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Supervisor Academy
Feb. 4 - Mar. 21, 2014

This professional development session focuses on preparing new supervisors for understanding the role of a supervisor and how to effectively supervisor other staff. Participants will explore the role of the supervisor, examine behavior and coaching techniques, practice setting clear performance expectations, effective communication skills along with motivation and teamwork.

Oregon Registry CKC: Set Two PM


OASK/NAA Members: $200 Non-members: $250 


 Click here to register.

Quality Programs

Module 3: Academic Practices and Youth Outcomes 

Feb. 20 - Mar. 21, 2014 


Three common factors for quality programs and academic programming include goals, standards based learning and research based curriculum. In this module we will explore instructional practices and how academic skill development can encourage students to build social skills and facilitate learning.

10 hours Set Two CKC: LEC


OASK/NAA Members:

Non-members: $125 


Click here to register.

All OregonASK trainings are linked to the Oregon Registry!
Save the Date!
Afterschool and Summer Day at the Capitol - February 18, 2014
 Mark your calendars, and plan to join us to speak with your legislators about the value of what you do.

Key strategies identified by experts to expand and improve enrichment learning  opportunities:

  • A data system,   
  • Citywide quality-improvement standards, and;   
  • A "coordinating entity" to help the many players in the afterschool arena work together

A recent study finds, "Historically, the afterschool field has been decentralized, with programs, schools, city leaders, and funders operating separately from each other," says Ivan Charner of FHI 360. "Yet we found that many positive steps have been taken to coordinate afterschool programs in large cities across the country. If this trend continues and afterschool coordination truly goes nationwide, we believe that more children will have access to and participate in high-quality afterschool programs."


One striking finding is that support from mayors and city managers is crucial to this effort. Cities describing their mayors as "highly committed" to afterschool coordination were far more likely to see afterschool funding remain stable (46 percent of respondents) or increase (21 percent of respondents) over the past five years.  


The study, Is Citywide Afterschool Coordination Going Nationwide? An Exploratory Study in Large Cities, was conducted by FHI 360, a global nonprofit that conducts research into education and a host of other issues. The study was commissioned by The Wallace Foundation, which has supported local efforts to formally knit together the municipal agencies, schools, nonprofit youth programs and other institutions vital to providing afterschool services, with the goal of expanding access to afterschool programs to many more low-income children.


"Research tells us that more children and teens can get access to high-quality afterschool experiences when communities coordinate the work of the many different groups involved," said Nancy Devine, director of learning and enrichment at Wallace. "This new study indicates an emerging national trend of large cities working to coordinate afterschool programs, but it also tells us that cities can do more to build an effective system."


Excerpt from Cities Report 360. To read the FHI 360 study and to see an infographic summarizing key findings, click here.
Interested in Saving Money on Training? Scholarship Opportunity Available Now!

Earn 50 Set Two credits for $250!

We have kicked off our Quality Framework Series  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.

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 - Begin Now!

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 - Begin Now!

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.


Click here for descriptions and to register!! 

Game Education PDX launches inaugural Rockwood camp


Sixteen students gathered around laptops and prepared for the day's adventure: creating video games with SNAP, a visual programming software.

Gresham area students brought games to life during the inaugural Rockwood Library Game Camp held Dec. 30-Jan 4.

The camp was a part of Game Education PDX, an initiative led by Pixel Arts Game Education that strives to connect Portland youths from underprivileged areas with hands-on game education.

"This was a good entry point for learning about the gaming environment," said Megan Pixley, a senior at Reynolds High School who loves video games and aspires to become a video arts story writer.

Read the whole article here!

For more information about Game Education, click here.


Global Game Jam

At the Global Game Jam, friends and community members come together to make their own games in a span of 48 hours.


Join the Portland Indie Game Squad from 5-7 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 26, in Room 263 of the Art Institute of Portland to see the final steps of a 48-hour game-making challenge.


As games become completed, play them side-by-side with their developers. The event is free and open to all ages, with snacks provided.


For more information about the Global Game Jam, including registration, visit the official event posting:

Resources & Opportunities
Back by popular demand - the Third Annual "Oregon School Employee Wellness Conference"
March 23-25, 2014
Bend, Oregon 


95% of conference participants recommend attending the Oregon School Employee Wellness Conference.


"The conference provides a life enriching experience empowering us to enrich the lives of others where we work and live."
Register online NOW!   

Invite your friends and colleagues to attend the conference!  And if you have the greatest number of friends and colleagues that attend, you become eligible for free lodging at the Riverhouse Hotel and Conference Center in their SPA Suite!

Need a reason to attend the conference? The conference is a great place to... 

  • Fuel your passion through networking and learning what others are doing to promote wellness
  • Get practical information and tools to take back to your districts, schools, and communities
  • Rejuvenate yourself where there are plenty of opportunities to be active, eat healthy, and relax in the beautiful nature of Central Oregon 
  • Hone your personal skills as a leader in school employee wellness
  • Connect with community partners
  • No Registration Fee
  • Earn 1 CPE credit from PSU and/or 10 CPDUs sponsored by OEA

Consider bringing a team - there's something for everyone! 

  • Student success begins with taking care of yourself!
  • Investing in wellness makes good cents!  Come learn ways to improve employee morale, decrease health care costs, absenteeism and substitute costs!
  • School employee health impacts student success. Learn effective strategies that incorporate staff wellness to energize and support your team!
  • Don't go it alone. Create collaborative partnerships between public health and school districts to improve the health of employees, students and communities.

Featuring nationally recognized speaker, Greg Bell! 

Greg Bell, CSP, is a recognized thought leader, author of Water The BambooŽ: Unleashing The Potential Of Teams And Individuals, and founder of the Water The Bamboo Center For Leadership. As an innovator and keen observer of highly successful leaders and teams, he distilled his findings into the Water The Bamboo approach to success. Through his entertaining and content-driven keynotes and seminars, Greg has encouraged and inspired thousands of leaders and teams to identify and water their bamboo to create remarkable results. Simply put, Greg is a problem solver who will help you and your organization flourish. Water The Bamboo is not a feel-good philosophy; it's about seeing the world in a new and profound way for better results.


For more information go to:  


Or contact, Inge Aldersebaes at or Jake Rooks at 

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.

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.

The remaining upcoming dates are: 


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: For questions or comments, please contact Meghan Perry at or 503-517-8990 x 201.