Professional Development

These professional development resources are intended to provide 21st Century Community 21st CCLCLearning Center (21st CCLC) project directors, site coordinators, and staff with information focused on the three 21st CCLC program goals:

  1. Improve overall student success and learning performance in one or more academic areas through academic support and enrichment activities,
  2. Increase student social benefits and positive behavioral changes, and
  3. Increase active and meaningful family and community engagement in supporting students’ education.

Explore this site to view relevant websites, webinars, and other resources available for professional growth of all 21st CCLC program staff.

If you have questions regarding the resources provided on this site, please contact:
Kim Larson
21st Century Community Learning Centers Program
Coordinator of Professional Development

Archived Annual Reports

Archived Reports

Program Evaluation

The purpose of evaluation is to study the quality and effectiveness of a project, while also highlighting strengths and accomplishments toward program goals. The ultimate benefit of evaluation is to provide information and direction to site supervisors, directors, administrators and teachers for program improvement.

Statewide Reports


Archived Reports



Required Tables & Forms for a First-Time Grant Proposal

Required Tables & Forms for a First-Time Grant Proposal

All required tables and forms for a First-Time Grant proposal are available below. Contact Jan Handa at to receive required forms to be used for a Continuation Grant proposal.  All tables and selected forms are available in Microsoft Word (WORD) format. Selected forms are also available in PDF format. The PDF forms perform mathematical calculations where numerical information is requested. The PDF forms may be completed and printed through the web site, but cannot be submitted electronically. The PDF forms cannot be saved electronically. The WORD forms may be saved to your personal computer; however, they cannot perform calculations.

Grant Application

The Nebraska Department of Education is pleased to announce the 2018 competition for the Nebraska 21st Century Community Learning Centers Grant Program, which is authorized under Title IV, Part B of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, as amended.  The postmark deadine for the 2018 grant competition is February 1, 2018.

Two types of 21st CCLC grants are available—(1) First-Time Grants for applicants proposing to serve eligible school building populations that have never been served by a 21st CCLC grant, and (2) Continuation Grants for applicants that have successfully implemented 21st CCLC programming for five years proposing to continue to provide a quality 21st CCLC program to those same eligible school building populations.

These grants support the establishment of community learning centers offering expanded learning opportunities in out-of-school time. The goals for the centers are to:

  • improve overall student success and learning performance in one or more academic areas, through academic support and enrichment activities
  • increase student social benefits and positive behavioral changes
  • increase active and meaningful family and community engagement in supporting students’ education

A technical assistance grant writing workshop for First-Time grant applicants was conducted October 23, 2017. The PowerPoint slide deck from this workshop is posted below.  For grant application information or questions, contact Jan Handa,, 402-471-0876.

2018 Application for a First-Time Grant (Deadline 02/01/18)

2018 Application for a Continuation Grant (Deadline 02/01/18)

2018 Technical Assistance for Applicants

PowerPoint for 10/23/17 First-Time Grant Writing Workshop

Required Tables & Forms

Prescreened External Organizations

Non-Regulatory Guidance

2018 Grant Process Timeline


The Nebraska 21st Century Community Learning Centers grant program provides funds and program support to projects working in partnership with their communities and school buildings in which at least 40% of the student population is eligible for free or reduced lunch. These projects provide expanded learning and enrichment opportunities for school-age students and their families outside regular school hours.

2016-17 Snapshot of Nebraska 21st CCLC Program

Current Grantees (Funded 2018)


Quality Framework

State Board Position Statement for Expanded Learning Opportunities

(approved October 6, 2017)

Quality Framework



Nebraska BLAST!

Nebraska BLAST! (Building Lasting Afterschool STEM Teams) is an initiative designed to bring engaging learning opportunities to students who attend Nebraska 21st Century Community Learning Center afterschool and summer programs. The primary goal of Nebraska BLAST! is to partner with statewide, regional, and local organizations to provide professional development for teams of certified teachers and informal educators who then work together to plan and implement student-centered learning opportunities for students after school and in the summer.

Nebraska BLAST! curriculum is now available at the following web address:

Frequently Asked Questions About Nebraska BLAST!


For more information about Nebraska BLAST! please contact:
Kim Larson, Coordinator of Professional Development,
21st Century Community Learning Centers, 402-471-4824

Workshop Information

All workshop sessions are FREE to attend.
Lunch on your own.
No stipends can be offered this year.

Join Nebraska Project WILD for a training specifically for Afterschool Program Providers! This workshop will focus on the Growing Up WILD guide and show how to use this guide to develop an afterschool club focusing on nature, STEM and having fun outside!

Wednesday, July 11
9:00-11:30 AM
Sunrise Middle School, Kearney – CANCELLED due to low registration

Friday, July 13
9:00-11:30 AM
Norfolk Middle School, Norfolk – CANCELLED due to low registration



Come learn how to get kids outside and engaged in STEM learning . . . and having fun!

