2021 StayConnected Webinar Recordings

GetConnected Webinars

Supporting Self-Care and Resilience for our Staff, Saundra Frerichs & Emily Koopman, 01/07/2021

January 7, 2021: Supporting Self-Care and Resilience for our Staff

Saundra Wever Frerichs, Nebraska 4-H, sfrerichs3@unl.edu
Emily Koopman, Executive Director, Belmont Community Center, Lincoln

As COVID-19 continues to disrupt our lives and our work, we are all experiencing stress and fatigue.  Let’s start 2021 by focusing on what we can do, what we can control, and how we can support each other.  We’ll share resources you can use to take care of yourself and your staff so that we can all be more resilient together.

Building Staff to Build Kids: Using The Other Wes Moore to Foster Understanding, Megan Crawford & Jan Handa, 01/21/2021

January 21, 2021: Building Staff to Build Kids: Using The Other Wes Moore to Foster Understanding

Megan Crawford, Project Director, Broken Bow Super Kids Club Afterschool Program
Jan Handa, NDE 21st CCLC Coordinator

Examine how to tailor training for your staff using the book The Other Wes Moore.  This session looks at how one program connected resource materials for meaningful discussion with their staff.  Learn the impacts this training had on staff as well as discuss how this training could benefit your program.

Summer Fun and Learning, Heather Bebout & Deb Sawyer, 02/04/2021

February 4, 2021: Summer Fun and Learning

Heather Bebout, Project Director, Schuyler Afterschool and Summer Program
Deb Sawyer, Project Director, O’Neill Afterschool and Summer Program

Join this week’s StayConnected webinar to hear from two 21st CCLC Project Directors about their summer program plans. Heather Bebout, Schuyler Project Director, and Deb Sawyer, O’Neill Project Director will discuss their summer program schedules, staffing, their community partners, and also share some resources others might find helpful. There will be time to ask these experienced program leaders questions and share participants’ experiences.
Summer Programming in Schuyler

Summer Planning: Easier, Sandy Day & Saundra Frerichs, 02/18/2021

February 18, 2021: Summer Planning: Easier

Sandy Day, Beyond School Bells
Saundra Frerichs, Nebraska 4-H, sfrerichs3@unl.edu

Sandy Day, Beyond School Bells, will lead a discussion regarding the importance of summer learning and new opportunities for funding to support efforts to make 2021 a Summer of Innovation. In addition, Saundra Frerichs, Nebraska Extension, will share resources to assist in your summer planning offering models and available hands-on curriculum.

Preventing the Summer Slide, Dr. Abby Burke, Nancy Armstrong, & Holly Myers, 03/04/2021

March 4, 2021 – Preventing the Summer Slide

Dr. Abby Burke, Reading Specialist, Nebraska Department of Education
Nancy Armstrong, Afterschool Project Director, Ogallala, NE
Holly Myers, Afterschool Project Director, Loup City, NE

Summer slide is a decline in reading ability and other academic skills that can occur over the summer months when school isn’t in session.  Learn ways to enhance literacy skills during one-on-one or small-group time. Explore options for embedding literacy development at home as well as throughout a summer program.
Preventing the Summer Slide handout

E-Afterschool: Utilizing Out-of-School-Time Experiences to Develop an Entrepreneurial Mindset in Youth, Kelly Biggar, Anna Wishart & Breann Hines, 03/18/2021

March 18, 2021 –E-Afterschool: Utilizing Out-of-School-Time Experiences to Develop an Entrepreneurial Mindset in Youth

Kelly Biggar, Afterschool Program Manager, Young Entrepreneur Institute
Anna Wishart, Director of Partnerships, Nebraska Children and Families Foundation
Breann Hines, COO Young Entrepreneurs of the Future

Join Beyond School Bells, the Youth Entrepreneurship Institute, and Young Entrepreneurs of the Future to learn about the E-Afterschool opportunities available this year to the youth you serve. From statewide pitch challenges, to youth marketplaces, to entrepreneurship clubs, there are many opportunities to engage youth in building their entrepreneurial mindset.

