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This 30-minute workshop is co-sponsored by the Nebraska Department of Education’s 21st Century Community Learning Center Program and may be used to satisfy .5 hours of the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services’ annual training requirements for child care licensing.

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October 15, 2020, 12:00 Noon
I Appreciate You! The Power of Diversity
Dr. Vann Price | Director of Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion | Human Resources Supervisor for Secondary Personnel  | Lincoln Public Schools

Diversity is about understanding each other and moving beyond simple tolerance to embracing and applauding the richness that is encompassed within each individual. This session will remind all of us about the magnificence that is in each of us.


5-4-3-2-1 Go!®: helping children and families make healthy choices, Claire Brown, 08/13/2020

August 13, 2020 – 5-4-3-2-1 Go!®: helping children and families make healthy choices
Claire Brown, Youth Wellness Coordinator, The Wellbeing Partners

During this session, Claire Brown—Youth Wellness Coordinator for The Wellbeing Partners—will introduce the 5-4-3-2-1 Go!® program. Participants will learn how this research based, evidence-proven program encourages children and families to make healthy choices for their bodies.  Claire will discuss the many ways that the program can be implemented and share free access to the program following the session.

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A Digital Repository: Nebraska Honors Afterschool Clubs, Emily Sutherland & Shannon Mangram, 04/30/2020

April 30, 2020 – A Digital Repository: Nebraska Honors Afterschool Clubs
Emily Sutherland, UNL Honors Program Coordinator
Shannon Mangram, UNL Honors Program,

Students in the Honors Program at UNL have been creating curriculum and leading afterschool clubs in Lincoln Community Learning Centers for the past 2 years. This opportunity allows Honors students to share their passions with others in a unique way, while also filling a need in the community. Honors Afterschool Club curriculum is uploaded at the end of each semester and available to download worldwide through the Honors Club Repository.  Come explore the repository and learn about all this resource has to offer. (Honors Afterschool Club Repository)

Beyond School Bell's Free Summer Activities and Challenges, Jeff Cole, 06/25/2020

June 25, 2020 –  Beyond School Bell’s Free Summer Activities and Challenges
Jeff Cole, Beyond School Bells

Tune in to hear how you can use these new national materials and BSB created challenges to supercharge your summer learning programs.
Free Summer Activities

Digging in the Dirt!, Marcia Fritz, 05/07/2020

May 7, 2020 – Digging in the Dirt!
Marcia Fritz, Cozad Community Schools, Afterzone
Digging in the Dirt! (HANDOUT)
Master Gardener Program, University of Nebraska Lincoln

Children love being outside, playing in the dirt, and watching things change.  Gardening is perfect!  I will share some hints, activities, and resources for gardening with children.  In our current situation, there are ways for you to connect with your students through gardening.

GoNoodle: Good Energy At Home and Healthy Out of School Time Resources, Jessie Coffey, 04/16/2020

April 16, 2020 – GoNoodle: Good Energy At Home And Healthy Out of School Time Resources
Jessie Coffey, Nebraska Healthy Schools Program, Nebraska Department of Education

Learn about resources and tools available from national organizations to support health and well-being for staff working in summer and out of school programs to support children and families.  The webinar will provide an overview of FREE resources provided by; GoNoodle, CATCH Kids Club and Alliance for Healthier Generations.
GoNoodle at Home
Newsletter with resources (S’more)

How to Start a Book Club...The Other West Moore, Leslie Huerta, 10/8/2020

October 8, 2020, 12:00 Noon
How To Start A Book Club…The Other Wes Moore
Jan Handa, 21st CCLC and Leslie Huerta, Francie & Finch Bookseller

One of the themes of the GetConnected 2020 conference was Equity & Inclusion. The conference organizers selected the audiobook The Other Wes Moore and all registered participants have now received the code for their audiobookWe will spend a little time discussing the book and its relevance to the work of afterschool program leaders and staff. A book club is a great way for a group of people to individually listen to the same book and then periodically come together to talk about it.  Leslie Huerta from Francie & Finch Bookseller will show us how to get started.
Book Club – The Other West Moore

Introduction to Mizzen, C.S. Mott Foundation, Jeff Cole and Sandy Day, 05/08/2020

FRIDAY, May 8, 2020 – Introduction to Mizzen, C.S. Mott Foundation
Join BSB Network Lead Jeff Cole and Sandy Day as they walk us through Mizzen and how it can be used to enrich out of school time programs across Nebraska.

