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Kristin Krile

phone: 701.446.3195

ND Out-of-School-Time Conference

High-quality professional development forafterschool professionals throughout North Dakota. Learn, network and make an impact on improving programming for children to ensure they have a safe, educational place to be when not in school. This 2-day learning opportunity is open to any teachers, program directors/coordinators, leaders and staff working in out-of-school time settings. Keynotes and a variety of breakout sessions will focus on student engagement, behavior challenges, staff retention, parent communication, STEM, social emotional learning, and more.
The conference is Growing Futures approved & 1 continuing education credit is available through Valley City State University. Out-of-state participants are welcome but must contact the helpdesk if their school district is not listed in registration sign-up. 

2018 Conference Schedule

Day 1: Tuesday, July 31 

8:30-9:30am - Check-In & Breakfast

9:30-10:00am - Welcome, Introductions, Network Updates (Miss North Dakota Katie Olson & Network Lead Kristin Krile)

10:00-11:30am - Keynote: Moving from Surviving to Thriving (Dr. Corey Martin)

11:30-11:40am - ND Childhood Hunger & Solutions (Melissa Sobolik)

11:40-11:45am - Funding Updates (Thomas Hill, United Way of Cass-Clay)

11:45am-12:45pm - LUNCH

12:45-1:45pm - Breakout 1

  • Mindset Matters (Dr. Corey Martin)
  • How to Build a Relationship with a Hard-to-Reach Kid (Laura Sokolofsky) HANDOUT
  • Advocating for Afterschool - What can you do? (Robin Nelson)
  • City Span for Site Staff (Navdeep Sheena)

1:45-2:00pm - BREAK

2:00-3:00pm - Breakout 2

  • A Life Well Lived (Dr. Corey Martin)
  • Employee Engagement - Why Employee Advocates are Crucial (Heather Ostrowski) HANDOUT
  • Calm-Down Sequence: How to Help Kids Re-Connect (Laura Sokolofsky) HANDOUT
  • City Span for Directors (Navdeep Sheena)

3:00-3:15pm - SNACK BREAK

3:15-4:15pm - Breakout 3

  • Youth Engagement (Deborah Moore)
  • Communication Styles (Mackenzie McFadden)
  • Staff Appreciation on a Small Budget (Heather Ostrowski) HANDOUT
  • Micro:bits (Nicole Haugen) 

4:15-4:30pm - Evaluations & Door Prizes

Day 2: Wednesday, August 1 

8:00-9:00am - Breakfast & Networking

9:00-9:15 am - Welcome & Intro to YPQA Coaching Pilot (Kristin Krile & Kerri Whipple)

9:15-10:30 am - Keynote: Cultivating Cultural Diversity (Laetitia Mizero Hellerud)  HANDOUT

10:30-10:45am - BREAK

10:45-11:45am - Breakout 1

  • The resilience of refugees and immigrants: Building on strengths for better outcomes and faster community integration (Laetitia Mizero Hellerud) HANDOUT
  • Beyond the Bell: Effective Afterschool Programming - Community Connections (Tracie Welk)
  • Youth Engagement (Deborah Moore)
  • BreakoutEDU (Jamie Wirth & Gary Ketterling)

11:45am-12:00pm - ND Childhood Hunger & Solutions (Melissa Sobolik)

12:00-12:45pm - LUNCH

12:45-4:15pm - Breakout 2

  • Poverty Simulation (ND Community Action & Lakes and Prairies Community Action)
  • Youth Program Quality Assessment - YPQA (Stephanie Love)

Conference Materials

 2018 Conference Speakers


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Day 1 Keynote: Corey Martin, Bounce-Back Project and Bounce Travels
Promoting Health through Happiness
The Bounce Back Project is a unique collaborative of physicians, nurses, hospital leaders, and staff who have come together for a single purpose — to impact the lives of individuals, communities, and organizations by promoting health through happiness. Numerous studies have shown using simple tools to help us retrain our mind to focus on the positive can increase feelings of well-being and decrease feelings of depression. These tools can also open us to the possibility of greater social connections, improved sleep, enhanced memory, and stronger immune system function. It’s simple… and life-changing.

