Agents of Change for Equity
Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) Makes Cents
Nebraska ranks 48th in school breakfast participation. Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) is a powerful tool for high poverty schools to provide free breakfast and lunch to students. A school/district qualifies for CEP when at least 40% of its students are directly certified for free school meals because they receive SNAP, TANF, Medicaid, or FDPIR assistance. Students who are homeless, migrant, runaways, in Head Start, and in foster care also can be directly certified for free school meals. Eligible schools/districts in Nebraska have been hesitant to adopt CEP due to unknown impact on federal funding sources such as Title I, ERate, and TEEOSA. Attend this session to see data indicating that after five years of CEP implementation there has been little impact on these funding sources. Historically, participation in CEP has increased participation in school breakfast and lunch, allows for easier implementation of alternative breakfast service models, may solve your unpaid school meal debt, and reduce the stigma that school meals are for low-income children.
Social and Policy Implications of Digital Assessment Technology, Automatic Item Generation
Purpose of this presentation is illustrating various social and policy implications of the new assessment technology, Automatic Item Generation (AIG). An AIG approach integrates cognitive and psychometric theories for futuristic assessment services in digital framework. This presentation will explain how the policy-related concerns (e.g., teaching for testing, slow and expensive processes, teacher burnouts, etc.) caused by the traditional assessment methods can be overcome with the new digital technology, AIG.
SkillsUSA Champions at Work: Career Ready Starts Here
Overall outlook at what SkillsUSA can offer your students and your school
Download slides for this presentation During this session, participants will learn about the six tenets of AQuESTT, the different indicators included in the accountability system, and how to access and use behind-the-scenes data from the Nebraska Education Profile secure portal. Handouts: ClassificationDesignation 2019 AQuESTT Reporting Key Messages InternalSupportforSchools
Partnering with Educator Preparation Programs on Teacher Certification & Teacher Vacancy
Working together, PK-12 and higher education can ensure that certified teachers are in every classroom. Learn how Nebraska’s educator preparation programs can assist districts and their candidates in navigating the various certificate options available. An overview of the certification options, process and timeline will provide hiring officials with the information they need to put qualified […]
Fiscal Monitoring Update
This session will provide guidance to Local Educational Agencies (ESUs) and school districts on subrecipient monitoring and their responsibilities for administering Federal grants, as set for in 2 CFR Part 200. Understand Consortium and Cooperative roles. Fiscal review season is here…increase effectiveness, be aware of best practices, and understand accountability.
World Languages: New Standards and New Opportunities
The World Language Standards are nearing the end of the revision process. This session will discuss how proposed changes might impact schools, provide resources, and offer opportunities for collaboration and feedback.
Social Emotional Learning: Where Does It Belong?
An need exists to view social emotional learning as an integral part of supporting students within the school environment and not as the “next big thing” in education. In this session, social emotional learning within present systems of positive behavioral supports will be discussed. In addition, efforts to create a postive behavioral environment at the […]
The Sky is Falling!
Discussion of the combined response when Cabela’s was purchased by Bass Pro Shops and the subsequent transfer and removal of over 1,200 jobs from a town of just under 7,000. Chris, Hope, and Melissa have all played a part in demonstrating the #thepowerofus and what a school and community can do together when faced with […]
Dominate the Day! Surviving and Thriving As a Secondary Principal
20 points of wisdom, tips, and relatable stories for all school principals.
Equity in Education for Digital Learning
Equity is a common concern of parents and legislature. In digital learning, do all students have access to high-quality opportunities, protected usage, and curriculum addressing NE and ISTE standards? This 100-minute session is a workshop for a district and it’s school leaders to develop and/or enhance processes that meet district purposes to achieve Equity in […]
LB 399 – “A Discussion of the Major Points Concerning the Updated Americanism Law”
Download slides for this presentation LB 399 goes into effect for the 2019-2020 school year. The provisions of the state law frame social studies education in the state. The session will present what has changed and what has not changed due to the state statute. Topics for discussion include state standards, curriculum, and assessment.
