Nebraska Afterschool Conference

2021 GetConnected Conference#GetConnected2022

February 25, 2022
CHI Health Center / 455 N 10th St / Omaha-NE

In-person conference registration closes February 15, 2022

We need to make some accommodations due to the pandemic, including closing registration for the in-person conference on February 15.  After that date you may continue to register for the virtual conference or change the name on a registration.  No refunds for in-person registration are available after February 15, 2022.

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The rescheduled February 25, 2022 GetConnected 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.

This year’s conference themes include:2019 Conference Photos

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

Register HereThere are two options to join the conference:

  1. In-person (registration closes February 15)
  2. Virtual (registration open through February 25)

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In-person conference registration ($80) includes:

  • Access to over 30 conference break-out sessions
  • Opportunity to network with representatives of 25 community organizations who will share resources available statewide to support your programs
  • Access to six optional hands-on workshops providing materials and training for implementation of content in afterschool and summer programs (fee of $25 each)
  • Receive the audiobook, The Gifts of Imperfection, by Brene Brown
  • Access to pre-recorded presentations that can be viewed at your convenience
  • Personalized business cards to use as you network with community organizations and afterschool educators
  • Breakfast, lunch, and valuable door prizes.

Note that all in-person conference participants will be required to wear a face-mask throughout the day except while eating. If you prefer to not wear a mask, a Virtual streaming option is available.

Virtual registration ($45.00) includes:

  • Access to more than 16 virtual break-out sessions
  • Participate in six live-streamed sessions throughout the day of the conference including opening and lunch plenary sessions
  • Receive the audiobook, The Gifts of Imperfection, by Brene Brown
  • Access to pre-recorded presentations that can be viewed at your convenience
  • Technical support available throughout the day of the conference

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2019 images7:45 AM        Breakfast and visit Walk N Talk display tables

8:30 AM       Opening session

9:55 AM       Workshop 1

10:55 AM     Workshop 2

12:00 PM      Lunch, awards, and featured speakers

1:30 PM        Workshop 3

2:30 PM        Workshop 4

3:20  PM       Networking activity

4:00 PM        Door Prizes

Hands-on Kit Workshops
2021 GetConnected Conference:  Limited participation workshops
Limited to 25 participants and these workshops require an additional registration fee of $25.00

You may register for one of the workshops during Workshop 1, 9:55 AM to 10:45 AM. Registration fee is $25.00 and includes an afterschool kit you will receive during the workshop.

Taking FlightWorkshop 1: Taking Flight: Creating an Afterschool Bird Club
Facilitator:  Amber Schiltz from Nebraska Game and Parks Commission

During this session, participants will learn about an afterschool bird curriculum. The 8-week Afterschool Bird Club curriculum was designed to encourage students to discover relevant scientific concepts such as adaptations, habitat, and life cycles all while discovering the world of birds. Towards the end of the program students will gain confidence and leadership skills by taking what they’ve learned and helping to facilitate a bird themed Family Nature Night for their schools. Participants will leave the session with the curriculum and materials, like a bird feeder, to help them implement Afterschool Bird Club at their school.


You may register for one of the workshops during Workshop 2, 10:55 AM to 11:45 AM. Registration fee is $25.00 and includes an afterschool kit you will receive during the workshop.

Fall in Love with TreesWorkshop 2: “Fall” in Love with Trees! Project Learning Tree K-2 Workshop
Facilitator:  Jack Hilgert from Nebraska Forest Service

Learn new strategies for engaging students in outdoor, environmental experiences! Gain access to Project Learning Tree’s Sensational Trees Guide featuring three activities for K-2 that invite young learners to investigate trees using their senses. Exploring nature is a complete sensory experience, and trees also provide a natural focal point for sensory explorations. Participants will receive a certificate for 1 hour of in-service credit for childcare licensing and leave the session ready to “Fall” in Love with Trees even in the Spring.


You may register for one of the workshops during Workshop 3, 1:30 PM to 2:20 PM. Registration fee is $25.00 and includes an afterschool kit you will receive during the workshop.

