October 2021
Word of the Month: Asset-Based

An asset-based approach sees youth as resources and agents of change, rather than problems to be fixed or passive consumers of services. The asset-based approach identifies factors youth need to achieve healthy adulthood, and sets program goals in terms “building assets” rather than “reducing risks.” For further vocabulary surrounding expanded learning opportunities, check out our webpage: ABC's of ELO's.
Oregon Afterschool Conference is Right Around the Corner!
Register now to join us this October 21-23 for renewal and rejuvenation as we Elevate Afterschool! With all sessions virtual, including 2 days of multi-state sessions and keynotes during Open Minds, Open Spaces, we hope to see you all online with us this month!

Limited scholarships are available for staff of licensed child care facilities through the Betty Gray Scholarship at the Oregon Center for Career Development (OCCD). The scholarship will cover half of the registration fee!

Check your eligibility here and Submit application online here by October 7th to ensure paperwork can be processed in time for you to register.

If you have questions, please reach out to [email protected]
Check out just a few highlights below...
October 21st: Speaker & Presenter Dr. Kū Kahakalau

Pedagogy of Aloha - Making Education Relevant and Fun
Delve deeper into the tenets that define Pedagogy of Aloha: Relations + Relevance + Responsibility = Rigor + Fun. Participants will be given tools to make education both relevant and fun gleaned from 35 years of working with learners of all ages, backgrounds and ability levels.
October 21st: Fabulous Fidgets & Stellar Sensory Supports Show and Tell with Kat King

Any youth can have a rough day in afterschool or other expanded learning program, and sometimes a simple support can be the difference between a challenging day and a successful reboot. Join Kat for an ultimate Show & Tell as she unpacks her treasure chest of impactful items you can easily implement in your program. We’ll explore where to get them, how to use them, and why they can be game changers.
October 22nd: Family Engagement amid COVID Panel

Sean Aker, Student Success Coordinator, Willamette ESD, Oregon
Danielle Latta, Program Manager, Salt Lake County Youth Services, Utah
Becky Medina, VP of Operations, Boys & Girls Clubs of Pueblo County, Colorado
Facilitated by OregonASK Quality Coordinator, Aiko Sato

This session will include sharing about the collaboration, transparency, and authentic communication being used to build and strengthen trust with families during COVID. Panelists will share strategies and resources that have helped them find success throughout these chaotic and uncertain times. Participants will have time to discuss questions and strategies.
October 23rd: Implementing the 6 "P's" and Culturally Responsive Teaching with Justine Flynn

Participants will examine their current culturally responsive teaching practices and explore ways in which they can implement the “6 P’s” into their afterschool curriculum to integrate a more indigenous framework for students. Diversity, Set 2 (Pending)
OregonASK is Ecstatic to Welcome Aboard Aiko & Kelsey!
Aiko Sato, Quality Coordinator
Aiko has been in the after school industry all her life, starting by being a student in a program herself. She has a Bachelor’s in Speech and Hearing Science, and a Master’s in Curriculum and Instruction. She is passionate about professional development and creating meaningful conversations that allow educators to be their best selves for their scholars. Through her work with OregonASK, she hopes to partner with educators all over to improve the quality of after school programming, so that students like herself can partake in programs that enrich their lives.
Kelsey Nagel, Outreach & Curriculum Designer
Kelsey is the Outreach and Curriculum Designer who supports network partnerships & communication, training & curriculum development, and graphic design at OregonASK. Kelsey is passionate about creating accessible educational experiences that are exciting and inclusive. She holds a BA in Creative Writing, a Master’s Degree in Teaching Early Childhood and Elementary Education, and an Oregon Teaching License. Before her work with OregonASK, she was an upper elementary school teacher and afterschool educator. In her space time, she enjoys trying new hobbies, playing the ukulele, training her dog, and adventuring on the Oregon coast.
Lights On Afterschool 2021
Take the 'Light it Up' Dance Challenge

Looking for a great way to showcase your program?
  1. Have your youth create their own dance to “Light It Up – Remix” by Major Lazer (start at 0:43 seconds). Their dance can be freestyle, or choreographed, make sure to add a light bulb move!
  2. Record and share their dance on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or TikTok. Use these hashtags! #LightsOnAfterschool #LightsOnOR

Find more ideas on our Oregon Lights On Afterschool page and make sure to register any events on the National LOA page.
Upcoming Opportunities

Check out our Training Calendar for upcoming opportunities or book a training for your program from our Training Request page.
The Life Cycle of a Wafer
Manufacturing Day Celebration on October 7th

RSVP Now to join us 4-5 PM Pacific/5-6 PM Mountain!

