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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.

OregonASK is Going on the Road

Training Roadshow

OregonASK has been awarded funds to host school age trainings all around the state in an effort to provide more quality professional development opportunities for school age providers. We will be visiting Newport, Eugene, Bend, La Grande and Roseburg over the next five months, as well as hosting a number of trainings in our Wilsonville offices. For a full list of training locations and topics near you, Click Here

Hope to see you out there!

OGCP Forums Around the State

Starting in February, OGCP will begin traveling around the state as we host forums focused on Exemplary Practices in STEM and Supporting & Engaging Families. Our first stop is in Springfield on February 23rd, followed by Newport, La Grande, Bend and Medford later in the spring. Forums will reach out to local STEM partners and organizations interested in building or strengthening collaborations that support increasing STEM experiences for girls.  Visit our Roadshow page for more information about upcoming forums.

NCCE 2015 Conference

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.  

Following the Mythos Challenge

Starting this February, OregonASK will be following the progress of the Mythos Challenge, taking place throughout Multnomah County over the next several months. The Mythos Challenge is a collaborative project put together by Pixel Arts, Portland Art Museum (PAM), Girls Inc., ChickTech, Portland Youth Builders, and Multnomah County Public Library to engage youth in this unique opportunity to become part of the Gods and Heroes exhibition at PAM this summer.

Check in each month for the latest update on the Mythos Challenge 

Improving Quality

The training philosophy at OregonASK is to improve the the quality of afterschool programs by providing relevant training and resources. The OregonASK Quality Team's fall training season started with gusto in August and peaked in November with the annual Oregon Afterschool Conference. The Team delivered over 100 hours of training to nearly 400 afterschool providers by the end of November. Half of those training hours were related to offering STEM content in afterschool.

Another project of the Quality Team is supporting licensed, school-age childcare sites in the Quality Rating Improvement System (QRIS) and encouraging staff to participate in and log their professional development and education in The Oregon Registry. The Team has been working with 40 sites in 2014 and will add 5 more in the New Year.
 
Additionally, the Quality Team serves afterschool programs by offering observation and assessment based on Oregon's Quality Standards for Afterschool and Summer Programs. Like QRIS, this process creates opportunities for continuous improvement and recognizes a job well done.

 

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