Budget Town Hall Meetings

The Oregon legislature’s Join Ways and Means Committee will hold a series of public hearings in seven cities across the state beginning February 10. This will give Oregonians an opportunity to provide input into the 2017-19 budget, which currently faces a $1.8 billion shortfall. Attend a meeting near you to share why afterschool and education matter to you!

A schedule of the meetings can be found here: Town Hall Meeting Dates



For more information, contact Malachite Wyld

ESSA Workgroup

essa_logo_xOregonASK has been working in collaboration with the Oregon Department of Education, Chief Education Office and an amazing group of stakeholders, to offer solutions to help policymakers and STEM partners thoroughly understand the importance and role that afterschool and summer STEM & CTE opportunities play in creating equitable systems to support all youth in Oregon.  Our report provides a framework for implementation, as well as suggested funding sources to provide a practical manual for increasing student outcomes to meet the rigorous state goals set forth to ensure our state and our students, teachers and communities continue to grow and thrive in the years to come. The report is coming in early March.
Over the last months, we have been working to understand how we might be able to utilize the new ESSA implementation to better integrate informal STEM & CTE opportunities within our state education plan moving forward. We discussed strategies and recommendations at our last work group meeting, December 14th in Salem. To learn more, contact Beth Unverzagt.
Full implementation of ESSA will not occur until the 2017-18 school year, but planning must begin now. States and school districts and their partners can find valuable resources for creating positive school climates and expanded learning opportunities in ESSA Titles I, II, IV, V, VI, VII, and IX. This report describes resources, programmatic requirements, and allowable uses of funds in each of these Titles. For each Title, this report provides a brief description about the program that was authorized, lists the appropriated and authorized funding levels as set forth by Congress, the President’s fiscal year 2017 budget request, and the type of entity that can apply for the fund.
We’ll be hosting an open conversation about ESSA our workgroup’s recommendations on February 8, from 2:30-4:30 in Wilsonville. You’re invited to join us in-person or virtually. Registration can be found here.
CLICK HERE to find more resources about ESSA and after school.

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Oregon Afterschool Conference 2017

Choose Your Own Adventure

November 4th, 2017

Chemeketa Community College

Thank you to all who were able to join us on October 22nd at Chemeketa Community College for our annual Oregon Afterschool Conference!

Looking forward to seeing you all again next year to Choose Your Own Adventure! Check out some pictures and resources from the day HERE.

Making All Learning Count: Competency-Based Education

digital-badgeIn the 21st century, learning can take place anytime, anywhere, at any pace, and with the learner at the center.

In collaboration with the Afterschool Alliance, Mozilla Foundation has worked with three statewide afterschool networks in Maryland, Oregon, and Michigan in a project funded by the C.S. Mott Foundation. These three networks have piloted 21 Century skills and other badges in afterschool programs to gain a deeper understanding of what is needed to help informal learning become formally recognized for college and career-readiness. The lessons learned from this pilot will be shared and taken to scale with other statewide afterschool networks and afterschool initiatives.

CLICK HERE to read more about how Oregon participated in piloting Competency-Based Education & Digital Credentials.

Exploring STEM Municipal Conversations

As part of the National League of Cities Institute for Youth, Education and Families image001initiative to support afterschool and summer learning, OregonASK was awarded a small grant to work on informing and engaging more municipal leaders in the issues surrounding afterschool. Thanks to this grant, OregonASK worked with regional STEM Hubs and partners to host discussions about the importance and impact of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) on our communities. Our overarching messaging for the events was around how Afterschool & Summer Support STEM by providing increased Access, STEM Fluency, and Equitable Opportunity. CLICK HERE to read more about the events or download the Report HERE.

Thinking about Summer 2017?

On July 14th, 2016 Centro Cultural de Washington County welcomed White House Official, Alejandra Ceja to their program, highlighting the years of services they have provided and their new commitment to serving youth during the summer. Read the Full Story HERE.

Do you have someone or something you’d like us to highlight? Email us with details, pictures or links to local news stories.

Welcome to the new OregonASK website! Resources you’re looking for may have moved or may not be available online at this time. If there is something specific you’re looking for but can not find contact us here and we will do our best to find it for you.