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2016 Conference Materials


Human Exploration – It’s Not a Book of Knowledge … It’s a Journey
Dr. Jeff Goldstein
Every parent remembers that magical time when our children first began to speak, that moment marking the beginning of unending questions. In our children we can see our humanity — our innate curiosity — and recognize the obvious … that we are born to explore!

Science and more generally STEM, in all its seeming complexity, is nothing but a means to organize curiosity. A way to empower one’s self to ask the gift of a question, and to hone the art that allows navigation through the noise of the universe around us in quest of an answer. It is an emotional, joyful, and wondrous journey that hopefully allows the traveler to pull back the veil of nature just a little, see how she operates, and celebrate the accomplishment.

STEM education is no different. It is the means by which we immerse our children in the act of journey by letting them do science, and acknowledging it is their journey. As educators, our sweet reward is seeing the joys of learning wash over them. And as educators, we are charged with nothing less than patiently and gently launching the explorations of an entire generation.

Workshop I  10:30 – 11:45

Building Sustainability and Local Partnerships
During this session attendees will discuss the importance of building long-term sustainability through developing local partnerships and diverse funding streams. Further, the importance of appropriately advocating for and messaging your program will be discussed. Sustainability and partnership-building tools and resources will be provided.

Presenters: Jennifer Jones and Jeff Cole, Beyond School Bells

Building Sustainability and Local Partnerships
Partner Analysis
Community Scan
Partnership Analysis Sample
Sample Program Overview Document

Easy as PIE: Recruiting Staff and Students to Your Youth Development Program
The responsibilities of youth development professionals are extremely varied. How do you find time to manageably add marketing and recruiting to your diverse list of multiplying duties? It’s as easy as PIE. In this workshop, participants will learn how to “Plan” for the development of relevant marketing communications that will attract and retain staff and students, “Implement” a content marketing calendar to guide the distribution of messages, and “Evaluate” the effectiveness of these efforts to show results. Hands-on activities will assist participants with shaping a strategic content marketing plan for a youth development program of their choice.

Presenters: Tracy Pracheil and Samantha Gerken, Nebraska Extension 4-H Youth Development

Content Calendar

Effective Coaching
Coaching is an effective way to develop staff skills to meet high program quality outcomes and build positive relationships with staff. This session will provide:
*A coaching model with effective strategies that are easy to implement, save time and impact staff
*Coaching resources
*Planning and goal-setting time to develop coaching.

Presenters: Holly Carr, Click2SciencePD/UNL and Julie Jones-Branch

Effective Coaching

Engaging Youth in Engineering and Changing Their World
Engaging in science and engineering helps students understand how scientists and engineers work and how scientific knowledge is developed. It also builds collaboration, critical thinking and problem solving skills that are crucial in the 21st century workplace. But perhaps most important, it captures their interest and motivates them. Science Inquiry and the Next Generation Science Standards call for youth to engage in the practices and processes of engineering. You’ll leave this hands-on workshop skills and fun activities you can use to engage youth in engineering right now.

Presenters: Saundra Frerichs, Jule Crandall, Karly Black, Taylor Wickham , and Cynthia Gill, UNL Nebraska 4-H Extension

Design Squad
On The Moon
Engaging Youth in Engineering and Changing Their World

How Can (and Should) We Assess High-Quality Afterschool Interventions?
We will offer an interactive workshop to identify the types of questions that program administrators want or need answered for i.) sustainability of their programs, ii.) quality of their programs, and iii.) funding of their programs. We’ll share our strategies for assessment and participants will discuss the strengths and weaknesses of those currently in place and identify resources to help in improving assessment.

Presenters: Christine Cutucache, Neal Grandgenett, Kari Nelson, Bill Tapprich, University of Nebraska – Omaha

How can (and should) we assess high-quality afterschool interventions?

My School Won’t Collaborate. Why?
This workshop will breakdown and examine some of the concerns afterschool staff face when trying to collaborate with the school. Let’s strategically address some of the concerns in order to build a quality program. Participants will be able to take ideas back to his or her site/school and conduct a productive meeting with the school administration.

Presenter: Lavone Walker, Omaha Public Schools – Nothing but Net organization/Collective for Youth

Nebraska Green Schools Program
How much water does your school use? Where does your electricity come from? Answers to these questions and more can be discovered through Nebraska Green Schools. NE-GS is an environmental-focused STEM program that encourages students to take personal responsibility for improving the quality of their school, home and community environment.
The program consists of a series of investigations that help students acquire 21st century skills and discover STEM related career fields. The Nebraska Department of Education, along with various other state organizations, have partnered together to provide resources, expertise, and funding for schools participating in the NE-GS program.