Planning Summer Units and Lessons, Saundra Frerichs, 04/01/2021

April 1, 2021 – Planning Summer Units and Lessons

Saundra Frerichs, Nebraska 4-H, sfrerichs3@unl.edu

This StayConnected experience will focus on resources to help plan for summer.  I’ll share an afterschool lesson template and afterschool unit template designed especially for Nebraska; and my favorite sources for high-quality, free STEM curricula.  We will discuss the differences between planning units and planning lessons.
Afterschool Planning Template
Afterschool Unit Planning
STEM Curriculum Resources for Afterschool Programs

2021 Nebraska GetConnected Aterschool Conference, 04/15/2021

April 15, 2021 – 2021 Nebraska GetConnected Afterschool Conference is September 10th!

The 2021 GetConnected conference will be held in Omaha at the CHI Health Center (Conference Center) on September 10, 2021. Join this week’s StayConnected webinar to learn about the exciting conference facility, the in-person and virtual options that will be offered, the conference themes, and more. We will spend most of the webinar time listening to your ideas through facilitated conversations. Please help us plan the best conference ever!

Nebraska Extension Marathon Kids, Donnia Behrends & Beth Nacke, 05/05/2021

May 6, 2021 – Nebraska Extension Marathon Kids

Marathon Kids is a national running program designed to motivate kids by utilizing running logs, boost their activity, and introduce them to the joy of running! When COVID-19 forced schools to transition to virtual learning in the spring of 2020, Nebraska Extension responded by launching a virtual running program to help families at home stay active in the midst of social distancing. In partnership with the Nebraska Nutrition Education Program and the NE Department of Education, Nebraska Extension is launching a new and improved FREE virtual running program starting May 1st, 2021! The pandemic has been hard on everyone, and physical activity is an important aspect of staying healthy in this midst of it all.

Donnia Behrends, Nebraska Extension, Educator
Beth Nacke, Nebraska Extension, Educator

COVID-19 Discussion, Dr. Mark Rupp, 05/17/2021

May 17, 2021 – A COVID-19 Discussion
Deadline for submitting questions is noon, May 13th.
COVID-19 Discussion Dr. Mark Rupp

Tails & Tales Resources, Jennifer Hansen & Jackie Steffen, 05/20/2021

May 20, 2021 – Nebraska 4-H STEM Reading Connections – Tails & Tales Resources (video)

The Nebraska 4-H STEM Reading Connections Program (web page)

These adaptable and engaging resources are just the thing to “connect” 4-H & STEM to libraries, books, education, or any other area that needs a bridge. The 2021 Nebraska 4-H STEM Reading Connections Resources are a collection of Storybook Imagination Guides, Clover Kid & 4-H Workshops, and four lessons plans all tied together in a neat little package of the Collaborative Library Summer Program theme “Tails & Tales.” The inclusive resources are an opportunity to bring 4-H to youth through new and old partnerships. Youth have the opportunity to “connect” their experiences from books and the world around them to practical application through the interdisciplinary STEM approach, with the addition of “[A]rt” as a means to visually communicate their experience. With a wide variety of lesson topics (service animals, animal adaptations, financial literacy, farm animals, wildlife, and animal habitats) every youth and facilitator can find some “connection.”

Jennifer Hansen, Nebraska Extension, 4-H & Youth Development Extension Educator
Jackie Steffen, Nebraska Extension, Learning Child Educator

How To Use Stay Interviews To Boost Employee Engagement, Nicholette Seigfreid, 06/03/2021

June 3, 2021 – How To Use Stay Interviews To Boost Employee Engagement

Think of a stay interview as a research tool. Stay interviews help you identify what’s working at your organization and what needs improvement. It’s quite similar in format to an exit interview, but by the time you’re conducting an exit interview it’s too late to implement change – you’ve already lost the employee. By conducting stay interviews, you can address problems before they become incentives for employees to leave and nip some of that disengagement in the bud.

Nicholette Seigfreid, Civic Nebraska, Director of Human Resources

Tails & Tales Resources, Jennifer Hansen and Jackie Steffen, 05/20/2021


The Million Girl Moonshot in Nebraska, Anna Wishart, Michelle Clark & Miki Montgomery, 06/17/2021

June 17, 2021 – The Million Girl Moonshot in Nebraska

The Million Girls Moonshot is a national movement that seeks to inspire and prepare the next generation of innovators by engaging one million more girls and underserved youth in STEM learning opportunities through afterschool and summer programs over the next 5 years. Learn what Nebraska is doing to help achieve this goal.

