ODE Sexuality Education Newsletter -- May 2024

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ODE Sexuality Education Newsletter: May 2024

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ODE Sexuality Education Newsletter 

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May 21, 2024 

Dear Colleagues,

In May, states across the country observe Oregon Youth Sexual Health Month and Sex Education for All Month. Since 2019, Sex Ed for All Month serves as a reminder that young people need and deserve the information, resources, and safe classroom spaces that comprehensive sexuality education instruction can provide. Students from across Oregon share how important this is as they navigate healthy, safe, and connected lives, rooted in their own identities, values, and beliefs. 

Oregon’s new Health & Sexuality Education Standards guide educators with the age-appropriate, medically accurate, not fear- or shame- based, and culturally relevant concepts and skills that young people need about growing up, sexuality, and relationships. This approach has been shown to positively impact young people’s health, safety, and, even, academic achievement. Yet, according to OHA’s Student Health Survey, only about half of 11th grade respondents reported receiving this comprehensive information in the last year. Sex Ed for All Month is an opportunity to fill this gap.

This month’s newsletter includes opportunities to become involved in several ODE statewide initiatives and resources to strengthen health and sexuality education in local classrooms.


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ODE Updates & Opportunities

Apply Now: LGBTQ2SIA+ Student Success Advisory Group

LGBTQ2SIA+ Student Success Advisory Group, Apply Now

The Oregon Department of Education (ODE) is currently seeking applicants for its LGBTQ2SIA+ Student Success Advisory Group. This group advises ODE on education matters affecting LGBTQ2SIA+ students and families, and its purpose is to address systemic inequities experienced by LGBTQ2SIA+ students through focused investments and community partnerships that align with the LGBTQ2SIA+ Student Success Plan

Apply now through Friday June 14, 2024 at 5:00pm or learn more by visiting bit.ly/LGBTQ2SIA-advisory.

Health Education Instructional Materials Evaluation Committee: Deadline Extended

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ODE is accepting applications for the 2024 Health Education Instructional Materials Evaluation Committee. Individuals on this committee will be responsible for evaluating and recommending health education instructional materials for adoption by the Oregon State Board of Education.

Please consider applying and/or sharing this application with teachers, curriculum specialists, or other experienced professionals with expertise in health education for grades K-12. Those selected to participate will receive professional development and an honorarium for their work.

The application is open through May 28, 2024.

For more information, please contact the Instructional Materials Coordinator at ode.instructionalmaterials@ode.oregon.gov.

Physical Education Standards 2024-25 Revision

Oregon Physical Education Standards Advisory Panel Recruitment

ODE is accepting applications for the 2024-25 Physical  Education Standards Advisory Panel. Individuals on this committee will be responsible for reviewing and providing feedback on the draft K-12 physical education standards for adoption by the Oregon State Board of Education. The application is open through June 30, 2024. For more information or questions, contact Suzanne Hidde at suzanne.hidde@ode.oregon.gov

Apply for the Physical Education Standards Panel here

Oregon Physical Education Standards Feedback

ODE invites you to provide feedback on the current K-12 Physical Education Standards. Feedback will be used in the upcoming review and revision of Oregon’s K-12 Physical Education standards. The survey is open through July 15, 2024. For more information or questions, contact Suzanne Hidde at suzanne.hidde@ode.oregon.gov.

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

Resources for Educators for Child Abuse Prevention & Sexual Assault Action Month

  • Friendships and Dating Program, for individuals 16 and older with intellectual and developmental disabilities to develop meaningful relationships and prevent interpersonal violence.
  • Amaze jr, videos and other resources for educators, parents, and K-2 students.
  • SparkED Self-Paced Courses, professional learning on fundamental sex ed instruction.

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.

Curriculum & Grant Opportunities

Teacher Opportunity: Paid 8th Grade Curriculum Study

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My Future-My Choice is looking for Oregon teachers interested in participating in a paid 8th grade curriculum study. Participating teachers will submit electronic lesson feedback and participate in an interview with an evaluator. If you know of any teachers who may be interested in participating in this study, please reach out to leah.m.haas@odhs.oregon.gov.

Student Opportunity: Apply to be a Student Advisor to the State Board of Education and Rules Advisory Committee

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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 2024 and end July 2025. To qualify, students must be current high school juniors (seniors during the 2024-25 school year) with strong leadership qualities and the ability to deliberate policy issues.

Questions? Connections? 

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

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