December, 2015

NCCE Conference
February 24-26 in Seattle, WA
Keynote Cheryl Strayed 

PDX EXA! Workshop on  Sunday December 6th 1pm to 4pm
Experiential introduction to 500-hour training program combining movement-focused expressive arts education with the lessons and psychology of early childhood development. 
PDX EXA! is a 500-hour program taught by one of Portland's leading expressive arts educators, Lanie Bergin, M.Ed. 
Lanie Bergin is an Expressive Arts educator & therapist with a unique approach to the art of learning. She is an Oregon Registry Master Trainer with over 25 years of teaching experience.

Joy Maker Challenge

This year, for the sixth year in a row, generationOn is putting on the Joy Maker Challenge. The Joy Maker Challenge connects youth ages 5-18 to meaningful hands-on volunteer service activities during the holidays. Kids and teens across the country can get involved by completing service projects and sharing their story for a chance to win grants. For each kid or teen who volunteers as part of the campaign, Hasbro will donate a toy or game to Toys for Tots at a national level, up to 1 million dollars' worth. It's free and easy to participate! 
  1. Visit the Joy Maker Challenge microsite at to sign up and get volunteer project ideas and lesson plans. 
  2. Plan and implement a volunteer project. 
  3. If you are already planning a volunteer project, that counts!
  4. Share your story to be eligible to win grants! One grand prize winner will get $1000 service grant while an additional 20 winners will receive a $250 grant. 
"How Statewide Afterschool Networks Increase Investment in Afterschool"
While there is broad national consensus that afterschool programs are effective and useful, many states struggle to fund or develop them equitably. However, state-level advocates, known as Statewide Afterschool Networks (SANs), are increasingly helping to coordinate and encourage increased investment where afterschool funding or resources are needed. Drawing on interviews with state leaders, this brief illustrates how SANs are most effectively pushing for increased investment in afterschool programs, resources, and policies, and how their work can often make the difference in building high-quality programs in communities that need them the most. Click Here to read the brief.
Thank You to All Who Joined Us! 
Oregon Afterschool Conference 2015 Wrap Up

Many thanks to  Corey Newhouse for guiding participants and students from Umatilla in an extraordinary keynote that explored and expressed the foundations of student success in afterschool and summer! 

CLICK HERE to check out photos from Oregon Afterschool Conference 2015 
New AmeriCorps VISTA!
OregonASK is thrilled to announce that Malachite Wyld has joined the OregonASK team as a Wellness and Nutrition AmeriCorps VISTA. OregonASK
has a long history of partnering with the Afterschool Alliance to
host Americorps VISTAs, and Malachite will be our very first VISTA to focus specifically on Wellness and Nutrition projects. 
Malachite br ings both a strong passion for food equity and experience with afterschool and summer programs to her role at OregonASK. She will spend her time developing our Wellness and Nutrition initiative, which includes our W/N (Wellness/Nutrition) Curriculum and the SL3 Project. Please help us welcome her to the OregonASK team!

Upcoming Training

Educator training on Automotive Inventing for Kids with Ed Sobey 
Join us for an incredible day with Ed Sobey. Automotive Invention for Kids is a full day workshop designed for educators to ignite the inventor in school-aged students through hands-on creation of amazing vehicles!
This training will be hosted by the World of Speed Automotive Museum, home to an inspiring collection of cars and the stories behind their designs.
Saturday, January 9th, 2016
World of Speed Automotive Museum, Wilsonville
Lunch Included 
9 AM - 4:30 PM
ESEA Reauthorization Moving Forward
The conference committee in charge of drafting a compromise for the re-authorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act took just two days to agree upon language that will replace the well-known No Child Left Behind law, currently governing state education requirements. 

Thanks to many of you and thousands of advocates around the country, we are excited to say the new legislation maintains the only dedicated federal funding for afterschool, 21st Century Community Learning Centers, as a standalone funding stream! Whether you receive 21st CCLC funds directly or not, the $1.1 billion annually allocated toward afterschool sets a huge precedent for the importance of expanded learning opportunities and allows billions more to be utilized in collaboration. 

We encourage you to take a minute to reach out to  Your US Representative  to let them know how important it is to have federal support for expanded learning opportunities, as we all struggle to find funding that will allow us to keep our doors open for the neediest of youth and families. This legislation is projected to be voted on in the House of Representatives later this week and in the Senate next week. You can find out more about  21st CCLC  funding and  how to connect with your policy makers  at  Afterschool Alliance .
Summer Learning at the Capitol February 24th  

Join us in Salem on  February 24th for our Annual Afterschool and Summer Learning Day at the Capitol. OregonASK will be working with the Summer Learning Partnership, Representative Smith Warner, Representative Nathanson and other champions to help build awareness and gain support for Expanding Summer Learning Opportunities in Oregon! We hope you are able to join us in Salem or make a call to one of your legislators to help spread the word about Summer. You can  Register Here to have us make an appointment for you,  Find Your Legislator to make an appointment yourself or use this   sample script to call your legislator.

Hope to see you in Salem on  February 24th and be on the lookout for more information coming soon about Oregon Legislative Days, happening January 13th, 14th and 15th at the Capitol!

Girls' Math Identity NIC
The Girls' Math Identity NIC (Networked Improvement Comm
ittee) is a new project aimed at improving middle school girls' math identity as a way to broaden participation in STEM.  Mathematics identity refers to a person's beliefs, attitudes, emotions, and dispositions about mathematics and their resulting motivation and approach to learning and using mathematics knowledge. 
Girls' Math Identity NIC hopes to advance research and practice on developing a strong math identity in girls. 

Check out more information about The Girls' Math Identity HERE and find more information about how math identity relates to math success can be found HERE.
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