Strengthening Career & Technical Education for the 21st Century
Download slides for this presentation Perkins V, the first reauthorization of the Federal CTE statute in more than a decade, offers states a new opportunity to rethink and redefine CTE programs, in collaboration with a variety of stakeholders. This interactive session will give a preview to what is coming with the new legislation and allow […]
Improving Performance Through Culture and Diversity
Download slides for this presentation Looking to improve school performance? Journey with us on a dive into Nebraska specific data regarding culture and diversity. Let’s understand the current landscape and develop a plan to improve performance for all students. This isn’t just “one more thing”, let’s be agents for change by imbedding this work into […]
Delivering Manufacturing to Your Classroom Door- Career Experience for the Next Generation
Download slides for this presentation The relevance of STEM classes are brought to life through understanding career options available in advanced manufacturing—accounting, marketing, inventory control, precision machining, welding, assembly. The Central NE Manufacturing Partnership developed a variety of ways to integrate experiences into classroom STEM principles through tours, career fairs, job shadow, mentorship, career exploration, […]
A presentation of the new combined Special Education Financial Reporting System (SPEDFRS) currently in development. This system will combine the previous School Age FFR electronic reporting system with the “paper” Below Age Five FFR and SPED Transportation FFR. This system will be used in the fall of 2019 for reporting for the 2018-19 school year […]
Using a Multi-tiered System of Support (MTSS) for Continuous Improvement
Members of the NeMTSS Implementation Support Team will share an evidence-based model of continuous improvement that enhances learning for ALL teachers and ALL students. This is accomplished through a deeply implemented problem solving model, as well as resources and tools that are known to make a difference for Nebraska students. A unique NeMTSS template will […]
Transitions in Early Childhood
Supporting federal and state regulations and best practice for facilitating successful transitions for children and families participating in public school Pre-kindergarten, Head Start, and community child care.programs.
Strengthening the Core: Leading Instructional Change
How do you know if instruction meets the expectations of college and career readiness standards? What is your district’s vision for instruction? When supporting systemic implementation of content area standards, the conditions that allow instructional change to occur must be created. In this session, we will highlight the instructional shifts in ELA, mathematics, and science, and identify the implications these shifts have on instruction, instructional materials selection, and professional learning.
Equity Lives in the Master Schedule
Download slides for this presentation The elementary schedule dictates key elements of the student experience: a students’ teachers and peers, supports and services, and access to content and instruction. Considerations of instructional time can sometimes pit content areas against another. Even so, when some students have opportunity to learn while others do not, inequity finds […]
Why Partner?: A Look at the Benefits From Multiple Perspectives
Building collaborative partnerships takes time and commitment, but it is worth the effort! Attend this session to learn more about the benefits of growing partnerships from multiple perspectives: the partners, an afterschool program leader, and school administrators. Data and examples shared will focus on community partnerships with 21st Century Community Learning Centers afterschool/summer programs, but will describe opportunities that would enhance students’ school day learning experiences as well.
#FamiliesMatter: Engage Families and the Community to Increase Student Learning
What does it mean to have Positive Partnerships and Relationships for Student Success? Learn about NDE’s work with ESU staff and Nebraska stakeholders to define and build a framework focused on this AQuESTT tenet. One successful model, Statewide Family Engagement Centers, as well as resources available through the National Center for Families Learning, will be shared. School and ESU staff will learn about ways to access information and become involved in this work.
Nebraska’s Comprehensive Needs Assessment
Download slides for this presentation One critical step to school improvement is assessing and understanding needs. As part of its school improvement commitment, NDE, in partnership with ESUs and the Regional Education Laboratory, developed a comprehensive needs assessment tool. Learn more about how and why this tool can aid in school improvement processes. Handouts: InternalSupportforSchools
Bridging the Gap Between Student Health and Academic Achievement through Nutrition, Physical Activity, and the Management of Chronic Conditions in Schools
– Define the infrastructure for the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child effort in Nebraska.
– Describe the process for implementing successful collaborations between NDE programs and school districts in assisting schools to meet professional development and school improvement efforts.
– Identify the key components to implementing best practices in nutrition, physical activity and managing chronic diseases that lead to improved attendance, family and community engagement and increased school connectedness.
Formative Learning with Assessment Innovation
The main purpose of this project is to develop and validate an operational protocol and formative assessment prototype that creates, utilizes, and manages items within the Automatic Item Generation (AIG) framework, proposing a formative learning and assessment with Nebraska teachers’ active involvement in assessment development procedures. This project involves in developing a variety of AIG […]
Building and Supporting Effective Teachers and Leaders
This session will address the NDE and its partners’ work regarding educator effectiveness. A lot of exciting work has been developing with the Nebraska Teacher and Principal Performance Framework and we look forward to sharing updates and details with you.
