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Commissioner

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The Nebraska Department of Education (NDE) is a constitutional agency approved by Nebraska voters. The Department operates under the authority of an elected board of education. NDE is organized into teams that interact to operate the agency and carry out the duties assigned by state and federal statutes and the policy directions of the State Board of Education. The teams are organized around distinct functions and responsibilities that encompass leadership and support for Nebraska’s system of early childhood, primary, secondary and postsecondary education; direct services to clients; and internal support to the agency.

The department carries out its duties on behalf of Nebraska students in public, private, and nonpublic school systems. The staff of the department interacts with schools and institutions of higher education to develop, coordinate and improve educational programs.

Matt L Blomstedt

Matthew L. Blomstedt, Commissioner

Dr. Blomstedt was named Commissioner of Education by the State Board of Education on January 2, 2014.

Dr. Blomstedt served as the Executive Director of the Nebraska Educational Service Unit Coordinating Council until December 2013. He previously served as the first full-time Executive Director of the Nebraska Rural Community Schools Association, a research analyst for the Education Committee of the Nebraska Legislature and has worked in a variety of policy research roles over the past 16 years.

Dr. Blomstedt is a native Nebraskan whose career has focused on local, regional and statewide education issues. Blomstedt’s experience includes education finance and organization, assessment and accountability, professional development, and the development of systems to enhance blended and distance learning opportunities across the state.

Dr. Blomstedt earned a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Higher Education from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln as well as a Master’s Degree in Community and Regional Planning.

 

Deb Frison

Deborah A. Frison, Deputy Commissioner
School Improvement and Support

Dr. Frison is a veteran Nebraska educator with 38 years of teaching and administrative experience within the Omaha Public Schools.  For the past seven years she has served as Principal of Burke High School. In August 2015, she began full-time at the Nebraska Department of Education in the position of Deputy Commissioner for School Improvement and Support.

Dr. Frison formerly served as Principal of King Science and Technology Magnet, a 5th through 8th grade magnet school, from 2000-2008, and Morton Middle School from 1997-2000.  She received her doctorate degree in Educational Leadership and Supervision from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln/Omaha in 2000.  She holds a master’s degree from the University of Nebraska at Omaha and a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education from Nebraska Wesleyan University.

 

Brian Halstead

Brian Halstead, Deputy Commissioner/Chief of Staff

Brian has served as an Assistant Commissioner since June 2008, and has been employed by the Department since August 1990 handling numerous areas related to the development, implementation and application of the law, education policy, and legislative liaison activities at the federal , state, and local levels.  Brian is a native Nebraskan having lived in York, Ogallala, Fremont, and Lincoln.

Brian received his Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1982, and a Doctorate of Law from the University of Nebraska Law School in 1985.

 

Mark Schultz

Mark Schultz, Deputy Commissioner
Vocational Rehabilitation

Mark Schultz has 34 years of experience in providing and developing disability-related services. For the last six years, he has been the Director of Nebraska VR focusing on training and employment for individuals with disabilities. He was the Assistive Technology Partnership Director for twenty years prior to his current role.

Mark has worked to benefit Nebraskans with disabilities by fostering partnerships with public and private organizations, securing grants, developing innovative and creative services and programs to advance the mission of the agency.

Mark received his Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of Nebraska-Omaha.

Mission

To lead and support the preparation of all Nebraskans for learning, earning, and living.

Vision

Partnering for the best education for all . . . for life.