Presenter: Jennifer Swerczek, Nebraska Public Power District

Nebraska Green Schools

TEN TALK I     12:00-12:30

Fine Arts Opportunities for All!
Please join us for overviews of a wide variety of Fine Arts opportunities available for learners of all ages, and throughout Nebraska. Information will be shared informally, will be available in hard-copy and electronically, and your questions are welcome! Opportunities abound for individuals, schools, families, directors, and administrators; and planning and implementing begins with awareness. This joint presentation by Nebraska Department of Education Fine Arts Education Specialist (Debbie DeFrain) and Omaha Performing Arts Education & Engagement Coordinator (Valeria Aguilar) will provide you with something for everyone. Be part of putting the heart and soul of fine arts in your program!

Presenters: Debra Wehrmann DeFrain, Nebraska Department of Education, Valeria Aguilar, Omaha Performing Arts
Facilitator: Michelle Krehbiel, UNL 4-H Extension


Healthy Habits from the Garden/Greenhouse and Physical Activities
The goal of this presentation is to introduce play as a tool to build a healthy, happy child. Eight components (building blocks) of fitness will be addressed as tools to create activities that provide skill, teamwork, challenge, success and fun! Add an outdoor garden and greenhouse to this healthy theme so children can grow and eat vegetables throughout the year. Our school used grant opportunities to turn our school grounds into growing spaces and a Project Fit America playground.

Marcia Fritz, Cozad Community Schools, Project Director 21st CCLC Afterschool Program
Karen LaBrayere, Cozad Community Schools
Facilitator: Ellen Miller, Crete Primary School

Healthy Habits

How to Create a Place Families Call Their Second Home
Research shows that parent involvement can improve students’ behavior, attendance, and achievement. But how can schools foster high-quality, successful parent involvement? The benefits of parent involvement are clear: A growing body of research shows that successful parent involvement improves not only student behavior and attendance but also positively affects student achievement. Yet many schools continue to struggle with defining and measuring meaningful parental involvement, and many don’t feel that their efforts are successful. Successful parent involvement can be defined as the active, ongoing participation of a parent or primary caregiver in the education of his or her child. Parents can demonstrate involvement at home-by reading with their children, helping with homework, and discussing school events-or at school, by attending functions or volunteering in classrooms. Schools with involved parents engage those parents, communicate with them regularly, and incorporate them into the learning process. Come and learn how we achieve over 200 people for family nights.

Angela Reed, Boys and Girls Club /Collective for Youth
Luke Stege-Tompsett, Lincoln CLC/CEDARS
Facilitator: Deb Romanek, NDE

How to Create a Place Families Call Their Second Home
Parent Cafe Flyer & Dates
Q2 Family Event Handout Clinton-Hartley
Hartley 3Q Family Night
Hartley 4Q Family Night
Family Engagement program Overview & Take-Home Summary Sheet
Light On Afterschool Parent Letter
PBL & CLC Celebrations

Music in the Afterschool Program
Kelley and Michaela are experienced music educators who partnered to bring programming to the Bayard Afterschool Program. They are devoted to providing new musical experiences and expanding the student’s appreciation for music and the arts. Attend this session to gain ideas about incorporating engaging musical experiences into your afterschool program.

Kelley Rice, University of Nebraska Extension 
Michaela Babic, Bayard Public Schools 
Facilitator: Lorna Eliason, Chadron 

Optimizing Time with Your Staff
Fun and engaging may not be words that come to mind when you think of staff development, but it can be. On-going staff development has been shown to have a positive impact on overall program quality, staff satisfaction and retention. This TEN Talk will present different strategies that optimize the time you spend on staff development. Building a Better Staff Meeting will help any program leader or site director develop better meetings, starting where you are at and incorporating research on learning and professional development. Effective Coaching will introduce another way to optimize staff development time. You will learn strategies on how to engage your time one-on-one with your staff.

Saundra Frerichs, University of Nebraska – Lincoln 
Holly Carr, Click2SciencePD/UNL

Facilitator: Michelle Arehart, Kearney

Building a Better Staff Meeting

Stuck in the Middle: Strategies to Engage Middle-Level Learners
Come and learn how Morton Middle has maintained over 300 middle school students on a daily basis year after year. Keeping middle school students focused and engaged afterschool is quite a challenge amidst all of the complex changes — physical, intellectual, emotional, and social — that they experience during this phase of their lives. Youth aged 11 to 13 years — a period sometimes called the tween years — are characterized by a growing desire to think and act independently while at the same time caring deeply about being accepted by peers and being part of a group (Caskey & Anfara, 2007). Add to those dynamics the feelings of vulnerability and self-consciousness that come with puberty, and afterschool staff have an imposing set of forces to consider when designing strategies to effectively reach middle school students.

