June, 2016


Register Now for only $99 for an entire day of professional development sessions to choose from

Check out the  2016 Oregon Afterschool Conference Brochure and  plan out what sessions you'll attend.

Looking forward to having you join us at Chemeketa Community College on October 22nd! 

OregonASK partner, Business Education Compact (BEC) is hosting half-day trainings to help educators understand how to be able to award credit through extracurricular activities and after school partnerships. Participants will receive a handbook & flash drive with model documents, begin developing your own plan, and 
learn how to offer student badging for academic and/or 21st Century skills.

Oregon Recreation & Park Association Annual Conference 

November 7th - 9th, 2016
at the Eugene Hilton

This year's theme reflects the desire and need to ensure that  parks and recreation is viewed as a strong economic driver and positive influence for communities all over Oregon.  CLICK HERE for more information and to Register Now.

Registration Costs
Full-Conference   ORPA Members: $360
Non-Members: $410

One-Day  ORPA Members: $125
One-Day Non-Members: $150

National Conference on Afterschool & Summer

This month, the National Summer Learning Association joins School's Out Washington to present, 

October 24-26 in Seattle, WA

This three-day national convening will bring together the nation's top thinkers to share and discuss the partnerships, policies and programs that are breaking down traditional notions of when and where learning occurs. CLICK HERE to see the newly released workshop schedule.
NCCE 2017 Conference

March 22-24th 
  Save the Date  to join NCCE in Portland, OR to learn more about Bridging Today's Capabilities with Tomorrow's Opportunities.

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. 

Shaping Tomorrow's Creative Problem Solvers Symposium 

October 14, 2016

Free training hosted by LEGO® Education and Linn-Benton Community College
Open to elementary and middle school educators. These five hands-on workshops will cover creative ways to engage students in science, technol ogy, engineering, math, & literacy.  Sign Up Now!
Oregon Afterschool Conference This Month!
Oregon MESA presenting STEAM Projects Made Easy 

Oregon MESA (Mathematics,
 Engineering, Science Achievement) is an outreach program that engages 6th-12th grade students in hands-on, inquiry-based math, engineering, science and technology projects during weekly chapter meetings at school sites. 

A team from Oregon MESA will be presenting on their new Invention Toolkit during the Oregon Afterschool ConferenceThe new Invention Toolkit is a free  resource for educators created by Oregon MESA that includes  hands-on activities and strategies for engaging students in Math, Engineering and Science. 

This toolkit session is just one of the workshops that will be offered as an in depth, 3 hour session for those looking to have time to dive deep, explore, and ask questions. Make sure to Register Now for the conference if you haven't already - only $99 for the whole day!
Celebrate Lights On Afterschool October 20th!

We know this is a busy time for programs, but this is also a crucial opportunity to  showcase the important opportunities you make available to kids and families in your community. 

Use this annual nationwide event to celebrate your program and share about the important role you play in the lives of children, families and your community! 

Lights On Afterschool celebrations don't have to be elaborate - there are plenty of simple & creative ways to celebrate.  Check out the Lights On Afterschool resource center to sign up now and for more ideas on joining the effort! 
Exploring STEM Municipal Conversations

OregonASK has been on the road again to build awareness around  the impact of bringing informal STEM opportunities to more Oregon youth. We've been working with local STEM Hubs and partners to convene conversations around the amazing work being done throughout the state as we try to engage more municipal leaders in this work going forward. 

Thanks to our grant from the National League of Cities Institute for Youth, Education and Families, we have already gathered 30-50 community representatives in each location; Hillsboro, Roseburg, Klamath Falls, Redmond, and Salem. This month, we will also be heading to La Grande on October 5th and Medford on October 10th

Each community has taken time to discuss the state  STEM Strategic Plan as they share about local success and opportunities to continue collaborating.   If you are interested in joining the conversation,  Click Here to see more about our previous stops and upcoming events. 
Fall Training Recap!

September 15th through the 17th OregonASK hosted the National Youth Leadership Council's Service Learning for Afterschool training in Wilsonville.  With five Oregon Afterschool programs participating in the pilot this year, the training covered a wide range of possibilities for meaningful service learning projects designed by program youth and staff. Both staff and participating youth were in attendance at this exciting three day planning session.

The pilot, Service
 Learning to Careers: The Art of Living, will support programs to develop one full year of service learning for middle school youth in the areas of health, environmental science, or art and language arts.
Summer Learning Legislative Update 

After convening a Summer Learning Work Group several times over the last 5 months, Representative Smith Warner is ready to move forward with a legislative ask to support summer learning programs in Oregon. During her testimony in front of the Senate Education Committee in September, she spoke about several of the key components she is planning to include. Most likely, legislation will focus on low-income elementary age youth, partnering district and community organizations, requiring access to food, able to be used for transportation, including an enrichment or non-academic component and done in a non-competitive grant process. 

Stay tuned for more information to come and please plan to attend 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 the summer months.
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!
Free STEM Messaging Resources

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