Anna Wishart, Beyond School Bells
Michelle Clark, Union Pacific Railroad
Miki Montgomery, The Malone Community Center


NEBRASKA TALKS, 09/10/2021

September 10, 2021 – NEBRASKA TALKS

A free half-day virtual event designed to help school administrators, community partners and afterschool leaders learn about full-service community schools.  Participants will hear perspectives from Tony Smith, a national leader in community schools, Nebraska school administrators and the Nebraska Department of Education.  (Agenda)


Planning Your Lights on Afterschool Event, Nola Derby-Bennett & Patricia Sanchez-Stewart, 09/16/2021

September 16, 2021 – Planning your Lights on Afterschool Event

Lights on Afterschool is the only nationwide event celebrating afterschool programs and their important role in the lives of children, families and their communities. Celebrate the 22nd annual Afterschool Alliance Lights On Afterschool event on October 28, 2021. Join two 21st CCLC directors as they share their experiences and recommendations regarding their local celebrations. This StayConnected webinar features Nola Derby-Bennett, Lincoln, and Patricia Sanchez-Stewart, Lexington.

Full-Service Community Schools, Joe DiCostanzo & Mariella Resendiz, 10/14/2021

October 14, 2021 – Full-Service Community Schools

What is the definition of a Full-Service Community School?  How do Full-Service Community Schools work? Who can be a part of a Full-Service Community School?  Where do you start?  Join us in a discussion to learn more about the process and implementation plan to create a Full-Service Community School approach to support students, families, and communities.

Joe DiCostanzo, Nebraska Children and Families Foundation
Mariella Resendiz Alvarado, Nebraska Department of Education

Youth Entrepreneurship and After School, Andy Larson, 11/4/2021

November 4, 2021 – Youth Entrepreneurship and After School

Nebraska Extension 4-H Youth Development offers many Youth Entrepreneurship Curriculum and Programming opportunities for After School Programs. We will highlight those programs and how we can support you, your staff, and your programs. Many of these resources and programs are offered for free in collaboration with your local Extension Office.

Andy Larson, Nebraska Extension 4-H Youth Development, alarson20@unl.edu

Connecting Child Nutrition Programs to After School Programs, Kayte Partch & Sarah Smith, 11/18/2021

Connecting Child Nutrition Programs to After School Programs

Participants will be able to identify opportunities to participate in USDA Child Nutrition Programs to support their after school (and summertime) programming for children & students. They’ll understand basic requirements for participation, and be able to identify how the programs offer experiential learning opportunities through Farm to School/Summer resources.

Kayte Partch, NDE – Director Child Nutrition Programs
Sarah Smith, NDE – Farm to School Specialist

What's new from Beyond School Bells, Sandy Day, 12/2/2021

What’s new from Beyond School Bells

Be sure to join Sandy Day, Content and Delivery Director for Beyond School Bells and the 21st CCLC Team as we explore three curriculum rich websites. Sandy will demonstrate content from the BSB website, https://beyondschoolbells.org/curriculum/, and Mizzen by Mott, https://www.mizzen.org/. These standards aligned lessons and activities are free to you to use in your out of school programs.

Mizzen by Mott
With activities from premier organizations like Jazz at Lincoln Center and powerful management tools, this new app can help you strengthen your afterschool program. Mizzen by Mott inspires, engages and sparks learning in young people. Supported by the Mott Foundation, Mizzen is available at no cost to afterschool professionals!


Sandy Day, Beyond School Bells

Bring STEM into your Afterschool Program, Saundra Frerichs & Tracy Pracheil, 12/16/2021

Bring STEMentors into your Afterschool Program

STEMentors from UNL can bring new experiences in coding and robotics into your program. University students will be help students learn more about computer science through these hands-on programs. This year the team is working to make it an even better experience by offer more support and kits to help you implement the program. Learn what’s new in 2022.

Saundra Frerichs, Science Education Specialist Nebraska 4-H Youth Development, sfrerichs3@unl.edu
Tracy Pracheil, Extension Educator Nebraska 4-H Youth Development

Updated December 8, 2023 9:35am