Resources By Topic


Uses well-developed systems and sound management to support and enhance program administration and delivery.

Develops, nurtures, and maintains positive relationships and interactions among afterschool staff, students, families, school-day staff, and community members.

Family Partnerships
Fosters and sustains strong partnerships with families through positive and relevant interactions with program staff.

School/Community Collaboration
Establishes and maintains positive relationships and coordinated linkages with school staff and community partners to support student success.

Environment, Safety & Wellness of Students
Collaborates with the school to provide an adequate and secure physical space, as well as a safe, healthy, inclusive, and nurturing environment.

Social Emotional Learning

Provides well-rounded experiential learning opportunities to support each student’s physical, social, and cognitive growth, including skill building and mastery activities aligned with and providing enrichment to school district content standards.


Session Handouts

The Power of Afterschool and the Future of Learning
September 28, 2012
LaVista Embassy Suites Conference Center

Session Handouts

Sessions with available materials, click on the blue links.21st CCLC

Keynote — 9:15-10:00

Helping Youth through Positive Engagement
(Suzi Yokley-Busby)
Helping Youth through Positive Engagement.pdf

Concurrent Sessions A — 10:30-11:30

Building Intentional Relationships for the Successful Academic, Social, Emotional, and Behavioral Development of all Youth
(Suzi Yokley-Busby, Miles busby)

Planning and Implementing Family Science Events
(Kathie Phillips, Katie Konold, Ryan Mohling, Pat Dugan)

Against the Wind.pdf
Domino Diving Boad.pdf
Inspired by Nature.pdf
Mining for Chocolate.pdf
Thrill Seekers.pdf
Tumbling Tower.pdf

Fitting Nutrition in Afterschool Programs
(Natalie Sehi, Audra Losey, Beverly Benes)

At-Risk Afterschool Meals Program 9-28-12.pdf

Fitting Nutrition in Afterschool Programs.pdf
Think What You Drink.pdf

Partnerships Beyond Afterschool: A Broader Vision of Community School Partnerships
(LeaAnn Johnson)

Collaboration between School and Expanded Day Program – Doing what is best for students!
(Luisa Palomo, Josh Gillman, Cecilia Di Masi)
Staying in the Green: A Stoplight Study Skills Program.pdf

Let’s Go Global
(Sarah Sutton)

Let’s Go Global.pdf
Online Global Resources.pdf

Engaging Students through Project-Based Learning in the Afterschool Setting
(Kim Larson)
8 Essentials for PBL.pdf
Activity Movie Poster.pdf
Embedding Literacy into a Project.pdf
PBL Research Brief.pdf
Project Based Learning Sept 2012.pdf
Y4Y FAQ’s.pdf

Keynote — 11:45-1:00

Y4Y – Your One-Stop-Shop for Improving Afterschool Programs and Supporting Students Success
(Claiborne Taylor, Jennifer Kobrin)

Concurrent Sessions B — 1:15 – 2:15

Using the Y4Y Portal to Strengthen your Program
(Claiborne Taylor, Jennifer Kobrin)

Breadcrumb Match.pdf
Breadcrumbs Scramble.pdf
Alignment Checklist.pdf
Missing Breadcrumb.pdf
Scavenger Hunt.pdf

The Five Minute Miracle and other Ways to Integrate the Arts into Teaching!
(Nancy Engen-Wilden, Oscar Rios Porieth)

Building a Positive Climate to Help Youth Thrive
(Jessica Schlegelmich, Michelle Krehbiel)

Behavior Strategies that Everyone Should Know
(Matthew McNiff)

Behavior Strategies Everyone Should Know.pdf

Using Voice and Choice
(Patricia Stewart, Marcia Fritz, Gwyn Williams)

Session 12-13 final.pdf
Spring Session – Four Club Registration form 2012.pdf
Youth Voice and Choice.pdf

Developing a Unified and Collegial System that Effectively Integrates Community Learning Centers and Other Programs Within a School
(Rik Devney, Bret Schroder)
Developing a Unified and Collegial System that Effectively Integrates Community Learning Centers and Other Programs Within a School.pdf

Resources and Activities to Engage Secondary Students in STEM
(Michael Sibbernsen)

Concurrent Sessions C — 2:30 – 3:30

Engaging Minority Students in Afterschool Programs
(T. J. McDowell, Jr.)