Values

Equity of access and opportunity

Honesty, integrity, and trust

Quality programs and services

Visionary and participatory leadership

A positive, can-do attitude

Accountability for results

Respect for individuals and individual differences

Equity of opportunities and outcomes

Excellence through continuous improvement

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Contact

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Communications & Outreach Staff

Photo of Katie BieberKatie Bieber

Director of Communications
P: 402-471-5025
E: katie.bieber@nebraska.gov
@NDE_GOV 

 

Photo of Shauna GroenewoldShauna Groenewold

Web and Social Media Specialist
P: 402-471-3186
E: shauna.groenewold@nebraska.gov
@NDE_PS

 

Photo of David HefleyDavid Hefley

Web Content Manager
P: 402-471-4538
E: david.hefley@nebraska.gov
     

 

Photo of David JespersenDavid Jespersen

Public Information Officer
P: 402-471-4537
E: david.jespersen@nebraska.gov
@NDE_News

 

Photo of Drew WorsterDrew Worster

Multimedia Specialist
P: 402-471-0533
E: drew.worster@nebraska.gov

 

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Human Resources

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Welcome to the Nebraska Department of Education Office of Human Resources

The Nebraska Department of Education (NDE) is comprised of individuals who are committed to providing services that ultimately result in a quality education for all Nebraska students. Approximately 500 employees carry out the myriad duties assigned by state and federal statues and the policy direction of the State Board of Education.

In broad terms, the work of NDE may be categorized into four main areas:

  1. Education,
  2. Assisting people with disabilities to join the workforce,
  3. Adjudication of claims for disability benefits under Social Security or Supplemental Security Income, and
  4. Agency administration.

Because of the varied work, NDE has an eclectic mix of personnel including accountants, attorneys, educators who work in consultant and leadership roles, rehabilitation specialists, adjudicators, support personnel, human resources staff, program directors and many more. Click on the following links to read about what some of our employees have to say about working at NDE.

If you would like to learn more about NDE, peruse our current job openings, or obtain information about fringe benefits, check out the quick links to the left. Click on the following links to learn more about Nebraska and living in Lincoln.

NDE does not hire the teachers and administrators that work in the schools. Each school district hires its own personnel. You can  view other job openings websites that list teacher and administrator vacancies in Nebraska.

 

 

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Migrant Education Program

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About the Nebraska Migrant Education Program (MEP)

The Nebraska Migrant Education Program (MEP) has been working to ensure that migrant children fully benefit from the same free public education provided to other children. To achieve this, the MEP supports educational programs for migrant children to help reduce the educational disruptions and other problems that result from repeated moves.

An Overview of the Nebraska Migrant Education Program

New Resources

2017-2018 Title I Part C Migrant Education Program Suballocations (posted 9.12.2017)

State Profile 2017-18 (posted 5.15.2017)

Continuous Improvement Cycle Overview 12-9-16 (pdf)

MEP Profile Booklet (posted 12.29.2016)

MEP Profile Booklet – Spanish (posted 1.19.2017)

Who We Are/Who We Serve – English (posted 5.15.2017)

Who We Are/ Who We Serve – Spanish (posted 11.13.2017)

Newsletters and Articles

Nebraska MEP Newsletter Feb. 2014 Edition

Health Survey from UNMC

Proteus March 2015 Newsletter

 

Nebraska Department of Education | Migrant Education Program | 301 Centennial Mall South – PO Box 94987 | Lincoln, NE 68509

 

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Office of Early Childhood

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Our Vision: All young Nebraska children are
secure, healthy, and successful.

The Office of Early Childhood provides leadership, guidance and support to:

  • develop high quality environments for young children;

  • promote equitable access to inclusive programs and services for all children from birth through age eight;

  • facilitate state and community partnerships that address the needs of young children and their families; and,

  • provide professional development, technical assistance and resources for personnel in early childhood care and education settings.

Activities of the Office of Early Childhood include the development and implementation of policy, data collection and evaluation, leadership for systems development of early childhood initiatives, and collaboration among programs and agencies.

The Office of Early Childhood carries out the work of the Early Childhood Training Center, which disseminates an extensive print and media collection of early childhood resources, maintains a comprehensive training calendar, manages a broad array of training opportunities for early childhood personnel and families, and facilitates the state’s integrated early childhood professional development system.

The Office of Early Childhood works jointly with the NDE Office of Special Education and the Head Start State Collaboration Office (HSSCO), and provides support for the Early Childhood Interagency Coordinating Council (ECICC).

