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ND Afterschool Summit - Feb. 21, 2018 | Bismarck Career Academy

Summit Schedule

8:30-9:00am - Check-In
9:00-9:10am - Welcome, Introductions & ND Afterschool Network Update (SEEC Director of Student Services Jolene Garty)
9:10-9:35am - Opening Remarks (ND Dept of Public Instruction Superintendent Baesler)
9:35-10:00am - Workforce Skills Development Keynote (Molly Bestge, Cultivate21)
10:00-10:15am - BREAK
10:15-11:15am - Keynote: Science Teaching, Learning, and Identity Through Community Science Workshops and Makerspaces (Larry Valdez, CEO of the Community Science Workshop Network)
11:15-11:30am - ND STEM Network Update (Board President Paul Keidel)
11:30am-12:30pm - Lunch & Circle Painting Artist Hiep Nguyen (live feed via ND Council on the Arts)

12:30-2pm - Networking Sessions with Cultivate21, Gateway to Science, Central Valley Science Project, Basin Electric Power Company, Doosan/Bobcat Company, Sanford Health
      -  12:30-1:10pm - Developing 21st Century Skills session
      -  1:20-2:00pm - Creating Business Partnerships 

2:00-2:15pm - SNACK BREAK
2:15-3:15pm - Local Program Idea/Resource Pitches & Speed Dating 
     -  CHARISM, EduTech, Gateway to Science, North Valley 21CCLC Program, Inspire Innovation Lab, PBS Education, Center for Rural Health
3:15-3:30pm - Action Planning & Closing

2018 Summit Materials

Past Summit Info


Jerry Valadez headshot

Keynote: Jerry Valadez, Community Science Workshop Network
Science Teaching, Learning, and Identity Through Community Science Workshops and Makerspaces
Inclusive Community Science Workshops and Makerspaces in schools, libraries, and communities foster STEM learning, creativity, innovation, and identity through play, making, and positive social interactions. This session will be a place for you to explore, play, build, make, and learn as a conference community. It can also serve as a resource for those involved in K-12 STEM education at all levels: policy makers, decision makers at the school and district levels, curriculum developers, informal educators, after-school staff, and parent and education advocacy groups searching for what to do in Makerspaces and Community Science Workshops.
Jerry D. Valadez, CEO of the Community Science Workshop Network, is an Advocate for underserved youth, a Maker, co-founder of the SAM (Science Art Music) Academy and the Mobile Science Workshop - a non-profit that provides underserved youth in isolated rural communities access to quality out-of-school STEM and Arts experiences. He has an earned doctorate in STEM education and is an experienced environmental scientist, microbiologist, middle school science teacher, K-12 Science Coordinator, school administrator, and Director of major federal and state supported STEM initiatives, including the Central Valley MSP and Central Valley Science Project.

Molly Bestge headshot

Keynote: Molly Bestge, Cultivate21
Workforce Skills Development
Molly is a passionate 21st Century educator and in her work with Cultivate21, works hard to provide relevant professional learning experiences for educators that directly impact shifts in instruction and application of best 21st Century classroom practices into the classroom. She brings with her varied experiences and has taught all core content area subjects, including Art & Music. These experiences allow her to share relevant, concrete examples of 21st Century learning with ease. 


Gateway to Science - Beth Demke [Network Sessions Panel & Program Idea/Resource Pitches]
Beth is the Gateway to Science Executive Director and is certified through the Association of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC) and is a frequent session presenter at the annual ASTC conference. She was recently invited to join Governor Burgum’s Innovative Education Task Force Advisory Committee, and she serves on the Board of Directors for both the ND STEM Network and the Innovation School. Beth has spent most of her professional career dedicated to advancing informal STEM education and providing opportunities for children and families to discover science through hands-on experiences.


Basin Electric Power Cooperative - Lynn Beiswanger [Network Sessions Panel]
Lynn's involvement in the electric utility industry spans 44 years with the 36 past serving at Basin Electric. Over the years, his roles have changed from lineman to TSM Safety and Training Coordinator and is now in the Director of Learning and Development in the HR Department. Today he focuses on Learning & Development, Labor Relations and Cooperative Safety. Lynn believes that education and providing opportunities for employees to grow from within is vital to the success of Basin Electric, its membership and to sustain the cooperative principals.


Bobcat / Doosan Company - Kayla Heib [Network Sessions Panel]
Training and organizational development are at the forefront of future potential industry and technological advancements. With Doosan Bobcat, Kayla has a passion for developing and implementing training and talent management strategies and solutions. In her current role, she manages the deployment of training and talent management across Doosan Bobcat’s North American locations to achieve competency and leadership development. Growing up with two parents being educators in the public-school system, Kayla has an understanding of some of the challenges that educators face and the profound impact that they make on today’s youth.


CHARISM - Courtney Quist [Program Idea/Resource Pitches]
 You Can Do the Rubik’s Cube is an organization that exists to get sets of Rubik’s Cubes into classrooms and afterschool programs. Through their lending library, site directors have access to lesson plans, strategies for struggling students, ideas about how to structure the solving process, and even templates to create mosaics out of hundreds of Cubes. Their solving guide makes solving the Cube feel much more attainable and it is so cool to see when your students finally solve it!
- Courtney Quist, CHARISM Site Director [ |]


EduTech - Jill Baird [Program Idea/Resource Pitches]
Ask ME connects students to professionals across North Dakota. Through Skype, students are able to learn about different careers and ask questions of those professionals.
- Jill Baird, EduTech IT Specialist [ |]


North Valley 21CCLC Program - Lori Zahradka [Program Idea/Resource Pitches]
A Developing Leaders class is offered at North Valley which extends into afterschool. Students identified projects to meet the needs of the Grafton community, established a leadership team of community members and connected with businesses to build workforce skills and self-confidence.
- Lori Zahradka, North Valley 21CCLC Director [ |]


Inspire Innovation Lab - Carrie Leopold [Program Idea/Resource Pitches]
Our tried and true twist on education and push for hands-on, real-life experiences involves the community and community business' 100%. We give our kids problem-solving activities and messy learning which emphasize Science, Technology, Engineering Art, and Math. In addition, we bring in local professionals or tour local business's weekly that have been successful in their passionate pursuits. This way the kids are immersed in their experiences, not just reading about it in a book or listening to a traditional lecture. 
- Carrie Leopold, Founder/Owner [ |]


PBS Education - Darcy Bakkegard [Program Idea/Resource Pitches]
Expand your after-school resources by powering up with PBS. Tap into STEAM activity ideas, coding camp plans, and Odd Squad adventures. Sample three FREE resources from PBS and connect to a wealth of support.
- Darcy Bakkegard, PBS PD Coach [ |]


Center for Rural Health - Kylie Nissen 
Resources available for North Dakota educators, afterschool programs, and other organizations and facilities to aid in the promotion of health careers and healthy living.
- Kylie Nissen, Senior Project Coordinator [ |]