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Nebraska Speech-Language-Hearing Association News Release


(April 18, 2014) The Nebraska Speech-Language-Hearing Association is proud to recognize Wyatt Strom, of Verdigre; Joan Burney, of Lincoln; and Matthew Cedar, of Wilcox as the 2014 Better Speech and Hearing Month representatives. More 

U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools Program


King Science and Technology Magnet School in Omaha is a 2012 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon School featured in this Video. This video was produced through a partnership between the Nebraska Department of Education and a University of Nebraska – Lincoln environmental studies class to improve communication about the many positive benefits this award can bring to Nebraska schools. To find out more about this program or to get your school involved, please visit our website 

Different Kind of Storytime

children reading

In a few years, when she’s a college student hunkered down in an out-of-the-way alcove in the library stacks, feverishly getting through another term paper, Nicole Kotrous will think back on the 50-page book she wrote as a sixth-grader and say: “I got this.”

Nicole is one of five students at Blumfield Elementary School who are taking part in the Nebraska Department of Education’s Nebraska E-books Project. The program has asked elementary students to research, write and design e-books for use in the state’s fourth-grade Nebraska history curriculum. The project is being piloted in Ralston and Blair and the first student-published books will be available for download on the department’s website March 4. More...

Hour of Code

hour of code

Lincoln Public Schools joined nearly 15 million students participating in the Hour of Code during Computer Science Education Week (December 9-13). LPS offered K-12 students the opportunity to try computer science for one hour throughout the week. 

The final Hour of Code district event was held on Friday, December 13 at the Lincoln Public Schools District Office. District staff used their lunch hour to learn coding basics with the help of Information Technology Focus Program students. Several students shared their stories about the impact computer science has made in their lives and how it will provide innumerable opportunities in the future. Once the formalities were complete, the students dispersed among a room full of adults and helped each one work through 20 coding puzzles from 

Nebraska Ready to Learn

NE Ready to Learn

NET Learning Services and NE Depart. of Education/Office of Early Childhood partnered with Fremont Early Childhood Coalition and Dodge County Head Start for this Nebraska Ready To Learn community event.  Free mobile game apps, snacks, and fun were handed out to several hundred Fremont preschoolers plus their parents, teachers, and adult caregivers. More information:

Nebraska Schools Named 2012-2013 Blue Star Schools

Blue star schools

2012-13 BLUE STAR SCHOOLS that were from Nebraska: Lincoln Lutheran, Chase County and Fillmore Central. Each of these schools has been named as 2012-13 Blue Star Schools by working in Support of Education (w!se).Their Teachers: Lisa Burger, Lincoln Lutheran; Sandy O'Neil, Chase County; and Cindy Talley, Fillmore Central.

NEW YORK, N.Y. – Working in Support of Education (w!se) is pleased to announce that 194 high schools in w!se’s national network have earned the distinction of being named a Blue Star School for their students’ performance on the 2012-2013 w!se Financial Literacy Certification Test. This national standardized Test is administered to students after a course or unit on personal finance. Students passing the Test are designated Certified Financially Literate™ and earn a w!se CFL, demonstrating that they are financially capable when they graduate. More...

Leaders - Heroes - Role Models

Nebraska high school student leaders across the state are invited to participate ― via a live web stream ― in an Aug. 22 event that focuses on positive role models.
LEADERS-HEROES-ROLE MODELS will be available Aug. 22, 12:30 – 2:00 CDT via a live stream by logging onto  The program also will be available beginning Aug. 23 On Demand at . The Omaha World-Herald will provide the live stream and offer the program On Demand.

Leaders heros role models info


SPED masters video UNL online masters SPED

State DECA video

UNL Online Special Education Masters Degree

2012 DECA State Career Development Conference

Four Nebraska Business Owners Receive
2012 Entrepreneur of Distinction Awards

business owners of distinction

Lee Andersen Kristi Paben Michael Saalfeld

Entrepreneur of distinction
Jack Mann - Alumni Award

The 2013 Entrepreneur of Distinction Alumni Award was presented to Jack Mann of Brady Get-N-Go in Brady. Since Mann received the 2010 Entrepreneur of Distinction Award, his business has continued to grow. Mann was chosen for his continued success as well as his contributions to his community. Mann has five full-time employees, including an individual who has a disability. He is active in the community and donates to the scouts, grade school, high school and local sports teams.

