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ND Out-of-School-Time Conference

Save the Date! 2020 ND Out-of-School Time Conference: Quality & Coaching

July 28-29 | Holiday Inn, Fargo | Registration opening March 2020

Interested in presenting at the 2020 Conference? Click here to submit a session request!  

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 coaching, quality, student engagement, program & staff management, STEAM, social emotional learning, 21CCLC, 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. 

2020 Conference Schedule

Fargo Holiday Inn

3803 13th Ave S, Fargo, ND 58103


Day 1: Tuesday, July 28

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Day 2: Wednesday, July 29 

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 2019 Conference 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.

  Nicole North, MindWorks
Nicole North has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a minor in Child Development from Texas Woman’s University. She been providing excellent, hands‐on product training sessions for the past five years. Her in‐depth knowledge of afterschool grants and expertise in curriculum and enrichment allows her to assist customers in setting up their programs for success. Nicole is currently the Senior Education Account Representative for MindWorks Resources.

 Mary Beth Burns


 Mary Beth Burns, ND State College of Science
Mary Beth has over 35 years of experience in the field of Training and Development. For the past 20 years, she has worked at NDSCS-Fargo as the Program Manager and Facilitator for TrainND SE, the workforce training division of Workforce Affairs. She teaches classes in supervisory/management, leadership, and customer service, as well as several other topics. She is certified to teach Ken Blanchard Company, DiSC, and DDI programs.


 Judith Konerza


 Judith Konerza, PhD
Judith's passion is connecting people! Her work with educators ties relationship and curriculum together for effective school programming. The most important part of our work is not the curriculum, but connecting with people, in order to teach the curriculum. Spends her days teaching teachers and parents the value of investing first in relationship and building community. 


 Alysia Budd


 Alysia Budd, Inspiring Minds - Center for Dyslexia and Literacy
Alysia Budd, OTR/L is the founder and director of Inspiring Minds, Center for Dyslexia and Literacy located in Bismarck, ND. She has a graduate certificate in Dyslexia and Language-Based Learning Disabilities, is a Dyslexia Consultant and Screener, certified Barton Tutor, and is trained in the Orton-Gillingham approach. Alysia is also a pediatric Occupational Therapist. She has a passion for teaching and working with children and adults. Most importantly, Alysia is an incredibly proud mother of three sons with dyslexia.


 Janet Levings


 Janet Levings, American Institutes for Research
Janet U. Levings is an educational consultant working with Social and Emotional Learning (SEL), School Climate and Afterschool and Expanded Learning at American Institutes for Research (AIR). Currently Janet develops and facilitates curriculum development workshops for frontline staff working in afterschool and expanded learning programs for the New York City Department of Youth and Community Services (DYCD). Training on Positive Youth Development (PYD) and SEL opportunities are incorporated into workshops, with an emphasis on providing transferable skills and resources.


 Crystal Henderson


 Crystal Henderson, Heart of Behavior
Crystal Henderson has been practicing the science of ABA, Applied Behavior Analysis for over 20 years. She holds a M.S., in Applied Behavior Analysis is a BCBA (Board Certified Behavior Analyst), and an LABA (Licensed Applied Behavior Analyst). Her experience includes: Providing in-home support for families, behavior treatment centers, schools, and daycares. Currently, she is the owner of Heart of Behavior providing behavior services for families, schools, and agencies.


 Gwen Klawon, UND Engineering and Mines
Gwen Klawon is the Outreach Recruiting and Retention Specialist at UND College of Engineering & Mines. She is committed to inspiring K-12 through STEM activities and keeping kids interested in Engineering. Ms. Klawon is the Director for FIRST LEGO League State Tournament for North Dakota, Engineering being the North Dakota State Partner. She has been with the University of North Dakota for 19 years. Her initiative is to increase female enrollment in engineering through outreach activities and scholarship opportunities.


 Rene Cardona III, MANGO Math Group
Rene is a Youth Math Yoda, meaning, he is here to guide you on your mission to get your students more engaged in math and having fun doing so. He has 7 years of experience in higher education as an Academic and Talent Advisor as well as being a career coach of baseball through all student age levels. He works to help students and providers find an emotional connection with math concepts AND each other to nurture the learning process in every child.


 Amanda McMahon and Lisa Johnson, FHI 360
Amanda McMahon has led several employer engagement projects for FHI 360 over the last 10 years. She provides training for volunteers to work with high school youth to implement STEM and work readiness activities. She has authored several activities for the WiSTEM2D initiative in partnership with Johnson & Johnson.


 Megan Laudenschlager, Strengthen ND
Megan Laudenschlager is the Executive Director of Strengthen ND, a nonprofit social enterprise founded in 2015. Megan is passionate about rural North Dakota and serves as a rural community fundraiser, organizer, and advocate. Megan’s areas of expertise include board and staff development, fundraising planning, grant writing, strategic planning, organizational action planning, program design and evaluation, succession planning, and meeting facilitation.


 Amy Riccio, HOPE for Educators
Amy Riccio, LSW MS Amy received her undergraduate degree in Social Work and Psychology and a Master’s Degree in Administration. She is a Certified Master Trauma Sensitive Schools Trainer (trainer of trainers), a Certified ACE Inter-face Master Trainer, and a Prevent Child Sexual Abuse Trainer. Amy has 27 years of experience working with at-risk students including residential treatment, self-contained classrooms, attendance review boards, and drug court. She currently is working as a Student & Family Wellness Facilitator and Drop Out Prevention Consultant for PreK -12 students.



 Dr. Manisha Sawhney, University of Mary
Dr. Manisha Sawhney is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at the University of Mary. She received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Delhi, India (2006). Before moving to the United States, Dr. Sawhney was a research investigator with the Defense Institute of Psychological Research, Department of Defense (DoD), India, and there her research focused on military psychology, especially designing psychological methods and training to combat PTSD and increase the morale for the armed forces operating in low-intensity conflicts. She has served as a co-investigator on several DoD projects and has contributed to the development of stress management training modules, which have been extensively used by the DoD, India. Currently, Dr. Sawhney is interested in investigating the relationship between negative emotions and health behaviors. She has received funding from the University of Mary Faculty Research Grant to investigate Academic, Social & Psychological assessment of the 2.6 year campus experience.


 Windy Lopez-Aflitto and Michelle Chaudoir, Learning Heros
Windy Lopez-Aflitto is VP of Content and Partnerships at the nonprofit Learning Heroes and a former school teacher. She has 20 years of experience in family engagement, education, and philanthropy. Prior to Learning Heroes, she was at American Express working on nonprofit leadership development, and previously at Scholastic, she played a key role in launching the company’s first family and community engagement initiative.

Michelle Chaudoir is Senior Manager of Content and Development at Learning Heroes, a small team with a big mission to inspire and equip parents as their child's Learning Heroes. Prior to joining Learning Heroes, Michelle led family engagement and workforce development initiatives with partners from Head Start to higher education. Michelle is passionate about partnering up to give parents the tools they need and deserve to advocate for their children.

 Wayde Sick, ND Department of Career and Technical Education
Wayde Sick is the State Director for the Department of Career and Technical Education, starting in May 2018. Prior to starting at CTE, Mr. Sick was employed at the Department of Commerce as the Workforce Division Director. Wayde has been involved in education and workforce development for approximately 20 years. He has a Bachelor's Degree in Social Science Education and Masters in Management, both from Minot State University.