December 2019 Newsletter
Engaging Youth and Families in Depoe Bay

This is Afterschool - Parent and Family Engagement
Computer Science still Missing for Many Oregon Youth
Computer science drives job growth and innovation throughout our economy and society. Computing occupations are the number 1 source of all new wages in the U.S. and make up over half of all projected new jobs in STEM fields (In Oregon, there are over 4,700 open computer science (CS) positions). However, there is still a shortage of schools offering CS learning opportunities: only 37% of Oregon high schools teach any computer science courses (8% lower than the national average of 45%). As partners in educating and equipping youth for their future, we can all be part of the solution to  improve access for all students, including groups who have traditionally been underrepresented.

The Microsoft Philanthropies TEALS (Technology Education and Literacy in Schools) Program connects high school classroom teachers with tech-industry volunteers to create sustainable CS programs. Volunteers support teachers as they learn to teach CS independently over time. There are currently 19 high schools in Oregon partnering with TEALS to send over 60 volunteers into the classroom (either in-person or virtually) this school year. These volunteers co-teach and coach educators to help support existing educators as they build their own capacity to become Computer Science educators. To learn more about bringing the TEALS Program to your school or about becoming a TEALS volunteer, visit their website.

While TEALS works primarily during the school day, they also provide a great example of bringing in expertise to allow students and educators to build skills alongside one another. As expanded learning partners around the state, we would love to share more of your examples of how you are participating in the upcoming Computer Science Education Week and Hour of Code celebrations around the world.
10 Fun and Free Family Holiday Ideas for 2019

Are you curious about how to connect STEM with family engagement? The  STEM Next Opportunity Fund has some simple ideas for you to share with families:

1. Learn a hobby together
2. Connect over community services
3. Give the gift of your time
4. Make car rides and bus rides "our time" with podcasts
5. Take apart adventures
6. Build with boxes
7. Bring back bedtime stories
8. Unleash talent with tools
9. Host a games and toys swap
10. Make together time around the TV

T o read more, click here And don't forget to recommend families do Hour of Code at home together if they have access to a device or pass along  'unplugged' lessons for at home.
The Final Afterschool Access & Equity Report is Coming!

Are you itching to know what we found out and what are the answers to those tough questions: Who doesn't have access? How can we all provide an equitable, inclusive environment for youth and families? We have done our best to hear from all of you around the state, from small and large programs, from communities of color, rural communities and youth themself. While there is always more information to collect, thank you to everyone who has participated in this process! We couldn't have done this without hundreds of programs taking our survey, dozens of communities opening their doors to host a focus group, and the hundreds of hours spent analyzing and synthesizing the data. 

In the end, we hope to adequately share the voice of youth, families, and programs in Oregon that clearly say there is more that could be done to meet the needs and provide support through expanded learning opportunities in communities across Oregon. 

We will be spending this month finishing the final report and interactive map of data to unveil on January 15th at our annual Day at the Capitol. We hope you can join us there to share firsthand the policy recommendations and data from your community with your state legislators. If you are interested in learning more about the final report or your community, you can reach out to Juan Soto and   make sure to share the  Interim Report  in preparation!
Join us in Salem on  January 15th, 2020

 OregonASK will be sharing our Quest for Quality stories with Oregon Legislators this December, preparing to join them in Salem on January 15th during Legislative Committee Days. This January visit will be just a few weeks before the Legislative Session as committees review the work done this fall and rules being enacted. Not only will we be talking about the implementation of Supporting Student Success Act, we will have community level data from our Afterschool Access & Equity Research to showcase the gaps and opportunities that clearly exist throughout the state. We hope that many programs will be able to join us in sharing what makes you unique in providing Quality expanded learning opportunities.   Let us know if you can join in by filling out THIS FORM.
Be Ready, 2 Weeks Ready!

OregonASK is participating in a the statewide  2 Weeks Ready Campaign, to help raise awareness to the growing need for child care providers and school age program providers to be prepared in case of a man-made or natural emergency for at least 2 weeks time. The campaign has worked on identifying resources, such as sample forms and checklists, and will be working closely with the Child Care Resource & Referral (CCR&R) Agencies to help disseminate this information as well as  holding community conversations about helping school age child care, afterschool, and youth serving programs be more emergency prepared.

Over the next two years, OregonASK will be traveling all over the state to hold community conversations with child care providers, school age programs, and community members to understand the resources and barriers that exist to them be 2 Weeks Ready. By the end of the two years, we will have a report drafted up with the findings on the current preparedness state Oregon's child care and school age programs are facing and steps that need to be taken to make sure all children are safe in the face of an emergency.

If you live in Washington County , please join us  January 28th from 7-8pm for a community conversation on increasing emergency preparedness in youth programs. Sign Up HERE.

To find out more about the campaign  click here or contact Kassy Rousselle .
Service Learning 101 Webinar!

Join OregonASK and Julie Rogers Bascom, a Service Learning Specialist from the National Youth Leadership Council (NYLC), for a webinar on  Tuesday, December 10th, 2019 . Participants will learn about the service learning framework, be introduced to the IPARD (Investigation, Planning, Action, Reflection, and Demonstration) process, and learn about future opportunities their program could implement. The webinar will kick off at  10:00 am PST and will cover some of the basics of service learning, how service learning supports youth voice and provide examples of what service learning can look like!

OregonASK will be offering professional development credit through the Oregon Center for Career Development at Portland State University, 1 hour of Set 1 Credit in Learning Environments and Curriculum (LEC) that program providers will be able to submit to the Oregon Registry after they've attended the webinar. To register for the webinar click here.

For questions regarding the webinar contact  Kassy Rousselle .
Showcase Your Program's Commitment to Wellness!

Accepting applications for the Oregon 2020 Afterschool Wellness Award until January 31st! This award highlights the connection between school and afterschool programs,  and the promotion and implementation of wellness activities.  Two Afterschool Programs  will be awarded the Oregon Afterschool Wellness award this year and receive $1,000 to further wellness efforts, statewide recognition, and a banner and plaque for their program.

These School Wellness Awards are a financial partnership between the Oregon Department of Education, the Nutrition Council of Oregon, and the Oregon Dairy and Nutrition Council to  provide financial support directly to exemplary practice programs.  OregonASK is excited and thankful to have been part of this work in adding the afterschool specific award to the existing wellness awards.  To complete an application and learn more about the awards,  head over to  Oregon Wellness Awards
2019-20 Save the Dates!

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
April 17th & 18th - Mind the Gap Spring Conference with ORAEYC & OregonASK 
June 5th -   OregonASK Partner Meeting

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