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Accountability for a Quality Education System, Today and Tomorrow

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A QuESTT

We’ve gone beyond measuring against standard requirements to create a next-generation accountability system that supports and rewards continuous improvement for every student, school, and educator.

The result is an innovative approach that views each student holistically, classifies all schools into four performance levels, and provides opportunities for every Nebraskan to get involved.

For more information on the Nebraska AQuESTT System, visit aquestt.com.

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Assessment

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2017-18 Testing Dates

ELPA21 Window-February 5-March 16, 2018

NeSA-English Language Arts, Math, Science Window

Grades 3-8, General and Grades 3-8 & 11, Alternate

March 19-April 27, 2018

Make-up week April 30-May 4, 2018

Statewide Testing Dates (Grade 11)
ACT Test Dates

Paper Testing DatePaper Accommodations Testing Window
April 3, 2018April 3-April 17, 2018
Paper Testing Make-Up DateOnline Testing Window
April 24, 2018April 3-April 12, 2018 (Tues,Weds,Thurs Only)

Questions? Need Help?

Click here for NDE and DRC Contact Information

2017 NSCAS Accessibility Manual DRAFT

NSCAS Accessibility Manual Draft 11.2.17

ACT 2017 FALL WORKSHOPS

ACT Training PowerPoint November 2017- ACT

NDE ACT Presentation November 2017 PowerPoint

 

Standards, Assessment and Accountability Updates

SAA Update 19 (Spring 2017) 

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Certification Investigations

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The purpose of the Certification Investigations’ Office is to ensure that individuals who hold a certificate issued by the Nebraska Department of Education adhere to the standards of professional conduct and ethics as set forth in Title 92, Nebraska Administrative Code, Chapter 27 (Rule 27).  A Standards of Conduct and Ethics for Holders of Public School Certificates pamphlet is available.

Pursuant to Title 92, Nebraska Administrative Code, Chapter 28 (Rule 28), the Department is authorized to receive, investigate, and prosecute complaints against Nebraska school certificate holders. Complaint forms filed with the Department may ultimately result in disciplinary action being taken against the certificate holder.  For more information, a Procedural Guidelines Pamphlet is available.

You may also search for whether an individual holds a current Nebraska certificate through the Teacher Certification Educator Certificate and Application Lookup Site.

View Recent Disciplinary Actions

 

Contact Us
P.O. Box 94933, Lincoln NE 68509
(402) 471-0312
 sara.hulac@nebraska.gov

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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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Communications & Outreach

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Mission

The mission of the Nebraska Department of Education’s Office of Communications and Outreach is to support the successful execution and communication of the Department’s mission, vision and values. The Office of Communications and Outreach is responsible for assisting Department leadership, operations, and program staff in providing clear, consistent, and effective communication to all internal and external stakeholders related to Department programs, services, functions, and
initiatives.

Goal

Through open communication, position Nebraska’s education system and the Nebraska Department of Education as the premiere administrative education entity in the country.

Objectives

Week In Review

 

Press Releases

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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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Content Area Standards

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Nebraska Revised Statute 79-760.01 requires the Nebraska State Board of Education to “adopt measurable academic content standards for at least the grade levels required for statewide assessment.” Those standards shall cover the subject areas of reading, writing, mathematics, science, and social studies, and the State Board of Education shall develop a plan to review and update standards for those subject areas every seven years. The revised statute is effective as of August 30, 2015.

In addition to the content standards required by statute, the Nebraska Department of Education has developed content standards for fine arts, physical education, health education, and world languages, as well as course-based content standards for Career and Technical Education.  Although not required by law, the standards provide schools a framework for ensuring quality teaching and learning for all content areas offered in schools. 

A Standards Revision Timeline has been developed and includes a tentative timeline for the review and revision of all content area standards.  The timeline includes the following assumptions:

  • The review and revision of content standards will be completed by the end of the seven-year cycle.
  • The review and revision process may take up to 1.5 years to complete.
  • Most review and revision processes will begin in the spring and are expected to be completed by the following fall.
  • Pursuant to 79-7601.01, school districts will have one year to adopt the state-approved content standards or adopt standards deemed as equal to or more rigorous than the state-approved content standards in the subject areas of reading and writing (English Language Arts), mathematics, science, and social studies.
  • School districts are encouraged to adopt the state-approved standards in other content areas (Fine Arts, Physical Education, Health Education, and World Languages) within one year of being adopted by the State Board of Education.
  • Career and Technical Education standards will be reviewed and revised on a five-year cycle in order to remain current with occupational demands/standards.

