June, 2016


Register By September 15th to get our $89 Early Registration Rate

Download the 2016 Oregon Afterschool Conference Brochure and  find out more about this years sessions.

Looking forward to having you join us at Chemeketa Community College on October 22nd! 
2016 Fall Trainings

September 16th 
The InventionX five-stage invention process teaches students how to think, not what to think. Participants will experience the invention process through hands-on activities and create strategies for implementing the process in their own program or classroom, within any STEM content area. Register Now for only $20

Business Education Compact (BEC) is hosting these half-day trainings to help educators understand how to be able to award credit through extracurricular activities and after school partnerships. Participants will r eceive 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.

Code.org CS Fundamentals
CS Fundamentals is elementary school curriculum that allows even the youngest students to explore the limitless world of computing. Courses blend online, self-guided and self-paced tutorials with "unplugged" classroom activities that require no computer. Each course consists of 20 lessons. Contact Susan Hamann if you are interested in organizing or participating in a training this fall. 
National Conference on Afterschool & Summer

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. 

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Oregon Afterschool Conference is Next Month!
Alicia Santiago presenting on Engaging Youth from Different Backgrounds in STEM 

Alicia Santiago is the Science Advisor & Latino Engagement Specialist for the National Girls Collaborative.  We are thrilled to have her presenting 3 separate sessions at the Oregon Afterschool Conference this October :
  • The Power of SciGirls: How to Effectively Engage Youth from Diverse Backgrounds in STEM
  • Creating a Culturally Inclusive LearningFriendly Environment for Students
  • Smithsonian Latino Virtual Museum Transmedia Project
Alicia is a scientist by training and has devoted most of her career to  research in biology. She earned her B.S. in Biology from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM) in Mexico City, where she was born and raised.   She later moved to the U.S. to pursue a Ph.D. in Cell and Developmental Biology form the University of California, Davis where she worked as a research scientist for several years. 

In 2007, Alicia  moved to Washington D.C. in 2007 and  quickly became enamored with the world of informal science education. Since then, she has been involved in the development, implementation, and delivery of innovative science education and community outreach programs for the Latino Community. 

Alicia continues to discover, experience, and explore science on a daily basis!   Join Alicia in Salem on October 22nd and make sure to  Register for the conference by September 15th in order to get our Early Registration rate. 
Exploring STEM Municipal Conversations

OregonASK is going on the road again to build awareness around  the importance of bringing STEM opportunities to all students. Our first event was held at the Hillsboro Public Library on August 24th and had over 50 community partners in attendance, including mayors from four Washington County cities and US Congresswomen Bonamici.

We are 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. We will highlight the state STEM Strategic Plan as we discuss how each region may provide a more coordinated system of support for informal STEM learning. 

Thanks to our grant from the National League of Cities Institute for Youth, Education and Families, we will be making 6 more stops around Oregon this fall.  If you are interested in joining the conversation,  Click Here to see our upcoming dates. 
Lights On Afterschool Is Just Around the Corner  

The annual nationwide event celebrating afterschool programs and their important role in the lives of children, families and communities is next month! 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.  Lights On Afterschool celebrations don't have to be elaborate - there are plenty of simple & creative ways to celebrate.

Perhaps you can celebrate youth voice and t ap into the energy and enthusiasm of the kids & parents in your program. Whether you are looking for ideas or ready to register your event, check out the Lights On Afterschool resource center for more information. 

You can also access a series of Lights On Webinars to help you with your planning.
Free Webinars Provided by Afterschool Alliance

Creativity is a fundamental skill in today's rapidly changing world. Join this interactive session exploring seven critical components of creativity that are essential for children to develop as they learn to think creatively, work creatively with others, and creating innovative solutions to problems. 

This engaging webinar will include sharing from two STEM education experts and from two afterschool practitioners, the California Tinkering Afterschool Network and a statewide professional development provider, on how they differentiate instruction and staff training across the K-12 grade span.

Check out the  Afterschool Alliance Webinar page for more recorded and upcoming webinars available to you!
Welcome Aboard!
OregonASK is thrilled to welcome our newest AmeriCorp VISTA,  April Culannay, to the team!

April has a Bachelors of Science from Suffolk University in Boston, MA after having grown up in San Francisco. Most recently, she relocated to Portland and worked as a teacher in the Peninsula Children's Learning Center. Her experience in afterschool programs gives her an appreciation for our systems level work, as well as an understanding for the unique STEM experiences that can take place after school and in the summers. As our new STEM AmeriCorps VISTA, April will be supporting several projects, including the Oregon Girls Collaborative, our work with Digital Web Clubs, our pilot on the Art of Living with National Youth Leadership Council, and distribution of the STEM Mentors Toolkit, among others. 

We look forward to an exciting fall introducing April to you and all the work we continue moving forward together!
Newest Report about Afterschool and Poverty

As kids are heading back to school, a huge demand  for afterschool  continues to be unmet  in high-poverty communities. See what recommendations are being made to help address the issues of affordability and access in communities around the country.   Learn more about the most recent  America After 3PM Report: Afterschool in Communities of Concentrated Poverty
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