Wednesday, July 11
12:30-4:30 PM
Sunrise Middle School, Kearney

Friday, July 13
12:30-4:30 PM
Norfolk Middle School – CANCELLED due to low registration


Biomedical Engineering workshops


Sunrise Middle School Conference Room
4611 Avenue N
Kearney, NE
July 12 & 13, 2018 – CANCELLED due to low registration

Collective for Youth
105 North 31st Ave
Omaha, NE
July 16 & 17, 2018

Day 1: 8:30 am – 5:00 pm; Day 2: 8:30 am – 12:00pm. Lunch on your own.

Biomedical engineers develop solutions to medical problems, such as stabilizing fractured bones, tracking blood flow in the body and growing new organs. In this workshop, participants will explore this exciting field through hands-on activities that can be incorporated into their afterschool programs. The workshop content is appropriate for students in grades 4 through 8.

Participants will:

  • Design bone fracture stabilizers.
  • Prepare tissue engineering scaffolds and explore how organs are made in a lab.
  • Treat nanoparticle models to function inside the body as sensors.

The workshop will be led by Drs. Jenny Keshwani, Becky Wachs and Forrest Keivit, Biomedical Engineering faculty from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. The materials needed to implement the Biomedical Engineering curriculum are very low cost and in many cases include materials that are on-hand in afterschool programs. Materials will be provided to workshop participants.

Jenny Keshwani, UNL Biomedical Engineer, explains more about this summer’s Biomedical Engineering workshops! Click here.

Please contact Kim Larson ( if you have questions.

Research: STEM

Afterschool: Middle School and Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM). (2010).
MetLife Foundation Afterschool Alert; Afterschool Alliance, Issue Brief No. 44.

National Governors Association Brief Highlights Advantages of Informal Science. (2012).

S.T.E.M. Initiatives. Research Brief. David Anderson, Principals’ Partnership. (2010). This research brief answers the questions: What are the characteristics of exemplary STEM initiatives? What are some exemplary STEM initiatives?

What Afterschool STEM Does Best: How Stakeholders Describe Youth Learning Outcomes(2013). Krishnamurthi, Began, Rinehart, Coulon. Afterschool Matters.

Research: Wearable Technology

Nugent, G., Barker, B., Grandgenett, N. (2015). Robotics camps, clubs, and competitions: Results from a US robotics project. Robotics and Autonomous Systems Journal. doi:10.1016/j.robot.2015.07.011

Nugent, G., Barker, B., Welch, G., Grandgenett, N., Wu, C., & Nelson, C. (2015). A Model of Factors Contributing to STEM Learning and Career Orientation. International Journal of Science Education, (ahead-of-print), 1-22.

Barker, B., Larson, K., & Krehbiel, M. (2014). Bridging Formal and Informal Learning Environments. Journal of Extension, 52(5), 5IAW5.

Barker, B., Nugent, G., & Grandgenett, N. F. (2014). Examining fidelity of program implementation in a STEM-oriented out-of-school setting. International Journal of Technology and Design Education, 24(1), 39-52.

Barker, B., Melander, J., Grandgenett, N., & Nugent, G. (2015, March). Utilizing Wearable Technologies as a Pathway to STEM. In Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (Vol. 2015, No. 1, pp. 1782-1788).

Nugent, G., Barker, B., Grandgenett, N. (in press). Wearable Technologies to Promote STEM Learning and Attitudes. Proceedings of the World Conference on E-Learning 2015.

Nugent, G., Barker, B., & Welch, G. (2014, March). A model of STEM learning and career orientation based on social cognitive theory. In Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (Vol. 2014, No. 1, pp. 1432-1440).

Nugent, G., Barker, B., Grandgenett, N., & Welch, G. (2014). Robotics camps, clubs, and competitions: Results from a US robotics project. In Proceedings of 4th International Workshop Teaching Robotics, Teaching with Robotics &5th International Conference Robotics in Education Padova (Italy) July (Vol. 18, No. 2014, pp. 11-18).

Barker, B., Melander, J., Grandgenett, N., & Nugent, G. (2015). Utilizing Wearable Technologies as a Pathway to STEM. In Research Highlights in Technology and Teacher Education 2015., Liu, L. & Gibson, D.C. (Ed.), Research Highlights in Technology and Teacher Education 2015. Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education.

Barker, B., Nugent, G., Grandgenett, N., Melander, J., Nelson, C. A., & Leduc-Mills, B. (In Press) Developing an Elementary Engineering Education Program through Problem-Based Wearable Technologies Activities. In Handbook of Research on Wearable and Mobile Technologies in Education. Hershey, PA: Developing an Elementary Engineering Education Program through Problem-Based Wearable Technologies Activities. IGI.

