Sara Cooper

Science Education Specialist
402-471-0117 (Fax)


Patsy Shald

Administrative Assistant
402-471-0117 (Fax)



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ED/Green Ribbon Schools


2017 Nebraska ED-GRS Timeline

  • January 6: Nebraska applications completed on-line and supporting documents sent to as a Word doc.
  • February 1: States submit nominees.
  • April 24 (Earth Day): ED announces honorees.
  • July 19: ED hosts national recognition award ceremony.

Application Forms:
Applications will be completed on-line. Applicants have the ability to edit applications after submission until the Jan. 6 deadline.


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Science Education

On September 8, 2017, the Nebraska State Board of Education approved Nebraska’s College and Career Ready Standards for Science

2017 Science Standards Approved Sept. 8, 2017

DRAFT Implementation Plan

Science Standards Adopted October 6, 2010

Physical Science
Life Science
Earth/Space Science

Articulated Format
Vertical Format

Extended Science Standards with Extended Indicators and Instructional Clarification

Science Education in Nebraska

“Science is not a subject you took in school. It’s life. We are wrapped by it, in it, with it. And one’s science literacy should never be viewed as a disposable dimension of one’s mind—not in this, the 21st century, where the engines of tomorrow’s economies will derive from wise investments and innovations in science and technology.” ~Neil Degrasse Tyson

The Nebraska Science Standards were adopted by the Nebraska State Board of Education on October 6, 2010.  The revised Nebraska Statute 525 79-760.01 states that “The State Board of Education shall develop a plan to review and update standards for each subject area every seven years.”  Operating under this revised statute, the review and revision of the Nebraska Science Standards will begin next fall (Fall 2016).

Here are links for the Nebraska to NGSS Comparison Study:

Executive Summary:

National Science Standards Guiding Documents

In 2012, The National Research Council issued A Framework for K-12 Science Education that succinctly articulates expectations in science achievement for high school graduates. The Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), were built from the NRC Framework, and the ACT College and Career Readiness Standards in Science and released in 2013. These research-based documents are currently shaping science standards across the nation. These nationally recognized resources are among the many resources that will be used throughout the standards revision process.
As standards are only guidelines for instruction and not panaceas for change; moving toward research-based instructional practices requires ongoing, collaborative work among Nebraska’s teaching and learning professionals. 

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