Terrance Badgett, Boys and Girls Club/Collective for Youth
Stephanie Henderson, Boys and Girls Club/Collective for Youth
Facilitator: Patricia Sanchez-Stewart, Lexington Middle School

Nebraska 4-H Summer/Afterschool Reading Connections
The Nebraska 4-H Summer/Afterschool Reading Connections program aims to connect 4-H curriculum to the Collaborated Summer Library Program theme. The primary goals of the program are to provide 4-H youth development opportunities for youth, educational resources to volunteers, and to spark an interest in 4-H programs. The program reaches out to youth where they live and interact to engage them in life skill development through the framework of 4-H and positive youth development.
A series of lessons have been created to reach youth grades K-2 and grades 3-6 on the topics of science, citizenship, and health/nutrition. These lessons work perfectly for afterschool, camp, and school enrichment settings.

Jennifer Schoen, Nebraska Extension Garfield-Loup-Wheeler Counties
Jennifer Hansen, Nebraska Extension ThurstonCounty
Facilitator: Heather Bebout, Schuyler

Nebraska 4-H Summer/Afterschool Reading Connections

Lunch Presentation: Why Afterschool Matters (video – Cannon Family lunch presentation)

Lunch Presentation
Jeff Cole, Beyond School Bells
Gwyn Williams, Omaha Collective for Youth
Jayla Cannon, 6th grade, McMillan Middle School, Omaha
Jaron Cannon , 3rd grade, Miller Park Elementary School, Omaha
Moniki Cannon- Mother of Jayla and Jaron
Jaron Cannon- Father of Jayla and Jaron

Cannon Family lunch presentation video

Workshop II      1:30-2:45

Career Readiness & Youth Entrepreneurship in Afterschool Programs
Attendees will discuss the importance of career readiness programming in afterschool and summer programs for all students. Career education curriculum will be discussed. Youth entrepreneurship will be explored including how this can be effectively and creatively implemented into programming at all levels (elementary, middle, high school).

Joshua Jones, Beyond School Bell/Lincoln Public Schools
Cory Epler, Nebraska Department of Education
Jeff Cole, Beyond School Bells

Career Clusters
Curriculum Guide
Climbing Mount Career
Nebraska Career Clusters

Creating a Classroom of Calm Kids: Everyday Activities for Social Emotional Learning
Learn what the buzz is about social and emotional learning. This workshop with define SEL, describe why it’s important for youth development and teach techniques to help calm your kids and create a safe space for learning. Participants will learn how yoga, deep breathing, meditation, group check ins, and other techniques can help calm kids and create an environment for learning where kids are calm and focused.

Presenter: Kymberly Caddell, Omaha Public Schools

Social and Emotional Learning
3 and up behavior reflections
Activities for self regulation in kinds
Afterschool Conference – Resources
Anger catcher
Boys Town Social Skills
Doing Yoga with your kids
K thru 2 behavior reflections

Family Math Night Simulation
Come and experience a simulation of a Family Math Night. While you role play as a parent or child during this session you will learn some helpful tips and suggestions on how to make this type of event happen in your location.

Presenter: Deb Romanek, Nebraska Department of Education

Let’s Do Family Math Together

From Application to Site Visit: Strategies for Hiring Your Dream Team
Have you ever hired the wrong person for the job? Or hired a person who didn’t fit well with the rest of your team? From Application to Site visit will give tips for hiring great candidates for every part of the hiring process.

Presenters: Shari Kimble and Dan Corral, Completely Kids/Collective for Youth 

From Application to Site Visit: Strategies for Hiring Your Dream Team

Growth Mindset
Participants will gain understanding of Mindset and growth mindset vs. fixed mindset. Mindset is a simple idea discovered by world-renowned Stanford University psychologist Carol Dweck in decades of research on achievement and success—a simple idea that makes all the difference. This will use hands on activities along with Think, Pair, Share activities. Participants will leave with classroom ready activities that will enhance the growth mindset experience.
Teaching a growth mindset creates motivation and productivity in the worlds of business, education, and sports. It enhances relationships.

Presenters:  Gwyn Williams and LaRon Henderson, Collective for Youth

Growth Mindset vs Fixed Mindset
Lesson Plan
Mindset Quiz
Growth Mindset

Using Science and Environmental Investigations to Excite Students in Learning
Exciting students to attend your afterschool program on a regular basis may prove to be difficult. At the same time, when asked what subject they are most interested in, 42% of students said “science.” Why not use long-term science investigations to excite students and engage them in much-needed expanded STEM learning opportunities. Session participants will see how easy it is to implement long-term, but simple investigations using the world around (or your school’s grounds). Walk away with ideas for science units and confidence to begin lasting science lessons. This session is perfect for elementary and middle school program staff.

