STEM and ESSA Webinar

CLICK HERE to access the recording of our March 16th Webinar on STEM & ESSA Integration, with  speakers from the STEM Education Coalition. CLICK HERE to find out more about our workgroup and ESSA resources.
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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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For more information, contact Malachite Wyld


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. We will be releasing 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

For more information contact Katie Lakey

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!


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