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 http://www.beyondschoolbells.org/resources.html

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 http://www.beyondschoolbells.org/resources.html

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, bcollins@acacamps.org)

Beyond School Bells (Jeff Cole, jcole@nebraskachildren.org)

Boy Scouts of America

City of Omaha, Office of the Mayor (Barb Farho, barb.farho@cityofomaha.org)

Click2Science (Desirae TePoel, dtepoel2@unl.edu)

Modern Woodmen (Ryan L. Phillips, ryan.l.phillips@mwarep.org)

NASA Nebraska Space Grant (Michaela Lucas, mlucas@unomaha.edu)

Nebraska Arts Council (Anne Alston, anne.alston@nebraska.gov)

Nebraska Games & Parks Commission
(Julia Plugge, Julia.plugge@nebraska.gov; Lindsay Rogers, Lindsay.rogers@nebraska.gov)
Project WILD Program Flyer
Upcoming Workshops

Nebraska Library Commission (Sally Snyder, sally.snyder@nebraska.gov)

21st Century Community Learning Centers (Karen Stevens, karen.stevens@nebraska.gov)

University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension
(Michael Riese, mriese3@unl.edu; D’Ette Scholtz, dscholtz2@unl.edu)
Expanded Learning Opportunities


2012 Conference Materials

2012 Conference Program

2012 Session Handouts and Resources

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.

April 2018 – Featured this month:

Read Aloud Nebraska
Promoting healthy, successful children and families through reading aloud.  The importance of reading aloud with children is understood and accepted by the educational community, parents, and others as an effective tool in learning success and healthy child development. Our vision is that parents and caregivers, along with the educational community read aloud with all children.

Read Aloud Nebraska Partner Spotlight (flyer)

Read Aloud Nebraska Information

Previous Partner Spotlights

Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium (flyer)

Migrant Education Program

February 2018
The Nebraska Migrant Education Program (flyer)




Nebraska Natural Resource Districts

January 2018
Nebraska’s Natural Resources Districts (flyer)
Nebraska NRD LIsting

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, kim.larson@nebraska.gov.

Nebraska Afterschool Conference

Save the Date Postcard for 2018 GetConnected ConferenceSeptember 28, 2018
Embassy Suites Conference Center
La Vista, Nebraska

Request for Proposals (RFP) – Proposals accepted April 1, 2018 to May 15, 2018

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 FrameworkNebraska State Board of Education Position Statement for Expanded Learning Opportunities (approved 10/6/17)