Partner Spotlight

The 21st CCLC Partner Spotlight is a new monthly feature highlighting the work of organizations committed to partnering with afterschool and summer programs across the state of Nebraska. Featured partners have demonstrated a commitment to working with program leaders and staff to identify ways to mutually accomplish identified goals. Contact the featured partners to explore the possibilities for bringing unique and engaging learning opportunities to your students.

Previous Partner Spotlights

December 2017
Nebraska Public Power District (flyer)

September 2017
Click2Science (flyer)

August 2017
NASA Nebraska Space Grant (flyer)

July 2017
Nebraska Museums Association (flyer)

May 2017
Nebraska Game and Parks (flyer)

February 2017
Beyond School Bells (flyer)

To suggest an organization with a statewide outreach to feature in an upcoming Partner Spotlight,
contact Kim Larson,

Nebraska Afterschool Conference

September 28, 2018
Embassy Suites Conference Center
La Vista, Nebraska

The Get Connected 2018 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.

Request for Proposals (RFP) – Proposals accepted May 15, 2018 to June 15, 2018

Presenters will be notified by Friday, July 27, 2018 regarding the status of their proposals.

Individual Registration

Complete and submit the Individual Registration form.  The conference registration fee is $55.00 per person and includes conference materials, luncheon, and refreshments. Once the Individual Registration form is completed and submitted, Carolyn Koch, ESU 7, will reply by email with an invoice for the registration fee. Checks should be made out to ESU 7 and mailed to Carolyn Koch. There will be an additional $10 processing fee if payments are not received by December 14, 2018.

Group Registration

If registering more than one individual, complete the Group Registration form. If names are not known at the time the registration form is completed, insert a place holder name (e.g., Staff #1, Staff #2). Email completed Group Registration form to Sherri Landis, Please email Sherri Landis with attendee names once they are known.

An invoice will be emailed to the first person on the list for the amount owed ($55.00 per person). Checks should be made out to Educational Service Unit #7. Payments should be mailed to Carolyn Koch, ESU 7. There will be an additional $10 processing fee if payments are not received by December 14, 2018.

Educational Service Unit #7
Attn: Carolyn Koch
2657 44th Avenue
Columbus, NE 68601-5753
Federal Tax I.D. #47-0499223
Phone: 402.564.5753, Extension 1039
Fax: 402.563.1121

Presenter and Walk ‘N Talk Host Registration
Registration is FREE for confirmed presenters and one Walk ‘N Talk host per table.  You will not be invoiced.

Name Changes
Name changes on registrations are allowed.  Email Sherri Landis,, with the updated information.

Late Registration
If space is available, registrations will be accepted the day of the conference.  All registrations will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis.  Space is limited so register early!  Registration fees are non-refundable.

We have reserved a block of rooms for the conference.  You may make reservations by calling the Embassy at 402.331.7400 and requesting the NE Department of Education, Get Connected block.  The group code is GC1.

You may use the following link to guarantee you receive the negotiated group rate.

The discounted group room rates are $129.00 (single and double), $139.00 (triple) $149.00 (quad) and will remain open until 8/26/18.  After this date, any remaining guest rooms will be released back to the hotel to sell.

There are several other hotels within the vicinity.  Please feel free to use any of them.

  1. SUSTAINABILITY: Reviewers are looking for sessions that assist program leaders and potential partners plan, communicate, collaborate and advocate to ensure program sustainability.
  2. IMPROVING FAMILY AND COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT IN YOUR PROGRAM: Reviewers are looking for sessions that focus on strategies to increase active and meaningful family and community engagement to ensure the educational success of children and youth.
  3. ELO 101 FOR PARTNERS IN AFTERSCHOOL: Reviewers are looking for sessions that introduce community partners to school-based and community-powered, high quality afterschool and summer programs and help them understand the background and current trends in this exciting field.
  4. IMPROVING THE QUALITY OF YOUR PROGRAM: Reviewers are looking for sessions that target program leaders and staff interested in improving afterschool program quality.
  5. TAKE THESE IDEAS BACK TO YOUR PROGRAM: Reviewers are looking for sessions provide site coordinators and staff with strategies and activities that they can implement in their programs.

7:45 AM to 11:00 AM – Coffee available

7:45 AM to 1:15 PM – Walk N Talk display tables

7:45 AM to 8:30 AM – Breakfast and Walk N Talk display tables

8:30 AM to 9:15 AM – Opening session

9:15 AM to 9:30 AM – Transition and Walk N Talk display tables

9:30 AM to 10:30 AM – Workshop I

10:30 AM to 11:00 AM – Transition and Walk N Talk display tables

11:00 AM to 12:00 noon – Workshop II

12:00 PM to 1:00 PM – Lunch and featured speakers

1:00 PM to 1:15 PM – Transition and Walk N Talk display tables

1:15 PM to 2:15 PM – Workshop III

2:15 PM to 2:30 PM – Transition

2:30 PM to 3:00 PM – TEN Talks

3:00 PM to 3:30 PM – Tailgate and prizes

21st Century Community Learning Centers

21st CCLC is a federally-funded competitive grant program designed to support the establishment of community learning centers serving students in high need school buildings. Funding is provided by the Federal government through the No Child Left Behind Act, Every Student Succeeds Act, and is administered by the Nebraska Department of Education.

These grants are awarded to projects that offer a broad array of services, programs and activities during non-school hours or periods when school is not in session (such as afterschool or during summer recess). The three goals for this grant program are to: improve overall student success and learning performance in one or more academic areas through academic support and enrichment activities, increase social benefits and positive behavioral changes, and increase active and meaningful family and community engagement in supporting students’ education.

Afterschool Conference September 28, 2018

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  Intersection of the Six Tenets of AQuESTT and
Nebraska 21st Century Community Learning Centers Program
Quality Framework Nebraska State Board of Education Position Statement for Expanded Learning Opportunities (approved 10/6/17)