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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.

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November 8, 2014

Chemeketa Community College

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Click here to download the flyer - pass it it around to anyone you think would be interested in this conference!

Conversations about the LIAS Learning Principles

Pedro Noguera, Ph.D. 
Peter L. Agnew Professor of Education, NYU
This video (18 minutes) features an interview with Pedro Noguera, Ph.D., Education Professor at NYU. Prior to NYU, Dr. Noguera taught at Harvard University and UC Berkeley.  
In this video, Dr. Noguera talks about the needs of low-income youth of color and the importance of the Learning in Afterschool & Summer learning principles.This video is an excellent training tool and can be viewed by clicking below. This interview was conducted by youth videographers at New York's Reelistic Media Group and was produced by Temescal Associates.
 
 

Oregon Girls Collaborative Project gets a VISTA

Oregon was selected as one of fourteen states to receive a STEM focused AmeriCorps VISTA to serve in the national Afterschool Alliance effort to support statewide systems development in STEM. OregonASK will host this VISTA for one year in our Wilsonville office. We are excited to welcome Katie Lakey to the OregonASK team. Katie is serving as the community liaison for afterschool and summer programs that are providing STEM activities throughout the state of Oregon and work to further the goals of the Oregon Girls Collaborative Project.

Click here to register for the OGCP Kick-off event!

Click here to visit the Oregon Girls Collaborative Project page and find out more about mini-grants available, our leadership, and the Project.

SciGirls Training - two options!

OregonASK and the Oregon Girls Collaborative Project invite you to attend a hands-on, minds-on professional development training, utilizing the innovative SciGirls curriculum. Participants will learn the latest research for engaging girls and boys in STEM, experience hands-on STEM activities, and receive SciGirls curriculum materials and resources, plus more! For more information on the trainings, please see the links below There is a $45 registration fee per person to attend this all-day training, which includes lunch and snacks. The fee is payable by credit card when registering.

We are offering two dates for this training at two different locations:
Aug 20th at Heritage Elementary School in Woodburn Training runs 8:30-4:00. For more information on this training and to register, click here.  Only 18 slots available for this training! (click here for flyer!)
 
Aug 21st at Oregon Child Development Coalition in Wilsonville Training runs 8:30-4:00. For more information on this training and to register, click here.Only 30 slots available for this training! (click here for flyer!)

Out-of-School Time STEM Survey

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. General areas of data collection include:  General Program Information, Youth Participation, Program Design and Delivery, Funding and Costs, Staff and Professional Developments, Partnerships, and Evaluation.

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.

But to do this, we need your help!

Please participate in the survey, or pass it along. We want to collect comprehensive data we can use with lawmakers, and to do that we need responses from as many programs as possible.

  • If you are a coordinator or manager of an out-of-school program in Oregon, please read through the attached FAQs, and use this address to take the survey. Your participation is greatly appreciated!
  • If you are not a coordinator or manager of an out-of-school program, please forward this survey and attached information to any and all out-of-school programs you may be in contact with.  We appreciate your help!

Timeline:  Data will be collected June through November of 2014, and evaluated in December. The report will be created in January of 2015, and presented to legislators in February.

 

Click here for FAQS about the survey!

New Job Opportunities!

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Quality Project Updates

The OregonASK Quality Improvement Specialists have started a project with the YMCA of Columbia-Willamette school-age child care sites to work through Oregon's Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS). Jenny, Susan and Lauren attended a three-day training at Western Oregon University with the Teaching Research Institute staff to learn how to support programs in the quality improvement process and encourage staff to participate in and log their professional development and education in The Oregon Registry. Many of the YMCA-CW sites are already knee-deep in the QRIS process and some others are just getting started. Jenny and Susan have been out visiting sites all over the Portland area and are excited that this work will illustrate the great work already being done and will empower staff and programs to learn and do even more great things in out-of-school time.

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