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Smart Summers Report: Investing in Experience, Skills, and Oregon’s Future through Summer Learning

We are thrilled to share with you this summer learning report created by the House Education Committee’s Summer Learning Work Group, convened by Representative Smith Warner between the 2016 & 2017 legislative sessions.
The Smart Summers Report explains the nature of summer learning, provides policy context for decision makers, and offers examples of how summer learning has made a difference for children in Oregon- and across the nation. Drawing on the experiences of diverse stakeholders, this report offers recommendations for linking enrichment and skill-building opportunities to provide high-impact learning experiences for Oregon kids most in need of them. Together, these recommendations support broader improvements in the structure, design, and quality of educational offerings that Oregon leaders are working toward.
We convened a small group of stakeholders and legislators at the Gilbert House Children’s Museum on Thursday April 13th for our official release of the report and to highlight all the good work continuing in Oregon. Many thanks to all the work group participants and partners who have helped inform our summer learning work! You can access the full report here.

Oregon Computer Science Teacher Assocation Summer Symposium and SuperQuest Professional Development Workshops

The Oregon Computer Science Teachers Association (OCSTA) Summer Symposium will be held June 24 in Wilsonville. Watch the OCSTA Website for more information! OCSTA will also be hosting a series of SuperQuest Workshops across the state.

SuperQuest is a highly collaborative technology training series designed specifically for K-12 teachers by K-12 and Community College teachers. Their goal is to empower educators with the skills and classroom tools to build hands-on technology learning directly into their classrooms and/or after-school activities. See the 2017 SuperQuest FAQ to learn more!

Professional Development Workshop Dates (registrations coming soon)

  • Salem, June 26-28
  • Wilsonville, June 27-29
  • Redmond, July 12-14
  • Pendleton, July 19-21
  • Newport, July 26-28
  • Eugene, August 2-4
  • Southern Oregon, August 15-17

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STEM Ready America

STEM Ready America is a compendium from 40 authors presenting bold and persuasive evidence on how science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) knowledge and skills are preparing young people to be successful in school today and the workforce tomorrow. Edited by STEM Next Director Ron Ottinger, the compendium features 40 thought leaders, including OregonASK’s Executive Director Beth Unverzagt. The compendium is full of hard evidence and real-world examples to inform effective partnerships, policies, and actions to bring qulaity STEM learning to children and youth across the nation. STEM Ready America highlights powerful stories of success from across the country and shares the latest in the growing body of research on the important role afterschool learning plays in preparing youth for the workforce.

CLICK HERE to read the Compendium.

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
  • Literacy
  • Art
  • Behavior Management
  • Social and Emotional Learning
  • Emergency Preparedness
  • Program Management and Planning

Family Science Nights

Parents are an essential to a child’s positive STEM Identity. We need to fill the opportunity gap in STEM education and careers by making sure all children know that they can do science and
math, use technology, and apply their knowledge to practical experiences. To help meet this need OregonASK is partnering with Portland Council PTA (a coalition of 74 parent groups in Portland) to empower parents to create family engagement events where families work together on engineering design challenges. PTA leaders and afterschool program staff at their school attended training to brush up on best practices for leading informal STEM activities and hosting meaningful family events.  Six pilot PTAs are a part of this project and have committed to hosting STEM family nights at their schools.  Each site received training, a $350 kit of materials, a guidebook, and coaching support. We hope to expand next school year to include additional schools. The six PTAs are Boise-Eliot/Humboldt, Creston, Faubion, Hayhurst, Scott, and Vestal. The family events will take place in February and March. We’ll be reporting on our successes and challenges at the Oregon PTA Conference and Convention on April 21-22 in Wilsonville. You can read more about the power of parents and their role in a child’s STEM identity on the National PTA website.

Below is a slideshow of photos from the event.

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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. Below is a slideshow of photos from the event! You can find an overview of the study here.

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ESSA & Informal STEM Workgroup


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.

OregonASK worked closely with the Chief Education Office and Oregon Department of Education to convene a workgroup of representatives from diverse local, state and community-based organizations. Over the past several months, we have worked with our stakeholder group to develop a clear vision, mission and the strategies to best support a more equitable and accessible STEM system, creating a resource to support the goals of our affiliates and encourage collaborative efforts across the state. CLICK HERE for a full report on our work and findings this month, as well as hosting a series of informational webinars over the next two months. OregonASK would like to thank to the Overdeck Foundation for supporting this work.

OAC Save the Date

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Thinking about Summer 2017?

What are your summer plans? Are you doing exciting things with your program? Will you be a summer meal site? Email us and let us know!sl3-2017-poster

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.