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ND Afterschool Day on the Hill

CANCELED due to weather – February 22, 2023

Bismarck, ND

Hosted by the ND Afterschool Network, Afterschool Day on the Hill 2023 was canceled due to weather. Look for Afterschool Day on the Hill during next legislative session in 2025. We invite afterschool and summer learning programs from across ND serving students in grades PreK-12, staff and students to attend this event, showcase your program, and have a chance to interact with ND legislators and state education representatives.

Access ND Afterschool Day on the Hill Prep Session here (11 min). 


Ready, STEM, Go!

March 14-15, 2023

Virtual Conference

A national alliance of afterschool networks are partnering to host a two-day virtual conference, shining a spotlight on resources, strategies and inspiration to boost out-of-school time (OST) STEM programming. Sessions will elevate resources available through the Million Girls Moonshot Initiative, unique STEM program models and provide actionable steps for OST professionals to:

  • Introduce high-quality curriculum options that challenge youth to problem solve with curiosity and creativity
  • Increase equity in STEM programming
  • Implement facilitation methods to promote an engineering mindset and positive STEM identity in youth

The no-cost virtual conference will provide opportunities for OST professionals to network with peers from across the country, engage with speakers committed to supporting others in designing enriching STEM activities beyond the classroom and ignite excitement to help youth explore STEM and all the ways it can inspire and set their lives up for success!



ND Afterschool Professional Learning Community 2022 – 2023

Monthly, September 2022 – June 2023

ND Afterschool Network will host a monthly, virtual series during the 2022 – 2023 school year for afterschool professionals across the state framed by the ND Quality Standards for Out-of-School Time Programs.

Any level of program staff and any type of out-of-school time program is welcome: 21CCLC, community-based, faith-based, club-based, summer camp, school-age licensed childcare, director, site coordinator, teacher, youth professional, etc.

NOTE: ND 21CCLC grantee program sites who are receiving TARGETED SUPPORTS (new 21CCLC sites, high-risk sites, and self-selected sites) are required to attend at least 5 of the 10 sessions. Any staff is welcome, but content will be geared toward site directors. 

You can join one session or join them all! You determine what will meet your needs the best. Participants will have the opportunity to provide input on future session topics.

2022 – 2023 Sessions:
All sessions held via Zoom from 10:00 – 11:00am CT

September 14: Advocacy – Afterschool Alliance will join us to share tips, tools, and resources to help you tell your program’s story by incorporating youth voice and sharing information with key stakeholders, families, schools, and policymakers through the upcoming Lights on Afterschool. (Focus: Youth-Centered Program Design; Leadership & Management)

October 26: Program Goals- Session will focus on developing strong and meaningful goals based on the ND Quality Standards Self-Assessment ratings. (Focus: Leadership & Management)

November 9: Afterschool Health & Safety (Focus: Health & Safety)

December 14: Youth Voice (Focus: Youth-Centered Program Design)

January 11: Onboarding & Professionalism (Focus: Leadership & Management)

February 8: Planning for a Successful Summer Program (Focus: All 4 Quality Domains)

March 8: Family Engagement in OST (Focus: Relationships & Interactions)

April 12: TBD
May 10: TBD
June 14: TBD

Access all session recordings & resources here. 



ND Out-of-School Time and Early Childhood Summit

Register Now! August 1-2, 2023

The ND Afterschool Network is joining efforts with Child Care Aware of ND to host the ND Out-of-School Time & Early Childhood Summit on August 1-2, 2023!

The Summit will provide two days of in-person learning and connecting, with keynote workshops and breakout tracks for afterschool, summer learning, and early childhood providers working with youth from Birth through Grade 12.



Lights On Afterschool

October 19, 2023

Launched in October 2000, Lights On Afterschool is the only nationwide event celebrating afterschool programs and their impact on the lives of children, families, and communities.

Join the ND Afterschool Network in drawing attention to the many ways afterschool programs support students with a Lights On event during October – register to hold an event, big or small, to celebrate afterschool and contribute to a record-breaking number of people across North Dakota celebrating afterschool.



