October is LGBTQ+ History Month
This October, during LGBTQ+ History Month, educators within Oregon districts have the opportunity to uplift LGBTQ2SIA+ people and affirming practices within all subject and content areas. ODE created an
LGBTQ2SIA+ Inclusive Instructional Materials Examples resource for districts to consider, in order to encourage district alignment with the Inclusive Curriculum strategy of the LGBTQ2SIA+ Student Success Plan. ODE also celebrates
International Pronouns Day this month, and every month, in order to support gender expansive students and staff in all Oregon school communities.
As recommended by the
LGBTQ2SIA+ Student Success Plan, the Oregon Department of Education (ODE) is committed to demonstrating leadership to districts, schools and families by continuously “collecting and disseminating resources, providing guidance, addressing violations of policy in a timely manner, and proactively building districts’ capacity to create trusting, connected and inclusive environments” (Domain 3, Objective 2).
In order to support districts in making implementation decisions that foster LGBTQ2SIA+ affirming school communities, we have developed an
LGBTQ2SIA+ Resources webpage that offers federal and state requirements, standards and instructional materials, in addition to national and statewide partner resources such as sample policy documents and toolkits, professional development opportunities, youth-facing resources, parents and caregiver supports, and more.
Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs Language Program Wins National Award
(Information taken from the National Indian Education Association website)
The Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs Language Program has been awarded the Dr. William Demmert Cultural Freedom Award by the National Indian Education Association. The program was established in 1996 to fulfill the work the Tribes had invested in the languages since the early 1970's.
The founding teachers had been working to turn the tide of language loss and as a result created a pathway which the current teaching staff now continues. At the time, the languages were close to extinction. Since then, due to strategic planning and placement of teachers in early childhood education, the local district and community colleges, the program is working fiercely to revitalize the language in the community.
The Warm Springs Language Program is provided at Early Childhood Education Programs, Warm Springs K-8 grades, Madras High School and Central Oregon Community College. Culture training is provided with communities/entities to include Cultural Presentations and Tribal History/Shared History. In addition, Warm Springs offers a summer youth program focused on learning Indigenous stewardship. Congratulations to the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs Language Program for this national recognition!
Sign Up By November 15 To Access Thousands of Dollars With The Child Tax Credit
Households with low or no incomes across the country
could still get thousands of dollars in federal money with the Child Tax Credit - even if they have never filed taxes before (and if they have not already filed taxes this year). But more than 4 million children nationwide could miss out on up to $3,600 with the Child Tax Credit if their parent/ guardian has not yet filed.
School Districts Can Inform Their Communities
School districts are crucial in spreading the word to families. Districts are encouraged to message families 2-3x before the November 15 deadline:
- Send a text message to parents/ guardians
- Send an email or robocall to parents/ guardians
- Post on your website, social media, or host a Facebook Live
Outreach materials are available here in 11 languages, including flyers, template emails, texts, and robocalls.
Families can be directed to
getctc.org/orschools to sign up.
Reduce Barriers to File
Code For America has created a tool,
GetCTC.org, to reduce barriers to people without filing requirements. This tool enables people to claim the Child Tax Credit and third stimulus payment (up to $5,000 per eligible child) - and people can sign up in 15 minutes or less on their mobile devices in English or Spanish.
People must file before November 15 to easily get this money this year.
For more help or to request your unique URL to track your sign-ups in your district -
email firstname.lastname@example.org or
sign up here.
Abbreviated School Day Programs Guidance
ODE is excited to announce the release of
Abbreviated School Day Programs: Considerations for IEP Teams, available on
ODE’s Abbreviated School Day Program Placement website. This comprehensive guidance is designed to support schools, districts, and programs in meeting their responsibilities under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and ORS 343.161.
The guidance includes an overview of abbreviated day programs, discusses the connection between least restrictive environment (LRE) requirements of the IDEA and the use of abbreviated school day program placements, shares critical information on supporting student behavior with Functional Behavioral Assessments (FBAs) and Behavior Intervention Plans (BIPs), provides Individualized Education Program (IEP) teams with considerations when they are making placement decisions that may include an abbreviated school day program placement, and discusses informal removals from the school setting and the required documentation for such removals. Please feel free to
reach out if you have questions about this guidance or need any support in implementing it within your district or program.
Nightmare Factory Returns
Oregon’s longest running haunted house is returning! Nightmare Factory started in 1987 as a fundraiser for the Oregon School for the Deaf (OSD) and has continued to serve that function ever since. Held on the grounds of the school and run by current and former OSD students, the Nightmare Factory runs every Friday and Saturday night in October and is also open on Halloween and the night before.
Check out their website for more information and how to get your tickets!
Updates from the Early Learning Division
Family Voices report highlights marginalized communities
In a partnership between
Portland State University, the Early Learning Division,
OSLC Developments Inc., and
AB Cultural Drivers, the Family Voices report looks at the experiences of families in three important communities and the issues they are facing related to early learning and care. Participating families were those who:
- Have a child who was suspended or expelled from an early learning program
- Have infants and toddlers and who (a) identify as African American/Black; (b) are Spanish speaking and live in rural and suburban Oregon; (c) identify as Native American; or (d) are English speaking and live in rural Oregon
- Have a child aged 0 to 5 years, and who identify as part of the LGBTQIA+ community
The report details clear, actionable recommendations from the families themselves about how the early learning system can be improved to make their lives better. The data collected will help shape program investments and policy changes in Oregon’s early learning system.
Find the executive summary on the ELD website in English, Spanish, Vietnamese, Russian, and Chinese.
HB 3073 Progress Report Available on ELD Website
In September, the Early Learning Division
submitted its most recent report to the Oregon Legislature about progress toward the implementation of Department of Early Learning and Care. The report details the status of current major projects, from hiring additional staff to information technology changes. Importantly, the document contains additional information about the transition of the Employment Related Day Care program from ODHS to DELC.
Oregon Teacher Scholars Program Welcomes New Cohort Members: The Oregon Teacher Scholars Program would like to welcome Maderi Erwin and Jadie De Lille Wright as the newest cohort members and scholarship recipients!
The Oregon Teacher Scholar Program (OTSP) offers a scholarship of $10,000 per school year for ethnically diverse or Heritage Speakers of a language other than English. The program serves undergraduate students who are in the final two years of a teaching program or Education major and graduate students enrolled in an
Oregon TSPC-approved educator preparation program.
To learn more about the Oregon Teacher Scholars Program, please
visit the EAC website.
There’s an EAC App for That! It's Everything EAC, In Your Pocket: Don't miss any updates from the EAC with the new EAC app that’s now available in your phone's app store. Simply
search for the Educator Advancement Council to download. Available in the Apple App Store and Google Play.
Springfield Educator named Oregon History Teacher of the Year
Tyler Nice from Thurston High School in Springfield, Oregon, has been named the 2022 Oregon History Teacher of the Year! The award is presented annually by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, the nation’s leading organization dedicated to K-12 American history education. In addition to a $1,000 honorarium, Tyler receives a core archive of American history books and Gilder Lehrman educational materials, recognition at a local ceremony in their honor, and becomes one of 53 finalists for the 2022 National History Teacher of the Year Award.
As an example of his work, Tyler engages his students with primary documents from the 16th and 17th century in order to teach early American history. Sharing visual as well as written documents, Tyler’s skill and care as a teacher allows students to connect to the archaic language of the document and relate the substance to their own lives. This culturally relevant teaching is an excellent example of how the 2021 Social Science Standards helps to expand the narrative of our collective history.
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