Nebraska Afterschool Conference

GetConnected 2021 Nebraska Afterschool Conference


September 10, 2021

CHI Health Center
Omaha, Nebraska

Two options to join the conference

  1. In-person (Subject to latest COVID-19 gathering restrictions) or
  2. Virtual Connection

Deadline for submitting a conference proposal has been extended to May 18th.

Conference participants will include afterschool program leaders and staff, community partners, families, administrators and business representatives.

Presenters will have three options to select from for each proposal submitted:
1) 50 minute workshop session with opportunities for interaction, Q and A, discussion, and/or hands-on learning experiences
2) 50 minute workshop session, similar to option 1, but conference attendees will pay an additional fee and receive a kit of materials to take back to their programs
3) 15 to 30 minute pre-recorded information session that will be posted for viewing after the conference
In addition, some selected workshop sessions will be live-streamed the day of the conference.

Conference themes include:

Full-Service Community Schools
Innovative Programming
Academic Support
Environment Education
Equity and Inclusion
Emotional Health and Wellness

In-person conference presenters will be required to register for the conference and pay conference registration fee.

If you have questions about submitting a conference proposal, contact Kim Larson,

Tony Smith is the CEO and founder of Whyspeople, providing strategic advising and executive coaching to leaders working to create thriving communities. Most recently Tony served as the Illinois State Superintendent of Education. Prior to serving in that role he was the Executive Director of the W. Clement and Jessie V. Stone Foundation funding early childhood, youth development, and education.

Tony has served in leadership roles in the non-profit, higher education, and public pk-12 district sectors including as Superintendent in Emeryville and Oakland, Ca. He earned a Ph.D. in Language, Literacy, and Culture from UC Berkeley.

Tony is committed to creating healthy public systems that fully develop the whole child, whole school, and whole community. He measures his work by the increase in fair access to quality, the increase in student and adult belongingness, and the increase in equitable student outcomes that improve economic and civic well-being in the community.

A block of rooms has been reserved at the Hilton Omaha (1001 Cass Street). The hotel is directly connected via sky bridge to the CHI Health Event Center and less than a mile from the Old Market Entertainment District. You may make reservations online at If you prefer to call (402.998.3400), refer to the GetConnected room block or the group code “GET”. The discounted group room rate is $129 (single or double), $139 (triple), $149 (quad). The overnight parking rate for GetConnected hotel guests will be discounted to $7.00/night.

Several other hotels are located within the vicinity.

Updated May 5, 2021 2:21pm