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African American/Black Student Success

House Bill 2016 directs the Department of Education (ODE) to develop and implement a statewide education plan for African American/Black students who are in early childhood through post-secondary education programs. The Department has convened an advisory group comprised of members of the African American/Black community and other community partners from across the state of Oregon to advise the Department on the creation and implementation of the plan.

The plan addresses:
  • The disparities experienced by African American and Black students in every indicator of academic success
  • The historical practices leading to disproportionate outcomes for the students
  • The educational needs of the students from early childhood through post-secondary education by examining culturally responsive and appropriate best practices in this state and across the nation

The Department will be awarding grants to early learning service providers, school districts, post-secondary institutions, and community-based organizations to implement strategies developed in the plan.

Announcements (2020-2021)

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AABSS Plan Presentation

(Delivered May 27, 2021 to Oregon Community Foundation)

AABSS Plan Coordinator, Shelaswau Crier, delivered a presentation on the AABSS Plan on May 27, 2021. Prospective applicants may find the presentation helpful to learn more about the program. Video of the presentation and slides are below.

2021-2023 Biennium RFA Webinar Recording and Materials

May 24, 2021

2021-2023 Biennium RFA Webinar

May 19, 2021

The Oregon Department of Education’s Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion will be hosting an informational webinar regarding the African American/Black Student Success 21-23 Biennium Request for Applications. This webinar will occur on May 20, 2021 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Please use the following link to register for the webinar: Note that you must register and be in the GoToWebinar to be able to ask questions during the webinar. The webinar will be recorded and made available for later viewing.

2021-2023 Biennium Request for Applications

May 18, 2021

The Oregon Department of Education, Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion is pleased to announce the release of the Request for Applications for the 2021-2023 African American/Black Student Success Plan Grant. The purpose of the grant is to support African/African American/Black/African Diaspora culturally specific community-based organizations, early learning hubs, providers of early learning services, school districts, post- secondary institutions of education and/or collaborations thereof, who are working to design, implement, improve, expand, or otherwise revise programs and services for African/African American/Black/African Diaspora students and families. The programs and services provided will assist African/African American/Black/African Diaspora students to develop a range of knowledge and skills that will lead to successful student outcomes in educational achievement; address issues such as disproportionate discipline, attendance, chronic absenteeism, and early childhood to elementary, middle to high school and high school to post- secondary transitions; and will include a variety of supports including the involvement of parents and communities across the state.

All materials and details are posted in the Oregon Procurement Information Network (ORPIN) under Notice # ODE-1172-21. You must be registered to log in and download the materials. Use the “Browse Opportunities” menu and select “Advanced Search”. Enter the opportunity number and search. An informational webinar will be held May 20, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. A login link for that meeting will be posted to the African American/Black Student Success webpage prior to the webinar.

Advisory Group Meeting

May 17, 2021

The African American/Black Student Success Advisory Group meets on the first Friday of every month. There is an upcoming meeting on June 25, 2021 from 9:00a.m. to 12:00p.m. The Advisory Group is accepting public testimony. However, due to COVID-19 public testimony must be submitted in written form to Erin Rothweiler by 5:00p.m. the Thursday before the meeting.


Shelaswau Crier - Equity Education Specialist, African American/Black Student Success Plan Coordinator

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