the Rescue!
    • Apr. 10, 10am- Substance Misuse 101
    • May 8, 10am- Being a Good Relative 101
    • Jun. 12, 10am- Celebrating Culture & Community 101

Grant Opportunities

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CDC Federal Grant Opportunity: Improving Adolescent Health and Well-Being Through School-Based Surveillance and the What Works in Schools Program

CDC’s What Works in Schools program is a primary prevention approach that supports school districts in implementing three key strategies: providing quality health education, connecting youth to health services, and creating safe and supportive learning environments. This program has demonstrated effectiveness at reducing adolescent risk behaviors and experiences; students were less likely to engage in sexual risk behavior, less likely to use substances, and less likely to experience violence. Core elements of the program have also been shown to reduce symptoms of depression and suicidal thoughts and behaviors.

 Click here to view this grant opportunity package

Applications due by April 1, 2024

Questions? Connections? 

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

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