Afterschool for All Challenge
OregonASK joined hundreds of advocates on Capitol Hill on June 7th to share about the importance of afterschool and ask Congress to do the right thing for youth and families by continuing funding for 21st Century Community Learning Centers and many other programs utilized to serve youth before & after school and during the summer months.
Advocates from 45 states participated in 200 meetings with members of Congress and/or their staff on Capitol Hill. For supporters who couldn’t come in person, the Afterschool Alliance also encouraged folks to advocate from home. In one day, there were 3,700 meetings, calls and emails in support of federal afterschool funding. Feedback is still coming in from the meetings and calls, but so far three members of Congress have signed up as new Afterschool Caucus members and 12 members signed on as new co-sponsors of HR 2353 the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act.
Thank you to everyone who participated in the Afterschool for All Challenge!
STEM Learning in Afterschool
Researchers from the PEAR Institute and Texas Tech University conducted a study of how afterschool helps shape STEM identity. The study examined more than 160 afterschool programs in 11 states: Oregon, Florida, Iowa, Indiana, Kansas, Massachusetts, Maryland, Michigan, Nebraska, Pennsylvania, and South Carolina.
The study found that these programs change the way the majority of students see the STEM field:
- 80 percent said their STEM career knowledge increased
- 78 percent reported a more positive attitude about STEM
- 72 percent said their perseverance and critical thinking skills increased
Across all 11 states, 70 percent of students reported positive gains in these areas. The study also found that the vast majority of teachers/facilitators felt the programs helped students increase their STEM skills with 90 percent of them reporting their students’ science proficiency and confidence had improved.
The study was released March 1 in Washington DC. You can find an overview of the study here.
Smart Summers Report: Investing in Experience, Skills, and Oregon’s Future through Summer Learning
Training and Curricula Brochure
Do you need to schedule training for your program for the spring or summer of 2017? CLICK HERE to download our current Training Brochure. OregonASK is proud to offer training on a variety of content and curricula that aligns with Oregon Center for Career Development (OCCD) and the Oregon Registry Online (ORO). Contact Katie Lakey for more information about scheduling a training for your program.
OregonASK training content areas:
- Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM)
- Health and Wellness
- Homework Support
- Behavior Management
- Social and Emotional Learning
- Emergency Preparedness
- Program Management and Planning
With the recent authorization of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), OregonASK has taken the opportunity to partner with Oregon Department of Education in the development of the Oregon State ESSA Implementation Plan. This winter, we set out to provide a framework that would encourage cooperation between state agencies, communities, and nonprofit organizations, while building on the foundation set forth in the Oregon STEM Education Plan.
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