State Board Report
2021 Nebraska Teacher of the Year Presentation
Nebraska’s Teacher of the Year Paul Timm provided his quarterly update to State Board of Education members. Timm discussed his year so far and the work he has done to promote teaching across the state through several presentations. He also praised educators for persevering through a very challenging and unusual year.
Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) Plan Update
NDE staff provided the board with a high-level update on Nebraska’s Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) plan, outlined key drivers for change, shared timelines, and provided an update on federal and state designations of schools.
Research Study on the Impacts of COVID-19 on Educators and Students
Board members approved a contract with the Board of Regents of the University of Nebraska, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and the Nebraska Center for Research on Children, Youth, Families & Schools, for the purpose of conducting a research study on the effects of the pandemic. The long-term goal is to support resilience among Nebraska schools and build their capacity to function effectively in the event of significant disruption. The intentions of the study are to capture the immediate, ongoing, and long-term impacts of COVID-19 on educators and educational systems across Nebraska’s urban and rural school districts, and to determine the effects of COVID-19 on students’ learning and achievement.
21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) Grant Program
Nebraska’s 21st CCLC grant program creates an afterschool environment focused on improving overall student academic success, increasing positive behavior and social interaction, and increasing active and meaningful family and community engagement. Currently there are programs in 35 communities serving 150 school building populations. Continuation grants are being awarded to 11 quality programs that have successfully implemented 21st CCLC programming in 22 sites.
Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER II) Statewide Funds for Ineligible School Districts
Of Nebraska’s 244 public school districts, there are five public school districts ineligible to receive an ESSER II allocation. In an effort to support all schools and the students they serve, the board voted to use statewide ESSER II funds to provide an allocation for these five school districts.
Nebraska Health Education Standards Discussion
Board members discussed the Health Education Standards draft and received input from the public. A group of educators led by the Nebraska Department of Education, began the work of developing the Nebraska Health Education Standards last year. The standards create the framework for K-12 health education in Nebraska. The anticipated approval date by the State Board of Education is in the fall of 2021.
More than 70 people spoke during the public comment period and the board received over 700 responses in written form. NDE is accepting public input through the summer.
The next regularly scheduled meeting of the State Board of Education will be held on
Friday, May 7, 2021 at 9:00 a.m. at the Nebraska State Office Building.
A work session may be held on Thursday, May 6, 2021 if needed. Times will vary by month.
For detailed information about the work session or business meeting,