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Oregon Studies

Oregon students represent varied cultural, ethnic, racial, and linguistic experiences. The State’s commitment to honoring the diversity of its students includes infusing multicultural Oregon history in the curriculum. Educators must have the knowledge to refine instruction so that it reflects the contributions of our diverse communities. In order to value the lived, diverse experiences of our students and to understand the importance of education equity in every facet of our pedagogy, Senate Bill 739 was created.

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Senate Bill 739 directed the Oregon Department of Education to develop academic content standards for Oregon Studies and prepare materials to support teacher professional development and classroom instruction in this area. These standards will include a balanced representation of the contribution to society by men and women of African American, Hispanic, Native American, Asian American, and other racial groups in Oregon. The Oregon Department of Education will be consulting with the Oregon Historical Society, the Commissions on Black Affairs, Hispanic Affairs, Indian Services and Asian and Pacific Islander Affairs, and other community leaders who hold valuable historical capital in the gathering of academic materials and the development of appropriate standards.

The information contained on this webpage is continually updated. Additional material and resources will be posted as they are received.

Oregon Studies Resources

General References

  • The Oregon History Project

    Articles on a number of topics related to Oregon History, including various racial, ethnic, and national groups.

  • The Oregon Timeweb

    Interactive timelines that can relate events, groups, and historical periods.

  • The Oregon Encyclopedia

    Articles on hundreds of topics related to Oregon History, including various racial, ethnic, and national groups.

Oregon Study pages

The information related to the contributions of diverse communities in Oregon has been organized by race/ethnicity. In order to view specific resources on these groups, please click on the link of your choice.