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Oregon Department of Education Initiatives/Grants

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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.


Program Administrator:
Nancy Griffith

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