Supporting Educator Effectiveness through Development (S.E.E.D.)

Supporting Educator Effectiveness through Development (S.E.E.D.) is a comprehensive approach to ensuring access to quality educators for all students, especially the most disadvantaged, and strengthening and maintaining teacher and principal effectiveness throughout the state. S.E.E.D. serves as the foundation for the paradigm shift from top-down compliance to a system of support and development of the “whole teacher” and the “whole principal”, which impacts a school’s ability to support the “whole child”. The following core beliefs guide S.E.E.D:

  • Authenticity matters
  • Compliance does not equal engagement
  • Belonging and being seen underpins everything
  • Data informs…stories compel
  • Learning will be sustained when we understand educator effectiveness
  • Collaboration is required

Because efficacy and impact in teaching are critical for educator effectiveness, the S.E.E.D. approach…

  • is grounded in the Nebraska Teacher and Principal Performance Standards and the focus on equity and data-driven decision-making, allowing districts to more purposefully prioritize the individual needs of each student and staff member.
  • includes all organizations supporting teachers and principals throughout a career. It starts with recruitment into a quality teacher education program, ESU partnerships, the many professional organizations that support educators and the schools, and the districts themselves.
  • is designed for districts to enhance their own system based on the needs and context of their school/community.
  • begins and ends with individuals and the ability to come together as educators. S.E.E.D. is committed to supporting Nebraska’s educators to truly lean into their curiosity and ask questions they might not have otherwise asked.
  • is a complex process that must be supported and developed over time.

The Nebraska Department of Education and its partners are committed to leading and supporting all Nebraskans in learning, earning, and living.  For more resources, visit the Office of Coordinated School and District Support.

Nebraska's S.E.E.D. Approach

Updated February 3, 2023 8:12am