Black Males in Afterschool Programs.pdf

Physical Activity in Afterschool Programs: Lessons Learned and Future Directions
(Danae Dinkel)
Afterschool Program Resources for Physical Activity.pdf

Creating an Afterschool Youth Leadership Program
(Dayna Krannawitter, Michelle Krehbiel)

Creating an Afterschool Youth Leadership Program.pdf

Marketing Your Program (in your school and community
(Kary Sell, Jeff Cole)

The Importance of Art in Afterschool Programming
(Iggy Sumnik, Gail Schriber)
After School Art Class Ideas.doc
Gail Schriber Statement.doc
Plate by Gail Schriber.jpg
Wine Glasses by Gail Schriber.jpg
Student Work 1.jpg
Student Work 2.jpg
Student Work 3.jpg
Student Work 5.jpg
Student Work 6.jpg
Student Work 7.jpg

Robotics, Unplugged!
(Wendi Laurence)

Robotics, Unplugged.pdf

Road, Rails and Race Cars…Engage – Excite – Educate
(Mary Herrington, Cynthia Baker, Quinton rodgers, Scott Sorensen)
Road, Rails, and Race Cars…..
MATC After School Program

Walk ‘N Talk

21st Century Community Learning Center
Map. pdf
Afterschool Resources.pdf
STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) Resources.pdf
Harvard Family.pdf


Career Education – NE Department of Education

Modern Woodmen


Nebraska Association of Resources Districts

Nebraska Community Learning Center Network

Nebraska Space Grant Consortium

Nutrition Services
2011 07-21 USDA Pamphlet.pdf
2011 06-17 Handbook.pdf
2012 Handout Afterschool Options.pdf
Think What You Dirnk.pdf

Afterschool Resources.pdf
STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) Resources.pdf

Harvard Family.pdf


2014 Conference Materials

Session Handouts

If session materials are available, click on the blue links.

Keynote — 9:30-10:00

Learning in a Caring Culture
(Christina M. Windsor)

Concurrent Sessions A — 10:30-11:30

What Do I Do if They Don’t
(Matt McNiff)

Moving Beyond the Bake Sale: Engaging Families in Meaningful Ways
(Lea Ann Johnson)

Shake Your Brain: Active Brain Smart Strategies for Learning
(Julane Hill, Brian Coyle)

What is Quality in Afterschool Programs?
(Matthew Blomstedt, Saundra Frerichs, Karen Stevens, Lisa St. Clair)

FREE ‘N’ EASY – K-12 Fine Arts Activities
(Debra Wehrmann DeFrain)
CLC Piano Explorer
CLC WeeSing

Promising Practices for the Performing Arts
(Carolyn Anderson, Kim Carlson, Matt Bross)
Forgotten Language
After-school Programming Ideas and Strategies
Theatre Games

Youth as Teachers
(Michelle Arehart)

Building Strategic Partnerships to Create a Sustainable Program (Beginning)
(Jennifer Jones, Jeff Cole)

  1. Sustainability process
  2. Community Scan
  3. “Making the Case for ELO Programs”—Tools to use in developing potential partners and explaining why ELOs and your program are important.  These documents on our website

These documents include:

  1. Americans Value ELOs
  2. ELOs Build Lifelong Success
  3. ELOs Matter to the Math Achievement Gap
  4. How Do Children Spend Their Out-of-School Hours?

Keynote — 11:45 – 12:45

Saving the World: Why Your work Is So Important
(Matt McNiff)

Concurrent Sessions B — 1:00 – 2:00

Designing Engaging Expanded Learning Opportunities
(Kathie Phillips, Amara Madsen)
Brainstorming Web Template for Developing Themes
Cone of Experience
Reflection and Evaluation
Elements of a Quality Lesson Plan
CLC Lesson Plan

Implementing Academies: A New Model for Expanded Learning
(Karen Bell-Dancy, Enoch Pugh)
CLC Brochure KBD
Lesson Plan Template
Final Dawes CLC Structure and Guidelines
STEM edits KBD

You Can Do STEM
(Saundra Frerichs, Holly Carr)
Eco Bot Challenge – Facilitator Guide
Eco Bot Challenge – Youth Guide
Eco Bott Challenge – Bailey Beach Mat

