The History of Afterschool

This exciting new documentary about the history of our field will come out later this Spring- we can't wait! 
2017 Policy in Review
As we enter the New Year, it's a good time to look back at 2017 to review state policy from across the nation, and see how Oregon compared. Many states saw major development in state funding, and in a tough year for state budgets across the nation, many states fought back against what would have been large cuts in state funding streams for programs. States also made strides on issues from community partners for workforce/career and technical education to ESSA implementation and reporting. The areas of STEM, health and wellness, and summer were all focuses as afterschool advocates across the country continue working to support our children.

In 2017, OregonASK created a report with recommendations for the implementation of ESSA based on the feedback of the our  comprised of afterschool stakeholders, the Department of Education, and OregonASK partners. Learn more about our ESSA work HERE, to see our A Sustainable Pathway for All report. OregonASK also participated in the House Education Committee's Summer Learning Workgroup, convened by Representative Smith Warner. The  Smart Summers Report  was the product of this work, it explains the nature of summer learning, provides policy context for decision makers, and offers examples of how summer learning has made a difference for children in Oregon- and across the nation. This work has laid the foundation for the summer policy work of OregonASK in the 2018 and 2019 legislative sessions.

Join us on March 6th for our 2018 Day at the Capitol and join us celebration of afterschool and summer learning, sharing examples of why afterschool matters, and how afterschool works. Look for additional details coming soon! Here are some things we're reading as we look ahead to the 2018 session:
Program Funding Opportunities

Summer 2018 AspireIT K-12 Grant
While it might be frozen outside- now is the time to start thinking about summer! Funding for Summer 2018 AspireIT Programs opens in early February. Non-profit organizations can receive up to $3,000 to work with a member of the National Center for Women and Information Technology (NCWIT) Aspirations in Computing Community to offer a computing-based program for at least 10 girls in grades K-12. Applications will be due March 11, 2018. For a PDF version of the application, click here. Keep an eye on the program webpage for additional details in the new year!

New York Life Foundation Aim High Grants
The New York Life Foundation is seeking applicants for its  Aim High  grants to support afterschool, summer, or expanded learning programs serving middle schoolers.  Aim High  will provide $2.25M over three years to middle school afterschool, summer or expanded learning programs serving disadvantaged youth. A total of 26 grant awards - 8 more than last year -- will be made nationwide. There are 3 possible grant categories for organizations of different sizes. Read the full application and eligibility requirements, and register to join the webinar January 11th for more information. Applications are due January 26, 2018.
STEM Opportunities for High School Students

The Research Science Institute 

The Center for Excellence in Education (CEE) and Massachusetts Institute ofTechnology (MIT) co-sponsor the Research Science Institute (RSI), a six week program designed to nurture high school scholars to careers of STEM excellence. They are looking for 11th Grade STEM Students who have a desire to engage in unforgettable STEM research. 

The 2018 RSI Program will be held on the MIT campus June 24-August 4. The program is free to students, though they are excepted to cover travel costs to and from MIT. For more information about the program,  click here. For more information about the application process,  click here. Registration deadline is January 12. 

Invention Bootcamp

The Maseeh College of Engineering and Computer Science at Portland State University (PSU) is looking to recruit high school students for a four-week invention experience at PSU. The program is free and all students are encourage to apply, no STEM experience necessary! 

Students who participate in the program will develop skills, meet industry professionals, collaborate with their peers and college students at PSU, and learn what college life is about. To learn more about the program and apply, click here. Applications will be due Friday, March 2.
Register Today for Upcoming Professional Development Opportunities  

CryptoClub Training
Saturday January 20th 9am-5pm in Wilsonville
Saturday February 10th at Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum
Register Now for only $25
The  CryptoClub  curriculum teaches cryptography and mathematics to middle school age youth in afterschool settings. This training includes an educator manual and one youth workbook for  each participant, while providing st rategies to support the exploration of math and cryptography with CryptoClub Materials.

Web Literacy Clubs Training
Friday January 26th 9am-12pm
Register Now for FREE
This training will prepare participants to use the curriculum and set of Web Literacy digital badges developed by Mozilla. The Web Clubs give middle school aged students an opportunity to learn how to research on, design for, and understand the world wide web. Facilitators will have access to Mozilla Web Literacy Digital Badges learn how to award them to students who can then share their experiences with potential schools and employers.

