OregonASK is a collaboration of public and private organizations and community members which seek to address common issues and concerns across all out-of-school time services – child care, recreation, education and youth development.
Launched in October 2000, Lights On Afterschool is the only nationwide event celebrating afterschool programs and their important role in the lives of children, families and communities. The effort has become a hallmark of the afterschool movement and generates media coverage across the country each year.
The Afterschool Alliance organizes Lights On Afterschool to draw attention to the many ways afterschool programs support students by offering them opportunities to learn new things—such as science, community service, robotics, Tae Kwon Do and poetry—and discover new skills. The events send a powerful message that millions more kids need quality afterschool programs.
Visit Afterschool Alliance for more Information about this year's Lights On Afterschool Event.
Oregon Afterschool for Kids and the Afterschool Alliance are teaming up to gather data on out-of-school programs in Oregon that offer science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) opportunities to school-aged children (K-12). The goal of this survey is to capture, for the first time ever, a comprehensive picture of the informal STEM learning opportunities in Oregon.
This survey is important. It will identify where out-of-school STEM opportunities exist in Oregon and where there are gaps to be filled, as well as document the needs of existing programs. The data from the survey will be compiled into a report and used to communicate with elected officials to promote the need for legislative support and increased funding for out-of-school STEM programs.
To do this, we need your help! Please participate in the survey, or pass it along. We want to collect comprehensive data that we can use with lawmakers, and to do that we need responses from as many programs as possible.
We will be collecting data through November of 2014 and evaluating in December. The report will be created in January of 2015, and presented to legislators in February.
NCCE is a professional learning organization for educators and hosts the largest education conference in the Northwest. Check out this Save the Date for next year's NCCE Conference taking place in Portland March 18-20. Come join NCCE to learn more about how they partner with educators, educational leaders, affiliates and corporations to enhance teaching and learning through their conference, professional development and resources.
Many thanks to everyone who joined us at the Oregon Girls Collaborative Project Kick Off Conference in Wilsonville! We had a good turnout of participants, a stellar panel, fantastic keynote and engaging session presenters. Check out a few pictures from the day.
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