SUMMER 2014 

Issues Briefs & Blogs

At the first-ever White House Maker Faire, Pres. Obama proclaimed June 18, 2014, a National Day of Making, saying, "I call upon all Americans to observe this day with programs, ceremonies and activities that encourage a new generation of makers and manufacturers to share their talents and hone their skills." At the White House, a robotic giraffe, cupcake bicycles, a banana piano, homemade 3-D printers and 3-D printed pancakes, fiddles and more were all on display with the goal of inspiring makers across the country.

Topic: In the FieldJen Rinehart │ July 1, 2014


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SciGirls Training 
Aug 20, 2014
Heritage Elementary School, Woodburn
Time: 8:30am-4:00pm.
Cost: $45 (includes lunch)
For more information on this training and to register,
click here

Only 18 slots available for this training!

SciGirls Training
Aug 21, 2014 
OCCD, Wilsonville
Time: 8:30am-4:00pm.
Cost: $45 (includes lunch)
For more information on this training and to register,  click here.
Only 30 slots available for this training!
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Starting YEAR 10!
The Oregon afterschool network has been approved by the CS Mott Foundation for another three years to be part of the National Network of Afterschool Networks. This national collaboration includes 47 states each that work with a broad range of stakeholder groups, including state policy makers and local leaders in education, youth development, juvenile justice, childcare, health and workforce development. Click here to learn more!

The national network works together on the cutting edge of education change seeking to find and create opportunities that support connected learning. Holding a belief that all children deserve both access and opportunity to expanded learning opportunities that help them grow and flourish.

The Oregon Statewide Afterschool Network is an expanded learning partnership. Our focus is on the core components of afterschool and expanded learning which are - engaged learning, school community partnerships and family involvement.

For the next three years the Oregon network has developed FOUR strategic initiatives:
1) Quality Improvement Systems of Support for afterschool and summer programs
2) Health, Safety and Nutrition - training, curriculum and supports
3) Science, Technology, Engineering and Math(STEM) - pilots, curriculum and training
4) Summer Learning - continued growth of the SL3 partnership

Over the months to come we will share with you more about the work of the network - for today, celebrate with us 10 years of good work only made possible by the amazing collaboration of this state!
 Learning in Afterschool &Summer - Activites, Curriculum & Environment

November 8, 2014
Chemeketa Community College


Conference Registration:
$89 (includes lunch and swag bag!)

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!
Oregon Girls Collaborative Project Kick-off Conference - September 15th 
In the past month, Katie has continued working busily on the 2014 STEM Mapping Survey, collecting responses from STEM out-of-school programs around the state. She has also continued to work with Bethany Thramer on the Oregon Girls Collborative Project, and is excited about the upcoming OGCP Kick Off Conference in September, and the SciGirls Professional Development Training the Collaborative is hosting in August. Katie has also researched STEM curriculum from a variety of sources, and will create a comprehensive list of curriculum available for out-of-school programs wanting to enhance their STEM offerings. And finally, Katie has also provided support for other OregonASK projects, including our STEM Bridges project and our SL3 Summer Learning Program.   
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. 

Resources & Opportunities
Maker Party!

We're excited to be partnering with Mozilla to celebrate teaching and learning the web with Maker Party. Through thousands of community-run events around the world, Maker Party unites educators, organizations and enthusiastic Internet users of all ages and skill levels.


OregonASK shares Mozilla's belief that the web is a global public resource that's integral to modern life: it shapes how we learn, how we connect and how we communicate. But many of us don't understand its basic mechanics or what it means to be a citizen of the web. That's why we're supporting this global effort to teach web literacy through hands-on learning and making with Maker Party.


We encourage you to attend a Maker Party event in your community. It's a great chance to improve your knowledge of how the web works, while getting your hands dirty and having a little fun. Better yet, why not gather a few friends and throw a small event of your own.

Wallace Foundation Reports:

More Parents Report Enrolling Their Children in Summer Learning Programs

With the Fourth of July behind us and the dog days of August still ahead, what are kids up to? According to survey results released today, summer learning programs may be gaining in popularity.

The Afterschool Alliance polled parents nationwide this past spring.  Some 33 percent reported having sent at least one child to a summer learning program last year. That figure is a jump from 25 percent in 2009, the last time the Afterschool Alliance conducted the survey.

About half of parents surveyed reported that they would want their child to participate in a summer learning program this summer if a high-quality program were available.


The data come in an official "sneak peek" of findings from the third edition of America After 3 PM, based on a survey of 13,709 households conducted with support from funders including The Wallace Foundation. Scheduled for release this fall, the report will include full findings about nationwide demand for afterschool.

Find out more about the summer results here.



Grantmakers and Thought Leaders on Out-of-School Time: Survey & Interview Report  

This report takes a look at the priorities of grantmakers that support afterschool or other expanded learning efforts. It also examines the perspectives of key field leaders, including heads of youth-serving nonprofits and researchers. A survey finds that "improved academic achievement" and "increased student engagement" are the most common outcomes funders hope to see from their afterschool/expanded learning giving. For their part, field leaders offer a number of recommendations, including that funders work to move K-12 reform "toward a broader view" of what learning and growth for young people means.

Click here to read the report! 

Oregon State Service Corps Position Description - Self-Enhancement Inc. STEM Program Assistant 

To increase student interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), the STEM Program Assistant will help align STEM initiatives into SEI's After School Programming, with a focus on promoting digital literacy.
To Apply - click here to see position description.
Step 1: Browse Open Positions
Step 2: E-mail Resume and Cover Letter to Organization Contact(s)
Alternative formats of position descriptions are available upon request by contacting Mark Johnson at 503-528-5622 or [email protected].
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
Supports the arts, education, the environment and health.
Due Sept. 1