Conference Keynote: Moving from Surviving to Thriving
Burnout is epidemic in education and many other professions. Dr. Martin talks about how common burnout is and the consequences to our personal wellbeing, the organizations we work for and the people we care for. He shares simple, efficient techniques to combat and prevent burnout and improve our relationships with our loved ones, colleagues, and kids we work with every day.
Breakout Session #1: Mindset Matters. How our approach to Stress impacts how long we live and how happy we are.
Our mindset and how we approach situations have significant implications for our health, happiness, and patient outcomes. Dr. Martin talks about the science behind mindset and how our mindset of stress impacts our work, our health and the people around us.
Breakout Session #2: A Life Well Lived.
In this talk, Dr. Martin discusses the five most common regrets of the dying. This talk focuses on vulnerability and how to develop a meaningful life with everyday practices that can help you live a life without regrets.
Corey Martin is a Yale-trained family physician-driven to change the delivery of healthcare and improve the mental and physical health of our communities. He is a founder of the Bounce Back Project (, practicing private group physician, Bush Fellow, and lead physician in Allina Health’s response to clinician burnout. Driven to do this work by the loss of two colleagues and friends, Corey strives to create an environment of opportunity in which all of us can do the deep, heartfelt work of changing the way we show up and interact in each other’s lives. One of the ways he does this is by facilitating resilience retreats across the United States and throughout the world. He is both a Certified Daring Way Facilitator and Center for Courage and Renewal Facilitator and facilitates workshops based on the work of Brené Brown and Parker Palmer. In his free time, he enjoys working on his farm that he has recently turned into an event center. He lives in Buffalo, MN with his wife and three daughters. He is a recovering perfectionist and an aspiring “good enoughist.”

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Day 2 Keynote: Laetitia Mizero Hellerud, UBUNTU Consulting
Conference Keynote: Cultivating Cultural Sensitivity
With the inevitable growing diversity in our communities and in our world, we must adapt our approaches to the new realities. As professionals and as individuals we need to prepare our mindsets to the shifting working and living environments. This session will share some of the foundational theories of inclusion and provide tools to effectively navigate cultural differences and commonalities.
Breakout: Resilience of refugees and immigrants: Building on strengths for better outcomes and faster community integration
Refugees and many immigrants experience several trials prior to arriving in the United States and face ongoing challenges associated with resettlement. Despite facing such difficulties, most refugees and immigrants demonstrate enormous strength and resilience that facilitate their resettlement process. Often, professionals working with immigrants tend to focus on the trauma story, when applicable, to the neglect of their strengths. At times, this means resilience is overshadowed by a dominant Western deficits model that defines refugees some immigrants as traumatized victims. In this session, we will explore factors that contribute to resilience. We will also review elements that may impede it. The presenter will share their personal/professional experience and advice considering implications for a strengths-based approach to work across cultures, mostly with refugees.

Laetitia Mizero Hellerud is the Founder and Owner of UBUNTU CONSULTING, which specializes in intercultural competence development, cross-cultural leadership, and related fields. She was resettled as a refugee from Burundi in the fall of 1998 and has resided in the Fargo Moorhead/West Fargo/Dilworth since then. She holds a BA degree in English Literature and Linguistics from the University of Burundi and a Masters of Science degree in Management from the University of Mary. She currently serves on several Boards and Committees, including the Fargo Human Relations Commission, The New Americans Consortium for Wellness and Empowerment, the [MN] Regional Workforce Alliance and the F-M Symphony Orchestra. She is also a member of the ND Human Rights Coalition and was recently selected as one of the participants to the project Those Among Us: The Human Rights Champions of North Dakota Volume 1, a multi-disciplinary media project documenting the human rights and social justice champions of North Dakota. Laetitia worked for Lutheran Social Services in several capacities for a combined ten years between 1999-2015, most recently serving as the Director of the New Americans Program and State Refugee Coordinator. She also worked for SENDCAA Head Start program for ten years and coordinated a Transitional Housing Program for the homeless, through Lakes and Prairies Community Action Agency in Moorhead. Laetitia is married to Mark, an attorney and retired farmer from Ada, MN. They have two children. Laetitia is the author of the philosophical/biographical book entitled BEING AT HOME IN THE WORLD, Cross-Cultural Leadership Lessons to Guide Your Journey (Aloha Publishing). Her second book, a collection of turning points stories will be released this fall.


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Laura Sokolofsky, HOPE for Educators, LLC
Laura Sokolofsky, M. Ed. Laura received her undergraduate degree in Elementary Education and a Master’s in Professional School Counseling. She also is Trauma Sensitive School Trainer, Love and Logic parent and teacher facilitator, and an MSUM Adjunct Professor. She has 20 years of experience in teaching and counseling; she is currently working as an elementary school counselor. Laura was acknowledged as the 2012 ND Counselor of the Year.

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Deborah Moore, University of Minnesota Extension
Deborah Moore is the Director of the Youth Work Learning Lab, School of Social Work and Field Coordinator for Youth Development Leadership, M.Ed. program. Deborah has expertise in learning design and delivery, community youth work, youth program quality and organizational development and youth program evaluation. She currently teaches a variety of courses for the community and within the Youth studies graduate and undergraduate programs.

