Upcoming Professional Development

Mind the Gap Spring Conference verMind the Gap

Register now to attend the 2019 early childhood and school age spring conference presented in partnership with OregonASK and Oregon Association for Education of Young Children (ORAEYC). This year, there is a focus on addressing gaps in our system of serving children and families, such as: the transition from early childhood programs into school, moving from school day to afterschool, communication between parents and providers, gaps in equitable service, gaps in professional development, gaps between providers, and the gap between decision-makers and the people who do the work.

The conference will take place in Albany and Linn Benton Community College on April 12th & 13th. You may register for 1 or 2 days, and select each session you plan to attend ahead of time. Find our Mind the Gap School Age Sessions and then registration information for full conference found HERE.

Leadership in Afterschool 2019

Revamped and ready to engage all levels of afterschool professionals, this series will focus on essential skills for program staff and how skills can be applied to working with colleagues and employees. Content will include a variety of topics to help build your skill set while improving the atmosphere of your day to day program for all you reach. The tentative schedule is below and each class is $30. Scholarships available for staff in licensed facilities, contact Susan.Zundel@oregonask.org with questions.

Trainings will be held from 10am-12pm at OregonASK or available online.

  • February 22nd – Leadership in Afterschool: Emotional Intelligence
  • March 8th – Leadership in Afterschool: Staff are People
  • March 22nd- Leadership in Afterschool: Delegation 
  • April 5thLeadership in Afterschool: Giving and Receiving Feedback
  • April 26th – Employee Wellness for Afterschool Providers

Register Now for any or all of the classes

CryptoClub Training – Interested in joining the mystery?


OregonASK  is looking to expand our 2018-19 Oregon cohort of programs participating in a national Learning Community. The CryptoClub curriculum teaches cryptography and mathematics to middle school age youth using a new CryptoClub website and physical workbooks. This cohort will connect educators with others around Oregon and the country as you share resources and information. If you are interested in participating in a training this winter, please fill out This Form to let us know. The training includes an educator manual and youth workbook, it is NGSS aligned, and provides strategies to support the exploration of math and cryptography so no math teaching experience is necessary.

Service to Careers: Health Pathways this Spring

OregonASK is recruiting middle school programs interested in facilitating youth-focused service learning curriculum that aligns youth employability skills with local health occupation workforce needs. Our Health & Wellness Coordinator will be working with local and state stakeholders to adapt this 10 week/session program to guide youth through the process of problem solving and service focused on health. If you are interested in participating in this Health Service to Careers Project cohort, please contact Kassy.Rousselle@oregonask.org.

Leap into Science: Wind and Air

April 5th in Salem from 9am-1pm- Register Now

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Leap into Science is a nationwide program developed by The Franklin Institute Science Museum that integrates open-ended science activities with children’s books, designed for children ages 3-10 and their families. The program empowers educators to offer workshops in community settings like libraries, museums, and out-of-school time programs. This fun Science and Literacy content uses simple materials, play, and reading aloud to encourage young learners to build STEM identity. You can read more about the Oregon Leap into Science or read our Project Profile. Training and kit distribution for the second year of this pilot focused Wind& Air will begin in March 2019.

Hero Elementary – Coming Fall 2019

Hero Elementary is a PBS Kids series and engaging educational media effort focused on improving school readiness in science and literacy for children grades K-2 and their families nationwide, with an emphasis on Latino communities, English Language Learners, students with special needs, and children from low-income households. Hero Elementary training workshops integrate inquiry-based STEM instruction with a commitment to equity in education. Participants will learn the latest research about engaging students in science; and have access to transmedia resources such as the animated television segments, digital games and hands-on activities to promote STEM learning.

Web Literacy Clubs


OregonASK is currently facilitating a cohort of programs utilizing web literacy resources to facilitate upper elementary and middle school aged youth in developing 21st Century Skills. The pilot includes trainings with new web literacy content, as well as best practices for teaching STEM and Computer Science. Programs are taught how to issue digital badges that can be aligned in local workforce needs or simply documented as a portfolio of skills. Our fall cohort will be expected to implement programs by Decemeber 2018 after attending the August 31st training in Wilsonville. Read more about the Web Literacy Project here or contact rachel.kessler@oregonask.org with questions.

Current Training & Curricula Brochure

For a full list of available training Click Here for OregonASK updated list of our current Training Brochure. Contact Katie Lakey for more information about scheduling a training for your program.

Girls STEAM Ahead

chandraOregonASK partnered with NGCP and NASA to Girls STEAM Ahead “Recoloring the Universe” lessons and activities to Oregon programs! Recoloring the Universe is an educator training using hands-on and virtual STEAM activities about color, astronomy, and coding from NASA! Participants learn basic coding while experiencing real world applications of science, technology, and even art.

For more information about the online resources or implementation, email rachel.kessler@oregonask.org