Mental Health Awareness Month
Mental Health Awareness Month. Mental health is a cornerstone of education, and essential for students to learn, and teachers to teach. ODE has several exciting initiatives and many resources to support the mental health of all members of Oregon’s school communities in alignment with
ODE’s Integrated Model of Mental Health.
We are excited to announce ODE’s $5.5 million
Strengthening Mental Health in Education (SMHiE) 2.0 Initiative. In response to community feedback, this collaboration with the Oregon Health Authority, University of Oregon College of Education, ESDs, school districts, students, families, Tribal and local partners, and community-based organizations, will strengthen Oregon’s school-based mental health infrastructure. Stay tuned for the summer 2022 release of Oregon’s free, digital Classroom WISE program and its many video resources, exercises, and tools designed to increase mental health literacy and support the application of strengths-based, trauma- and SEL-informed, equity-centered mental health promotion and suicide and substance use prevention efforts.
Other resources to check out include:
Other notable Mental Health Awareness Month activities include
the National Center on Safe Supportive Learning Environments webinar on May 19 at noon PDT on the importance of school-based mental health services in K-12 schools. U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra is also on a tour around the country to highlight mental health. On May 5, he was in Portland and held a
Youth Mental Health Roundtable.
For more information,
please send us an email.
Military Appreciation Month
Military Appreciation Month takes place every year throughout the entire month of May.
Wildfire Awareness Month
Wildfires have had devastating impacts in Oregon recently and May is designated as the month to prepare for the upcoming fire season.
American Indian/Alaska Native Student Success Plan Transition Grants
Research from the Oregon Indian Education Association and the National Indian Education Association demonstrates that competent and committed educators have the greatest influence on AI/AN student achievement beyond the students’ families. In light of this research, the American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) Student Success Plan establishes the goal that all Oregon early learning hubs, providers of early learning services, school districts, education service districts, post-secondary institutions of education, community-based organizations and Tribes have a high-performing culture in which employees have the training, support and professional development to contribute effectively to AI/AN student success.
This grant is focused on providing supports to our Native students who are struggling with transitioning through the vulnerable points in their education, Pre-Kindergarten to Kindergarten, Kindergarten to Elementary, Elementary to Middle School, Middle School to High School and High School to Post-Secondary Education. It is a competitive grant, open to non-profits, Tribes, educational entities who are supportive and creatively finding ways to support and encourage the successful movement of our Native students through their educational paths.
The funds can be used for administrative costs, food purchases, events, activities and programs supporting educational advancement.
More information about the grants and an application are available online.
For more information,
contact Renee Roman Nose.
Have You Heard? ELD Will Soon Become DELC
The Early Learning Division, along with a few Oregon Department of Human Services programs such as Employment Related Day Care, will be changing to the Department of Early Learning and Care (DELC) in about a year. What is the advantage of joining early childhood education systems into one agency? There are several benefits:
- Maximize early learning funding and expansion opportunities
- Increase the number of culturally responsive child care and early learning settings
- Improve access to high-quality child care and early learning for all Oregonians
- Deliver more equitable services for families, children, and providers
In a nutshell, the creation of DELC allows us to expand and strengthen early learning systems to better serve Oregon’s children and families.
Learn more by
visiting the DELC website. You can also
check out ELD’s new page on LinkedIn (requires a LinkedIn account to view), where DELC job opportunities will be shared.
Making Tracks to Careers in Sports: A Webinar for 7th-12th grade students
The Oregon22 Local Organizing Committee is hosting a free virtual webinar on
Wednesday May 25, from 1:00-2:00 p.m. to talk about their current and past experiences making a career connected to sport and what it is like to work for a global sporting event! Featured panelists to be announced soon.
Register your students online.
The World Athletics Championships are coming to the United States for the first time ever this July! Over 2,000 of the best track and field athletes in the world representing 200-plus countries will come together in a celebration of diversity, human potential, and athletic achievement. This extraordinary showcase will take center stage in the heart and home of the sport of track and field in the U.S: in Oregon, in Eugene, in Hayward Field at the University of Oregon. It takes thousands of employees and volunteers working together behind the scenes to present an event like the World Athletics Championships. Professionals in event management, marketing, finance, technology, security, medical, media, health and sports medicine, and more all work together to bring the 10-day event to life.
Send them an email!
Applications Being Accepted for Choose Kindness Grants
The Choose Kindness Foundation is offering every elementary, middle, and secondary school in Oregon $750 kindness grants. The funds may be used for classroom or school-wide kindness events or celebrations as well as Teacher Wellness through Kindness activities. The goal of the grant program is to support the development of a culture of caring and kindness throughout the school community. For example, Livy Henriksen, counselor at Edgewood Elementary in Eugene said this about their spreading kindness project. “When talking to students about kindness over the last several weeks, many students shared acts of kindness they practice at home and at school as we are all working to make our community a more inclusive, fun and kind place to be!”
The Eugene-based Choose Kindness Foundation funds kindness programs throughout the United States, reaching 43,000 students in 79 schools—including 15 in Oregon—as well as four urban school districts in Texas, Pennsylvania, and Georgia. Small kindness grants to San Antonio and Philadelphia led to those districts investing their own funds to massively expand kindness programs. The director of the Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) program for Philadelphia said, “While Philly's large, urban context is challenging, it's been so promising to see so much effort go into kindness, social emotional learning, and PBIS with such rich returns in a short period of time that our district has decided to invest heavily in kindness for the 2022-23 school year.”
The foundation also supports programs promoting kindness for social service agencies, public safety, and the workplace.
The foundation grants being offered to Oregon schools will support teaching kindness in classrooms, school-wide kindness campaigns, student-led groups to plan and participate in kindness programs, and activities to support staff self-care and wellness. The Choose Kindness Foundation has a range of resources that will be available to participating schools.
Grant applications must be submitted by June 30, and a report on the project will be due by June of 2023.
For more information,
visit the Choose Kindness Foundation website or
contact Jane Carter or Alex Granzin.
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