All Students Belong

The Oregon Department of Education recognizes that student health and safety are the cornerstone of education and that all students are entitled to a high-quality educational experience, free from discrimination or harassment based on perceived race, color, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, or national origin, and without fear or hatred, racism or violence. All staff and leaders are also entitled to work in environments that are free from discrimination or harassment, and visitors should be able to participate in school activities without fear for their safety. The All Students Belong rule is an important step in creating safe and inclusive school climates where all who participate in our school communities feel welcome.

The All Students Belong rule prohibits hate symbols, specifically three of the most recognizable symbols of hate in the U.S.—the swastika (outside of a religious context), the Confederate flag, and the noose. The temporary rule takes effect on September 18, 2020. It requires districts to adopt and implement policies and procedures that prohibit the use or display of the noose, swastika, or confederate flag in any program or school-sponsored activity except where used in teaching curricula that are aligned with the Oregon State Standards by January 1, 2021.

Equity Initiatives

The racial and cultural diversity in Oregon has increased dramatically over the past ten years, adding great richness to our classrooms and communities and posing new challenges for our schools as they attempt to meet the needs of an increasingly culturally, racially and linguistically varied student population. The Academic Achievement Gap describes the gap in achievement that often exists between low income or minority students and their peers. Oregon’s African American, Hispanic, and Native American students have higher dropout rates and lower graduation rates than their White or Asian peers. We need to keep focused on our goal of preparing ALL students for high school and beyond. For our students today, a high school diploma is not enough. Our students need to leave high school with the knowledge and skills to go on to career training, college, or living wage jobs. And the only way that we will be able to get there is if teachers from kindergarten to high school are committed to helping each and every student to achieve at high levels. It will take all of us working together at every level to ensure true equity in our schools.

ODE has created this resource page and includes the Oregon Equity Lens, African American/Black Student Education, Native American Education, English Learner Initiatives, Title II English Learners and Immigrant Youth, and Migrant Education.

Continuous Improvement Process and Planning

The ODE webpage for the CIP process includes both written and video information, along with the resources and tools needed to complete the CIP for both districts and schools.

Holocaust Education (SB664)

Requires school districts to provide instruction about Holocaust and genocide beginning with 2020-2021 school year. Specifically the instruction required under this act is designed to do the following, including, but not limited to:

  • Confront the immorality of the Holocaust, genocide and other acts of mass violence and to reflect on the causes of related historical events;
  • Promote students understanding of how the Holocaust contributed to the need for the term “genocide”;
  • Stimulate students reflection on the roles and responsibilities of citizens to combat misinformation through tools of resistance; and
  • Provide students with opportunities to contextualize and analyze patterns of human behavior.

School Based Health Care (HB3165)

Requires Oregon Health Authority to provide planning grants to 10 school districts or education service districts to evaluate community needs for school-based health services.

Tribal History/Shared History (SB13)

Senate Bill (SB) 13 was passed into law in the 2017 legislative session and calls upon the Oregon Department of Education (ODE) to develop a statewide curriculum relating to the Native American experience in Oregon, including tribal history, tribal sovereignty, culture, treaty rights, government, socioeconomic experiences, and current events.

The ODE is enormously pleased to be collaborating with federally recognized tribes in Oregon and now partnering with Education Northwest to begin implementing SB 13,” said Colt Gill, Deputy Superintendent of Public Instruction. “When Governor Brown proposed SB 13 during the 2017 legislative session and subsequently signed it into law, it was because she deeply values the preservation of tribal cultural integrity and believes that honoring the history of Oregon’s tribal communities is critically important to our state as a whole, and to future generations of students.

ODE is currently working with educators and tribal leaders to create and revise curriculum with lesson plans across grades 4, 8, and 10 in subject areas such as language arts, math, social studies, heath, and science.