Collaborative Effort to Integrate STEM & CTE Opportunities throughout Oregon’s Educational System

OregonASK is excited to be working with the Oregon Department of Education, Chief Education Office and an amazing group of stakeholders to help policymakers and STEM partners thoroughly understand the importance and role that afterschool and summer STEM & CTE opportunities play for creating equitable systems to support all youth in Oregon.

Over the last several weeks, 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.

Have You Heard of ESSA?

ESSAThe Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) is the new K-12 federal education law, which reauthorizes the Elementary and Secondary Education Act and replaces No Child Left Behind. The law aims to increase local input and flexible decision making based on what communities and states need. This new law provides tremendous opportunities to for afterschool and summer programs to secure resources and be more connected with formal education. The Oregon Department of Education is hosting a series of community feedback sessions to hear what you think about our new state plan for educating youth. This is your opportunity to share about the important role that afterschool, summer and community partners play in supporting successful youth. We hope you are able to attend and share your dreams for improving the system of education that supports our youth, families and communities. CLICK HERE to find more resources about ESSA and afterschool.


Oregon Afterschool Conference 2017

Choose Your Own Adventure

November 4th, 2017

Chemeketa Community College

OAC2016logo_SMALLThank 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.

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