Developed by the C.S. Mott Foundation, a long-time partner of Beyond School Bells, Mizzen is a state of the art app designed to meet the needs of afterschool and summer providers – as well as parents and other caregivers who are now playing this role in households across Nebraska during these challenging times.  Mizzen combines over a thousand units of free content developed specifically for afterschool, summer or home learning environments, options for back office support, scheduling and as well as professional development tips that come to you just as you need them. Through support from the Mott Foundation, the app and all of its content are available for free.

Mizzen by Mott

Investing in your Future, Becky Barnard, 05/21/2020

May 21, 2020 – Investing in your Future
Becky Barnard, UNL, Nebraska Council on Economic Education

Personal finance is important for success in life, this session will introduce basic financial concepts; saving, spending and investing to support students as they solve practical problems and issues they will encounter throughout their lifetimes. This session will provide age appropriate lesson outlines and sample activities that center educators can prepare and present to their students.
PowerPoint – Investing in your Future

Let's All Root for Trees, Sandy Day, 03/26/2020

March 26, 2020 – Tree-A-ThonSandy Day, Beyond School Bells

Let’s All Root for Trees! 

This 30-minute webinar will explore new after school lessons developed by Beyond School Bells’ Design Studio Team.  The goal of the curriculum is to get kids and families excited about planting a tree in conjunction with April 24th Arbor Day Celebration across the nation.  There are two sets of curricula to review. The first one, is a three-hour activity that focuses on why trees are so important to us, how to plant a bare-root tree and how to care for the newly planted tree.  This curriculum could be used in conjunction with a family night at your site. The second set of lessons is a 7-topic, 22 lesson club that could be offered during the full month of April. Each lesson accesses prior knowledge, highlights a short – 4-minute video and contains a hands-on activity. All national, state and local standards are noted on the lesson in the footer.

For more information about the Tree-A-Thon, to access the curriculum, and to sign up to participate, visit the Beyond School Bells website.

NASA-Based STEM Activities, Terresa Greenleaf, 05/28/2020

May 28, 2020 – NASA-Based STEM Activities
Terresa Greenleaf, Walthill Public Schools and NASA Nebraska Space Ambassador

STEM based activities that can be done at home or can be used in the classroom, after school program, and summer science camp will be shown. Terresa will also discuss how she uses NASA based activities in a science camp setting.
T Greenleaf’s Webpage and Contact Information

Nebraska Young Entrepreneur Pitch Challenge, Anna Wishart, 06/11/2020

June 11, 2020 – Nebraska Young Entrepreneur Pitch Challenge
Anna Wishart, Director of Partnerships, Beyond School Bells

Research shows that cultivating an entrepreneurial mindset in youth – skills such as initiative, self-reliance, adaptability, creativity, critical thinking, problem solving and communication – help pave the way for success in school and life. Beyond School Bells is launching a Young Entrepreneur Pitch Challenge to invite youth to develop a 60 to 90 second video that pitches a business solution to help their community rebuild from a public health crisis or natural disaster.

Please join the June 11 webinar to learn more about this challenge and how your students can participate. You can learn more about the pitch challenge at:

Playing with Systems to Develop Social and Emotional Skills, Erin Ingram, 04/23/2020

April 23, 2020 –Playing with Systems to Develop Social and Emotional Skills
Erin Ingram, UNL Science Literacy Initiative

Social distancing has made for a strange spring season. Educators and students have been called upon to adapt and continue learning during uncertain times. In this presentation, we will explore an online tool called Loopy in which students draw and play with complex systems to better understand how they function. We will discuss ways this tool can be used to develop student awareness of themselves, others, and their communities in order to adopt positive behaviors and build resiliency
Playing with Systems and SEL
Systems Thinking and Science Literacy

Sprouting Success in an Afterschool Program, Courtney Schaardt, 05/14/2020

May 14 2020 – Sprouting Success in an Afterschool Program
Courtney Schaardt,, Nebraska Agriculture in the Classroom, Nebraska Farm Bureau Foundation

Discover hands-on, virtual, and at-home learning for youth through Nebraska Agriculture in the Classroom! Learn more about resources that thoughtfully connect PreK-12th grade students to their source of food, fiber, and fuel! This webinar will feature engaging, customizable activities and instructional strategies that can be immediately implemented into your program.

