July 2018 Newsletter
Oregon Afterschool Conference Workshop Highlight

Meet Dr. Carol Tang, one of our workshop presenters for the  Oregon Afterschool Conference  November 3, 2018.  
She will be presenting on Design Challenges at Chemeketa Community College in Salem for OAC 2018.

Currently, Dr. Carol Tang is the Executive Director of the Children's Creativity Museum with a mission to nurture creativity and collaboration in all children and families. The museum serves over 100,000 visitors annually in the San Francisco area, including 17% coming through free access initiatives. Previously, Carol was a Program Officer at the S.D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation overseeing strategic grant making for its out-of-school time and character development portfolio.
Carol was Director of the National Coalition for Science After School and head of Exhibits and Public Programs at the California Academy of Sciences during their 2008 re-opening. In 2012, Carol received a   California "Leading Women in STEM" award   and was part of the   Museum Leaders of the Future   initiative of the California Association of Museums. She now serves on the Board of Directors of the National Afterschool Association and How Kids Learn Foundation.

Join Dr. Carol Tang, our Keynote Sadiq Ali and several hundred afterschool & summer partners from around Oregon as we explore  Expressing Yourself  while supporting youth to do the same.

You can still Apply here to be a presenter, Apply to Host an Exhibitor Table or c ontact Lisa Kensel , our 2018  Conference Coordinator, with any questions.
Make Summer Learning a Priority in Oregon

With another beautiful Oregon Summer upon us, now is a crucial time to help inform policy makers, community members and education partners about the importance of supporting all youth in accessing quality summer learning opportunities. Below, are several resources you can use to share with key decision makers and partners in your area. 

Is Summer Breaking America's Schools: In this U.S. News article, author Seth Cline pulls insights from Matthew Boulauy, founder and CEO of National Summer Learning Association, Beth Unverzagt, Director of OregonASK, and Ellie Mitchell, Director of Maryland Out-of-School Time, about the dangers of the Summer Slide for our children. The article itself cites some very critical data about how we may be missing a key opportunity for reaching underserved youth. 

"Our American States" Podcast, produced by the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) is where you hear compelling conversations.  Last week the NCSL podcast aired an episode entitled "Summer Learning Programs Closing the Achievement Gap," featuring guests Matthew Boulay from the National Summer Learning Association and Oregon's own Representative Barbara Smith Warner. 
The podcast gives insight into how summer school was once seen as a punitive measure, instead of what it really can be:  a time to grow & explore. Research continues to show that students of all ages and grades often suffer from a "summer slide," or summer learning loss that makes re-entry to school in the fall more difficult. Listen Now to hear how this slide cumulatively widens the achievement gap and how engaging summer learning programs can mitigate those effects. Click Here for a look at OregonASK's Smart Summer's Report and other summer resources.

Chief State School Officers on Summer Learning
State chiefs across the country are working to ensure educational equity for all students. The strategies, stakeholders and solutions may vary but the end game for education leaders is the same:  each and every student - regardless of background - graduating ready for college, careers and life . Read and share the Summer Playbook for State Education Agencies to see how NSLA has helped education agencies understand their ability to harness the power of summer.

What are you doing July 12, 2018...? 
It's National Summer  Learning Day 

National Summer Learning Day is a national advocacy day aimed at elevating the importance of  k eeping kids learning, safe and  healthy every summer, ensuring they return to school in the Fall ready  t o succeed.  If you don't  have something planned already, see what else is happening or   Click Here for some ideas to get your program to get involved on July 12th!
Summer Meals Help Bridge the Gap 

Summer Food offers nutritious meals to combat childhood hunger and is offered at hundreds of participating summer sites around Oregon, including schools, parks and non-profit organizations.  Meals are available for any child 18 and under without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability. CLICK HERE to read the full press release or use some of the resources below to help spread the word:
Calling all 7th-8th Grade Girls!

In a collaboration with IBM, OregonASK is promoting CyberDay4Girls at Mt. Hood Community College. The program is part of a national effort to increase the number of women in cyber security. This one day event is designed to help build students' knowledge of cyber security with fun, hands-on activities. Students will also learn about exciting careers and be introduced to inspiring female role models studying and working in the field. This event has been organized for 7th-8th grade girls who may or may not already be interested in STEM. 

