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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.

Ready for Summer Learning

OregonASK is getting ready for summer as we select SL3 sites for this year and start a new endeavor into Zero Robotics. 

Our Summer Learning, Summer Library, Summer Lunch (SL3) program will be operating at approximately 30 sites around Oregon. We are excited to start another summer partnering with the Oregon State Library, Oregon Department of Education USDA Summer Food program and the National Summer Learning Association. 

We are also excited to help facilitate the implementation of MIT's Zero Robotics Summer Spheres Program at six sites throughout Oregon. Teams will start their training July 6th and end with a live-feed demonstration from the International Space Station, held at Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum August 14th.

STEM Uncovered Video Competition

Tell the story of STEM in afterschool for a chance to win your program $1,000! The CS Mott and Noyce Foundations are sponsoring this STEM Video Competition to encourage afterschool and summer programs to document the story of STEM in afterschool -put together a 3 minute video showing the building, exploring, creating, and dreaming that is happening everyday. Use THIS LINK to read full competition details and rules.

Dont' forget to let us know if you submit a video so we can help promote the amazing work going on in Oregon!

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 and numerous other partner to engage youth in this unique opportunity to become part of the Gods and Heroes exhibition at PAM this summer.

Check out this months update on the forming of the Mythos Challenge Youth Council

2015 Oregon's Children's Agenda

OregonASK joins over 60 groups that have come together to build United for Kids, a legislative policy agenda for Oregon's Kids. Review the 2015 Children's Agenda document created and pay particular attention to page 4: it is time that every student has an equal chance to succeed

We agree it is time to invest in expanded learning opportunities afterschool and in summer to support health and academic achievement and prevent learning loss.  

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.  We continued the work this spring by packing up our Wilsonville office to take trainings to school age providers in Springfield, Eugene, Medford, Bend, and Newport. More than 100 afterschool professionals attended our Road to Quality training events this spring. 

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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