Kaleidoscope Thinking: Shifting the Ways We Look at and Use Data
Download slides for this presentation Kaleidoscope thinking involves shifting the the way we look at data to understand what is causing those results. The first half of the session will focus on building skills around disaggregating data. During the second half, participants will engage in a root cause analysis. Participants will leave with skills and […]
AQuESTT at Five Years
Download slides for this presentation This session will highlight updates and upcoming enhancements to the AQuESTT accountability system. Discussion and feedback will be sought on the State Board’s Position Statement on accountability, and future indicators under consideration.
Targeted Support and Improvement
Download slides for this presentation In the fall of 2019, the NDE will identify schools with consistently underperforming student groups for Targeted Support and Improvement (TSI). This session will discuss how the TSI designation uses AQuESTT accountability indicators, requirements for schools, and research and resources the NDE will be providing to those schools. Handouts: InternalSupportforSchools […]
Understanding Chronic Absenteeism
In 2018, the NDE began including chronic absenteeism in AQuESTT classifications. This session will share relevant information on how chronic absenteeism is included in the accountability system, discuss root causes of absenteeism, and share strategies and resources for addressing student absences.
Understanding Transition Legal Issues
Download slides for this presentation Transition plans are intended to make post school outcomes more successful for students with disabilities. As transition services develop further, the courts continue to clarify the responsibilities of schools. This session will help secondary educators stay abreast of current legal issues.
NSCAS Science Update
Download slides for this presentation NSCAS Science Update will provide the latest information about NSCAS Summative Science assessments. We will review available resources and likely include data and insights from the 2019 Pilot Assessment.
NSCAS Update for 2019-2020
Download slides for this presentation NSCAS Update will cover the most current information about the Nebraska Student-Centered Assessment System for the 2019-2020 school year.
Understanding the State of Technology in Nebraska School Districts
This year Nebraska School districts completed a newly updated District Technology Profile and the results are in! Come and see what this statewide data tells us and how it will be used to continue the work of the Future Ready Nebraska Statewide Ed. Tech plan. Also, understand how you and others can access your plan […]
Special Ed Leadership at the Building Level
Download slides for this presentation Schools across the country face serious shortages in the field of special education and one third of all new special education teachers leave their position after 3 years A recent survey by CEC – Council of Exceptional Children identified a lack of building level support as the number one reason […]
Rule 10 Revision-Up Close and Personal
If you ever wanted an opportunity to effect the operation of a school, please attend this session to learn how. Rule 10, Regulations and Procedures for the Accreditation of Schools, August 1, 2015, was opened for revisions in November 2018. This session will present the most current recommendations and suggestions for Rule 10 revisions based on State Board of Education, NDE staff, State Accreditation Committee, and public and nonpublic school system stakeholders’ input. The session will conclude with a review of next steps and a description of the revision submission process.
Resources and Tools for Open Education (OER) in Nebraska Schools
According to the 2018 – 2019 Nebraska District Technology Profile 50% of districts in Nebraska are currently working in the OER space and many more are planning to use OER in the near future. This session will explore many free tools and resources available to ALL Nebraska school districts that can help with professional development, […]
Power Alignment of Fine Arts, Early Childhood, Social Emotional Learning, and School / Family / Community
Explore the magic power of fine arts connections to the well-rounded, healthy learner; school/family/community partners, overall classroom achievement. Leave with ideas to serve learners of all ages, all needs, with special focus on the needs of Early Childhood.
Rule 10 Requirements for Certificated Staff Evaluation
One of the requirements of Rule 10 is to have an updated Certificated Staff Evaluation Policy. This session will review statutory regulations and walk through the process for submitting policies for review. The last component of the section will allow school districts to request and receive confirmation of their last policy review by the NDE. School districts who are currently working on or will be pursuing new board policies are encouraged to attend.
Nebraska Reading Improvement Act
This session will provide an overview of the Nebraska Reading Improvement Act, which brings a renewed emphasis to early literacy across the state. Participants will learn more about the major requirements of the law including early screening, parental notification, individualized reading improvement plans, implementation of evidence-based interventions, and summer learning. Participants will also dive into […]
FBLA and DECA Competitive Events Integrated into the Curriculum
There are opportunities for your students to showcase their business and technology skills through FBLA and DECA. Come and learn about the competitive events and how they can be applied into the curriculum. These Career and Technical Student Organizations provide more than just curriculum opportunities to your school and community. We will share some outstanding […]
Computer Science Curriculum Updates
Computer Science is constantly evolving in our schools. This session will discuss the standards and resources available in the areas of Computer Science.
