June  2020 Newsletter
Definitions of Expanded Learning  Opportunities:  Word of the Month 

Active Learning: Strategies which involve the learner in the process, not just reading or listening to learn. Some flavors of active learning strategies and theories include hands-on, project-based, problem-based, experiential, inquiry-based, contextual and constructivist teaching and learning. There is no age limit to being an active learner, both physically and mentally, facing everyday as an opportunity to learn.
OregonASK is Keeping Busy

Like many of you, May has been keeping OregonASK extremely busy preparing for what Summer and the upcoming Fall will look like for programs and thousands of Oregon Youth who depend on them. This past month OregonASK has been putting together trainings to respond to the quick changes that are happening within Oregon. The training team delivered weekly online trainings ranging from the launch of the new Mizzen by Mott App, COVID-19 & Child Care Pt. 2, STEM, and behavior management.

In addition to the weekly online trainings, OregonASK has been organizing calls with the Governor's Office to help provide input and clarity on the reality of how Summer Rules will effect small business's, non-profits and continued student learning. Watch the recordings of the calls OregonASK organized with the Governor's office on our YouTube channel ,  Day Camp Guidance Q&A on Math 21st & Making the Most of Summer webinar with NSLA, NWEA, and ACA representatives. 

To read the official guidance for school-age day camps from the Governors office click here.
Oregon Summer Program Survey

Don't miss the opportunity to fill out this Oregon Summer Program Survey to share how you will be engaging with youth or what barriers are preventing you from operating. This critical information helps demonstrate how programs has been effected by COVID and what supports you will need to continue serving Oregon children. As a continuation of our COVID Impact survey, we hope you are able to take a few moments to make sure state leadership is aware of all the work you're doing to support your community. Fill out 
the Survey Here .
NSLA Leading the Nation on Summer Learning

National Summer Learning Association (NSLA) Founder Matthew Boulay and CEO Aaron Dworkin joined the OregonASK Making the Most of Summer webinar on May 28th, highlighting work & research being done across the country in response to the current landscape. As we heard from national partners, we are joining partners across the country working to elevate the importance of summer learning opportunities for all. OregonASK has been working collaboratively with NSLA for nearly a decade to address the need for increased, coordinated summer learning, and will continue to work together to inform policy makers and support programs with resources through this new challenge. 

On May 27th, NSLA hosted a  Press Conference sharing dozens of voices from around the country, amplifying the fact that while summer programs have been providing essential support for millions of youth and families for decades, now is a more critical time than ever before.  NSLA
 is also continuing to provide webinars within their Summer Voices series to support of all those  adjusting to serve youth, families and communities with summer learning opportunities. Don't miss registering for:

Find a full list of upcoming webinars here.

And don't forget to mark your calendars for National Summer Learning Week July 6th-11th!
June Online Training
All trainings OregonASK offers are aligned with the Oregon Center for Career Development at Portland State University and have Oregon Registry credit available with the Core Knowledge Category (CKC) listed below. 

Washington County 2 Weeks Ready Community Conversation/Training
June 4th, 2020 from 7-8pm
We want to hear from you to help ensure child care providers and school-age programs can be adequately prepared as '2 weeks ready' in case of a natural or man-made emergency. We are looking forward to hearing from many communities across the state about emergency preparedness resources and challenges that can help us all learn more about becoming 2 Weeks Ready. We know there are plenty of great local resources to share. We will take the time to review some materials that OregonASK has worked on with stakeholders to identify as helpful in building collaborative emergency preparedness.  1 hour of Set 1 HSN credit. Led by OregonASK Trainer, Kassy Rousselle.  Click here to register for FREE  

Mizzen Q&A Roundtable
June 15th, 2020 from 10 - 11 am
This follow-up Mizzen Roundtable will include Mizzen by Mott IT available to answer any technical questions as programs begin to use the app for program planning and implementation. Facilitated by OregonASK Master Trainer, Rachel Kessler. 1 Hour of  Set 1 LEC credit available.  Click here to register for FREE

Getting Ready for Preschool STEM Module 3: Hands on STEM Activities 
June 16th, 2020 from 1-3pm
In this session participants will explore and practice hands-on activities from the book Making and Tinkering with STEM: Solving Design Challenges with Young Children. Participants  will also develop strategies for creating challenge statements and linking STEM to literacy, art, social emotional learning. 2 hours of Set 2 LEC credit available. Facilitated by OregonASK Master Trainer, Rachel Kessler. Register Now for only $20

