March, 2016

National Afterschool Association Conference in Orlando March 18-20 

OreognASK's own  master trainers Susan Hamann and Rachel Kessler, travel to the National Afterschool Conference to present on TALE: Literacy in Afterschool and S.INQ Up Inventors curriculum.  

Check out the  NAA Convention Page  
for more information

Educator training on Automotive Inventing for Kids with Ed Sobey

Join us for an incredible day with renowned author and inventor,  
Ed Sobey.

Automotive Inventing for Kids is a full day workshop designed for educators to ignite the inventor in school-aged students through hands-on creation of amazing vehicles!
Read more about the training

Saturday, April 9th, 2016
World of Speed Motorsports Museum,
Lunch Included
9 AM - 4:30 PM
Cost is $89
BirdSlueth: Ornithology Training

Due to popular demand, OregonASK has scheduled a second BirdSlueth training to take place in Wilsonville on April 16th. 

Please contact Katie Lakey at
for more information or to reserve your spot now. 

Or visit the NGCP Event Registration Page to Register NOW
NCCE in Seattle
We hope all who were able to make the trip to Seattle for NCCE's annual conference enjoyed an amazing Keynote by Cheryl Strand, as well as a plethora of engaging workshops and sessions to that explored the Tech-Savvy Adventure! 

Mark your calendars to join NCCE in Portland in 2017!
Are You Thinking About Summer Yet?
White House Award for  Summer Learning 

I was very surprised when I received a call and the young woman said "This is Stefani from the White House." to which I replied "Where did you say you were from?" She said, "Congratulations you have been selected as a Champion of Change." I thought ...what?

The next day I received this email. I wanted to share with you the exciting news! 

Congratulations you have been selected by The White House as a Champion of Change for Summer Opportunities
As part of the Champions of Change program, the White House recognizes every day Americans who are making positive changes in their communities. This month, we are recognizing individuals who are dedicating their time, talent and resources to strengthen and expand summer learning, meals and jobs opportunities for young people.
You were selected because of your tremendous work and leadership, and we will honor you at an event at The White House on February 26, 2016. You will have the opportunity to talk about your work and the challenges and opportunities you have encountered on a panel...In conjunction with the event, your biography and a blog post will also be featured on the White House website.

You can watch the event streaming LIVE online starting at 7:30am PST February 26th with US Secretary of Education John King Jr. giving opening remarks. Don't miss out on this opportunity to hear from accomplished panelists and US Cabinet members as we turn the tide of summer!

Let's celebrate our Champions; share the exciting news and join the conversation on social media with #investinsummer
and #firstjob
Speaking of Summer...

OregonASK organized our Annual Afteschool and Summer Learning Day at the Capitol to help educate legislators about the importance of providing expanded learning opportunities for youth. Program providers from around Oregon visited with their legislators yesterday, sharing information about summer learning loss and youth and family need for additional supports during the summer months. We were also pleased to have several local robotics teams at the Capitol to share about their experience in FIRST Robotics programs.

Thank you to all who were able to join us in person, send Valentines or share a personal letter with your legislator! 

If you have any questions about our day in Salem or how you can help support ongoing efforts, please contact Bethany Thramer, Policy & Outreach Coordinator.  
Poverty Education Focus Groups

Our partner, CoActive Connections is launching the Poverty Education for Oregonians Project, working to develop specific curriculum modules for educators as an important piece of this project.

They are currently seeking education professionals, administrators and teachers from across Oregon to participate in online focus groups, March 3 and March 10. Sharing your thoughts, experiences and opinions will help inform and expand our education focused curriculum on poverty awareness and improve outcomes statewide.  Your identity and participation will be anonymous.

If you are interested in providing feedback in this process, pleasefill out  THIS FORM. If you are s elected as a participant, you will receive an email from CoActive Connections with additional instructions. If you are invited to participate in a 90-minute online discussion, you will receive $75.00 for your valuable time and opinions.

Increasing Summer Meals for Children & Teens

Help prevent the effects of Summer Slide and partner with the Oregon Department of Education Child Nutrition Programs by participating in the Summer Food Service Program. The Summer Food Service Program was created to ensure that children continue to receive nutritious meals when school is not in session. Last year, Oregon's 139 summer food sponsors served 2,061,444 meals at 783 sites.

During the school year, an average of 208,269 students each day are provided free or reduced price lunches in Oregon. However, only 23% of participants that are eligible for free or reduced priced meals during the school year participate in the Summer Food Service Program.  

Schools play a major role in ensuring hungry kids and teens get the meals they need during the summer months.   If your school or organization is already participating in the  Summer Food Service Program, we appreciate your commitment and would like to challenge you to do "one more" this summer, such as: 
  • Add one more meal; if you are already serving lunch, add a snack or a breakfast meal
  • Add one more day, week, or month of service during the summer
  • Add one more site; sites can be in schools, parks, recreation centers, community pools, and libraries
  • Add one more activity at summer meal sites to increase participation 
If you are not already a summer food site, apply now for a grant to start up your own site. Eligibility and requirement information can be found on the Summer Food Service Page. Applications are due by April 15, 2016 and must be approved by ODE Child Nutrition Programs prior to starting June 15, 2016

With your help, we can close the hunger gap and stop the slide this summer.  Start up and Expansion grant funds  available up to $20,000.  For more information on starting or expanding your summer meals program, please contact Cathy Brock at  (503) 947-5898 or Also, a ll sponsors, new and returning, are required to take training so please contact Dustin Melton at  (503) 947-5901   or  for  more information on the 2016 training schedule and registration.   
Statewide Networks Making a Difference

There is broad, nationwide support for quality afterschool learning programs, but many states and school districts struggle to sustain and fund these initiatives, particularly in disadvantaged communities.

Drawing on interviews with state leaders, the American Youth Policy Forum issued a brief that explores how Statewide Afterschool Networks (SANs), such as OregonASK, help inform key policy makers about the need for increased investment in afterschool and summer programs, resources, and policies. You can read through all the findings in the American Youth Policy Forum Report.
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