February 2022
Save these 2022 Upcoming Opportunities!

February 9th: OregonASK Equitable STEM & CTE Committee RSVP HERE

February 17th: Advocating for Expanded Learning Webinar RSVP HERE

February 18th: New to OregonASK Session RSVP HERE

February 21st: 'Virtual' Day/Week at the Capitol - Sign Up Here to Connect with your Legislator

February 23rd: Why are YOU an Engineer Virtual Youth Event Sign Up HERE

February 24th: Commitment to Quality Committee RSVP HERE

March 4th: OregonASK Virtual Partner Meeting 9-11am RSVP HERE

June 4th: OregonASK Partner Meeting RSVP HERE
Expanded Learning Supporting Equity
This February, join us in sharing one key message with your state and local decision-makers: Expanded Learning Supports Equitable Opportunities for Oregon Youth

Over the last 2 years, expanded learning partners have proven they will do Whatever It Takes to meet the needs of youth and families. However, we can see that our current summer learning system is disjointed, and made up of a patchwork of providers with little access to public funding - reinforcing privilege and inequitable access. When thinking about a coordinated system that would support youth and families during the summer, we must think strategically and long term.

Sign Up Here to Join us in sharing key messages with state Legislators this month.
Got questions about what to say? Join us on February 17th from 10-11am
New year, new staff: Meet our 2022 additions!
Paw Klu Htoo (She/her/hers)

Hello, my name is Paw Klu Htoo and my pronouns are she, her/hers. I am currently attending Portland State University majoring in Child, Youth, and family studies. During the internship, I am looking forward to gaining a better understanding of the rules and policies making process. I am also excited to learn how to research and create a survey.

Moises Enamorado (He/him/el)

Hello everyone! My name is Moises Enamorado and my pronouns are he/him/el. I graduated from California State Long Beach University where I received my Bachelor's degree in Environmental Science and Policy. My position with OregonASK is Communications VISTA which means that I will be dealing with the Communications side of things such as conducting outreach, posting social media content, and assisting with the monthly newsletters. I'm grateful for this opportunity and I'm excited to be a part of the team!
Aligning Systems at ODE Letter to Community Partners

As stated by Assistant Superintendent Scott Nine, "This letter is intended to reach community-based organizations, culturally specific organizations, advocacy groups, non-profit, business, and faith leaders who provide in and out-of-school support for young people and their families in relationship to Oregon’s K-12 education systems." They are proposing a large alignment of 6 state and federal funding programs.

"By aligning these systems and programs, our hope is to create more time and less complicated ways for educational leaders to support students while addressing administrative confusion and burden, a long-held concern...we want to make the right work easier."

ODE is inviting community partners to discuss the vital role of community organizations and partners in helping this process come to life in each and every Oregon community. They’ve arranged two sessions that will both include presentation and 45 minutes of dialogue. Use the links below to sign up and join the conversation.
• Thursday, February 10th from 9-10:30 a.m. (Register Here!)
• Wednesday, March 9th from 3-4:30 p.m. (Register Here!)
Upcoming Training Opportunities

Please use THIS LINK to tell us what Spring Training Opportunities you are looking for. If you don't find what you were looking for here, check out our Training Calendar as well.
February 12th In-Person STEM Opportunity

Expanded learning educators that work with middle school-aged youth are invited to join a free workshop offered as part of a NASA-funded project called PLANETS (Planetary Learning that Advances the Nexus of Engineering, Technology, and Science). PLANETS is an out-of-school time program for educators and youth in grades 3–8 that provides STEM learning with an emphasis on NASA planetary science and engineering, particularly for underserved audiences using principles of diversity, equity, access, and inclusion.

PLANETS has developed a free STEM education curriculum for Out-of-School Time that is easy to use and supports access to quality STEM education resources for OST educators and youth. Individuals that register, complete the workshop, implement this new curriculum, as well as complete a short follow-up assignment will be eligible for a small stipend of $400. Register HERE now- just a few spots left!

The workshop will take place from 9am-3pm, in-person at the Airway Science for Kids building in Portland (3710 North Mississippi Ave.) Lunch will be provided.
March 5th Discover Science with Dr Bear

We will be offering this FREE STEM elementary-based training online this March. Participants who utilize curriculum and complete survey will be eligible for a $25 gift card.

