Nebraska Afterschool Conference

September 28, 2018
Embassy Suites Conference Center
La Vista, Nebraska

The Get Connected 2018 Nebraska Afterschool Conference provides an opportunity to learn more about planning and implementing a quality afterschool or summer program. Sessions offered throughout the day target a variety of audiences including program leaders, program staff, teachers, school administrators, community partners, and others interested in afterschool and summer learning opportunities for children and youth.

7:45 AM to 11:00 AM – Coffee available

7:45 AM to 1:15 PM – Walk N Talk display tables

7:45 AM to 8:30 AM – Breakfast and Walk N Talk display tables

8:30 AM to 9:15 AM – Opening session – Dr. Tim Hodges – Why Afterschool Matters I – The Research Behind the Work You Do

Dr. Tim Hodges, the Director of Research at Gallup, will share insights into the research base behind the important work staff in afterschool programs do every day in meeting important youth development and academic needs.

9:15 AM to 9:30 AM – Transition and Walk N Talk display tables

9:30 AM to 10:30 AM – Workshop I

10:30 AM to 10:45 AM – Transition and Walk N Talk display tables

10:45 AM to 11:45 AM – Workshop II

11:45 AM to 12:45 PM – Lunch and featured speakers –

An informal panel discussion with representatives from three Nebraska Foundations focusing on why they support afterschool – and how you can make your case to funders in your area.

Lunch panel presenters:
Tess Larson – The Sherwood Foundation
Pat Thraen – The Peter Kiewit Foundation
Stan Bills – The Snow Redfern Foundation

12:45 PM to 1:00 PM – Transition and Walk N Talk display tables

1:00 PM to 2:00 PM – Workshop III

2:00 PM to 2:15 PM – Transition

2:15 PM to 2:45 PM – TEN Talks

2:55 PM to 3:25 PM – TEN Talks

3:40 PM to 4:10 PM – Tailgate and prizes

Tim Hodges, Ph.D., is Director of Research for Gallup Education. He consults with K-12 school districts and higher education institutions, and leaders in workforce development and policy. He leads research projects in strengths development, employee selection, employee engagement and well-being. His mission is to help ensure that our nation’s schools are great places to work and learn so our students are prepared for college, career, and life success.

Dr. Hodges has delivered presentations and written journal articles and technical reports on many topics, including the CliftonStrengths assessment, strengths-based development, positive psychology and leadership development. He has contributed chapters to the books Positive Psychology in Practice, Organizational Behavior (10th Edition), Positive Psychology on the College Campus and the Oxford Handbook of Positive Psychology and Work. His research has appeared in the journals Educational Horizons, Organizational Dynamics and College and University. Dr. Hodges serves as a reviewer of scholarly work submitted for publication in the Journal of Leadership and Organizational Studies and has often served on review boards for regional and national academic conferences.

Dr. Hodges is an active member in the community, serving as a member of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Chancellor’s Alumni Advisory Council and as an elder of Brookside Church in Omaha. Dr. Hodges has previously served as a commissioner of the Nebraska Coordinating Commission for Postsecondary Education, which reviews and recommends policies to improve and support postsecondary education at Nebraska’s 13 public postsecondary institutions. His previous nonprofit board leadership includes the Gallup Federal Credit Union, the national Center to Advance CTE, and for Christian Heritage, an organization serving at-risk children and youth.

Dr. Hodges received a bachelor’s degree in agribusiness, a master’s degree in leadership education and a doctorate in business from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Individual Registration

Complete and submit the Individual Registration form.  The conference registration fee is $55.00 per person and includes conference materials, luncheon, and refreshments. Once the Individual Registration form is completed and submitted, Carolyn Koch, ESU 7, will reply by email after the conference with an invoice for the registration fee. Checks should be made out to ESU 7 and mailed to Carolyn Koch. There will be an additional $10 processing fee if payments are not received by December 14, 2018.

Group Registration

If registering more than one individual, complete the Group Registration form. If names are not known at the time the registration form is completed, insert a place holder name (e.g., Staff #1, Staff #2). Email completed Group Registration form to Sherri Landis, sherri.landis@nebraska.gov. Please email Sherri Landis with attendee names once they are known.  If you are using the group registration and your School/Organization Name is not on the drop-down list, leave the field blank and add the name to the body of your email when submitting the form.

An invoice will be emailed after the conference to the first person on the list for the amount owed ($55.00 per person). Checks should be made out to Educational Service Unit #7. Payments should be mailed to Carolyn Koch, ESU 7. There will be an additional $10 processing fee if payments are not received by December 14, 2018.


Educational Service Unit #7
Attn: Carolyn Koch
2657 44th Avenue
Columbus, NE 68601-8537
Federal Tax I.D. #47-0499223
Phone: 402.564.5753, Extension 1039
Fax: 402.563.1121
Email: ckoch@esu7.org


Presenter and Walk ‘N Talk Host Registration
Registration is FREE for confirmed presenters and one Walk ‘N Talk host per table.  You will not be invoiced.

Name Changes
Name changes on registrations are allowed.  Email Sherri Landis, sherr.landis@nebraska.gov, with the updated information.

Late Registration
If space is available, registrations will be accepted the day of the conference.  All registrations will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis.  Space is limited so register early!

Cancellations
Cancellations received by August 23, 2018 will be refunded.  No refunds are available for cancellations or no-shows after that date.

The reserved block of rooms is closed, but there is still lodging available at Embassy Suites and several other hotels within the vicinity.


We have reserved a block of rooms for the conference.  You may make reservations by calling the Embassy at 402.331.7400 and requesting the NE Department of Education, Get Connected block.  The group code is GC1.

You may use the following link to guarantee you receive the negotiated group rate.
http://embassysuites.hilton.com/en/es/groups/personalized/O/OMAESES-GC1-20180926/index.jhtml?WT.mc_id=POG

The discounted group room rates are $129.00 (single and double), $139.00 (triple) $149.00 (quad) and will remain open until 8/26/18.  After this date, any remaining guest rooms will be released back to the hotel to sell.

There are several other hotels within the vicinity.  Please feel free to use any of them.

  1. SUSTAINABILITY: These sessions will assist program leaders and potential partners plan, communicate, collaborate and advocate to ensure program sustainability.
  2. IMPROVING FAMILY AND COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT IN YOUR PROGRAM: These sessions will focus on strategies to increase active and meaningful family and community engagement to ensure the educational success of children and youth.
  3. IMPROVING THE QUALITY OF YOUR PROGRAM: These sessions will assist target program leaders and staff interested in improving afterschool program quality.
  4. TAKE THESE IDEAS BACK TO YOUR PROGRAM: These sessions provide site coordinators and staff with strategies and activities that they can implement in their programs.

Request for Proposals (RFP) – Proposals accepted May 15, 2018 to June 15, 2018

Presenters will be notified by Friday, July 27, 2018 regarding the status of their proposals.