SHARP Surveillance System Data – Why is it Important to Me?
The Nebraska Student Health and Risk Prevention (SHARP) Surveillance System is the coordinated administration of three school-based student health surveys in Nebraska endorsed by both the Nebraska Department of Education and the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services. The three surveys are conducted at the same time every odd year to shed light on […]
Business and Financial Literacy Curriculum Updates
The Business, Marketing, and Management standards were adopted by the Nebraska State Board of Education in December 2018. These standards include finance courses such as Personal Finance, Accounting, and Wealth Building Fundamentals. Learn about the new changes and resources for implementing the standards into your business and finance courses!
The Nebraska Leadership and Learning Network (NLLN): Building Leadership Capacity to Design a Statewide System of Support for Nebraska School Leaders
In this session we will share information regarding key components of the NLLN such as goals (our purpose), outcomes (what we hope to achieve), and network structure (who is involved and how), as we seek to convene stakeholders from educational organizations across the state (ESUs, NCSA, higher education) to provide support for a group of […]
Bullying: More than Ignore and Hope it Goes Away
Bullying is a common issue affecting schools every day. Incidents are reported to NDE involving K-12 students and staff as victims and bullies. Prevention and education are key to decrease bullying incidents. This session will address specific steps to be taken by educators and administrators toward bullying and will address possible reproaches when an educator […]
Bully Here, Bully There, Bully Bully Everywhere
Download slides for this presentation Bullying is one of the most overused, misused, and under addressed issues in our society. How do we educate students, parents, and staff to properly address bullying issues? This session is going to discuss basic bullying behavior, approaches to address bullying, how to incorporate SEL (social emotional learning) into the […]
How to Make Good Use of ESSA Federal Programs Funds
Download slides for this presentation Wondering how to get the best bang for your buck? How can funds be combined for a common purpose? Should my District transfer funds from one program to another? What about equitable services for nonpublic schools/students? What if our District assigns all of our funds to an ESU?Attend this session […]
2019-20 ESSA Consolidated Application – What’s New?
Download slides for this presentation NDE ESEA Federal Programs Staff will go over new features of the 2019-20 ESSA Consolidated Application. Attend this session to learn about changes that may affect how you complete sections of this application.
AdvancED and NDE: Aligning Tools to Inform Improvement and Support AQuESTT
Download slides for this presentation Effective improvement requires quality data tools which can drive actions and provide the evidence needed to support our self-assessment. This presentation will provide a crosswalk of how existing AdvancED tools can provide meaningful data to drive improvement priorities while providing the evidence needed to support the completion of the NDE […]
School Finance Update
Download slides for this presentation This session will cover school finance related topics including the 2018/19 AFR codes, Legislative changes, budgeting, etc.
Provide training regarding what things administrators/teachers should be collecting when they are conducting an internal investigation. What evidence to gather, audio recordings of interviews, date/time stamp documents, documentation, locking emails when on administrative leave, when to report to Law Enforcement or DHHS, and when in doubt report to NDE. etc.
Building a Culture of Coaching
Leaders in education know that everyone needs a coach, but the logistics of developing a culture of instructional coaching can be challenging to navigate. Jensen is a member of an instructional coaching cohort seeking to shift the culture at Lincoln High. She has learned that the first step to creating a culture that accepts coaching […]
Discipline Data in ADVISER
The ADVISER Data System continues to expand, collecting additional data needed for State and Federal reporting. The Civil Rights Data Collection will be integrated into ADVISER, allowing NDE to prepopulate a majority of CRDC data for districts. Discipline data has also been expanded to cover not only CRDC, but additional data which NDE is required […]
Student Privacy Made Simpler Through Collaboration
Increasing online applications and websites that enhance the classroom experience require schools to be more diligent with what these tools are doing with student data. Participants will understand why protecting student data is so important and what tools are available for school districts through the Nebraska Student Privacy Alliance (NSPA). The NSPA is a collaborative […]
This session will present information regarding 2019 Legislation from the 106th Legislature, First Session.
Building and Maintaining Equitable School Websites
One of the primary tools a school or district uses to communicate with stakeholders is their website. It’s ubiquitous presence often means it will be the first point of contact and the most important communication tool. This session will cover the importance of ensuring your website is equitable and accessible to the largest audience possible. Topics covered will include common accessibility issues, regulatory compliance and standards, and highlight tools and resources to help create or maintain an affordable and accessible website.