November, 2016

Science Action Club

November 2nd in Wilsonville
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Middle School

Science Action Club is an afterschool program designed by the
California Academy of Sciences to spark youth interest in science. This middle school based curriculum uses Bugs in Your Schoolyard as a Citizen Science Curriculum for After School! It involves observation, data collection, hands on engineering, games, and a kit of observation equipment!

Contact Rachel Kessler
at to register for FREE

Web Literacy Club

December 3rd in  Wilsonville
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Middle School 

In this interactive training, participants will explore how to engage school-aged youth in Mozilla Web Clubs with a focus on web literacy as outlined in the Mozilla web literacy map. Participants will explore how to support youth voice, successfully create groups and teams for Web Literacy activities, use the agile process to complete work in groups. The training will include badging club participants with disposition badges using Badgr and Google Docs.

Computer Science Fundamentals

January 19-20 in  Grants Pass
8:30 AM - 12:00 PM

The goal of the CS Fundamentals workshop is to prepare teachers with computer science pedagogy and problem-solving skills/tactics for preparing and teaching lessons. 
Teachers will practice the Teacher, Learner, Observer Model; practice the online components of the curriculum; explore equity in the classroom; and address barriers to implementing Computer Science curriculum in the classroom.
Great Art in Afterschool: Creative Projects & Activities for School Age Kids

January 20th in  Grants Pass
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

This hands-on workshop will run through fun art-based activities for school age kids that go beyond crafts and explore learning about and creating amazing artwork!
Registration Coming Soon!
NCCE 2017 Conference
March 22nd-24th
Save the Date  to join NCCE in Portland, OR to learn more about Bridging Today's Capabilities with Tomorrow's Opportuni ties .
Northwest Council for Computer Education (NCCE) provides year-round professional learning opportunities for K-20 administrators, educators and support staff and prides itself on  presenting a high-quality, cutting-edge conference every year. 

Free STEM Messaging Webinars

World of 7 Billion Student Video Contest

Back by popular demand, the World of 7 Billion  student video contest can help you bring technology and creativity to afterschool programs. The contest challenges your students to create a short (60 seconds or less) video illustrating the connection between world population growth and one of three global challenges: either climate change, ocean health, or rapid urbanization. Students can win up to $1,000 and their teachers will receive free curriculum resources. The contest deadline is  February 23, 2017 . Full contest guidelines, resources for research, past winners, and more can be found at their website, 

Thank you to all of you who support youth and families by providing quality afterschool and summer programs!
Making All Learning Count: Competency-based Education

In the 21st Century, learning can take place anytime, anywhere, at any place, and with the learner at the center. This is something the Mozilla Foundation and OregonASK know only too well. One of our goals is to provide people with open access to skills, tools, and resources needed to use the web to improve their lives, careers, and organizations. 

Competency-based learning has emerged as one way to make anytime anywhere learning "count." While learners' traditional progression towards mastery has been measured by credit hours or "seat-time" in traditional educational settings, competency-based learning empowers learners to demonstrate mastery regardless of how and when the learning occurs. It also identifies learning targets at a more granular level than the course-level grading system. This enables afterschool providers and other community partners who already provide valuable learning experiences to both continue their work and recognize learning so that it counts toward learning pathways. 

Click here to learn more about how the Mozilla Foundation and OregonASK in collaboration with the Afterschool Alliance are working to promote competency-based learning. 
Oregon Afterschool Conference 2016

The annual Oregon Afterschool Conference took place at Chemeketa Community College on October 22nd. Thank you to everyone who was able to join us, as an attendee, exhibitor, or presenter! It was a full day of learning and fun and it wouldn't have been possible without all of you. 

A huge thank you to the Ford Family Foundation, that provided scholarships  this year   to attendees from rural parts of the state. These scholarships enabled many to join us in Salem for the day, and the conference was richer for having all these geographically diverse voices present. 
New OregonASK Americorps VISTA team members

OregonASK is delighted to welcome two new Americorps VISTA's on board! Kamala Taylor-Cline will be joining us as the new Health & Wellness VISTA and Juan Soto will be joining us through the Black Male Achievement project, splitting his time between working with us in Wilsonville and at the City of Portland. Both Juan and Kamala start this November, and we can't wait to see the incredible work they will embark on. They will be joining our current STEM VISTA, April, through the Afterschool Alliance. 

Kamala Taylor-Cline
Hello! I am Kamala, the new Health and Wellness VISTA member.  For the past year I have been working at Multnomah County Health Department as an administrative specialist while finishing my graduate program at Oregon Health & Sciences University.  I received my Master's in Public Health in June 2016 and have been looking to expand my professional net work across the state.  I enjoy all things outdoors and love to spend time with my husband of 9 years and my two girls ages 3 an 7 years .  I am looking forward to being part of the OregonASK team and the exciting work they have been doing for many years.  I am going to participate in important activities such as assisting in the development of processes for the coordination and implementation of summer programs in identified low-income schools and helping to facilitate, foster, and support the building of partnerships between afterschool/summer programs and heath organizations.

Juan Soto
Juan is from Cornelius, OR. Having immigrated from Mexico with 
very  little, his parents always encouraged  him to make the most of his  opportunities and emphasized the
importance  of a quality education. He attended Portland Community College and would go on to graduate from the University of Southern California with a B.A. in Political Science. He's back home now working with OregonASK as a My Brother's Keeper VISTA, working to increase access to high quality after school and summer learning programs for young people of color.  
ESSA & Afterschool STEM Integration

OregonASK is excited to have received a grant from the Overdeck Family Foundation and Afterschool Alliance to deepen our impact as we advance afterschool STEM policy at the state level. Though Oregon has made great strides forward to support STEM & CTE learning on a statewide level, this is a crucial time for policymakers and STEM partners to thoroughly understand the importance and role that afterschool and summer STEM opportunities play for creating equitable systems to support all youth in Oregon.

We understand that the new ESSA authorization provides us with an opportunity to increase funding  and connect systems of formal and informal STEM programming. OregonASK is excited to be partnering with our Chief Education Office, the Oregon Department of Education, and the STEM Investment Council to build a sub-committee of the STEM Investment Council that will work collaboratively to accomplish several specific tasks and goals.

Click Here to find out more about ways you can start building relationships and support for afterschool to be partners in this next phase of Oregon's educational system.
Be an Advocate for Afterschool & Summer Learning

Check out our information on the new ESSA implementation plan and how we can help ensure afterschool and summer are partners in our education system. Also, make sure to mark your calendars to join us in Salem for our  Afterschool & Summer Day at the Capitol  on May 2nd, 2017 to help inform policy makers about this wonderful opportunity to further support families during afterschool hours and summer months.  Fill out THIS FORM  to let us know you are interested in joining the efforts.  
Upcoming Oregon Poverty Simulation

There is still time to experience a Poverty Simulation before the end of the year! It is an opportunity see through the eyes of individuals and families experiencing poverty. By deepening your understanding of existing barriers and stereotypes you are better equipped to work to improve outcomes.  You can read about more about the simulation in the CoActive Connection blog.   Registration is $25, or if you volunteer to play a service provider role there is no registration fee.  Registration is limited, so make sure to get your name in early!
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