Tinker, Explore and Create Entrepreneurs with TEC BoxWorkshop 3A: Tinker, Explore and Create Entrepreneurs with TEC Box
Facilitators:  Tracy Pracheil & Jacie Milius from Nebraska 4-H

Experience the exciting world of entrepreneurship; where the possibilities are endless, and the only limitation is your imagination.  The TEC Box, Tinker. Explore. Create, introduces the skills of entrepreneurs, such as active listening, empathy and creative problem-solving.  Try some of the activities; find your inner entrepreneur. Participants will leave the session with their own TEC Box and the skills to use it in programming for grades 1-5.

Health and Wellbeing in the Afterschool ProgramWorkshop 3B: Health and Wellbeing in the Afterschool Program
Facilitators:  Jessie Coffey & Erika Wibble from Nebraska Department of Education

Afterschool program personnel play a vital role in promoting mental health and well-being and identifying and responding to emerging social- emotion or mental health needs in children and adolescents. However, individuals in the education and out of school program sector do not receive the education, training, or ongoing support needed to respond to social-emotional or mental health needs in the afterschool setting. Learn about how the afterschool setting can assist with providing a safe and welcoming space, supportive of fostering social-emotional competencies and practices to support and nurture positive mental health practices. Participants will leave the session ready to use this kit to create a “calming corner” in their afterschool program.


You may register for one of the workshops during Workshop 4, 2:30 PM to 3:20 PM. Registration fee is $25.00 and includes an afterschool kit you will receive during the workshop.

Workshop 4A: Entomology in Afterschool
Facilitator:  Michael Eskelson from Nebraska 4-H

Insects are the perfect vehicle to capture the attention of youth who may be taken aback by insects or utterly fascinated by them. Insects are ubiquitous and diverse animals. Learn to pin and ID insects to their scientific order. Participants will leave the session ready with everything they need to collect and create an insect collection.

10-Minute Nature StudiesWorkshop 4B: 10-Minute Nature Studies
Facilitator:  Monica Macoubrie from Nebraska Game and Parks Commission

Everyone loves science and wants to do science studies. But teachers and professionals often feel overwhelmed by the time they think it is going to take. In this session we will focus on 10 different ways to study nature when you only have 10 minutes a day. From insects to plants to rocks, we will cover it all, quickly, but efficiently!

The GetConnected Afterschool Conference provides an opportunity for attendees to visit 25 Walk N Talk exhibit tables between the hours of 7:45 AM and 12:00 PM. Walk N Talk tables are hosted by statewide partners interested in enhancing your afterschool or summer program with free or low-cost resources including afterschool curriculum, materials, professional development opportunities, virtual field trips and more.

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 https://book.passkey.com/e/50244998. 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 $134 (single or double), $144 (triple), $154 (quad). The overnight parking rate for GetConnected hotel guests will be discounted to $7.00/night.

Several other hotels are located within the vicinity.

CHI Health Center
455 N 10th St, Omaha NE
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Proposals are no longer being accepted for the February 2022 GetConnected conference.

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, kim.larson@nebraska.gov.

The Gifts of Imperfection

The Gifts of Imperfection, Brene Brown

Your Guide to a Wholehearted Life: 10th Anniversary Edition
This book is an invitation to join a wholehearted revolution. A small, quiet grassroots movement that starts with each of us saying, “My story matters because I matter.” A movement where we can take to the streets with our messy, heartbreaking, grace-filled, and joyful lives. A movement fueled by freedom that comes when we stop pretending everything is OK when it isn’t. A call that rises up from our bellies when we find the courage to celebrate those intensely joyful moments even though we’ve convinced ourselves that savoring happiness is inviting disaster. Revolution might sound a little dramatic, but in this world, choosing authenticity and worthiness is an absolute act of resistance.

Workshop 4: Running A Book Club: Can we all get on the same page?
LaRon Henderson

Discussing tough topics can be challenging in a work environment. Bringing a team together around a piece of literature may be the answer. During this workshop, participants will learn the benefits of creating a book club to help destroy ignorance and build culture in their organization.

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Updated January 24, 2022 2:01pm