Leadership in Afterschool: Emotional Intelligence
June 25th, 2020 from 10am-12pm
Emotional Intelligence is the ability to reason with and about emotions. It is critical to the success of youth programs that the adults leading programs have solid emotional intelligence skills. In this session we will examine emotional intelligence, and explore the skills associated with it and how our skills as adults impact the students in our programs. Facilitated by OregonASK Trainer, Kassy Rousselle. 2 hours of Set 2 PPLD credit available.  Register Now for only $20

Fostering Grade Level Reading: Supporting Readers in K-3rd Grade
June 25th, 2020 from 6:30-8:30pm
In this session participants will examine the learning process of beginning readers and develop strategies to support them in their programs. Following the training participants will be invited to join an implementation cadre around Fostering Readers for two sessions following the training. 2 Hours of Set 2 LEC credit available. Facilitated by OregonASK Master Trainer, Leilani Larsen.  Register Now for only $20 

Growth Mindset: Supporting School Age Learners to Become Enthusiastic, Hard-working, and Persistent

June 30th, 2020 from 6:30-8:30pm
Participants will explore the concept of Growth Mindset, examine their own mindset as it applies to learning new things, and practice communication strategies that build confidence in problem solving and encourage students to persist through challenges. 2 hours of Set 2 HGD credit available.   Register Now for only $20 .

FREE Virtual Tools

Service Learning Goes Virtual
We're all learning new ways to engage with one another and our students in a virtual setting, and we know this doesn't happen over night. It takes energy and research to see what tools work best, how to use them and if it works for your students and families.  Luckily, partners like  National Youth Leadership Council (NYLC) were quick to respond in preparing how they can help you take Service Learning online in a meaningful way.

NYLC is offering a variety of resources to programs including virtual training on how to implement service learning in your program virtually! There is no shortage of community support needed right now and helping youth experience real service learning can teach students critical 21st century skills critical in becoming a well-rounded adult. Click here  to find out more.  

FREE Summer Activity Guide & Resources
The 50 State Afterschool Network, led by  Georgia State Afterschool Network (GSAN)   heard the concerns about maintaining youth engagement throughout an atypical summer, understanding the many anxieties as we all navigate these uncharted territories.  To support your ongoing hard work, check out the suite of fun, engaging activities and challenges designed specifically to accommodate our COVID-19 summer. Some of the resources developed include: 


Summer Activity Guide (Coming in Spanish) 

  • 150 Activities and Challenges throughout the summer, organized by four different age groups
  • Week 1: Who I am 5-910-12, 13-15, 16-18 
  • All activities are adaptable for in-person and virtual instruction, or a hybrid with take-home packets.
  • Based in skill-building & social-emotional learning
In addition to the activities for youth, this resource will also include supplemental materials for staff, including webinars on  Getting to Know the New Summer Activity Guide  recording , and   Keeping Youth Engaged this Summer  on  June 24th at 12pm PST. *OregonASK will not offer Oregon Registry Credit for webinars offered by other organizations.
Program Spotlight: At-Home Afterschool Resources

While nothing about this spring or summer has looked normal, the 21st Century Community Learning Center program at Central School District has taken extra measures to find a way to meet their student needs. Central School District Expanded Learning Opportunities Program has created it's own At-Home Afterschool Program website that provides activities, ideas and ways to connect with one another. Check out more  HERE.
Oregon Afterschool Conference 2020 Goes Virtual!

Although we are saddened to think about not seeing so many of you in person next fall, we must be respectful of everyone's safety. OregonASK will be taking our fall conference online this year, partnering with others around the country to bring you more exciting and engaging opportunities to support your professional growth. We will keep you posted as more information comes available. Until then, don't forget to see what other professional development we have coming up and reach out with any specific requests or questions to oaskpdtrainings@oregonask.org. 
OregonASK's Next (Virtual) Partner Meeting June 5th

We are excited to host our first official OreognASK Virtual Partner Meeting on June 5th from 9am-11am.  We have  a full agenda , including an update from Scott Nines at Oregon Department of Education, a national-level policy recap, and breakout rooms to hear from your peers. We are looking forward to hearing from each of you and discussing how we can make a better future going forward!

OregonASK team members will be online 15 minutes before the start of the meeting to answer any technical questions about the functionalities of Zoom and any questions about the meeting.
Please plan to join us and RSVP here to get the right Zoom information. 
2020-21 Save the Dates!

June 5th:  OregonASK Virtual Partner Meeting

July 6th-11th: National Summer Learning Week

August 20th: OregonASK Agency Advisory Meeting

September 18th: OregonASK Partner Meeting

December 4th: OregonASK Partner Meeting  

January 21st, 2021: OregonASK Agency Advisory Meeting

February 19th, 2021: OregonASK Partner Meeting

May 14th, 2021: OregonASK Partner Meeting


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