Early Learning Guidelines Trainer Application

Click here for new information about training approval!

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PPCS and Veterans Education

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Private Postsecondary Career Schools Mission Statement

The Private Postsecondary Career Schools and Veterans Education section of the Nebraska Department of Education has the responsibility of authorizing private postsecondary career schools to operate educational programs and to recruit students for their schools.

Veterans Education Mission Statement

We are designated as the State Approving Agency to promote and safeguard quality education and training programs for all Veterans and other eligible persons to ensure greater education and training opportunities that meet the changing needs of Veterans, and to protect the GI Bill resources available for these programs.

 

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Special Education

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Office of Special Education

 
Alternative Assessment Criteria – The Alternate Assessment information is new and the Alternate Assessment Criteria document is required to be completed. 
IEP Team Decision Making Flow Chart
Public Reporting and Determinations Guides
Part B Levels of Determination 2017
Part C Levels of Determination 2017
District Phase II TIP
District Phase II TIP Report
TIP Supplementary GuidanceTIP Review Tool

PDF of Prior Written Guidance Document
PDF of Shortened Day and Transition Guidance Document

ECICC Biennial Report to the Governor
New Guidance from the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights
Colleague Letter and Resource Guide on Students with ADHD
Know Your Rights – Students with ADHD
Maintenance of Effort
Worksheet and Tracking Tool

Federal Proposed Regulations on Significant Disproportionality
Federal Study and State Analysis of Disproportionality

New Technical Assistance Document Available
Significant Disproportionality Guidance Document

 

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State Board of Education

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Live Video Stream –
State Board of Education Work Session – December 7, 2017 (2:00 p.m.)
State Board of Education Board Meeting – December 8, 2017 (9:00 a.m.)

The State Board of Education is an elected, constitutional body that sets policy and ensures that the State Department of Education functions effectively within the framework developed by the state Legislature and the board. By law, the board and the department have broad leadership functions to carry out certain regulatory and service activities.

Statewide oversight of education in Nebraska began in February 1869 when the Legislature created the office of the state superintendent of public instruction. The office was included in the constitution of 1875. In 1917, the Legislature decided to place the state superintendent on a non-partisan basis. In 1920, the constitution was changed to have the superintendent serve a four-year term beginning in 1923.

A 1952 constitutional amendment established a State Department of Education, which acts under the authority of the State Board of Education. The role of state superintendent of public instruction was transferred to the Board of Education or the commissioner of education effective in January 1955.

The 1967 Legislature divided the state into eight districts, and the membership of the State Board of Education was increased from six to eight members effective January 1969. The districts were realigned by the 2011 Legislature.

The board is elected on a non-partisan ballot, with one member from each district. Board members serve four-year terms. Board members are not paid, but are reimbursed for their expenses.

Public Participation at State Board of Education Meetings

According to State Board Policy B12, the published agenda of every regular meeting of the State Board shall contain an item identified as Public Comment Period. This period may be available to any person who wishes to address the State Board on any subject within its authority.

Each individual speaking to the Board will be required to complete a “Sign-in” card to identify him or herself. Persons speaking to the Board during Public Comment may hand out printed materials to the Board but may not use any other forms of media. Each person may address the Board for up to five minutes.

Any citizen or spokesperson for a group of citizens may request a 10 minute appearance before the State Board of Education at any regular meeting or work session of the Board except when the Board declares itself to be in executive session, and may address the Board, provided a request for such address has been made to the Commissioner of Education or Board members in writing at least three days in advance of the meeting in order to permit such appearance to be placed on the published agenda.

If at any time persons appearing before the Board exceed the time limitations set forth in this Policy or on the agenda or become abusive in language or behavior, it shall be the responsibility of the President to declare that person out of order and to refuse permission to continue to address the Board. Anyone refusing to be identified will be prohibited from speaking.

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