Early Summer 2014   

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What an incredible way to start the summer! Two events, two days and two great shout-outs for our afterschool and summer learning programs.

Jodi Grant │ June 29  


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Senator Wyden Visits SL3 Sites in Woodburn, Salem and Springfield!

Senator Calls for Increased Support as National, State and Local Partners Discuss Effectiveness of Quality Summer Programming

Senator Ron Wyden chatting with students at the Summer Club at Nellie Muir Elementary School in Woodburn.
On Wednesday, July 2, Senator Ron Wyden visited Nellie Muir Elementary to see the fantastic "Summer Camp," hosted by Woodburn AfterSchool Club (WASC). He had the opportunity to learn about the strong community collaborations that support WASC, read a book to a library full of children and spent time answering their questions (our favorites, "Are you Barack Obama's brother?" And, "Do you eat at Subway too?"). He also answered the all most popular question about visiting him in Washington D.C. - if you visit the Mint, you can in fact take home a bag of money! Most importantly though, Oregon State Representative Betty Komp; Woodburn Superintendent Chuck Ransom; Woodburn Director of Instructional Services Sonia Kool; and, Nellie Muir Principal Todd Farris had the opportunity to show the Senator a school district and community that is working hard to support their children through Woodburn's Migrant Education Program, WASC's Summer Camp, and by keeping their library open and kids fed through SL3:School Libraries, Summer Lunch, Summer Learning. 


Senator Ron Wyden and Deputy Superintendent Rob Saxton serving summer lunch at Grant Community School in Salem. 

The same day,

the Senator traveled to Salem where he and Oregon Department of Education Deputy Superintendent Rob Saxton donned aprons and gloves and served lunch to the children at Grant Community School before meeting with state and local partners to hear more about the SL3 Project.


SL3: Summer Libraries, Summer Learning, Summer Lunch, is a community collaboration coordinated by Oregon Afterschool for Kids in partnership with the National Summer Learning Association, the Oregon State Library and the Office of Learning - Child Nutrition Program. Joining NSLA founder Matt Boulay; Oregon State Librarian MaryKay Dahlgreen; Office of Learning - Child Nutrition Director Joyce Dougherty; and, Program Manager Lynne Reinoso; Salem Keizer Education Foundation Director Krina Lee; Salem Keizer School Board Member Chuck Lee, and local partners gathered at Grant to share with the Senator the impact that summer learning programs, such as the SL3 project, can have on "summer slide."


Deputy Superintendent Rob Saxton's take on the opportunity of summer, "Summer is a wonderful time for children to play and explore the world around them.  However, it is also important for students to continue to practice their reading, writing, and math skills while school is out.  Developing these skills is like strengthening a muscle, and the muscle only stays strong if we keep exercising it.  Summer learning loss is a huge issue, particularly for our students in poverty. Summer programs can help to meet both our students' learning needs, so that they can return to school ready for their next steps, as well as providing important access to nutritious food that may not be available at home.  For our students in poverty, both the summer meals and academic enrichment programs provide a vital stop-gap during the summer months so that they can return to school in the fall happy, healthy, and ready to learn."


This year, 22 schools are keeping their school libraries open to students one or two days per week. Working in conjunction with the USDA Summer food schedule, this simple model focuses on the access and equity gap for children in Oregon around food and books. Studies show that low-income children lose two to three months in reading each summer, while their middle and upper-income peers make slight gains. By the end of fifth grade, lower-income children can be nearly three years behind their higher-income peers in reading and the gap continues to widen beyond that point. Additionally, many of Oregon's children are hungry during the summer months. Access to expanded learning opportunities over the summer has been shown to not only stop the "slide" but children participating in these programs have access to healthy food and demonstrate gains when returning to school in the fall.


Thursday, the 3rd, the Senator continued his Summer Learning visits by stopping at Guy Lee Park, where Food for Lane County hosts their summer meal program every day during lunchtime. He was joined by State Senator Lee Beyer; State Representative Phil Barnhart; Lane County Commissioner Sid Leiken; Willamalane Superintendent Bob Keefer; Food for Lane County Executive Director Beverlee Hughes; Springfield Public Schools Deputy Superintendent Matt Coleman; STAND for Children Lane County Director Joy Marshall; Oregon State Library State Librarian MaryKay Dahlgren; and, Katie Anderson, the State Libraries Youth Services Consultant, as well local partners.