ND Afterschool: Arts in Afterschool Funding Info Session 2022 – 2023

Recorded August 23, 2022

The ND Afterschool Network, in collaboration with ND Council on the Arts, is pleased to offer funding to afterschool and other out-of-school time programs to increase opportunities for students in grades K-12 to engage in arts programming during the 2022-2023 school year.

Join this virtual info session to learn more about the types of activities that can be funded and how to access the funds. Applications accepted starting August 23. Find application here. 



Using the ND Quality Standards for Out-of-School Time Programs

Recorded August 16, 2022

The ND Quality Standards for Out-of-School Time Programs are designed to acknowledge the work afterschool programs do and help take your program to the next level.

Join this virtual training to learn about how the Standards were developed, what each of the four quality domains look like, and how to use the Program Self-Assessment Tool accompanying the Standards as part of your continuous quality improvement process.

Tuesday, August 16
1:00 – 2:00pm CST

Session will be recorded and link sent to all who register.



ND Afterschool: Empowering Kindhearted Kids

Recorded November 17, 2022

In today’s world, providing Social Emotional Learning in all youth settings is more important than ever, as children struggle to develop healthy identities and emotional stability. Please join Two by Two Character Development to explore the latest research regarding Social Emotional Learning and the importance of explicitly teaching core values. Plan on loading up your “toolkit” with lots of fun and engaging ideas to immediately use with your children and walk away feeling empowered and rejuvenated for the important work you do.

Learning Outcomes:
1. Present and identify current research and social trends that have led to the critical need for Social Emotional Learning in all child-centered settings.
2. Immerse participants in activities and strategies that support adult Social Emotional Learning.
3. Transfer adult social and emotional learning strategies to helping children make good decisions and maintaining healthy relationships.

– Elementary Level Educators (Before/After School: PK – 5th Grade)
– School Counselors

Kristin Vaassen, Director of Business & Curriculum Development, Two by Two Character Development

Session is aligned with ND Quality Standards for Out-of-School Time Programs Relationships & Interactions Domain.


Previously Held Events

Afterschool STEM with KEVA Planks!


Afterschool STEM with KEVA Planks!

March 31, 2022

DESCRIPTION: Bring fun and meaningful STEM learning into your afterschool or summer learning program with KEVA Planks! KEVA Planks are a versatile tool for teaching STEM concepts to any age or skill level. This hands-on virtual training will provide activities and lesson ideas including basic instruction for building, team building and engineering challenges.

COST: This opportunity is provided to ND out-of-school time programs at no cost with support from the Million Girls Moonshot Initiative. The first 20 afterschool program sites to register will receive a 1000 Educator KEVA Plank Pack at no cost ($450 value)! We encourage multiple staff per site to attend this training and learn how to use KEVA Planks in your program. A follow-up workshop will be held on May 6 to share how you have used KEVA Planks in your program and learn additional ways to use them in STEM learning.

CLASS: Classroom Assessment Scoring System


CLASS: Classroom Assessment Scoring System

July 21, 2021: myTeachstone Demo for ND 21CCLC Teachers & Staff (Contact afterschool.seec@k12.nd.us for recording)

POSTPONED: Coaching with myTeachstone (Contact afterschool.seec@k12.nd.us if interested in this course.)

October 5, 2021: K-3 Intro to CLASS (Note: Registration closed September 27)

Impactful Facilitator Tips: 8 Simple Strategies for Classroom Management


Impactful Facilitator Tips: 8 Simple Strategies for Classroom Management

October 13, 2021

“How do I manage kids?” Do you wonder where to begin? Whether you are in the classroom or working in an afterschool program, explore, learn and engage in hands-on activities, personal connections, and strategies to utilize with youth from all backgrounds. We will facilitate dialogue about how to develop strong relationships with youth, lead by example, and inspire your students.

