Oregon Afterschool Conference

Register HERE to join us November 3, 2018 at Chemeketa Community College in Salem

Early Bird Registration is only $89 per person until September 15, contact Katie.Lakey@oregonask.org for group registration.

Express Yourself at the 2018 Oregon Afterschool Conference

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With the 2018 Oregon Afterschool Conference just several months away, we are so excited to be welcoming our Keynote Speaker, Sadiq Ali, joining us all the way from Maryland. Sadiq is a two time best selling author, speaker, professor, education consultant, leadership trainer, social entrepreneur, trained mediator, certified mentor consultant and founder of the Millionaire Manners Academy training organization. You can read more about him HERE. We look forward to having Sadiq lead an engaging keynote session focused on authentically supporting youth in expressing themselves as we all become the best versions of ourselves.

Our full conference brochure is coming soon but here are a few other highlights about the conference to look forward to….

Expression Sessions – 90 minute discussion-based sessions focused on a variety of topics where each of you are contributors to one anothers learning.

  • Gender Identity & Supportive Environments
  • What does Culturally Responsive Mean?
  • Tough Topics: Safety in Afterschool
  • Encouraging Creativity in a Checkbox World
  • Tough Topics: Youth Mental Health
  • Importance of Youth Voice
  • Incorporating Future Ready Skills in your Program
  • Keep Kids Coming Back for More
  • Principals as Your Program Partner
  • How to Pitch your Program

Presenters from around Oregon and the west coast including:

Carol Tang – Currently, Dr. Carol Tang is the Executive Director of the Children’s Creativity Museum with a mission to nurture creativity and collaboration in all children and families. Carol was Director of the National Coalition for Science After School and head of exhibits and public programs at the California Academy of Sciences during their 2008 re-opening. In 2012, Carol received a California “Leading Women in STEM” award and was part of the Museum Leaders of the Future initiative of the California Association of Museums. She now serves on the Board of Directors of the National Afterschool Association and How Kids Learn Foundation.

Heather Singmaster from Asia Society, focused on Workforce Readiness Skills for All Students in a Global Economy.

Shirley Lomax from Western Oregon University returning to share again exploring some of the fundamentals of human-environment interactions, including carrying capacity and understanding cause-and-effect relationships in nature.

Barbara Brody from OSU Extension will be presenting about Farm to School and Oregon’s School Garden Summit.


Our 2017 conference theme, Choose Your Own Afterschool Adventure, emphasized helping guide and equip youth with necessary equipment for them to find their own success, whatever that may be.  You can take a look at our 2017 Conference Review to see who attended and how they rated it. Thank you to so many for joining us in the adventure and making a memorable experience as we learn from one another.

CLICK HERE to see photos from the 2017 conference.

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Every year, OregonASK Expanded Learning Partnership provides this one day professional development conference focused on improving the quality of out of school programs across the state. We try to provide a balance of opportunities for front line staff, as well as program management and Set 2 Oregon Registry level trainings.

OregonASK’s mission is to inspire learning, keep kids safe, help working families, and support whole-child development and wellness. One way that we work to support our mission is to provide training and resources to education and community organizations to equip them with structured, educational, and enrichment opportunities for students.


Thank You to All Who Joined Us Last October!

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Thanks to our all of our Session Presenters, Table Exhibitors and wonderful Volunteers for giving your time to share resources with participants!

And Thank You to all the afterschool and summer program participants who joined us at Chemeketa Community College on Saturday for a full day of Stepping into the Future! 

CLICK HERE to check out photos from Oregon Afterschool Conference 2016

CLICK HERE to see a report on the Oregon Afterschool Conference 2016