Presenter: Lindsay Rogers, Nebraska Game & Parks Commission 

Using Science and Environmental Investigations to Excite Students in Learning

We Cook-Fun with Food and Fitness
Attend this session to learn strategies for delivering a hands-on healthy living afterschool program. Learn the importance of implementing programs using the experiential learning model and how to develop successful community partnerships. Attendees will engage in various activities and group work that can be incorporated into their after school programs to promote the learning of cooking skills, balanced nutrition, and fun physical activity with today’s youth.

PresentersTara Dunker and Michelle Krehbiel, 4-H Youth Development, UNL

WeCook-Fun with Food and Fitness

TEN TALK II   3:00-3:30

Engaging Students in Science, Fun, Nature and the Outdoors!
Join us to learn about all the programs offered by the Nebraska Game & Parks Commission specifically for afterschool and school day programs. We will learn how to engage students in quality science through the use of outdoor recreation and natural resource sciences. This session will focus on two programs – Outdoor Skills Afterschool Program and Nebraska Project WILD. Both programs engage students in hands-on experiences all while learning science in an up-and-active way. These programs provide staff with not only ready-to-go lesson plans but also equipment. This session is perfect for elementary and middle school programs.

Lindsay Rogers, Nebraska Game & Parks Commission
Julia Plugge, Nebraska Game & Parks Commission
Facilitator: Marcia Fritz, Cozad

Project WILD
Engaging Students in Science, Fun, Nature and the Outdoors
Outdoor Skills Afterschool Program Curriculum
Project WILD Program Flyer

Expectations of Quality
This session will focus on the dos and don’ts of being a frontline staff person, understanding what your program director will expect from you, and understanding how what you do everyday affects the lives of children.

Presenters: Julie Crandall and Lia Grant, Nebraska Extension 
Facilitator: Heather Bebout, Schuyler

Inquiry Based Learning
This presentation will guide participants through inquiry based learning experiences that will drive students to take action in their communities and beyond. Erin will share the process students move through in choosing topics of interest, connecting with a primary resource, taking action and sharing their learning. Devin will share ideas for how to connect students with authentic audiences for the purpose of research and to share their learning with a global audience.

Erin Schoening, Council Bluffs Community School District 
Devin Schoening, Council Bluffs Community School District 
Facilitator: Jan Handa, Nebraska Department of Education, 21st CCLC

Inquiry Based Learning

Mix Marketing Into Your Program
Communicating the importance of youth programs is essential to their success. Properly promoted programs can increase family and community engagement, participation, and can lead to additional funding opportunities.
So, how do programs ensure they’re effectively communicating what they have to offer?
This TEN talk will explain how intentionally marketing a program can assist out-of-school time staff with creating effective opportunities for youth. Topics covered will include basic marketing tactics programs can use to market their program with no prior marketing experience; such as the “four p’s,” (product, price, place, and promotion) of the Marketing Mix.

Samantha Gerken, Click2SciencePD 
Tracy Pracheil, University of Nebraska Lincoln / Extension 
Facilitator: Carrie Lienemann, North Platte 

Powerful Partnerships
Our presentation will be divided into two segments. Our first discussion will be focused on building and maintaining partnerships between your school and program. This is a vital tool for new program and site directors around the state. Our second discussion is about creating powerful community partnerships that pack a punch for your program.

John Brady, Kids Can Community Center
Autumn Drickey, Kids Can Community Center
Facilitator: Jennifer Jones, Beyond School Bells

Sparking Interest in STEM for Young Learners Through Robotics
Project-based learning and inquiry based learning are two buzzwords, but identifying sustainable programs which incorporate these concepts can be challenging. The FIRST Lego League Junior (FLL Jr) program allows staff to engage youth in STEM learning, while giving early elementary youth the opportunity to control the topics they learn about. Youth will explore real-world problems such as food safety, recycling, and energy and create a poster about what they learned in addition to creating a motorized LEGO model which highlights their discoveries. The capstone for program is for youth to share their knowledge with family, friends, or the public.

Presenters: Karly Black and Cynthia Gill, UNL Nebraska 4-H Extension
Facilitator: Saundra Frerichs, UNL 4-H Extension

Team Nutrition: Building Healthier School Environments Through Positive Community Partnerships
This presentation will show case an outstanding opportunity of partnership between NDE and UNL-Extension in building school and community support for creating healthy school environments that are conductive to healthy eating and physical activity. Both organizations will share their free resources, professional development opportunities, and workshops related to school health and wellness.

Zainab Rida, Nebraska Department of Education 
Jean Ann Fischer, University of Nebraska-Lincoln / Extension 
Facilitator: Kim Larson, Nebraska Department of Education, 21st CCLC


Updated December 17, 2019 1:14pm