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Kristin Krile

phone: 701.446.3195

ND Out-of-School-Time Conference

High-quality professional development for afterschool professionals throughout North Dakota. 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. 

2019 Conference Schedule

Bismarck Public Schools Career Academy 

1221 College Drive, Bismarck, ND


Day 1: Tuesday, July 30

8:00-9:00am Registration, Networking, Breakfast

9:00am Welcome

9:15-11:15am Keynote: Jodi Grant, Afterschool Alliance & Statewide Panel: Workforce Readiness Skills in Afterschool

11:30-12:30pm  Lunch; Tour of Career Academy 12:00-12:30pm

Breakout Sessions


  • The Year You Finally Master Your Afterschool Environment - Erica Kindem, SEEC
  • Advocating for Afterschool - Jodi Grant, Afterschool Alliance
  • Challenging Behaviors, Challenging You! - Crystal Henderson, Heart of Behavior
  • Developing Life Skills: Engaging Parents as Learning Heroes - Windy Lopez-Aflitto & Michelle Chaudoir, Learning Heroes (12:30-3:30pm)


  • Driving Program Investment, Part 1 - Megan Laudenschlager, Strengthen ND
  • Understanding the Strengthening Career and Technical Education in the 21st Century Act - Wayde Sick, ND Dept. of Career & Technical Education
  • The 3 Secrets for Behavior Success! - Crystal Henderson, Heart of Behavior


  • Driving Program Investment, Part 2 - Megan Laudenschlager, Strengthen ND
  • Breaking Out of the Box - Nicole North, MindWorks Resources
  • Student Mental Health & Mindfulness for Educators - Judith Konerza, PhD

Day 2: Wednesday, July 31 

7:00-8:00am Yoga with Christine Aull (optional)

8:00-9:00am Vendor Booths, Networking, Breakfast

9:00am Welcome

9:15-11:15am Keynote: Kelly Felton, Search Institute: Developmental Relationships- A Tool for Empowering Parenting Adults

 11:30-12:30 Lunch; Tour of Career Academy 12:00-12:30pm

Breakout Sessions


  • Supporting Employability through SEL - Janet Levings, American Institutes for Research
  • What I Wish my Teachers Knew About Dyslexia - Alysia Budd, Inspiring Minds Center for Dyslexia & Literacy
  • Engaging Families: A Relationships Based Approach - Kelly Felton, Search Institute
  • Implementing STEM2D Activities in Afterschool Programs - Amanda McMahon & Pamela Carter, FHI 360


  • Introduction to First Time Managers - Mary Beth Burns, NDSCS
  • Classroom Management for Afterschool - Amy Riccio, HOPE for Educators
  • SPARKS: Igniting the Hidden Strengths of Teens - Kelly Felton, Search Institute
  • FIRST Programs and Engineering - Gwen Klawon, UND Engineering and Mines


  • Bringing Your "A" Game to Work - Mary Beth Burns, NDSCS
  • Self-Care & Preventing Burnout for Educators - Amy Riccio, HOPE for Educators
  • Maximizing Children's Resilience: Identifying Ways to Boost Resilience - Dr. Manisha Sawhney, University of Mary
  • MATH!? No Problem - Rene Cardona III, MANGO Math Group

4:00-4:30pm Credit Check-In (Required if requesting VSCU or Growing Futures Credit)

Article for credit assignment: "Ready for Work? How Afterschool Programs can support Employability through Social and Emotional Learning"


A block of rooms is reserved at the Radisson Bismarck under "ND Afterschool Network" and complimentary shuttles are available from hotel to Bismarck Public Schools Career Academy. 

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 2019 Conference Keynote Speakers


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Jodi Grant - Afterschool Alliance Executive Director

Since 2005, Jodi Grant has been Executive Director of the Afterschool Alliance, a nonprofit public awareness and advocacy organization working to ensure that all children and youth have access to quality, affordable afterschool programs.

In America today, 11.3 million children take care of themselves after the school day ends, more than 10 million students are in afterschool programs but the parents of almost 20 million children say their kids would participate if a program were available.

The Afterschool Alliance seeks to educate the public, the media and policymakers about the enormous potential of quality afterschool programs and how programs across the country are inspiring children and creating opportunities for them to succeed academically, socially and professionally.

The Afterschool Alliance serves as a national voice for afterschool and provides resources and materials to more than 25,000 afterschool programs. It organizes national and local afterschool events, including the organization’s signature event, Lights On Afterschool; conducts research on the need and support for afterschool; creates tools for afterschool practitioners; and connects afterschool leaders to national, state and local opinion leaders.


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Kelly Felton, Search Institute Speaker & Trainer

Kelly Felton is a speaker and trainer and provides technical assistance for community leaders, organizations and communities interested in positive youth development. Through a wide variety of experiences, she has committed her career to help young people make safe and healthy choices.

She currently is the West Central Minnesota Regional Prevention Coordinator providing training and technical assistance for communities wanting to make an environmental change to reduce substance abuse within their community.

Prior to this, Kelly was the Coalition Coordinator for the Working Together Coalition (WTC), located in North Central Minnesota.  As Coordinator for the WTC, Kelly lead a community coalition to engage in numerous evidence-based strategies aimed at reducing youth substance abuse and promoting positive development. As part of her efforts towards curbing substance use among youth, Kelly used Search Institute’s 40 Developmental Assets Framework for all of their preventive strategies, in conjunction with evidence-based prevention practices.

Prior to working in the prevention field, Kelly spent 5 years as a Probation Officer for Cass County, MN.

Her experience working within systems and making community connections allows her to influence community partners and systems to work together, making communities safer and healthier places for youth.  She helps community members understand their role in reducing risky behavior while promoting protective factors.