Discover SCIENCE with Dr. Bear is a STEM-focused program that brings preventative health activities to children and families in K-5, using hands-on, brains-on, art-focused activities in a variety of settings. The activities focus on personal, family, and community health and introduce science concepts by making a personal connection to wellbeing. Earn $25 per program for participation in training and evaluation!
Apoyando a los jóvenes a través de las relaciones familiares y de mentores - 12 de Marzo
March 12th Supporting Youth Through Family and Mentor Relationships training (In Spanish)

Las familias son los educadores y cuidadores principales de los niños. Los invitamos a que nos acompañen en la conversación de como podemos trabajar juntos con las familias para apoyar el desarrollo optimo de los niños en nuestros programas.
Conjunto 2, Familias y sistemas comunitarios, 2 horas

We invite you to join the conversation about how we can work together with families to support the optimal development of children in our programs. This training will be given in Spanish as participants examine their own programmatic systems which support the daily interactions between staff and participants in their programs. Participants will explore strategies on how to engage families in their programs as well as examine their current practices to understand how they can be more inclusive of the families they serve.
National Leap into Science Week
February 21-27, 2022  

National Leap into Science Week is an annual celebration of science and literacy learning for all participating educators, state leaders, and organizations across the country, to increase awareness for science and literacy learning in community settings.

Educators across the country are celebrating by hosting science & literacy workshops with their communities. Join in the fun by reading your favorite children’s book or engaging in a hands-on STEM activity. Share your stories and use the hashtags #LeapWeek and #LeapIntoScience and tag @TheFranklin and @NGCProject on social media to participate. To find a Leap into Science workshop near you, visit The Connectory.
Career Exploration with Possible Futures:
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As part of OregonASK's STEM work, Million Girls Moonshot has connected us with Jobs for the Future. We have worked with them on developing a mini-series in career exploration and skill building. You can also join another training series provided by JFF to introduce participants to the conceptual and technical aspects of the Possible Futures Career Exploration Curriculum. Registration coming soon -- contact bethany.thramer@oregonask.org with questions.
February 22nd @ 10am-12pm
  • Employability Skills for Success – Learners develop essential employability skills through lessons on Growth Mindset, Collaboration, Communication, and Self-regulation.
March 3rd @ 9am-11am
  • Lenses on the Future – Learners chart a path to future success using the lenses of Self, Security, and Society. Lessons are designed to help them identify their personal interests and strengths, research various colleges and careers, consider the life they want to lead, and explore potential ways they can contribute to society.

Mizzen by Mott 2021 Highlights
Mizzen By Mott has released their "Greatest Hits of 2021" for the most used and popular activities available to anybody- Check them out HERE!
Opportunities for Youth
February 14-18, 4-6pm
The Hip Hop Architecture Camp introduces middle and high school aged youth of color to architecture, urban planning, creative place making and economic development through the lens of hip hop culture. Camp participants work with architects, urban planners, designers, community activists and hip hop artists to design new visions for their community. All youth will receive a free Hip Hop Architecture Bag with materials and swag items prior to the event.
The Hip Hop Architecture Camp is free and open to Oregon youth of color and allies, grades 7-12- no previous experience required!
Why YOU are an Engineer! Youth Virtual Event with Intel
February 23rd, 3:30-4:30pm
This National Engineers Week, join Intel and the Oregon ASK network for an engaging virtual STEM activity with real Intel engineers!

This activity is for students in upper elementary school. Please help make sure students have a few basic materials available including a stack of books, a piece of paper, and small weighted objects such as coins or erasers. RSVP HERE to join us!
Flight Crew with National Girls Collaborative

The Moonshot Flight Crew™ is a cohort of youth advocates who are committed to creating equity for girls in STEM. The Flight Crew is open to youth ages 13 to 18 who identify as female, gender-expansive, or outside of the identity of cis-gender male. Youth must have participated in or are currently participating in out of school STEM learning activities and/or programs. They are looking for young scientists, engineers, inventors, builders, and leaders who have been inspired by their experience outside of the school classroom. Tell them about you, what your STEM learning experiences have been, and how these experiences are helping you to become a scientist or engineer.

Youth should Apply Here by February 25th.
Connecting to OregonASK Online

Find our previous Monthly Newsletters Online HERE and make sure to visit OregonASK.org for more local resources!

Make sure to sign up for our New to OregonASK Partner meeting on February 18th and RSVP HERE for our quarterly Partner Meeting online March 4th.
OregonASK Expanded Learning Partnership
Wilsonville, OR 97070
Want to stay up to date on OASK events as well as general OST information?