Why Agriculture in the Classroom resources? Agriculture connects people. Farms and ranches are everywhere in our nation. Agricultural businesses are in towns, cities, and communities throughout our state. In Nebraska, agriculture creates one in four jobs, which fuels the economy. Without agriculture, we could not feed, clothe, or fuel the world. The bottom line: agriculture is an important industry for all of us.

Support for the Wellbeing of the Whole Child, Jessie Coffey, 8/20/2020

August 20, 2020 – Support for the Wellbeing of the Whole Child
Jessie Coffey, Nebraska Healthy Schools Program, Nebraska Department of Education

The COVID-19 pandemic highlighted that schools and afterschool programs are a key support system within communities across the state and play a critical role in supporting the wellbeing of the whole child.

This week’s StayConnected webinar will highlight the Nebraska Healthy Schools program CDC resources to help staff and students enforce healthy hygiene practices. Resources shared are “plug and play” tools  you can use immediately in your program, intended to support your district plans (whatever they may be). The evidence-based materials address multiple audiences and topics to promote a healthy school environment for staff and students as you start the school year.

Nebraska Healthy Schools Program / Back to School Resources
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention / Schools and Childcare Programs: Plan, Prepare, and Respond

The Three C's of Leadership, LaRon Henderson, 02/20/2020

February 20, 2020 – The Three C’s of Leadership, LaRon Henderson
Program Quality Director, Collective for Youth – Omaha,

This webinar introduces participants to Clarity, Conviction and Courage – the 3 fundamental principles of leadership. There will be opportunities to explore how these principles are developed in order to implement them instantly in your professional or personal life’s plan. These leadership principles prepare you to build collaboration, teamwork and trust to help other excel and address current challenges in all areas of life. Participants who successfully complete this webinar will have a better understanding of how to clarify their personal or organizational mission, create an inner conviction and lead with courage.

Toolbox, Jeff Cole, 04/09/2020

April 9, 2020 – Toolbox – a new tool to build new and support existing ELO programs in Nebraska
Jeff Cole, Beyond School Bells

In this presentation, Beyond School Bells staff will provide an overview to Toolbox, a new website designed to support the development of new, and enhance existing, Expanded Learning Opportunity programs.  Developed as part of the NDE-funded ELO Design Challenge, this tool was designed to complement existing resources and will be a platform for sharing information that can help all of Nebraska’s ELO advocates.

Virtual and At Home Learning, Saundra Frerichs, 04/02/2020

April 2, 2020 – Virtual Programming
Saundra Frerichs, Nebraska 4-H

This webinar will highlight new virtual programming options from Nebraska 4-H and ideas for supporting learning at home.  We will also discuss strategies for engaging with families remotely.  You can see the virtual programming at
Virtual and At Home Learning Handout

Virtual Field Trips: Bringing the World to Your Students, Peter Brunette, 06/04/2020

June 4, 2020 – Virtual Field Trips: Bringing the World to Your Students
Peter Brunette, Omaha’s Henry Doorley Zoo & Aquarium

Virtual Field Trips are more important now than ever before! Join us live from the Scott Aquarium at Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium. Experience one of our interactive virtual field trips and learn tips and tricks for presenting and engaging students with Zoom. You will learn how to find both paid and free virtual field trips, and the best technology options for cameras and microphones.

Virtual Programming from Nebraska 4-H, Saundra Frerichs, 06/18/2020

June 18, 2020 – Virtual Programming from Nebraska 4-H
Saundra Frerichs, Nebraska 4-H

In just a few weeks, our staff have learned a lot about virtual programming.  This webinar discuss building meaningful relationships through virtual programming and the new programming options from Nebraska 4-H.  You can see the virtual programming at

Handout – Developing Self-Paced Virtual Learning for Nebraska
Tools We Are Using

Updated October 20, 2020 11:50am