2013 Oregon Afterschool Conference Recap
It was another fantastic conference - only made possible by our fabulous volunteers, quality presenters and all of you.
Thank you for your commitment to improving the quality of each of your programs, and for joining us for the weekend to learn from some of the state's best trainers, make new friends and new connections. We are grateful for the feedback we received - thank you for your complements and suggestions - it informs our plans over the next year and we look forward to an even better conference next year!
Interested in Saving Money on Training? Scholarship Opportunity Available Now!
Earn 50 Set Two credits for $250!
We are kicking off our
Quality Framework Series this week and we're thrilled to offer our this training at half off,
to anyone who qualifies for the Betty Gray Scholarship program! This 5-part series will take you through the entire Quality Framework beginning this week and running through May 2014.These 10-hr Training modules can also be taken individually without the scholarship at $125/module. PSU credit will be available in 1 credit increments per module (each module equals one credit).Module 1: Framework for Quality - This week - Jan. 7, 2014
What is a quality program? What are the components that are included? What are best practices for the field of afterschool? Join us as we examine the research, resources and tools available to define quality afterschool programming and how to measure quality.
10 hours Set Two CKC: PM
Module 2: Program Organization - Jan. 8 - Feb. 15, 2014
10 hours Set Two CKC: PM
Module 3: Academic Practices and Youth Outcomes - Feb. 20 - Mar. 21, 2014
10 hours Set Two CKC: LEC
Module 4: Positive Relationships and Youth Engagement - Mar. 31 - May 4, 2014
10 hours Set Two CKC: FCS & HGD
Module 5: Measuring Program Success - May 5 - June 8, 2014
10 hours Set Two CKC: PM
Want to talk with someone about how the Quality Modules fit into your professional development plan? We would love to talk with you - call us at 503-689-1656.
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Faces and Places: Computer Science Education Week
Computer Science Education Week was designed to honor the birthday of computing pioneer Admiral Grace Murray Hopper. Every year, educators across the country dedicate this week to expanding computer science education opportunities for youth in schools. As part of this year's celebration during the week of December 9th - 15th, CODE.org kicked off a campaign that they deemed An Hour of Code, to reach as many as 10 million youth by helping demystify the complexity of coding. CODE.org is a national non-profit working to promote computer science education in every school across the country. In an effort to reach more students during CSEd Week this year, they have included an unplugged lesson for educators to use as an introduction to code without the use of any technology whatsoever. Amazingly enough, the unplugged curriculum that is now being used across the world did not come from the Silicon Valley or a Microsoft campus (though both are heavily involved in the campaign). Instead, it came from Thinkersmith, a non-profit located right here in Oregon.
Thinkersmith has written a series of lessons that introduces computer programming skills, computational thinking, problem solving, and yes...even code, without having to turn on a computer. My Robotic Friends is just one of the lessons that provides students a hands-on opportunity to learn about writing, reading and debugging code.
In the Eugene/Springfield community, Thinkersmith is leading a local campaign to let every student in the area have the opportunity to learn code. Thinkersmith is recruiting volunteers from local businesses, college campuses and even high schools to learn the cup stacking programming lesson in order to go out into the community and teach a classroom of students. Schools and afterschool programs in the Portland Metro area are using the unplugged and online lessons to expose youth to the limitless opportunities that lay ahead in the world of technology.
The objective of Computer Science Education Week and this Hour of Code campaign is to help educate the entire country about the need for more CS education in schools. Learning the language of technology empowers youth to engage and control their environments in a positive way. Technology is a continuously growing field that needs more of these creative and confident people. Please use this opportunity to learn more about computer science education opportunities in your community and help build a stronger generation of young minds by getting involved.
Resources & Opportunities
SAFE: Screening Applicants for Effectiveness
How does your organization screen and select safe volunteers to work with kids? If you rely on a background check, join Oregon Mentors staff to learn why
volunteer screening goes way beyond the background check. During this six-hour training based on SAFE: Screening Applicants for Effectiveness, we'll review your organization's current screening practices and provide an in-depth dive on 21 tools you can use to screen out child predators.
This is an important opportunity to strengthen organizational screening tools including an application, interview, reference checks; and to learn more about components you may be missing like a final decision checklist, and on-going monitoring. If your organization relies on volunteers to promote positive outcomes for youth, you cannot afford to miss this training. Previous participants have commented that the material goes way
beyond a mandatory reporting training.
The SAFE workshop is being offered in several communities throughout the upcoming school year. Choose the date/location that works best for you. Join youth development leaders in your community to learn what you can do to stop child sexual abuse. Upcoming dates are:
Monday, Dec 2nd - Tillamook
Tuesday, Dec 3rd - Lebanon
Thursday, Feb 27th - Burns
Friday, Feb 28th - Redmond
Thursday, April 10th - The Dalles
Friday, April 11th - La Grande
Lunch will be provided. Space is limited. One person per organization, please. Due to the nature of the discussion, we recommend that the staff member attending the training is at management-level.
RSVP at: https://oregonmentors.wufoo.com/forms/safe-training-rsvp/. For questions or comments, please contact Meghan Perry at [email protected] or 503-517-8990 x 201.