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Jamie Wirth, Valley City State University
Jamie Wirth, Ph.D., joined Valley City State University (VCSU) in 2008. He is the Director of the Great Plains STEM Education Center and a tenured Associate Professor in both Mathematics Education and in the School of Education and Graduate Studies. Wirth received a Bachelor of Arts from the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks, a Bachelor of Science from Mayville (N.D.) State University, a Master of Arts from Minot (N.D.) State University and a Doctor of Philosophy from North Dakota State University in Fargo. He serves on the VCSU Academic Policy & Affairs Committee, General Education Council, Marketing Committee, Teacher Education Committee, Graduate Council, and Viking Athletics Booster Board. Prior to joining VCSU, Wirth taught four years of high school math in Wyndmere, ND where he was also the head boys’ basketball coach. Jamie and his wife, Karin, have a son, Quinton, and a daughter, Tatum.

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Gary Ketterling, Great Plains STEM Education Center
Gary Ketterling, Ph.D., is the STEM Education Coordinator of Valley City State University’s Great Plains STEM Education Center in Valley City. Gary has taught at North Dakota State University (Fargo), Benedictine University (Lisle, Illinois), and Texas Christian University (Fort Worth, Texas). He taught graduate and undergraduate courses in science instructional methods, curriculum development, implementation of Problem Based Learning, and inquiry based methodologies. Ketterling has also worked as Coordinator for Professional Development and Research at the Center for Problem Based Learning at the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy (Aurora, Il.) and as a Senior Training/Technical Assistance Associate at the Southwest Educational Development Laboratory (SEDL) in Austin Texas. Gary has taken teachers and college students to Yellowstone National Park where they study the reintroduction of the wolf and climate change. His teaching experiences also include 7-12 science at Mandan, North Dakota and secondary science at Sarina, Queensland, Australia.

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Andrea Olson, Community Action Partnership of North Dakota
As the Executive Director for the Community Action Partnership of North Dakota, Andrea Olson works on a number of initiatives and programs for the seven Community Action Agencies in North Dakota. Community Action Agencies were originally established under the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964 to fight America's War on Poverty. By combining local, state, private, and federal resources Community Action helps low- and moderate-income people of all ages to secure the opportunities they need to obtain and maintain self-sufficiency. Andrea has worked in the non-profit sector advocating for those with less for over 15 years and has been with the CAPND since 2008. She absolutely loves her job and firmly believes that poverty is a multi-headed monster without any quick remedies. Collaboration, system changes, and kindness are just a few of the steps in the right direction to ensure that basic human needs for all are met. Andrea has a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from North Dakota State University and a Master’s Degree in Public, Human Service, and Health Administration from Minnesota State University Moorhead. She has served on numerous Boards of Directors and Advisory Committees. She currently serves on the Board of the North Dakota Coalition for Homeless Persons. She is also a member of the Fargo-Moorhead Homeless Coalition and the North Dakota Jump$tart Coalition. Andrea is also a Certified Community Action Professional and National Certified ROMA Trainer and ROMA Implementer. She is the proud recipient of the 2017 Charles Braithwait Award for Leadership for her efforts to ensure ongoing National support for the Community Action Network.

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Navdeep Sheena, Cityspan Technologies Inc.
Navdeep helps manage Cityspan’s portfolio of clients and liaises with internal teams to ensure the successful delivery of client solutions. Prior to Cityspan, Navdeep partnered with social service agencies and her university to provide health and wellness education to communities in need. Navdeep holds a BS in Nutritional Sciences from San José State University. An ardent foodie, Navdeep enjoys cooking and expands her repertoire by exploring new restaurants.

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Heather Ostrowski, Preference Employment Solutions
Heather Ostrowski, Client Relations Manager, joined the Preference team in 2016, although her relationship with the team began in 2014 when she was a Performance Consultant for Dale Carnegie Training. Her ability to partner with Preference Employment Solutions and add insight into their culture, team and areas for development made her a natural fit for the newly created position involving client relations. In this role, she continues to foster client relationships and uncover additional ways our team can be a resource in staffing solutions.

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Tracie Welk, Independent Consultant
Tracie Welk has served a variety of roles in ND education over the past 32 years, including classroom teacher, elementary principal, and curriculum coordinator. She has experience in heading up committees and teams in various areas, such as Schoolwide Title 1, AdvancEd, and school improvement, as well as leading professional development activities to support ND educators. She recently retired from the classroom and is currently working as an Instructional Coach/Consultant and is a trainer for Beyond the Bell through the ND Afterschool Network.

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Melissa Sobolik, Great Plains Food Bank
Melissa Sobolik is a North Dakota native, growing up on a farm near Courtenay, ND. She earned her BA in political science from Concordia College, with double minors in sociology and philosophy. She currently serves at the Director of Ending Hunger2.0, a new initiative of the Great Plains Food Bank, addressing the root causes of hunger through advocacy, research and new solutions.

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Katie Olson, Miss North Dakota Scholarship Organization
Katie Olson was crowned Miss North Dakota 2018 in June, she will go on to compete at the Miss America Competition this September in Atlantic City! Katie will spend her year of service as Miss North Dakota on a state wide school tour, reaching 50,000 students with her platform issue: "The Motivation Mindset: Positivity at Every Turn."