May, 2016

Join Bergin Learning Arts for art making and lively discussions about the benefits of Expressive Arts Education . May 21 st in Portland! 
Program Management Training Cohort for Afterschool Professionals

OregonASK has an opportunity for management-level afterschool professionals to gain tools and training for effective and efficient management of their programs. Join Master Trainer Susan Hamann to Improve your program planning, development, budgeting and evaluation skills. 

There will be 16 hours of in-person training and 3 virtual meetings: 

In-Person Training at Southern Oregon ESD
  • May 27, 2016
  • June 24, 2016
  • July 22, 2016
Virtual Meetings 
  • June 3, 10am- 12pm 
  • July 15, 10am- 12pm
  • August 5, 10am- 12pm
More information can be found HERE.

Calling All Presenters

Interested in leading a session at the annual Oregon Afterschool Conference? Presenter applications will be going out this month. Be on the lookout and think about what experience you have to share with others.


Enter your students' designs for a chance to win this years Lights On Poster Contest!  The Afterschool Alliance is looking for a design that showcases kids' creativity and the importance of keeping the  Lights On Afterschool.  The winning artist and his or her program will also be featured on the blog, website, at 8,000 Lights On events and more!

The deadline for submissions is 
June 1, 2016.   Learn More Here
Please join us in honoring Bridget Wallace with the OregonASK Excellence In 
Expanded Learning Award! 

Bridget Wallace is the Site Coordinator at the 21st Century Community Learning Center at Ash Creek Elementary in Independence, Oregon.  She has worked in the program for just two years and is running a very high quality program for the children and families at her school. The program at Ash Creek serves 60 students every session. It our pleasure to recognize Bridget for Excellence in Expanded Learning. 

Bridget is a highly organized and efficient program coordinator.  The systems she has in place for routines and expectations set the students up for success. Her posted schedules are kid-friendly and inviting. Students know what to expect, how to transition between activities, and what to do when they get to the next thing. Behavior management is an almost universal struggle in afterschool. At Ash Creek, it's just not. They spend less time managing transitions and more time doing the important stuff-having fun, creating, and learning.

Bridget not only coordinates the program, but is also an instructor. She is a champion at teaching STEM lessons in afterschool. She understands that children need to experience STEM and not just hear about it. She lets the students get messy, collaborate, and ask questions. Bridget also builds time into each STEM lesson for the students to reflect on what they learned. This is where the real learning happens. She goes above and beyond by seeking out opportunities to take classes and training that expand her skills, bringing new content back to her program.

The students in the Ash Creek program get to choose from a variety of club-style enrichment classes. These vary from session to session but include great opportunities like Cooking, the Kindness Club (one day they made bookmarks with inspirational messages and hid them in the school library books), and a Digital Photography club. The students love the clubs and are clamoring to participate in all of them. 

Bridget shares the program activities with the larger school community by maintaining a large, colorful bulletin board in the school hallway. Students, families, and school staff can see the opportunities being offered, examples of student work, pictures of happy kids, and what's coming next. This is a fantastic way to communicate the great work being done in afterschool. It inspires others to join in on the fun.

Thank you, Bridget, for operating a program that is safe, fun, and inspires children to learn and create!

Informal STEM Education 101

The Afterschool Alliance has been working with several other organizations to host a series of briefings in Washington, D.C. on public policy issues related to informal STEM education. There have been three briefings so far with conversation focusing on the larger ecosystem of informal education and what it takes from communities to successfully engage young people in STEM beyond the traditional curriculum found during the school day. The most recent briefing was held on April 29 and information from that presentation can be found HERE. Information on the previous two briefings can be found HERE and HERE. 
Messages Made Simple

Every Hour Counts  is excited to share a new resource, Messages Made Simple, to help organizations in the expanded learning field use clear, crisp, consistent language to explain their work. In addition to providing strategies and tips for communicating effectively, this toolkit provides language to explain the value of expanded learning, the work of intermediaries, and the role of expanded-learning systems in improving outcomes for youth. 

Web Literacy Map From the Mozilla Foundation 

In 2013, the Mozilla Foundation and a community of volunteer educators, researchers, scientists, entrepreneurs, and others established the Web Literacy Map as a framework detailing the core skills needed to fully participate in the digital age. This new interactive map consists of the skills and competencies needed to be web literate, and links to activities and curriculum for teaching and learning web literacy skills.

Read a blog post from Mozilla on the Web Literacy Map HERE. View the Web Literacy Map HERE.

Save the Date- October 22nd, 2016

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