Guy Lee Elementary School, across the park, is also partnering with SL3 to keep their school library open one day a week during the lunch program. The Senator gave free books to children visiting the park and called for increased local support of partnerships that support summer learning and summer food programs. 
 November 7 & 8, 2014
Chemeketa Community College

Registration Opens August 1st!
Conference Registration: $89

For up to date information - keep an eye on our website at Click here to download the flyer - pass it it around to anyone you think would be interested in this conference!
In the last month, Katie has been busy working on the 2014 STEM Mapping Survey that OregonASK is conducting in partnership with the Afterschool Alliance. The survey has been distributed, and Katie has begun collecting responses from STEM programs across the state.  She has also researching STEM resources and curriculum from a variety of sources, and will create a comprehensive list of curriculum, research, resources, and guides available for programs wanting to enhance their STEM offerings. Finally, she is also continuing to work with Bethany Thramer to plan the Oregon Girls Collaborative Project Kick-Off Conference and upcoming forums.  
STEM in Out-of School Time Survey
Oregon Afterschool for Kids and the Afterschool Alliance are teaming up to gather data on out-of-school programs in Oregon that offer science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) opportunities to school-aged children (K-12). The goal of this survey is to capture, for the first time ever, a comprehensive picture of the informal STEM learning opportunities in Oregon. General areas of data collection include: General Program Information, Youth Participation, Program Design and Delivery, Funding and Costs, Staff and Professional Developments, Partnerships, and Evaluation.


This survey is important. It will identify where out-of-school STEM opportunities exist in Oregon and where there are gaps to be filled, as well as document the needs of existing programs. The data from the survey will be compiled into a report and used to communicate with elected officials to promote the need for legislative support and increased funding for out-of-school STEM programs.

But to do this, we need your help!


Please participate in the survey, or pass it along. We want to collect comprehensive data we can use with lawmakers, and to do that we need responses from as many programs as possible.

  • If you are a coordinator or manager of an out-of-school program in Oregon, please read through the attached FAQs, and use this address to take the survey. Your participation is greatly appreciated!
  • If you are not a coordinator or manager of an out-of-school program, please forward this survey and attached information to any and all out-of-school programs you may be in contact with.  We appreciate your help!

Click here for FAQ's about the STEM Survey. 

Oregon Girls Collaborative Project Kick-off Conference - September 15th 
The OGCP Kick Off Conference will be held on September 15th at the OCDC building in Wilsonville. The conference will focus on the importance of girls in STEM and sharing more information about how to utilize OGCP to connect with local and national resources. The day will include a panel of girl-serving STEM organizations and girls, a keynote by Lynn Dierking, resource breakout sessions and a plethora of networking opportunities. Registration will open July 15th  for the 9am-3pm day long event! Check on our website for more information and to register!
OregonASK 1 of 5 States Awarded Digital Badge Grant from the Afterschool Alliance!
Over the course of the next year, we will pilot new badge systems to offer digital badges to youth in afterschool and summer programs and/or offer digital badges to afterschool professionals.  


Digital badges are an exciting innovation to recognize the skills young people and adults gain in both formal and informal learning environments, such as afterschool programs, schools, libraries, museums, workplaces and institutions of higher education. Utilizing digital badges, students demonstrate to those outside of their program-their parents, their friends, their school-day teachers or even their future employers-the skills and knowledge they've gained.  

Resources & Opportunities
Oregon Statewide Scholarship - Race to the Top Supplemental Forms
Your AA/AAS Degree is waiting!
The Race to the Top Supplemental Scholarship (RTT) is available until December 2016 to enhance the quality of childhood care and education in Oregon by supporting Early Childhood Educators to obtain an Associates of Arts or Applied Sciences degree. Scholarship funds are available for students working toward their AA or AAS degree at an Oregon Community College with a focus in Early Childhood Care & Education. Act now! The RTT funding will end December 2016. Click here for more information and here for application. Visit the Oregon Statewide Scholarship Program website for more information about scholarship programs available for afterschool professionals.   
The Afterschool Alliance is interested to learn what you know and how you feel about digital badges!

Never heard of digital badges before this email? They want to know that too!


Take the survey now. 


Digital badges are credentials that represent skills, interests and achievements earned through specific projects, programs or activities. Collectively, a student's set of digital badges provide a visual and verifiable representation of their formal and informal learning experiences and in some cases can be used to get high school credit, on college applications or on resumes.


If you have 5-10 minutes, this short survey will give the Afterschool Alliance incredibly useful information on the landscape of digital badges in afterschool and will help them better understand the field's awareness and perceptions of this emerging innovation.

Funding Opportunities
Funding for programs in Oregon that strengthen or lift the level of student achievement and success submitted by eligible K-12 organizations. The Foundation favors organizations whose basic mission is in arts or education, not projects that are related to arts or education from organizations whose primary mission is in other fields.
Due July 21