November 2020
Check out our newest report on Reimagine Oregon: Improving Youth-to-Work and Workforce Systems in the Wake of COVID-19
Word of the Month for Expanded Learning in Oregon

To continue thoughtful discussion on how we use language when discussing expanded learning, equity, and quality in Oregon, we want to help ensure we have the same understanding about the terms we are using. This month's Word of the Month is:
Work-Based Learning Continuum: The continuum of work-based learning can span from Pre-K into adulthood. Work-Based Learning is an applied learning strategy to support students to be college and/or career ready and encompasses: Career Awareness, Career Exploration, Career Preparation, Career Training. All of these experiences involve interactions with business and industry or community professionals intentionally designed to help students expand and strengthen applied learning. (Definition taken from Oregon Department of Education)

The continuum includes building awareness, exploring career or postsecondary options, and applying learning through practical experience that develops knowledge and skills necessary for success in careers and postsecondary education.
Upcoming Opportunities

Learning About COVID-19 Activity Guide Training
This training will be an overview of all the Learning About Covid 19 Activity Guide. 40 activities were intentionally designed to teach students the science behind COVID-19 and to help foster greater social awareness and empathy. Set 1 Learning Environments Curriculum (CKC)
November 17th from 6-7pm - Register HERE
November 20th from 10am-11am - Register HERE

Summer Solution Leadership Series
Join the National Summer Learning Association (NSLA) for three days of informative and exciting sessions featuring education influencers, researchers, journalists, and award-winning program leaders who will share their knowledge on emerging program practices, along with policy and research shaping the out-of-school time field during this COVID-19 pandemic. 
November 16th through 18th, view the Schedule and Sign Up Here

Virtual Engineering Design Challenges Webinar Series: Session 2
Hands-on training to support 4th-8th grade learners using Technovation to lead engineering design challenges online that help students: 1) use the engineering design process; 2) work in teams; 3) evaluate and iterate; 4) persist and learn from failure; and 5) identify as engineers.
November 19th at 11am Register Here for Free

Mizzen by Mott Quality Systems Series
This 3 part series will help afterschool leaders understand how the Mizzen by Mott app is being utilized and how we can more comprehensively use it within a continuous improvement model as we strengthen program quality systems across Oregon. Afterschool and expanded learning network leaders from across the country will be joining to share and discuss.
Register HERE and join the last session on November 16th at 11am

Virtual Community Conversation November 24th from 10am-11am
RSVP Here to join Oregon partners in discussing how programs are handling being more prepared in these uncertain and challenging times.
Diving Deeper with Million Girls Moonshot

The Million Girls Moonshot, a collective impact initiative designed to increase diversity and equity in STEM, is providing several opportunities this month to explore equitable practice in STEM. Don't miss:

Equity & Inclusion in Afterschool: Youth-Centric Approaches in STEM Programming
November 17 at 11am Register HERE

A big thank you to the partners who have already begun this work with us! Please contact for more information about getting connected.
Thanks to Everyone who joined the Virtual Oregon Afterschool Conference

We were thrilled to offer over 20 hours of professional development workshop sessions over the two weeks of live conference sessions this October! We had 120 participants join in from across the state, programs large and small, supporting in-person and online. This year, we were also able to incorporate the 9 state virtual conference day that brought over 1000 professionals from 9 countries and 269 cities.

Thank you so much to this year's conference guest presenters: Melinda Benson, Program Coordinator at Inclusive Partners; Mark Jackson, the Executive Director of REAP, Inc; licensed psychologist Dr. Rick Robinson; and 3 sessions facilitated by Lines for Life on Mental Health 101, a Youth Panel on YouthLine, and Responding to Adi's Act.

Another thank you to every participant and presenter who joined in this collaborative learning experience! We are looking forward to continuing conversations by offering a free Community Conversation on November 24th from 10am-11am. Please RSVP HERE to let us know if you will be joining.
The Power of Afterschool Virtual Town Hall

In case you missed it, you can watch the recording of our 9 state town hall that included youth, programs, and champions from across the western United States!
Quality Child Care Survey - Please help fill in School Age Perspective!
The Cost of Quality Survey for child care was released in mid-October. The child care cost of quality study will gather data on the true cost of providing high quality early childhood education in Oregon. The cost of quality study seeks information about actual expenses to better understand what it takes to provide high-quality child care. The results of this study can be used to inform how the state sets the Employment Related Day Care child care subsidy rate and to understand the current and future investments needed to support a robust early childhood system in the state of Oregon. They are looking for a few more responses from school-age providers.

Any school age licensed programs who have not already, please fill out the survey HERE by November 6, 2020. One-pagers available HERE in English, Spanish, Russian, Vietnamese, and Chinese.

The Oregon Early Learning Division is contracting with the Center for American Progress to conduct the study. If you have any questions on the survey, you can reach the researchers Simon Workman at or Jeanna Capito at
Self-Care Music for the Heart & Soul

In an effort to share a little joy and inspiration in the face of very tiring times, we hope that this song helps relieve some of your anxiety as we continue to face uncertain and unprecedented times.
Food & Nutrition Updates from ODE

Are you already signed up for the Child and Adult Care Program Newsletter from the Oregon Department of Education? Do you know where to find updates on food distribution or deadlines? You can find recent memos and newsletters HERE.

If you have questions about getting signed up to receive information or anything else nutrition-based, please reach out so we can help connect you with the best contact or resources. We are heading into winter months and know that many families will struggle even more to have all their basic needs met. Contact us at with any questions.
2020-21 Save the Dates!

December 4th: OregonASK Partner Meeting  

December 7th-9th: Oregon Legislative Days

February 19, 2021: OregonASK Partner Meeting

May 14, 2021: OregonASK Partner Meeting
OregonASK Expanded Learning Partnership
Wilsonville, OR 97070