There is a limited number of spots, don't wait,  Apply Here  for a travel stipend to let us know if you will be able to bring 1-4 girls to the event in Gresham.  Read more about this event   here .
Upcoming Training Opportunities 
O regonASK is starting a cohort of programs to participate in national Learning Community based on the  CryptoClub  curriculum. The curriculum teaches cryptography and mathematics to middle school age youth in afterschool settings. The new  CryptoClub website  will be utilized to connect educators with others around Oregon and the country to share resources and information. Training includes an educator manual and one youth workbook.
August 6th in Wilsonville from 9am-1pm -  Register Now

This youth voice led curriculum is meant for middle school aged youth, and has been developed by OregonASK as a ten week curriculum for out-of-school time programs to create a Service to Careers Club. There will be a Fall Cohort of programs piloting the revised curriculum. 
Training is  August 24th online from 9-11am -   Register Now
This project focuses on utilizing web and digital literacy resources to help youth build skills that can be captured and shared out in digital badges. Badges can be awarded in computer science specific skills or more generally applicable employability skills such as teamwork and communication. 
August 31st from 9am-1pm in Wilsonville - 

Leap into Science
A a national program that integrates open-ended science activities with children's books,
 designed for children ages 3-10 and their families. This training provides techniques and strategies for engaging youth and their families within an accessible and familiar setting and includes a kit of materials.  Register below or c ontact  Rachel Kessler  with questions.
September 14th & 15th in  Southern Oregon
September 20th at  Beaverton City Library -  Register Now  
Summer Program Opportunities 

There is A LOT happening this summer in Oregon that kids enjoy and keeps them busy!

ChickTech is sponsoring   60 high school girls  to attend the  ACT-W Portland Conference , the largest women in tech conference in Portland. Students will attend as  VIP's, gaining  access to special sessions, career coaching, and a dedicated lunch! Click Here to register now.

Summer Reading Program Kids birth to high school can register to be part of the statewide program while earning great prizes!  Register at your  local Library  branch , r ead or be read to, keep track of your time and b ring your Reading Log back to the library to collect your prizes!

Museums for All  initiative is a zero to low cost option that opens museums to more underserved communities and encourages families to visit museums more often.  Click Here to see participating sites in Oregon
Child Care Development Block Grant (CCDBG) state plans open for stakeholder comments

Stakeholder feedback is now being solicited in every state on their 2019-2021 Child Care Development Block Grant (CCDBG) plan also known as Child Care Development Fund (CCDF).  For the afterschool stakeholders, these plans present a large opportunity to educate the community about thousands of school age  youth served with CCDBG funding in each state. In Oregon, 52% of youth served by subsidy are school age children (between 5 and 13 years old).

The CCDF State Plan maps Oregon's response to federal requirements under the Child Care and Development Block Grant Act of 2014. The State plan serves as the application for CCDF allocations and provides descriptions of, and assurance about, the State's child care program and services available to eligible families.  There are three important areas of the state-level plans for providers to be aware of as the process continues:  Afterschool Network Coordination, Professional Development, and Exemptions.  You can read more here  about the national efforts and process.

The Early Learning Division is now taking comments on the draft state plan for 20 days - Click Here  to a ccess the plan for review.  Email   early.learning@state.or.usa  with your comments or send by mail:  CCDF State Plan Public Comment 700 Summer St. NE, Suite 350 Salem, OR 97301
Access and Equity Survey

Don't miss out on the chance to take part in our Access and Equity Survey! Be part of the statewide project that'll provide information on how to better serve youth in our communities and share how real the need is! 

This survey takes about 15-20 minutes and includes questions about fees, attendance and student demographics. 

We also have surveys specifically for site staff and youth.  Contact  Katie Lakey  with questions or find more  information  online .
Newly Available Resources from NCASE

National Summer Learning day is July 12th this year. Join the National Center on Afterschool and Summer Enrichment (NCASE) for their new webinar Discoveries and Innovations with Summer Learning , Wednesday, July 11, 3:00-4:00 p.m. EST to mark National Summer Learning Day!  

This practice brief from NCASE compares general methods for using multiple funds at the program and state levels and explores models for effectively combining CCDF with other frequently used funding sources to better support and sustain child care programs.

NCASE had the valuable opportunity to collaborate on the planning and connect with representatives from many states/territories at the ITACC Institute in May. Program sessions covered a broad range of topics, from exploring models of combined funding to inclusion, suspension, and expulsion, and these sessions included many state examples. All the materials from the Institute, including slide presentations and handouts are available for download.
New Tools for Afterschool

The National League of Cities has announced a new set of tools to promote afterschool and summer learning. The  new three-in-one brief;  Afterschool and Summer Learning: A City Strategy for series covers Workforce Development, College and Career Readiness, and Public Safety.

NLC President, Mayor Stodola from Little Rock, Arkansas, has made "The Future of Work" his theme this year. His vision includes the important role that afterschool and summer programs play to prepare our future workforce.  Bela Shah Spooner, Manager of Expanded Learning for NCL, hopes this summary of data will be useful in helping city officials see that afterschool and summer learning programs are key strategies in addressing top-of-mind issues. The afterschool field is encouraged to use the data to open the door for conversations with mayors, city council members and others about how they can turn to afterschool and summer learning opportunities as important prevention and intervention strategies.  

Read the  newest NLC blog  to learn more or  find more information and share it via social media, follow  @leagueofcities  or  @beashahspooner  on Twitter. 

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