 Related Links


STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics)

21st CCLC



Connect2engineering is here to serve as a resource for engineering events and happenings in the region, as well as a comprehensive source for connecting with area professionals, students and faculty already in the engineering field. There’s no better way to find out about careers in engineering than from those who enjoy it every day.

This site hosts an extensive STEMworks Database of excellent STEM learning programs from around the country. Change the Equation (CTEq) is proud to host this database of programs that deepen young people’s learning in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

The DESIGN SQUAD NATION website is an online community that grew out of the DESIGN SQUAD television series that aired on PBS KIDS. The site targets kids ages 8 and older and features creative activities, engaging video, interactive games, and exciting contests.
The goal of Design Squad is to give kids a stronger understanding of the design process, and the connection between engineering and the things we all use in everyday life.

STEM Resource Guide
FINE Newsletter, Volume VII, Issue 2
Harvard Family Research Project
Looking for innovative ways to provide science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) opportunities for children outside of the classroom? This newsletter includes information on hands-on activities and advice from museums, libraries, and afterschool programs that you can use while exploring STEM with students.

SMILE’s learning activities, tools, and services are available to all but are designed especially for those who teach school-aged children in non-classroom settings (like museums, zoos, aquaria, and afterschool or outdoor education programs). SMILE is dedicated to bringing the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) activities developed by informal science organizations around the country to the wider informal educator community, while encouraging that community to both use and contribute to SMILE’s growing collection.

The Nebraska Association of Resources Districts (NRD’s) has a wide variety of projects and programs to educate youth (PK-12th Grade) about conserving and protecting the state’s natural resources.

The Khan Academy is an organization on a mission. We’re a not-for-profit with the goal of changing education for the better by providing a free world-class education for anyone anywhere. All of the site’s resources are available to anyone. It doesn’t matter if you are a student, teacher, home-schooler, principal, adult returning to the classroom after 20 years, or a friendly alien just trying to get a leg up in earthly biology. The Khan Academy’s materials and resources are available to you completely free of charge.

As part of NASA’s National Space Grant College and Fellowship Program, we are funded to promote aerospace-related research, education, and public service programs to encourage a Diverse Workforce. This is accomplished through a national network of colleges, universities, industry and federal agency partners.


NASA Education/Summer of Innovation
Visit the NASA Education Website. You’ll discover a wealth of information for students and educators. Find current opportunities, education-related feature stories and information about other NASA education projects.

NASA’s Digital Learning Network
NASA’s Digital Learning Network presents a series of videoconferences to assist educators in staying current on NASA education resources and related products. Topics to include: Exploring Space Through Math, Robotics, NASA Fit Explorers, NASA eProfessional Development Network — Robotics Course, MoonWorld, and On the Moon.

The goal of SciGirls is to change how girls think about science, technology, engineering and math – STEM. Although SciGirls targets engaging girls (8-13 years old) in STEM activities, the material can be utilized with everyone. The strategies that are highly beneficial to girls have also been proven to work with all learners, including underrepresented youth.

The Education Coalition works to support STEM programs for teachers and students at the U. S. Department of Education, the National Science Foundation, and other agencies that offer STEM related programs. The STEM Education Coalition represents all sectors of the technological workforce – from knowledge workers, to educators, to scientists, engineers, and technicians. The participating organizations of the STEM Education Coalition are dedicated to ensuring quality STEM education at all levels.

The Strategic Air and Space Museum, a Smithsonian affiliate, is a home to the largest collection of aircraft and space artifacts in the state. This museum, located near Ashland, Nebraska, provides visitors of all ages with exciting educational exhibits and activities that will inform and excite those interested in learning more about air and space.

Middle and high school teacher participants in the Summer Professional Development Institute have developed high quality lesson plans that use transportation engineering applications to dynamically illustrate science and math concepts! Find repository of lesson plans here. No registration/password necessary.

The You for Youth website will help you connect and share resources with your colleagues, provide professional development and technical assistance opportunities, and offer tools for improving your program practices. You and your students are already using science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) more than you may realize. This course suggests enjoyable ways to build on your existing knowledge as you help your students see that STEM is everywhere and for everyone.

4-H is the Cooperative Extension System’s dynamic, non-formal, educational program for today’s young people. The program partners the cooperative efforts of youth, volunteer leaders, state land-grant universities, state and local governments, 4-H Foundations, and the Cooperative State Research, Educational and Extension Service of the US Department of Agriculture. Nebraska 4-H is comprised of youth, ages 5-19, and adults. Adults are involved as volunteers working with youth as leaders or on committees and boards providing the framework for 4-H. More than 400 Extension staff across the state serve as primary contacts for the more than 135,000 youth and 20,000 volunteers.