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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.

SAVE THE DATE!

November 8, 2014

Chemeketa Community College
Registration Opens August 1st!
For up to date information - keep an eye out here! 
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 visit the Oregon Girls Collaborative Project page and find out more about mini-grants available, our leadership, and the Project.

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!

Senator Ron Wyden Visits Oregon SL3 Sites!!

 

On Wednesday, July 2, Senator Ron Wyden visited Nellie Muir Elementary to see the fantastic summer program, Woodburn AfterSchool Club (WASC). He had the opportunity to learn about the strong community collaborations that support WASC, read a book to a library full of children and spent time answering their questions (our favorites, "Are you Barack Obama's brother?" And, "Do you eat at Subway too?") He also answered the all important question about visiting him in Washington D.C. - if you visit the Mint, you can in fact take home a bag of money! Most importantly though, Oregon State Representative Betty Komp; Woodburn Superintendent Chuck Ransom; Woodburn Director of Instructional Services Sonia Kool; and, Nellie Muir Principal Todd Farris had the opportunity to show the Senator a school district and community that is working hard to support their children through Woodburn's Migrant Education Program, WASC's Summer Camp, and by keeping their library open and kids fed through SL3:School Libraries, Summer Lunch, Summer Learning.

That same day, the Senator traveled to Salem and he and Oregon Department of Education Deputy Superintendent Rob Saxton donned aprons and gloves and served lunch to the children at Grant Community School before meeting with state and local partners to hear more about the SL3 Project, our partnership with the National Summer Learning Association, the Oregon State Library and the Office of Learning - Child Nutrition Program. Joining NSLA founder Matt Boulay; Oregon State Librarian MaryKay Dahlgreen; Office of Learning - Child Nutrition Director Joyce Dougherty; and, Program Manager Lynne Reinoso; Salem Keizer Education Foundation Director Krina Lee; Salem Keizer School Board Member Chuck Lee, and local partners gathered at Grant to share with the Senator the impact that summer learning programs, such as the SL3 project, can have on "summer slide."

Thursday, the 3rd, the Senator continued his Summer Learning visits by stopping at Guy Lee Park, where Food for Lane County hosts their summer meal program every day during lunchtime. He was joined by State Senator Lee Beyer; State Representative Phil Barnhart; Lane County Commissioner Sid Leiken; Willamalane Superintendent Bob Keefer; Food for Lane County Executive Director Beverlee Hughes; Springfield Public Schools Deputy Superintendent Matt Coleman; STAND for Children Lane County Director Joy Marshall; Oregon State Library State Librarian MaryKay Dahlgren; and, Katie Anderson, the State Libraries Youth Services Consultant, as well local partners.

Guy Lee Elementary school, across the park, is also partnering with SL3 to keep their school library open one day a week during the lunch program. The Senator gave free books to children visiting the park and called for increased local support of partnerships that support summer learning and summer food programs. 


Summer Meals Grants Memo - NEW!!!

This is a compilation of existing grant funding, either directed at summer programming, summer meals programs, organization capacity, and program implementation.


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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