ODE Announces First Director of the Office of Indian Education
Over the last three years, the Oregon Department of Education (ODE) has been making attempts to highlight the importance of our relationship with the sovereign nations that exist here in Oregon and predate the Governments of Oregon and the United States. We included our agency’s Indian Education Advisor on the Executive Leadership Team (E-Team) to help inform our decision-making with awareness and alignment to the nine tribes, we established the agency’s Office of Indian Education, we have since doubled our staffing in the Office, and the team has done incredible work with Tribal Attendance Promising Practices (TAPP), the American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) Student Success Plan, and the state’s first required curriculum for all students: Tribal History/Shared History (SB 13) among other meaningful work. Many across the agency have worked with the Director’s Office to develop a deeper understanding of the tribes, lean into our obligation to consultation, better illuminate the data on our Native American students, or create pathways for Native educators.
The next step in our efforts is the appointment this month of April Campbell as Oregon Department of Education’s first ever Director of the Office of Indian Education. April will be the first person to occupy this newly created position. April is a citizen of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde and an incredibly humble and accomplished leader. April has over 20 years of experience working in Indian Education in Oregon and prior to coming to ODE in 2013, worked as the Education Director for her tribe. Since 2013, April has served as the Oregon Department of Education Indian Education Advisor to the Director.
April works closely with the incredible team at the Office of Indian Education, the nine federally recognized tribes in Oregon, several state agencies, the Governor’s Office, school districts and ESDs, and native communities and organizations in an effort to close the opportunity gap for Native American students. As a first generation high-school graduate, April has a passion for learning and helping others on their educational journey. April led the revision efforts for the ODE’s AI/AN Student Success Plan and currently is leading efforts for Senate Bill 13 – Tribal History/Shared History curriculum; the implementation of Native American curriculum in classrooms across the state.
In her new position April will lead ODE’s wonderful OIE team and continue to focus on our commitment to honor tribal sovereignty, build authentic relationships, and serve to elevate Native American’s voices across the state.
“I am honored to have the opportunity to serve as ODE’s Office of Indian Education’s Director and am blessed to be working with such a wonderful team,” Campbell said. “Much appreciation and gratitude.”
Governor Kate Brown Releases 2021-23 Budget Plan
Governor Kate Brown released her recommended budget and policy agenda for the 2021-23 biennium, which focuses on the key challenges facing Oregonians: the public health and economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, recovery from the devastating 2020 wildfire season, and taking steps to end systemic racism and address racial disparities in Oregon.
“2020 has challenged Oregon in unimaginable ways. We have been tested to the core, and the most vital needs of Oregon families — health, safety, education, housing, and the ability to earn a living — have all been challenged in new ways,” said Governor Brown. “I have been awe-inspired by Oregonians who have stepped up at every turn to protect their friends, families and neighbors. The compassionate spirit of our state has shined through. Oregon has proven to be a port in the storm.”
read Governor Kate Brown’s full press release with links to the budget documents online.
Two Oregon Schools Receive 2020 School Wellness Award
Congratulations to Gervais Elementary (Gervais School District) and Robert Frost Elementary (Silver Falls School District), winners of the 2020 Oregon School Wellness Award! This award recognizes schools for outstanding local wellness policies, practices and programs that promote healthy behaviors in students and staff.
Local Wellness Policies guide district and school efforts to establish an environment that creates a healthy workplace for staff, a healthy learning environment for students, and reinforces messages about nutrition, physical activity, and life-long wellness habits that students are learning in the classroom.
The Nutrition Council of Oregon, the Oregon Dairy and Nutrition Council, and OregonASK, join the Oregon Department of Education in recognizing these schools. Each award recipient receives a $2,500 cash prize, a banner, and a certificate of recognition.
Visit the Wellness page on the ODE website to learn more about local wellness policies and to see past School Wellness Award winning schools.
The 2021 School Wellness Award Application is now open! Visit the
Wellness Award page on the ODE website for more information. Applications are due February 1, 2021.
Thank You, Child Nutrition Sponsors!
ODE's Child Nutrition staff created a video to thank all those who helped make sure Oregon students continued to get important meal services during the pandemic.
Watch the video here.
ODE In the News
The West Linn Tidings wrote about the robotics team in Wilsonville that used their skills to make more than 1,000 face shields, 300 of them going to teachers at their schools.
KOBI in Medford reported on the lasting legacy Grants Pass High School’s welding students will have on the campus.
- State Board of Education student advisor Mahina Novoa shared some of her inspiring story in
a feature for KGW News.