Nebraska Centers of Excellence
Centers of Excellence (CoE) grants were awarded in 2020-21 to Nebraska school and community-based ELO programs and nonprofit organizations that have expertise in an area related to ELO programming, staffing and partnership development. Each CoE developed professional development and curriculum resources, as well as shared best practices to statewide audiences to help Nebraska afterschool programs build capacity and enhance quality.
Content areas are listed below. In addition to the resources listed below, coaching may also be available to Nebraska ELO programs. Please contact Sandy Day at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in coaching regarding specific content listed below.
Civic Engagement-Service Learning
Civic Nebraska creates a more modern, robust democracy for all Nebraskans via youth civic leadership, civic health programs, and voting rights initiatives. Contact Kent Day at email@example.com for programming and assistance related to Civic Participation and Community Engagement through Service Learning.
Professional Development Workshops
Collective for Youth offers numerous learning opportunities for youth development professionals that are designed to improve practices and outcomes, including regularly scheduled community workshops as well as customized trainings. Training participants usually receive childcare training hour credits for licensed school-age programs in Nebraska.
Cozad Afterschool Program, through the leadership of their former director, has developed an expansive year-round gardening program for their afterschool and summer programs, as well as school-day programming.
Gardening Training and PD Videos: contact firstname.lastname@example.org
High School Student Staffing Model
Lexington Afterschool Programs *For coaching and support with this model from Lexington’s program director, contact Patricia Stewart at email@example.com
- Webinar #1_FSCS Presentation
- Session 1 Workbook_FSCS Framework
- Webinar #2_Building Powerful Partnerships
- Session 2_Partnerships Workbook
- Webinar #3_Community Cafes
- Session 3_Community Cafés workbook
- Webinar #4-SNACs and ABCD
- Session 4_SNACs and ABCD workbook
- Videos Series: Five short videos providing a brief view of Lincoln CLCs: Lincoln CLC Director, Lead Agency Representative and three videos that provide insight into the role of a School Community Coordinator at each school level ( elementary, middle, and high school).
Omaha Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium
Sea Lion Shores Curriculum: Students will focus on ocean health information, advocacy, and
engagement opportunities with emphasis on preserving biological diversity. Lessons focus on ocean health challenges faced by ocean wildlife (especially sea lions) and the conservation of the ocean. To access this curriculum, contact Elizabeth Mulkerrin at firstname.lastname@example.org
Action-Oriented Programming Delivered Online
Rabble Mill/The Bay has transformed The Bay’s in-real-life counterculture programming — skateboarding, music, and art — into three program tracks designed to uniquely engage upper elementary and middle school students: Skate School, Go Live (digital music), and Capture
It (digital photography)
Capture It & Creatives’ Collective Curricula:
Go Live Curricula:
- YouTube playlist
- The Bay Online | Go Live | Educator Guides (Fall 2020)
- The Bay Online | Go Live | Educator Guides (Spring 2021)
Skate School Curricula:
UNO STEM4U provides quality educational after school activities focused on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) for K-12 students
Resources have been developed, researched and tested by Beyond School Bells.