August  2019 Newsletter
What's the point of professional development?

Over the past year, OregonASK has been collecting stories & making videos that highlight the work being done to provide quality expanded learning opportunities in Oregon This month is a highlight on supporting quality through professional development, thanks to our partners at Champions. We were so moved to hear Aiko Sato's inspiring words around the importance of equipping afterschool professionals - check it out!

This is Afterschool - Supporting Quality through Professional Development
This is Afterschool - Supporting Quality through Professional Development
2019 Oregon Afterschool Conference 

Join professionals from all around Oregon on our quest for quality! Examine what makes quality afterschool and summer learning opportunities from the inside and out.

The conference will take place at Chemeketa Community College on 
November 2nd, 2019 from 9:00 am - 5:00 pm.
Cost: Early Bird Rate of $89 until September 30th; $99/person after September 30th.

Important registration information: This year's registration process allows each participant to select which workshop sessions they will attend. That means you'll need to take a look at the list of workshops to complete your registration. Sessions will fill up on a first come, first serve basis.  Please read through our  Conference Brochure  to select sessions and take a look at our  FAQ  to help answer any questions you may have.

If you are registering as a group, please reach out to Helene Hancock and you will receive a promo code to enter for each individual member of your party.

Welcome Aboard our New Quality Improvement Coordinator!

Leilan i Larsen is joining the OregonASK team as our full time Quality Improvement Coordinator.  Leilani earned  her Bachelor's of Science in Elementary Education with a Minor in Early Childhood Education and a Master's Degre e in Education from Oregon State University. She holds an Oregon Teaching License and Master Trainer certificate in the Oregon Registry.  Leilani is an advocate for building literacy with young children. She believes in building healthy and meaningful connections with children, parents, schools and community to build a bright future for children.

Leilani's 35 year career in the field of Education has journeyed through many paths. She has been a classroom teacher, school librarian, school coordinator for SMART (Start Making a Reader Today), owner of an afterschool program, afterschool teacher and program coordinator, school age specialist for OregonASK, and community volunteer. She has traveled to Australia for school and Hong Kong, Taiwan and Japan as a marketer for the Northwest Cherry Industry. Leilani is bicultural and a mother of three grown sons. These valuable experiences have helped her see learning and education from a spherical aspect. Leilani is the founder of the Cedar Mill Farmers' Market and enjoys reading to children in low income communities and giving away books.
FRAC Report demonstrating Summer Meals are Critical for Youth

Summer is a time for lounging by the pool, enjoying a picnic or barbecue, and, of course, catching up on the latest research on hunger, nutrition, and poverty! 

2019 Hunger Doesn't Take a Vacation Reports: Summer Nutrition and Summer Breakfast:  
Summer mea ls provided through the federally funded Summer Nutrition Programs play a critical role in closing
the summer nutrition gap that exists for far too many low-income families when the school year - and access to school meals - end. Food Research and Action Center's (FRAC) 2019 Hunger Doesn't Take a Vacation reports measure the reach of the Summer Nutrition Programs - lunch and breakfast- in July 2018 (nationally and in each state) and detail strategies for boosting summer meals participation.

Also, be sure to check out the complementary interactive map and tables with state-by-state data on participation in breakfast and lunch service through the Summer Nutrition Programs.
Summer may be ending soon, but youth in Independence are keeping their brains on this August

Farmworkers Housing Development Corporation (FHDC) and OregonASK are partnering up for a unique opportunity to participate in a national pilot program called CerebroEDU. This national Spanish/English project connects local experts with informal educators to provide culturally competent programming and media resources about the brain's structure and function to Latinx middle school students and their families. These culturally responsive hands-on activities help youth build knowledge to demystify the brain's structure and destigmatize the importance of mental health. 

OregonASK staff will support FHDC Colonia Libertad in connecting with local STEM educators and public health professionals to bring to life the exciting opportunities connected with neuroscience and important information to engage families in positive mental health practices.  This two week program will be kicking off with a family event August 1st and celebrating its completion with a family fiesta  August 15th.  You can learn more about this culturally specific project at .
Zero Robotics teams preparing for their final push

For the 5th summer in a row, OregonASK is partnering
with MIT and NASA to bring Zero Robotics to Oregon. Zero Robotics is a 5 week program where middle school students learn about computer programming, coding, and space engineering. This year, OregonASK is proud to announce 3 new hosts from St. Helens, North Portland, and Baker City, furthering the mission of exposing more youth to this unique experience.

Earlier this month, the Zero Robotics teams from across the state gathered at Oregon State University for a Field Day that included a campus tour and fun hands-on STEAM activities. Currently, students are hard at work with their respective teams solving the complex problem of using one satellite to rescue another satellite, all while navigating a field of space debris. On August 9th, teams will reconvene at OMSI to watch a live feed of astronauts on the international Space Station run the same computer codes their teams are working on today.
Access & Equity Update: Thank you to all participants! 

We have closed data collection for site staff and youth surveys and will spend the next months analyzing data from all our surveys and focus groups. Thank you to all programs who took time out of their busy schedules to participate in this project. We hope that by hearing directly from youth, families, and programs that we can make a stronger case for more resources and support in providing expanded learning opportunities in communities across Oregon. 

We'd also like to thank everyone who participated in our Data Design meeting in July. Your feedback has proved invaluable throughout this process and has helped shape this work we've undertaken. Data Design meetings this fall are scheduled on September 27th and October 24th, participants will be able to join online or at our office in Wilsonville. Both meetings will review updated data analysis and draft materials for implementation. Please contact if you would like to be added to the invitation list. 

The final report will be released later this year, but in the meantime, make sure to check out our
STEM Roundtable: M&M 2019

Exciting work and exciting conversations are happening around STEM! There is a shared optimism within the industry, and Microscopy and Microanalysis (M&M) has created an opportunity for industry partners to share innovative opportunities to collectively inspire, connect, 
                          and propel their efforts.

M&M is hosting a networking roundtable event at the Oregon Convention Center (C-124)  on 
Tuesday, August 6th from 8:30 am - 10:00 am.

In this discussion, M&M and participants will explore how working together to integrate varied resources within education, government, the nonprofit and for-profit business sectors, academia, and industry will have have broader, sustainable impacts on bridging K-12 outreach with undergraduate and graduate education, and increase the talent pool. 

No registration is required for this event, however if you are interested please let us know  here.
OregonASK VISTA Highlight

 OregonASK is still looking for a  dedicated and driven professional interested in being part of our team to make an impact in Oregon communities.  It is a full time, one year position: 
My Brother's Keeper VISTA  OregonASK will develop strong links to communities of color, community partners (community colleges/universities and workforce boards) and after school and summer learning programs to increase access to high-quality educational, enrichment and mentoring opportunities for youth of color.  To see more or apply for this position  click here .
2019 Save the Dates!
August 1st-  Oregon Afterschool Conference Registration OPEN

October 11th-  OregonASK Partner Meeting
October 11th & 12th - OregonAEYC Conference @ Mt Hood

October 24th- Lights On Afterschool 
November 2nd - Oregon Afterschool Conference "Quest for Quality"
January 10th - OregonASK Partner Meeting
January 15th - Afterschool & Summer Legislative Day at the Capitol
February 3rd  - March 6th: Oregon State Legislative Short Session 
April 10th - OregonASK Partner Meeting

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