Service to Careers Pilot
February 16th in Wilsonville 9am-12pm
Be part of our pilot Service to Careers project, using curriculum designed by OregonASK for middle and high school youth. Participants will be trained in facilitation of the service learning model, emphasizing youth voice. The other key piece of this experience is the direct connection with local workforce through regional workforce investment boards and industry partners. Register Now for FREE

National Afterschool Association Convention
Lead the Charge
March 18th-20th in Atlanta, GA
This years NAA Convention will be a partnership with the National 21st Century Community Learning Center conference, bringing together state 21st CCLC teams with NAA participants for this 3 day opportunity to Be Bold. Be Brave. Be Brilliant. Click here to find more information about this unique opportunity to increase collaboration with local, state and federal partners. 
Program Management  

OregonASK is offering a program management training series this winter for afterschool leaders who want to build their program management skills. All classes are approved for credit through the Oregon Registry and folks who work in licensed child care programs can apply for a  Cohort Scholarship . Attend one or the whole series. Space is limited so register right away! Visit our website for more details. 

All classes will be in-person in Wilsonville. Sessions include:

1/11/18: Staff Development- Building a Stronger Team
Set 2 | CKC: Program Management | 2 hours | Cost $30

1/25/18: Planning and Goal Setting for School Age Program Coordinators
Set 2  |  CKC: Program Management | 2 Hours | Cost $30

2/8/18: School Day Collaboration for Afterschool Programs
Set 2 | CKC: Family & Community Systems | 2 Hours | Cost: $30

2/22/8: Family Engagement Through Authentic Relationships
Set 2 | CKC: Family & Community Systems | 2 Hours | Cost: $30

3/8/18: Forming Community Partnerships in School Age Programs
Set 2 | CKC: Family & Community Systems | 2 Hours | Cost: $30

3/22/18: Using Data for Quality Improvement in School Age Programs
Set 2 | CKC: Observation & Assessment | 2 hours  |  Cost: $30

4/5/18 : Professionalism in Afterschool
Set 1 | CKC: Personal & Professional Leadership Development | 2 Hours | Cost: $20
OregonASK Expanding Opportunities 

OregonASK was awarded additional funding through the Afterschool Alliance from the Overdeck Family Foundation to continue supporting our STEM expanded learning policy work. In 2016, we started by creating a work group focused on STEM & CTE within the new Every Student Succeeds Act implementation plan. From the work group, OregonASK compiled a report of recommendations that has been shared with partners, stakeholders and legislators. The additional funding will support the expansion of our outreach efforts by focusing on engaging district administrators, drafting School Board Policies and building regional champions who can connect to statewide efforts.  

These efforts will also compliment on ongoing Family & Community Engagement and Equity & Access work. As we connect to communities around Oregon, we will look to engage youth, parents, community members and key decision makers, particularly from underserved populations around the state. 

Please join us at our quarterly Partner Meeting on January 12th as we talk more about upcoming Opportunity Grant projects in the coming year and have some exciting conversation facilitated by Jan Calvin. Contact  Katie Lakey   with any questions. 
Fostering Grade Level Reading Project
collaborating to get all children reading at grade level by third grade

Both libraries and afterschool programs have a role in supporting beginning readers, but lack high-quality resources that work well for drop-in and other informal learning settings. Washington County Cooperative Library Services (WCCLS), in partnership with OregonASK, received a federal Library Services and Technology Act grant from the State Library to research and develop resources for public libraries and out-of-school time programs to implement evidence-based literacy programs for children in K-3rd grade who are learning to read. The project team will consist of staff from WCLSS and OregonASK, along with four experts- two children's librarians and two reading specialists- one of each can speak, read, and write proficiently in both Spanish and English. With these resources librarians and afterschool providers will be able to offer literacy activities for beginning readers with confidence in knowing they are based in research and known best-practices.
National Summer Learning Day- July 12, 2018

Mark your calendars now for Summer Learning Day!  National Summer Learning Day is 
a national advocacy day aimed at elevating the importance of keeping kids learning, safe and healthy every summer, ensuring they return to school in the fall ready to succeed in the year. Your participation sends a powerful message across the nation that summers matter and offers an opportunity to showcase how summers can make a life-changing difference in the lives of young people.

2018 resources will be coming soon, check out the 2017 Summer Learning Day Resources  to start your planning now!
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