Principal-Program Coordinator: A Critical Duo for Quality Programs
(Lisa Sterba, Lavone Walker, Lisa St. Clair)

Writing Poetry to Celebrate Your Community
(Matt Mason)
Recommended Writing Resources

Getting Fired Up About Hiring and Recruiting
(Gwyn Williams, Charles Parks III)

Ready, Set, Let Go!
(Jessica Schlegelmilch)
Service Learning Resources

Building Strategic Partnerships to Create a Sustainable Program (Advanced)
(Jeff Cole, Jennifer Jones)

  1. Sustainability process
  2. Community Scan
  3. Partner Analysis
  4. Creating a One-Page Program Overview
  5. “Making the Case for ELO Programs”—Tools to use in developing potential partners and explaining why ELOs and your program are important.  These documents on our website

These documents include:

  1.  Americans Value ELOs
  2. ELOs Build Lifelong Success
  3. ELOs Matter to the Math Achievement Gap
  4. How Do Children Spend Their Out-of-School Hours?

Concurrent Sessions C — 2:15 – 3:15

Apples K to 12
(Michelle Krehbiel, Georgia Jones)

Engaging Elementary Students in Project Based Learning
(Kristi Chambers, Jennifer Rivera)
Interactive World Map
Researching with Questions

Coloring Inside AND Outside the Lines: Making the Most of Your Community’s STEM Potential
(Connie O’Brien)

Developing a Partnership with a Local Institution of Higher Education
(Lorna Eliason, Patricia Blundell, Ellen Miller, Lisa St. Clair)

Meaningful Engagement with Diverse Families
(Amanda Duffy Randall)

Middle School Motivation: Ready, Set, Engage
(Amber Noutoua, Terrance Badgett)

Effective Service Learning Programs in Expanded Learning Time
(Adam Morfeld, Kent Day, Kelsey Arends)

Marketing Your Program – Effectively Telling Your Story
(Kelly Medwick, Jennifer Jones, Jeff Cole)

Walk ‘N Talk

American Camp Association (Barbara Collins,

Beyond School Bells (Jeff Cole,

Boy Scouts of America

City of Omaha, Office of the Mayor (Barb Farho,

Click2Science (Desirae TePoel,

Modern Woodmen (Ryan L. Phillips,

NASA Nebraska Space Grant (Michaela Lucas,

Nebraska Arts Council (Anne Alston,

Nebraska Games & Parks Commission
(Julia Plugge,; Lindsay Rogers,
Project WILD Program Flyer
Upcoming Workshops

Nebraska Library Commission (Sally Snyder,

21st Century Community Learning Centers (Karen Stevens,

University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension
(Michael Riese,; D’Ette Scholtz,
Expanded Learning Opportunities


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.

January 2018 – Featured this month:

Nebraska Natural Resource DistrictsNebraska's Natural Resource Districts flyerThe Nebraska Association of Resources Districts is the trade association for Nebraska’s 23 Natural Resources Districts (NRDs). Their mission is to assist NRDs in a coordinated effort to accomplish collectively what may not be accomplished  individually to conserve, sustain, and improve our natural resources and environment. Every NRD offers a variety of programs for children and youth, K – 12. In addition, the Nebraska Association of Resources Districts Foundation raises money and assists youth programs that encourage natural resources education and inspiration for students to consider careers in the natural resources field.

NRDPartnerSpotlight (flyer)
Nebraska NRD LIsting

Previous Partner Spotlights

Nebraska Public Power DistrictDecember 2017
Nebraska Public Power District (flyer)


Nebraska Library CommissionNovember 2017
Nebraska Library Commission (flyer)
Links to Support for Youth Activities

Click2ScienceSeptember 2017
Click2Science (flyer)

August 2017
NASA Nebraska Space Grant (flyer)

July 2017
Nebraska Museums Association (flyer)


June 2017
Nutrition Services (flyer)
Nutrition Services Program Sheet

May 2017
Nebraska Game and Parks (flyer)

April 2017
University of Nebraska Lincoln Extension – Nebraska 4-H (flyer)
Overview of Nebraska 4-H Youth Development (video)

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

Save the Date Postcard for 2018 GetConnected ConferenceSeptember 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. 


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

Nebraska 21st CCLC
PARTNER spotlight
Partner Spotlight



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


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