Equity365 is an ongoing campaign focused on providing school board members and education leaders supportive information, stories, history and resources about equity, diversity and inclusion. The campaign began in late 2020 after the OSBA Board of Directors passed a new equity-related goal to improve student outcomes and education equity by providing members with tools, knowledge and skills to govern with excellence. Read the complete text of OSBA's goals and mission statement on the About Us tab.
OSBA offers effective sample board policies that include comprehensive policy drafting and maintenance. Contact the policy team for support with establishing an equity policy and/or reviewing your existing policies/practices through an equity lens.
- Sample board policies
Every Student Belongs: Updated Model policy ACB and ACB-AR
New legislation from the 2021 Legislature and updated rules from ODE requires districts, ESDs and public charter schools to adopt policies and procedures prohibiting hate symbols and requiring a procedure to address bias incidents.
Equity resource guide
Resources to support equity in education
Books, articles and podcasts to learn about the issues of equity, race and bias
Awareness months to celebrate diversity and promote understanding, respect and inclusion.
School board members to lead educational equity discussion
Tuesday, June 28, 2022The OSBA Oregon School Board Members of Color Caucus hopes to hold more community meetings.
OSBA Board issues ‘Call for Equity’
Monday, February 7, 2022The association codifies its commitment to supporting local school boards’ efforts to lift up all students.
Study calls for more support for superintendents of color
Thursday, January 27, 2022A survey of Oregon superintendents reveals shocking challenges and a path to greater leadership diversity.
Equity conference raises big questions
Monday, July 26, 2021OSBA’s final Summer Virtual Conference tackles implicit bias and ways to increase diversity and inclusiveness.
Oregon changes hair adornment rules for volleyball, cheerleading
Wednesday, July 21, 2021The Oregon School Activities Association is working to address barriers to inclusive sports participation.
School boards morph to look more like their students
Thursday, July 15, 2021Despite ugly racial undertones, the recent election expanded school board diversity in many areas.
House endorses school district educational equity advisory committees
Monday, June 14, 2021Education leaders, including OSBA, support the bill’s goals, and amendments ease concerns about onerous requirements.
Class-size bill with equity considerations moves forward
Monday, May 24, 2021The amended Senate Bill 580 would make class size a mandatory bargaining issue only in the schools serving students most in need.
Senate endorses educational equity advisory committees for school districts
Wednesday, May 5, 2021Under a bill passed Wednesday by the Senate, districts would need to set up committees to consider the needs of underrepresented students.
Racial Equity and Justice Student Collaborative would give students more voice
Wednesday, April 7, 2021A statewide body of students, predominantly from underserved communities, would be able to advise Oregon leaders.
School leaders hold key to unlocking all community voices
Tuesday, January 12, 2021With the school board election period approaching, members see recruiting diverse applicants as crucial to student success.
Oregon School Board Members of Color Caucus names new leaders
Monday, November 16, 2020The caucus works for the needs of students and supports school board members.
Oregon’s education leaders voice support for Black Lives Matter
Thursday, October 15, 2020A letter released Thursday aligns schools with the movement’s efforts to increase social justice and fight racism.
Sample policy helps school districts with hate symbols rule
Tuesday, October 13, 2020A new Oregon rule, “All Students Belong,” requires school districts to adopt policies by Jan. 1.
OSBA Board adopts new goal on equity-related issues
Monday, September 21, 2020‘OSBA will improve student outcomes and education equity by providing our members with tools, knowledge and skills to govern with excellence.’
State Board of Education prohibits hate symbols in Oregon schools
Friday, September 18, 2020School districts must create policies by Jan. 1.
School board members of color have the floor
Wednesday, July 29, 2020The Black Lives Matter protests have expanded opportunities to address systemic racism in schools.
School board statements against racism provide foundation for school change
Thursday, June 25, 2020Students and equity advocates say a public stance offers students assurance and support.
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