Audience: Afterschool Program Staff, Directors, Site Coordinators and Teachers

Facilitator: Julia Gabor, Mindful Founder of kid-grit

ND ACRES: Afterschool Coaching for Reflective Educators in STEM


ND ACRES: Afterschool Coaching for Reflective Educators in STEM

April 9 – May 21, 2021

DESCRIPTION: We have created a special lunch and learn virtual professional learning for you to participate in. Participants will come together to learn and to practice two skills. We’ll reflect on how you support youth as they expand and clarify their thinking by diving into the skill of Asking Purposeful Questions and Modeling the Engineering Practices. Our questions create a path towards discovery, imagination, and STEM exploration. We’ll talk about how we can confidently bring engineering into our programming and support youth as they engage in problem solving.

By join these ACRES coaching sessions you will gain first-hand experience with and reflect on ways to incorporate more hands-on activities into your Out-of-School and virtual programs.

DELIVERY: Series will be delivered over 4 live Zoom sessions. Sessions will not be recorded and participants must attend all 4 sessions to receive credit and stipend. Links to join Zoom sessions will be sent out prior to first session.

AUIDENCE: Series is intended for afterschool professionals, STEM teachers, and other out-of-school time educators.


  • Educators: Up to 8 hours of cafeteria credit available.
  • Early Childhood/Afterschool Professionals: Approved for 8 hours of Growing Futures credit. (Must attend all 4 sessions)

ND Quality Standards Feedback Session

Join the ND Afterschool Network on May 19, 2021 from 11:00 am – 12:00 pm CT for an open forum to learn about the first quality standards for school-age, out-of-school time programs in North Dakota. Participants will have the opportunity to review final draft of the standards and provide comments or feedback before the publication is released in June 2021.

DELIVERY: Virtual meeting. The document will be sent to registrants prior to the meeting for review.

AUDIENCE: Afterschool and summer learning program staff, directors, and supervisors, teachers, school administrators, funders, the early childhood field, and any other stakeholder in afterschool is welcome to join.

Afterschool Quality Coaching

Afterschool Quality Coaching

OBJECTIVE: The Afterschool Quality Coaching Book Study has been developed for program supervisors who support staff working directly with students in out-of-school-time settings. Book Study will support supervisors in learning about the coaching process to improve support for staff in the areas of lesson delivery, classroom management, behavior management, and student engagement.

DELIVERY: Book Study will be delivered in 6 – 1 hour virtual Zoom sessions. Sessions will not be recorded and participants must attend all sessions live. Participants will be expected to complete reading and practice coaching sessions between each session.

AUDIENCE: Afterschool Program Supervisors & Directors


  • Educators: Up to 6 hours of Cafeteria credit.
  • Early Childhood/Afterschool Professionals: Approved for 6 hours through Growing Futures if all sessions attended and final reflection completed.



February 24, 2021

What is the Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASS)? How is it being used to evaluate afterschool programs in North Dakota? How can it be used in your program to assess and improve the quality of staff-student interactions?

Join the ND Afterschool Network on February 24th from 1:00pm – 1:45pm to hear how CLASS is being used in ND afterschool programs, learn how to access the tool and resources, and find out how you can use the tool in your program.

ND Afterschool Virtual Forum

ND Afterschool Virtual Forum

October 28, 2020

The ND Afterschool Network is helping to shine a light on the important role of afterschool programs in our community by hosting a special Virtual Forum.

Afterschool and summer learning programs have been integral in responding to the diverse needs of young people as a part of the COVID-19 pandemic. Please join us for a conversation around how afterschool has stepped up to support North Dakota’s students, families, and communities. Speakers will include students & parents, along with the following special guests:

Rebecca Eberhardt, ND Department of Public Instruction
Candida Braun, Cheney Middle School, West Fargo
Beth Demke, Gateway to Science, Bismarck
Kayla Erickson, ENCORE, Grand Forks

We invite afterschool programs, businesses, policymakers and the education community to the Virtual Forum to hear from students, families and afterschool program staff about how they are supporting learning and why it’s now more important than ever to keep the Lights on both during and after school.