September, 2017

CryptoClub Pilot 

The CryptoClub curriculum teaches cryptography and mathematics to middle school students in afterschool settings. This training pilot will consist of three in-preson trainings, coaching and webinars that will provide scaffolding to support the exploration of math and cryptography with CryptoClub materials. 

The cohort will be co-facilitated by OregonASK Master Trainer Rachel Kessler, and guest trainer Colin Crane. 

Saturday, September 9th
9 AM - 5 PM
OregonASK, Wilsonville
Trainer: Colin

Friday, September 29th
9 AM - 5 PM
OregonASK, Wilsonville
Trainer: Rachel

For more information contact 
Science Action Club
Cloud Quest 

Presented in partnership with California Academy of Sciences, this STEM content for middle school youth in out-of-school time uses games, projects, and hands-on activities within the context of citizen science to explore nature, connect with scientists, and design strategies to protect our planet. Cloud Quest also includes, climate, weather and how youth can participate as citizen scientists to track them all!

Apply Now  to join us this fall 

September 5th 
Newport, OR


September 23rd 
Wilsonville, OR

STEM Micro-Credentials 

OregonASK, the National Afterschool Association, and Click2Science are partnering to recognize out-of-school time staff for their competency in offering high quality STEM experiences in their programs. If you are your staff are interested in receiving a STEM micro-credential, email or  Register NOW!  

September 8th or 9th 
9 AM - 12 PM
Cost is $100

Did You Know...? 

OregonASK has numerous projects that we are continuing to support throughout the year. For more information on the plethora of projects, visit our website to see what's going on and how you might want to get involved.

Register Now to Join Us in November!
What adventure will you choose this year? With dozens of sessions providing in-depth learning and discussion about a broad range of topics, we hope you are still able to find your way home at the end of the day.

Take a look at our Conference Brochure to see which sessions interest you & which  Campfire Discussion you'll select to finish your morning with...Supporting Gender Identity, Intercultural Relevancy,  or one of many others? 

  Register Now  to join us on November 4th as we  inspire you with new ideas  and engage you in intriguing conversations around  providing  great adventures for youth. 

Check out our OAC 2017 Conference   page for updates and session highlights of this year's presenters.
Equity in Expanded Learning

This year, OregonASK will be partnering with experts from the field to provide year long, in-depth learning opportunities. Our first opportunity will be based on exploring and learning more about Equity within Expanded Learning. We are thrilled to have Dr. Johnny Lake as the facilitator leading this six session series over the coming school year. Each session will build on previous conversation and include real-world, relevant examples that will encourage participants to dive deeper in their own understanding. 
REGISTER HERE to join the first session on Saturday, September 16th from 9am-1pm. The $100 cost will cover all 6 sessions, including refreshments at each. 
Are Your Lights On After School?

It's that time of year again as students make their way back to school, we want to remind people of the important role that afterschool programs play for so many across the country. If you have an afterschool program, register an event now to get your ten free copies of the 2017 Lights On Afterschool poster.

If you have never hosted an event but are thinking this might be your year, check out the Lights on Afterschool event database to fuel your imagination. You can search by location, preparation time, and difficulty to find an event idea that's right for your program!
Join Our OregonASK Partner Meeting

OregonASK will be holding our quarterly partner meeting at our office in Wilsonville on Friday, September 22nd. We would love for you to join us! We will be talking about implementing our next three year work plan and taking time to split into work groups as we discuss upcoming opportunities to increase our impact, reach and partners.

Please contact Bethany Thramer with any questions or to be sent the reminder email with full meeting agenda.    
Exploring Inclusion in Afterschool

One of the other experts from the field that OregonASK will be  partnering with this year is Dr Mary Shea, founding consultant  of Kids Included Together (KIT) and 40 years of experience. In this training series, participants will gain a deep understanding of the inclusion of children with special needs in afterschool and summer programs by exploring laws, research, and best-practices.
This series will be a combination of in-person and online training. Registration information coming soon.
Policy Time Again

After a well-deserved and very warm summer break, our state legislators will be back in Salem this month to get ready for the next legislative session and get updates on last sessions work. September's Legislative Days will bring legislators back for committee meetings, while also giving constituents and advocates  an opportunity  to share about important issues that may have been forgotten amidst the chaos of this years budgetary battle. 

If you are not able to be at Legislative Days on September 18th-20th, later this fall is a wonderful time to invite legislators to your program to see the magic firsthand. You can take a look at our 
Advocacy Guidance  packet for help getting started as you reach out and strengthen relationships with your policy makers.

Additionally, although the budget was passed this summer, we are still waiting to hear how some of the funding will be distributed, particularly keeping an eye on CTE, STEM and Professional Development funds that can often be utilized by afterschool programs. We will keep you updated as funding opportunities and decisions are made.
Professional Development Survey

Click here  to take the OregonASK Professional Development Survey. Your input will help providers and decision-makers address the needs of Oregon's educators related to quality afterschool programs. Thank you for your time and for sharing your thoughts.
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