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 2016)



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. 

Upcoming Workshops

2017 Workshops


Workshop Descriptions


Video tutorials from Sparkfun, January 22, 2016

APPLY to Attend a Summer 2017 WearTec Workshop.

The Wearable Technologies (WearTec) project seeks to create and deliver a series of hands-on, minds-on activities to engage middle school youth (grades 4-6) in authentic STEM learning. The activities, based on wearable technologies, use a small sewable micro-controller (really small computer), sensors, conductive thread and LEDs to create a “smart” textile. In this program, youth will merge engineering design, computer programming, their understanding of circuitry, innovative problem solving skills, artistry and entrepreneurial skills to solve authentic STEM problems within an engineering context. Workshop participants will receive electronic components needed for implementation with students.

July 12 -14, 2017
9:00 AM to 3:30 PM each day
Norfolk Community College
Lifelong Learning Center
Norfolk, NE

Lunch on your own.
$140.00 stipend each day for certified teachers

Workshop is now closed to certified teachers.
Please contact Kim Larson ( if you are an informal educator wanting to attend the workshop and plan to implement the curriculum in an afterschool or summer program.
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July 25-27
9:00 AM to 3:30 PM each day
Gretna/Whitetail Creek Elementary School
19110 Greenleaf Street
Omaha, NE
Lunch on your own.
$140.00 stipend each day for certified teachers
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August 1-3, 2017
9:00 AM to 3:30 PM each day
Crete Intermediate School
1700 Glenwood Ave
Crete, NE   68333
Lunch on your own.
$140.00 stipend each day for certified teachers



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 21st CCLC summer programs. The workshop content is appropriate for students in grades 4 through 8.  This two-day workshop will take place at ESU 13 in Scottsbluff, NE and will include a tour of state of the art research laboratories at the UNL Panhandle Research and Extension Center. Participants will get to:

  • 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 Dr. Angie Pannier, Biomedical Engineer and Associate Professor, UNL, Nicole Iverson, Biomedical Engineering and Assistant Professor, Dr. Jenny Keshwani, Biomedical Engineer and Assistant Professor, UNL, and Dr. Krista Adams, Science Education and Assistant Professor, UNL.

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.

July 25-26, 2017
Educational Service Unit 13
4215 Avenue I
Scottsbluff, NE

Day 1: 8:30 am – 5:00 pm;
Day 2: 8:30 am – 12:00 pm;

Lunch on your own.

  • All workshop participants will receive materials needed to implement activities to take back to their schools.
  • Certified teachers who attend will receive $140.00 daily stipend, PLUS a $320.00 implementation stipend.


BLAST! Partners

Nebraska BLAST! Partners

Upcoming Workshops

Nebraska BLAST! (Building Lasting Afterschool STEM Teams) is an initiative designed to bring engaged STEM learning opportunities to students who attend Nebraska 21st Century Community Learning Centers afterschool and summer programs.

Current Nebraska BLAST! partners include:

NASA Nebraska Space Grant
Nebraska 21st Century Community Learning Centers Program
Nebraska Department of Education

Nebraska Game and Parks

University of Nebraska – Lincoln
—-Biomedical Engineering
—-College of Engineering
—-Nebraska 4-H Extension

University of Nebraska – Omaha
—-Office of STEM Education




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