February, 2016

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

PDX EXA! Workshops in February.
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.
Upcoming Trainings

BirdSleuth: Habitat Connections Ornithology Curriculum for Afterschool Programs

In this training, participants will explore the curriculum Cornell Ornithology: Habitat Connections and strategies for implementing 10 lessons of hands on science activities. Participants will also explore how to use citizen science tools to create learning opportunities in the field. Training participants will receive 7 hours of Set Two credit from the Oregon Registry in the Core Knowledge category of Learning Environments and Curriculum.

Participants will receive curriculum kits from Cornell University, and other prizes!

Event Information:            
Saturday, February 27th, 2016
9 AM - 4 PM
Oregon Child Development Coalition Building
9140 SW Pioneer Ct
Wilsonville, OR 97070

Educator training on Automotive Inventing  for Kids with Ed Sobey

Join us for an incredible day with Ed Sobey.

Automotive Inventing for Kids is a fu ll day  workshop designed for educators to ignite the inventor in school-aged students through hands-on creation of amazing vehicles!

Saturday, April 9th, 2016
World of Speed Motorsports Museum,
Lunch Included
9 AM - 4:30 PM

Stars In Afterschool
Please join us in honoring Colin Crane-Smith, Lead Teacher for Airway Science for Kids, Inc. with this OregonASK Excellence In Expanded Learning Award!

Colin joined Airway Science for Kids, Inc. in May 2015 and has taken off in his role as ASK's Lead Instructor. 

He facilitates InFlight Classes at PCC - Cascade with middle and high school youth, introducing them to flight through simulation and guiding them in Science, Technology, Engineering, Aviation arts, and Math activities. His enthusiasm and creativity allow him to engage students in exciting topics such as the physics of flight, as well as important leadership and life skills.

This year Colin also taught ASK's first groups of elementary aged youth, leading classes of first and second grade students in an aviation based curriculum to much success. He also facilitated the MIT Zero Robotics computer programing camp this summer with 10 middle school youth from the N/NE Portland community who placed 2 nd in the regional competition.

As Airway Science for Kids, Inc. has grown by leaps and bounds, Colin has been key to maintaining a high quality of programing for the growing population of Airway Science students and staff. When he isn't teaching, he mentors new ASK Instructors in curriculum and program implementation, ensuring fidelity and continuity while providing tremendous support to instructors new to Airway Science for Kids, Inc.

OregonASK is proud to honor Colin and all he does for afterschool with the first Excellence in Expanded Learning Award, meant to honor the teachers, directors, and staff whose dedication supports the quality of experience in the field of expanded learning for kids. Along with the award itself, Colin will receive $50.00 from OregonASK and free registration for next year's Oregon Afterschool Conference.

Opportunity YOU at Five Oaks Middle School

Opportunity YOU is a homework club (and much more!) started this past fall at Five Oaks Middle School, the highest poverty impacted middle school in Beaverton School District, to attempt to reverse the achievement gap by creating opportunities for Five Oaks students.
The program was initially proposed by Eric McGuire, a 22-year veteran Social Studies teacher at Southridge High School in Beaverton. The structure and implementation of the program was done by a larger committee of teachers and Shirley Brock, Principal at Five Oaks. Over the past 10 years he has begun to focus on the widening achievement gap within our education system, particularly noticing homework as an area of inequity where those without resources fall farther behind.

Read the entire Article HERE
Contact Eric McGuire if you'd like to know more or become involved with Opportunity YOU. 
ESSA: What does it mean for afterschool and summer learning?

The Every Student Succeeds Act ( ESSA) was signed into law by President Obama in December effectively reauthorizing the Elementary and Secondary Education Act - but what does ESSA mean for afterschool and summer learning program providers?

The Afterschool Alliance presented a webinar breaking down what the new law says regarding funding and policy for afterschool and summer learning programs, whether through the 21st Century Community Learning Centers initiative, STEM afterschool provisions, full service community schools, or other programs. This introductory webinar is first in a series of five webinars to be held in the coming months that will go into depth on a variety of programs and topics in ESSA relevant to afterschool programs and providers.

You can watch the archived webinar  here.

Updates on OregonASK
  • OregonASK is working with 7 YMCA afterschool site directors on attaining the Oregon School Age Credential. The cohort will meet over the next 6 months for guided reflection activities, writing assignments, school age specific training, and support in getting their portfolio together. This cohort is part of a larger plan to increase the amount of training the YMCA staff get in order to meet the Personnel Qualifications of Oregon's QRIS.
  • The OregonASK team is working with three 21st CCLC programs and one multi-site Park and Rec afterschool program on quality observations and assessment based on Oregon's Quality Standards for Afterschool and Summer Programs developed by OregonASK in 2005 and revised in 2012.
  • Thanks to a mini-grant from NAA, Susan Hamann will be starting a program management training cohort in rural Oregon this spring using the Beyond the Bell toolkit

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