Speaking Up for Afterschool & Summer
On June 7th, OregonASK staff and partners joined hundreds of advocates on Capitol Hill to share about the importance of expanded learning opportunities. Our key message was 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 and families – Afterschool for All!
In just one day, advocates from 45 states participated in 200 meetings on Capitol Hill and an additional 3,700 calls and emails were sent in support of federal afterschool funding.
If you missed it, do not fear, there are several other opportunities for you to share your perspective. On June 28, summer and afterschool supporters will be together again on Capitol Hill talking to members of Congress about benefits of summer programs. You can amplify their voices by contacting your members of Congress to ask them to fight cuts to afterschool and summer programs!
Don’t forget to mark your calendars for several other opportunities:
July 4: Congress is home for an extended holiday—set up a meeting or site visit to bring policy-makers to your program
July 13: Sign up for Summer Learning Day! Invite your congressional district offices and local leaders to come see your summer programs!
Thank you to everyone who participated and continues to advocate for Afterschool & Summer Programs!
Ready to Play in the Park this July?
Did you know that July is Park and Recreation Month? While it’s been celebrated since 1985, the annual event became official when the U.S. House of Representatives passed a resolution in July 2009. This year, the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) is challenging everyone to “get their play on” with their local parks and recreation. See this infographic about how vital play is for the well-being, physical health, and personal interactions of children and adults. Find more resources HERE to support your program as we all celebrate play during Park & Recreation Month.
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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