Four Nebraska business owners who received assistance from Nebraska Vocational Rehabilitation were recognized today for their success.

The following three business owners received the 2013 Entrepreneur of Distinction Award:

  • Lee Andersen, owner of Havelock Electric in Lincoln. Since September 2011, Andersen has consistently exceeded his net monthly income goal. With affordable rates and a ‘no job is too small’ attitude, Andersen plans to expand and hire a part-time employee or an apprentice. Andersen recently completed a year-long program and was initiated as a Shriner at the Sesostris Shrine in May 2013. Andersen was injured and became disabled while serving in the military.

  • Kristi Paben, owner of Ciao by Kristi in Beatrice. With assistance from Nebraska VR, Paben turned her love of cooking into a full-time business. Paben's main dishes are available for pickup and delivery. Paben’s sales have been consistent, which she attributes in part to a steady growth of Facebook fans. In addition to preparing meals for profit, Kristi donates to Beatrice's Backpack Program for low-income children.

  • Michael Saalfeld, owner of Saalfeld Construction & Roofing in Seward. Saalfeld has more than doubled his profits in his second year of business.  He expanded his marketing through his website and handed out fliers door to door.  Saalfeld volunteers through the Seward Chamber of Commerce and has been a member of the USA Deaf Olympics - Track and Field team for four years. In 2011, he was the team captain. Read More...

Wausa Public Schools Rank 7th Nationally in Teachng of Personal Finance


Wausa Public Schools recently took home a 7th place national award for their student test scores on a financial literacy certification test during an event hosted by the New York Stock Exchange.

Administrators, teachers, and students from the top ranked schools across the country attended a Working In Support of Education, also called w!se, awards ceremony in New York City on May 20. The event recognized high schools that teach personal finance


15 High School Seniors Recognized for Top ACT & SAT Scores

On May 8, Gov. Dave Heineman and Commissioner Roger Breed recognized fifteen Nebraska high school seniors for their academic achievement in earning top scores of 36 on the ACT or a 2400 on the SAT college admissions exam during two events. The ceremonies were held at Central High School in Omaha and Lincoln Southwest High School.

“I want to congratulate each of these students on their perfect ACT and SAT score,” Gov. Heineman said. “This is an incredible accomplishment. These students represent the outstanding young people in our state who have distinguished themselves in the classroom, and I’m confident they will build upon their academic accomplishments in the years ahead.”

The Governor and Commissioner Breed were joined by a representative of the ACT and a representative of the SAT in honoring seniors earning the highest possible composite scores on the exams.


11th Annual Tribute to the Rescures Essay Contest Winners

Tribute to Rescuers Essay Contest winners

Essay Contest Winners
9th-10th Grades
First Place: Marie Wagner, VJ & Angela Skutt High School, Omaha, NE
Second Place: Jessica Grimmond, Burke High School, Omaha, NE
Third Place: Young-Joon Park, Mount Michael Benedictine, Elkhorn, NE

11th-12th Grades
First Place: Tamarea Marion, Central High School, Omaha, NE
Second Place: Audrey Luo, Watchung Hills Regional High School,
Warren, NJ
Third Place: Ryan Wood, Central High School, Omaha, NE

Honorable Mentions
9th-10th Grades
Katie Hollenbeck, Burke High School, Omaha, NE

11th-12th Grades
Jessica Vorthmann, Central High School, Omaha, NE
Zach Weingarten, High Technology High School, Lincroft, NJ

Teacher Awards
First Place: Jen Stastny, Central High School, Omaha, NE
Second Place: Sherri Hoye, VJ & Angela Skutt High School, Omaha, NE
Third Place: Eileen Sullivan, Mount Michael Benedictine High School, Elkhorn, NE