Oregon Women at Intel Network will be hosting a free virtual event on October 7th to celebrate Manufacturing Day with youth in grades 6-9! This interactive webinar will take youth through the “life cycle journey of a wafer” and offer a better look at what it’s like to be part of the manufacturing process at Intel. All are welcome and girls encouraged to come hear from women in the field of technology manufacturing.
Equitable Practices in Afterschool Cohort Starts November 2nd

Weekly sessions will take participants on a deeper dive into language, assumptions, and practices that can reinforce creating a welcoming, inclusive environment for youth and families. Scholarships available for licensed child care staff who qualify, check eligibility HERERegister Here for $160 for all 6 sessions:
  • Introduction to Equity, Diversity, Race and Inclusion in Afterschool
  • Looking at Inequitable Systems in the Educational System
  • Practicing Cultural Humility and Cultural Competence in Afterschool 
  • Building Stronger Relationships with Youth and Families in Afterschool
  • Asset-Based Approach to Culturally Sustaining Instruction in Afterschool
  • Assessing and Transforming your Afterschool Program
Two Part Engineering Series with Possible Futures

Part 1: Engineering Mindset—The Possible Futures Curriculum
October 14th at 12:00pm Sign Up Here
Designed for 6th through 10th grade students, Possible Futures helps students set the stage for career connected exploration and discovery to come. Students chart a path to success by building employability skills and identifying personal strengths. Join this series to learn how to use JFF’s free Possible Futures (PF) Engineering and Design curriculum unit to introduce students to careers that require an engineering mindset.

Part 2: Engineering Mindset—The Possible Futures Curriculum
November 3rd at 12:00pm Sign Up Here
Part 2 of Possible Futures Engineering and Design curricula emphasizing engineering mindset.
TECHNOLOchicas: Transforming the T in STEM

October 5, 2021, 2:00 PM
TECHNOLOchicas, a national initiative of the National Center for Women & Information Technology and Televisa Foundation, aims to raise awareness among young Latinas and their families about opportunities and careers in technology. To celebrate Hispanic Heritage month, participants will learn about opportunities and resources to support and enhance STEM education for Hispanic and Latina women and girls. Register Here

Mizzen by Continuing to Expand Resources
Don't forget that as part of Million Girls Moonshot, partners such as National Girls Collaborative and Mizzen by Mott are providing access to hundreds of quality STEM resources you can access directly from your device. Download Mizzen HERE!
Connected Schools using Whole Child, Whole School, Whole Community Model (WSCC) to support Healthy Kids

Connected Schools take a whole child, whole school, whole community (WSCC) approach by making schools spaces that support not only a student’s academic development, but a family’s overall wellbeing through access to resources related to health, employment, housing, and more. This model builds on the full-service community school model and is grounded in national research and educational best practices. You can learn more about Oregon's use of WSCC from the Oregon Healthy Schools page here and reach out if you are looking for ways to connect your school and community.

While you are thinking about healthy habits, check out the brand new release of a web-based quiz on school lunch. Whether you’re a parent, student, teacher, out-of-school-time-provider or just interested in school lunch, this fun and interactive quiz is for you! Take the 10 question quiz today! Think you can ace it?
Oregon Announces Stabilization Grant Opportunity to Assist Child Care Providers

Child care stabilization grants are now available through the Early Learning Division (ELD) for providers struggling during the COVID-19 pandemic. Eligible providers include licensed family child care, center-based care, and license-exempt providers receiving child care subsidies. The funds cannot be used to start a new program and eligible programs must be currently open and operating. USE THIS handy flowchart to quickly determine your eligibility.

Providers are encouraged to contact ELD at [email protected] or 971-707-2029 (Monday – Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.) with questions. Frequently Asked Questions are posted on ELD’s website.
Oregon Draws New Lines

The Oregon State Legislature was set to convene one of their quarterly Legislative Committee Days in September, but meetings were postponed due to a Special Session to discuss and decide on Redistricting. Redistricting happens once every 10 years and includes the 'drawing of lines' on maps to determine where Oregon's state and federal districts are. On September 27, 2021 the Legislative Assembly completed the adoption of new congressional and legislative redistricting maps for Oregon with the passage of Senate Bill 881 A and Senate Bill 882. Governor Brown subsequently signed both measures. You can find out more about the redistricting maps and bills here or reach out to learn more about how these decisions may influence legislative actions for years to come.
Check out the OregonASK Job Board Page

Don't forget to take advantage of OregonASK's Jobs Board to help connect staff with opportunities. See the Listings page, plus more, HERE.
2021-22 Save the Dates!

October 21st-23rd: Oregon Afterschool Conference & Open Minds, Open Spaces Fall Virtual Conference

October 28th: Lights On Afterschool

November 2nd: Equity Cohort begins

November 10th: Equitable STEM & CTE Committee

November 19th: OregonASK "New" Partners

December 3rd: OregonASK Partner Meeting

February 21st: 'Virtual' Day at the Capitol

March 4th: OregonASK Partner Meeting
OregonASK Expanded Learning Partnership
Wilsonville, OR 97070
Want to stay up to date on OASK events as well as general OST information?