February is Black History Month
The following is an excerpt from the
February newsletter put out by ODE’s Social Sciences staff. There are plenty more resources in the full newsletter and if you like what you read, scroll to the bottom to subscribe!
It is always the right month to include Black history into the social science classroom. This month is a great time to highlight a few new resources for teachers and students to go deeper into the history and culture of Black Americans celebrated every February.
Facing History is hosting a lesson inspired by Amanda Gorman's moving inauguration day poem. The 2018 social science standards created a significant shift in creating a more inclusive examination of history. The new changes brought about by Tribal History/Shared History, Holocaust and other genocides, and Ethnic Studies, continue to expand the narratives and perspectives on Oregon, U.S., and World History. The resources and standards in support of the new changes remind me of one of the beautiful phrases from Gorman's poem:
It's because being American is more than a pride we inherit,
it's the past we step into and how we repair it.
A few fresh and free resources:
Nurse Hotline Available to Assist Oregon Child Care Providers During COVID-19
The Early Learning Division is partnering with Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) to support child care providers in Oregon with a COVID-19 nurse hotline. The number, 1-833-647-8222, will be available seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Child care providers can access the toll-free hotline for assistance with:
- Symptoms or health issues that are concerning to them or staff
- Questions about excluding children and staff
- Steps to take if someone is positive for COVID-19
“Since the start of the pandemic, child care providers have been navigating uncertainty about the virus,” said Oregon Early Learning System Director Miriam Calderon. “Our collaboration with OHSU will allow providers to have a more personalized response in their efforts to adapt and ensure child care remains safe for children and families during this emergency.”
“OHSU’s trained healthcare professionals who staff our COVID-19 Connected Care Center hotline have been honored to help Oregonians navigate the pandemic’s complexities since March 2020, and we welcome the opportunity to now also help Oregon’s child care providers safely offer their much-needed services throughout the state. We understand how important child care is for so many families,” said hotline medical director Anthony Cheng, M.D., who is also an assistant professor of family medicine in the OHSU School of Medicine.
The hotline is a resource reserved for child care providers and staff at no cost. Language assistance is also available.
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