As we develop resources, engage with educators, and provide support, we try to stay true to the following approaches:
Our Self-Evaluation Tools are foundational to the support we provide for educators. These tools describe features of highly effective outdoor school programs. Many of our professional development resources are aimed at helping programs develop the characteristics described in the tools. We also use the tools to evaluate our own programming as we strive to offer equitable, inclusive, high-quality opportunities for educators.
Support for Gender Expansive Students
In January 2023, the Oregon Department of Education released Supporting Gender Expansive Students: Guidance for Schools. The guidance includes information about nondiscrimination laws and recommended nondiscriminatory practices, including information about facility access and travel. The guidance is paired with the Gender-Affirming Schools Action Plan, which outlines specific recommendations, related resources, and planned actions for supporting gender expansive students. The Action Plan includes information about providing students with access to field trip, travel, and overnight accommodations that affirm their gender and comply with Oregon and federal laws (page 10).
Do you have educator resources to share with other outdoor school educators? Would you like to request that the OSU Extension Service Outdoor School team develop a certain resource that would support you in your work? We would love to hear from you. Please contact Kristi Backe, our Curriculum and Professional Development Coordinator, using the form to the right!