Professional Development & Events

Be Part of the Impact

Professional Development & Events

Be Part of the Impact


ND ACRES: Afterschool Coaching for Reflective Educators in STEM

January 22 – March 5, 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)


Afterschool Quality Coaching

February 2 – March 16, 2021

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 every Tuesday from February 2 – March 16, 2021. 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 Out-of-School-Time Conference

June 29-30, 2021

The 2021 ND OST Conference will be virtual! This conference is a high-quality, professional-development training-conference for afterschool professionals across North Dakota. More details will come Spring 2021. 



Lights on Afterschool

October 28, 2021

Lights On Afterschool is the largest nationwide event celebrating afterschool programs and their important role in the lives of children, families, and communities. The effort has become a hallmark of the afterschool movement and generates media coverage across the nation each year. The events draw attention to the many ways afterschool programs support students and families and send a powerful message that more kids need quality afterschool programs.



Previously Held Events

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.


Contact Us

Hi! I’m Kristin and I am the ND Afterschool Network Lead. If you are looking for more information on how to bring or better afterschool programs near you, shoot me a call or an email!

(701) 446-3195

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Contact Kristin today to learn how we can put your community’s students on the path to success, together.