Students and educators deserve to learn and work in safe, welcoming, and inclusive school environments. Several factors can get in the way of these positive school climates, though – trauma, poverty, lack of resources, and other community events like wildfires or violence. Educators alone can’t solve crises or conditions that impact schools. OEA members work to engage in professional learning, policy advocacy, and organizing that do have a positive impact on schools, themselves and their colleagues, and most importantly, students.
OEA is committed to helping create safe, welcoming and inclusive school environments. That can include implementing trauma-informed practices, learning more about restorative practices, using OEA grants for members to increase resources for students, or organizing at the local level. Members can read more about OEA’s recommendations for creating the schools our students deserve in our “Crisis of Disrupted Learning” report.
OEA offers a continuum of professional learning for members to become trauma aware educators. There are various opportunities to learn more about trauma informed practices and members can find those opportunities here.
OEA’s vision of a trauma informed education includes:
Additional Resources to Support LGBTQ+ Students and Educators
- Basic Rights Oregon Resources page
Founded in 1996, BRO works to ensure that all LGBTQ Oregonians live free from discrimination and be treated with dignity and respect in every community in our state.
Founded by teachers in 1990, GLSEN believes that educators play key roles in creating affirming learning environments for LGBTQ youth.. Find more about the Oregon chapter here: https://www.glsen.org/chapter/oregon.
- Oregon Student Success LBGTQ2SIA plan