2015 - Third Annual Conference

On April 22 - 24, 2015 we held our third annual, statewide, Impact After School Conference at the Ramada Conference Center in Des Moines, Iowa. Approximately 160 afterschool professionals were in attendance, along with over 50 individual presenters and 18 exhibitors (partner organizations)! The Impact After School Conference is supported by the Iowa Department of Education’s 21st Century Community Learning Center’s Grant, the Iowa Afterschool Alliance and the national Noyce Foundation.

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We kicked off the conference with a day-long STEM pre-conference, featuring a national STEM expert, Maryann Stimmer, who is the Owner and Founder of STEMeducators. Ms. Stimmer was also recently recognized by the NAA as one of the “Most Influential in STEM” in the AfterSchool Today Spring 2015 publication. Then, the Impact conference sessions began on the morning of April 23, with plenty of workshops and topic areas to choose from, featuring 4 conference sessions per block for an overall 28 breakout sessions over the course of two days. To view the full agenda, click here.

The morning Keynote on Thursday, April 23, was Joanna Faber, Parent/Teacher Educator at Faber/Mazlish Workshops from New York. Faber shared communication principals that improve relationships with children of all ages through a combination of storytelling and audience interaction. The luncheon included both a student speaker who shared the impact of out-of-school time programs on her life, and an immersive STEM activity by Debby Venable, Owner of Mud Pie Science in Oklahoma. We ended the conference on a note of resilience with Iowa ACEs discussion on the prevention and mitigation of the impact of childhood adversity and the important role that out-of-school time providers play in supporting youth.

Following the closing plenary, we presented awards to the 2015 Afterschool Champions winners. For more information about this year’s winners, click here. Finally, the post-conference offered a deep-dive into the communication principles and strategies shared by our Keynote, Joanna Faber. Overall, it was a highly successful three days and an opportunity for afterschool professionals in the state to network and build their knowledge base by sharing best practices!

To view video clips from the conference, click here!

Materials from the 2015 Conference can be found by clicking on the attachments below:

Pre-Conference STEM Workshop, April 22, 2015, Maryann Stimmer, STEMeducators:


Breakout Sessions:

Aligning Chess to Success, Steve and Pat Schneider, Presentations and Materials:
Chess Achievement Card Sheet

Chess and Common Core State Standards

Chess and Educational Research

Chess and Iowa Specific Information
Chess and K-5 Common Core Math Standards

Chess Power Teaching Tool

Chess in Your Program

Communication Best Practices, Nathan Todd & Junior and Senior High Students

Connecting School with Afterschool Programs, Dave Welter

Y4Y, Tania Lazar and Monique Russell, Presentations:
Investing in Family Engagement

Exploring STEM

Implementing Project Based Learning

Making Literacy an Integral Part of Your Program

What is QUALITY Active learning (OST) STEM!?, Deb Dunkhase and Indira Karic

How to Engage Students and Keep them Engaged, Jessica Plueger and Jessie Stoffel

Skills for Engaging Cooperation, Joanna Faber

The "X" Factor: Planning For Summer With Both A Literacy & STEM Twist, Angela Cardamon & Kate McCormick

21CCLC Directors Meeting, Vic Jaras

All the Things That I need to Know, Ann Black, Becca Eastman, Sally Haugen, Dr. Lisa Stevenson, Amber Otero, Stacey Tyler and Morgan Weaver

How To Engage Students and Keep them Engaged, Joanna Faber
How Programs Leverage National Service and Mentoring to Grow Afterschool Programming, Chad Driscoll

2014 - Second Annual Conference

The 2014 IAS Conference was the second annual statewide conference in Iowa planned by the Iowa Afterschool Alliance, with support from the Iowa Department of Education, Noyce Foundation and the Iowa and Minnesota 21st Century Community Learning Centers Programs. The conference took place on April 24 and 25, 2014 at the Stoney Creek Inn, in Johnston, Iowa. More than 200 out-of-school time professionals attended the conference! Below you will find PowerPoints and handouts from some of the presentations.

Click here to view a PDF of the agenda from the 2014 Conference.

To view photos, click here!

Bob Seidel's Keynote Presentation

Leveraging Your Leadership

Leadership Scenarios:

Compass and Personal Action List:

Direction Analysis:

PPICS Session for Iowa Minnesota 21CCLC Grantees

Culturally Responsive Teaching

Agenda and Zwoor

Merging Extended Learning Opportunities in After School

Moving Leaders from "I Can't" to "I Can" - Fearless Science Activities

Y4Y STEM Strategies and Resources

Championship Chess

Taking Quality to Scale in Out-of-School-Time Programs

The Power of Play: STEM and Afterschool Resources from the Iowa Children's Museum

Merging Extended Learning Opportunities in After School

2013 - First Annual Impact After School Conference!

2013 Impact Conference Program

2013 Impact Conference Photos

Workshop and Presenter(s)


Thursday, April 25, 2013

Thinking Beyond the Soup Kitchen: Incorporating Service Learning Into Afterschool

Amelia Colwell Reedy and Erin Gorman, Community Youth Concepts
Motivation in Education

Thomas Frank, TEDxYouth@Des Moines
How to Start-Up a High Quality Program or Continually Improve Your Current Program

Heidi Brown, Des Moines Public Schools

Michelle Rich, Iowa Afterschool Alliance






Summer Learning and Student Achievement Best Practices

Loras Osterhaus, Clinton Community Schools

Barb Winters, Allamakee Community Schools
Sustainability after 21CCLC Funding

Mary Hillman, Perry Community Schools

Becky Reding, Reding and Associates

Jacalyn Swink, Burlington Community Schools

Dave Wetler, Cedar Falls Community Schools

Vic Jaras, Iowa Department of Education
Collaborations Enhance the Extended Learning Programs in our Schools

Shaney Ford, Davenport Community Schools

Jim France, formerly of Siouxland Human Investment Partnership

Friday, April 26, 2013

Getting Your Numbers into PPICS: What, When, and How

Tim Glenn, Vic Jaras, and Becca Wemhoff, Iowa Department of Education
Policy, Advocacy, & Outreach - Influence Policy Easily with these Tools

Joe Herrity, Preferred Visions

Vic Jaras, Iowa Department of Education

David Welter, Cedar Falls Community Schools

Michelle Rich, Iowa Afterschool Alliance
STEM and Cultural Competency: Empowering Adults to Promote a Growth Mindset
Peggy Christensen, Heartland AEA
Yvette McCulley, Iowa Department of Education
Project-Based Learning and Afterschool
Renee Shull Harmon, Business/Education Alliance
Ann Torbert, Linn County ISU Extension
2013 Afterschool Champions Reception Program

Adrian Diaz Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier Story - 2013 Outstanding Afterschool Student

Charlie Flippen Des Moines Register Story - 2013 Outstanding Afterschool Student
General Documents from the 2013 Impact Conference:

2013 Impact After School Conference Speaker Bios

2012 Iowa 21CCLC State Report

Iowa 21CCLC Infographic

Standards for Service Learning

Sustainability Planning

Understanding Community Power Structures

Common Elements of Quality Afterschool