Nebraska Finance Challenge Competition Winners

2013 Finance Contest Winners
From L to R:
Tammie Fischer, Director, UNL Center for Economic Education
Rachel Biar, Assistant State Treasurer
Nicholas Behrends, 1st place student from Johnson Brock
Curtis Karel, 1st place team member from Johnson Brock
Brandie Westhart, 1st place team member from Johnson Brock
Jennifer Davidson, Director Programs and Community Development, Nebraska Council on Economic Education

State Treasurer Don Stenberg, Trustee of the Nebraska Educational Savings Trust, announced the winners Saturday following regional competitions in Lincoln, Omaha, and North Platte:

First-place:  Johnson-Brock High School, Teacher: Sylvia Smith, Students: Brandie Westhart, Curtis Karel, and Nicholas Behrends. Each team member received a $2,000 scholarship for a NEST college savings plan. The team will advance to the National Personal Finance Challenge May 2 in St. Louis, Mo.

Nebraska FBLA Recognizes State Award Winners

FBLA Awards

The Nebraska Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) recently named students who won state competitive events at the 51st annual State Leadership Conference in Omaha.

2013 Nebraska State Geographic Bee Results

Geography Bee winnersFirst Place:  Theodore Jansen, Grade 5, Paddock Road Elementary School in Omaha
Second Place:  Tony Maras, Grade 6, Otte Middle School in Blair
Third Place:  Sam Messbarger, Grade 8, McMillan Magnet Center in Omaha

“Niagara-On-The-Lake, which played a central role in the War of 1812, is located in which Canadian province?” 

By giving a correct answer of "Ontario" during the championship round, Theodore Jansen of Paddock Road Elementary School in Omaha became the winner of the 2013 Nebraska State Geographic Bee.

In its 25th year, the Bee competition was sponsored by the National Geographic Society which, coincidentally, is in its 125th year of existence.

Russell Heitmann of Hebron
2013 Nebraska Poetry Out Loud State Champion

Read out loud champion Russell Heitmann
Russell Heitmann

(Omaha, NE) -- A high school senior from Hebron, Russell Heitmann, won the Nebraska Poetry Out Loud state championship on Saturday, March 9th at the Sheldon Museum of Art in Lincoln. Russell is a two-time Poetry Out Loud State Champion, having won state finals in 2012.  He also had the honor of placing among nine finalists in the national championship last year.


Lincoln Northeast Teacher Snyder to Recieve McAuliffe Award from UNL

McAuliffe Award winner
Kimberly Snyder

Lincoln, Neb., Feb. 28, 2013 – Inspired teaching has earned Lincoln Northeast High School reading teacher Kimberly Snyder the Christa McAuliffe Prize for Courage and Excellence in Education.
The College of Education and Human Sciences at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln presents the annual award to a teacher who exemplifies the character of Christa McAuliffe, an educator who died in the 1986 Challenger disaster. Snyder will be recognized at a banquet March 3 in Lincoln.


Teacher Don Gilpin Recognized

Don Gilpin
Don Gilpin, Plattsmouth, NE

Can one teacher actually make a difference?  Principal Jeff Wiles talks about Don Gilpin: He has truly made the program a "big deal" within our school.

Over the course of the past three years Mr. Gilpin has been able to get our student body and community excited about an academic program like never before.  Mr. Gilpin has used an approach that makes both the students…


Aurora Teacher "Poster Child" for Vocational Rehab

Former VR Client now teacher
News-Register/ Laurie Pfeifer
Aurora Elementary School special education teacher Zach High, center, works with a group of students during a math class. High teaches fourth and fifth grade math and fifth grade reading in special education and also helps out in the regular classroom.

Zach High knows first-hand the difficulties facing many special education students -- their learning struggles, self-esteem issues, the teasing and taunting they often endure.

Born premature, weighing just two pounds, facing nerve damage, hearing loss and a doctor’s prediction he and his twin brother, Nate, would never graduate from high school, High became his own strongest advocate and has beaten the odds to a pulp