February 2020 Newsletter
The State of Access & Equity of Afterschool in Oregon

On January 15th, OregonASK was joined by Oregon House Majority Leader Representative Barbara Smith Warner, Oregon PTA President, Kristi Dillie, and Corvallis School District teacher, Avi Hernandez at the press conference in the Capitol to share the release of the long awaited State of Access & Equity of Afterschool in Oregon report. Rep. Smith Warner shared inspiring words on the opportune time we have to use this valuable data in shaping Student Success efforts to meet the needs of those underserved youth who lack access to so many opportunities that inspire, enrich, and provide essential support in building successful futures. We will be back in Salem on  February 4th to share an informational  presentation with the Oregon  Senate Education Committee  about this report during legislative session. 

Definitions of Expanded Learning Opportunities 
Word of the Month

Accessthe ability, right, liberty, and/or permission to enter, use, or engage in  a particular facility, program, or group. In afterschool, barriers to access include transportation, food, fees, waiting lists, language, cultural expectations (for example, girls stay home and take care of younger children)  and in some areas,  lack of any program. 
Mind the Gap Spring Conference April 17th & 18th
Registration Opening February 18th for only $100 per day

The Spring Conference "Mind the Gap" is right around the corner! OregonASK and the Oregon Association for Education of Young Children (ORAEYC) are working together to build collaborative systems & partnerships that help ensure no child falls through the cracks.  Both days will consist of engaging and exciting workshops for Early Learning providers and School Age programs. 

The conference will take place at Linn-Benton Community College 
Friday April 17th and Saturday April 18th 

Saturday Keynote by Dr. Johnny Lake, "Lighting A Spark in Every Child"
Kids Included Together (KIT) will be hosting workshops all day Friday and Saturday on meaningful engagement for kids with disabilities & inclusive behavior practices. 
O ther sessions topics will include Summer Program Planning, STEM, Art, Wellness, and Literacy.

Registration with session selection will open up on February 18th, to find out more contact Leilani Larsen or click here.
 Building Equity through Authentic Parent and Family Engagement with Oregon MESA 
This is Afterschool - Building Equity through Authentic Parent and Family Engagement
Looking for Pilots....Program Pilot Sites that is

Service to Careers 
Helping youth dive deeper in their community & amplifying youth voice.
Service to Careers is a ten week, youth voice led curriculum meant for middle school aged youth, developed by OregonASK for out-of-school time programs. Service to Careers uses the Service Learning Framework that goes deeper than the usual Community Service. Clubs choose a health/wellness issue to focus on that affects their community, create a project to address the issue, interview a representative from local Workforce Boards and/or Industry partner to inform the project process, and carry out the service project. This program capitalizes on youth interest and guides them through service learning model while increasing awareness on health careers and resources in their own community. If you are interested in this pilot program and learning about the Service Learning framework click here or please contact Kassy Rousselle.

Veterans' Legacies
Veteran's Legacies is partnering with OregonASK to pilot the Mighty Endeavor Curriculum throughout Oregon. This pilot is going on now through March of 2020, and you can still join in! Participating programs, libraries, and classrooms will have the opportunity to use the curriculum to guide youth through an interview with a Veteran or Civilian according to the curriculum you choose. That interview will then be archived on the Veteran's Legacies Website for future generations. There will be a short online check-in with OregonASK in February where all participating programs will have a chance to discuss their progress. At the end of the pilot, programs will be sent evaluations for both the youth and facilitators to complete. If you would like to participate in this pilot, please contact Colleen Dorfler.

Recognizing & Incorporating National African American History Month 

This February, we hope you might be able to take time to celebrate and remember the generations of African Americans who struggled with adversity to achieve full citizenship in American society. You can find dozens of lesson plans and resources for educators cultivated by the Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum online. This weeks feature; Folkways Recordings from the Smithsonian providing audio and lesson plans on musical excerpts from history. 
Shaping Summer Experiences: Opportunities to Promote Healthy Development and Well-being for Children and Youth

With support from the  Robert Wood Johnson Foundation  and the  Wallace Foundation , the  National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine  convened a committee of experts in 2018 to study and prepare a report on the state of the sciences, and how summertime experiences affect school age children across education, health, and safety. Released in late 2019,  the report  put forth a number of recommendations to inform federal, state, local, and organizational decision-makers on developing programs and policies to support the healthy development and learning of all children during the summer months.

Don't miss the opportunity to hear committee  members  speak about some recommendations, what action practitioners  can take and areas of future research on  Wednesday, February 19, 2020 at 11am PT.   Register now for this FREE Webinar!
Highlights from the Field....
While out on delivery with an Oregon Afterschool Conference door prize,  OregonASK had the pleasure of visiting a well-established program that has been serving the Forest Grove community for nearly a dozen years. The Forest Grove School District has a 21st Century Community Learning Center Grant that funds programming at Tom McCall Elementary school. The program offers 32 clubs like chess/games, yearbook, band, orchestra, dance/hip hop, gaming, soccer, chicos, arts and crafts, astronomy, homework help and more! During the school year, Tom McCall Elementary Extended Day Program serves 482 students!

Melissa Guzman-Rojas, the CLC Program Specialist/ELD outreach at Tom McCall Elementary School CLC, is excited to use the new BEPA kit, which aligns to State standards for Health and Physical activity, to provide fun, age appropriate, hassle-free brain boosts!
Help Review Student Success Plans from Around Oregon

The Oregon Department of Education invites you to submit a short application to serve on a Quality Assurance and Learning Panel to support the implementation of Oregon's Student Investment Account (SIA). The SIA represents close to $500 million in non-competitive grant funds from Student Success Act funding available to all Oregon school districts and eligible charter schools. They are looking for a diverse group of stakeholders w ho can help :
* Support public understanding and grow confidence in the implementation of the SIA;
* Create conditions conducive for learning across districts and communities; and
* Support ODE's review efforts with a quality check.

If you are willing and able to commit one full day (9am-5pm) to review ODE's evaluation of SIA application submissions in person in Salem, you can  Apply Here to be a Panelist. We are excited to invite you all as community partners to join in this process to create accountability and authenticity in serving all of Oregon's youth and families. Apply by February 12th if interested or find out more about the entire Student Success process online
2020 Save the Dates!

February 3rd  - March 6th: Oregon State Legislative Short Session

February 24th-28th: Leap into Science Week

April 10th: OregonASK Partner Meeting

April 18th & 19th: Oregon PTA Conference
May 14th:  MESA Demo Day
June 5th:  OregonASK Partner Meeting

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