Standards Timeline

Download the Standards Revision Timeline for all content areas.  If you have questions or need more information, please contact Dr. Cory Epler, Chief Academic Officer (cory.epler@nebraska.gov).

Content Area Standards (NeSA Tested)

English Language Arts

On September 5, 2014, the Nebraska State Board of Education adopted Nebraska’s College and Career Ready Standards for English Language Arts.

Other formats and the 2009 Nebraska ELA Standards are located on the English Language Arts Webpage.

Mathematics

On September 4, 2015, the Nebraska State Board of Education adopted Nebraska’s College and Career Ready Standards for Mathematics.

Other formats and the 2009 Nebraska Mathematics Standards are located on the Mathematics Education Webpage

Science

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

Other formats are located on the Science Education Webpage.


Content Area Standards (Non-NeSA Tested)

Fine Arts

On March 4, 2014, the Nebraska State Board of Education adopted the Nebraska Fine Arts Standards.

Other formats are located on the Fine Arts Education Webpage.

Physical Education

On October 7, 2016, the Nebraska State Board of Education adopted the Nebraska Physical Education Standards.

The 2006 Nebraska Physical Education Essential Learnings are located on the Physical Education Webpage. The Health Education Standards and the Nebraska State Board of Education Policy for Coordinated School Health, are located on the Coordinated School Health Webpage.

Social Studies

On December 7, 2012, the Nebraska State Board of Education approved the Nebraska Social Studies Standards.

Other formats are located on the Social Studies Education Webpage.

World Languages

In 1996, the Nebraska World Language Essential Learnings were developed. 

Other information is located on the World Language Education Webpage.

Career Education Programs of Study and Career Field Course Standards

Career Education Programs of Study and Course Standards are located on the Career Education Standards Webpage. This includes Programs of Study and Course Standards within the following Career Fields:

  • Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources
  • Business, Marketing, and Management
  • Communication and Information Systems
  • Health Sciences
  • Human Sciences and Education
  • Skilled and Technical Sciences

In November 2017, the Nebraska State Board of Education approved content area standards for the following Career Fields. These standards will be linked from the Career Education Standards Website in the Summer of 2018.

English Language Proficiency Standards

In 2013, the Nebraska State Board of Education adopted the Nebraska English Language Proficiency (ELP) Standards. The ELP Standards highlight the critical language, knowledge about language, and skills using language that are necessary for English Language Learners (ELLs) to be successful in school. 

Other information regarding the ELP Standards and the ELPA 21 Assessment is located on the Title III Homepage.

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CTE Data and Research

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The Career and Technical Education (CTE) Data & Research website provides quick access to empirical information related to Career & Technical Education (CTE) in Nebraska, including resources on topics such as CTE student outcomes, data reporting and accountability, return on investment, and labor market information. 

Nebraska CTE Delivers! 

  • 72% of Nebraska’s students grades 7-12 participate in CTE annually! 
  • 99% of Nebraska’s CTE concentrators graduate high school!
  • Less than .01% of Nebraska’s CTE concentrators drop out of high school! 
  • 100% of Nebraska’s high schools offer CTE programs! 

Click here to learn more and download the latest infographic highlighting Nebraska CTE student performance outcomes. 

Important Dates & Deadlines

SecondaryPostsecondary
  •  June 15th – CTE Accountability Data Due 
  • June 15 – 30th – Data Audit Window
  • June 30th – Data Finalized
  •  October 15th – CTE Accountability Data Due
  • October 15 – 30th – Data Audit Window
  • November 1st  – Data Finalized 
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Data, Research, and Evaluation

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DRE Workgroups

  • NDE Helpdesk – Supporting the work of the Department and School Districts with data collections and submissions, technical questions, as well support for the multiple interfaces with Nebraska Schools. Specific support expertise includes the Nebraska Student and Staff Record System (NSSRS), the Grants Management System (GMS) and other NDE Portal applications. The NDE Help Desk will provide all users with a single, helpful, and friendly first point of contact for the Nebraska Department of Education web portal applications.
  • Research and Evaluation – Focusing on conducting research and evaluation projects that support a deeper understanding of the data, best practice, and supports for improving teaching and learning in Nebraska schools. The research group is also heavily involved in supporting the training and technical assistance of Nebraska schools in submitting data as well as in promoting the use of data and training for data literacy, analysis, and use among ESUs, districts, and schools.
  • Staff Data – Integrating the collection, refinement and use of the staff data to meet federal and state reporting requirements, ensuring effective integrations with programs (including teacher certification and school approval and accreditation), and working to publish a variety of useful reports are the primary responsibilities of the Staff Data work group.
  • Student Data – The key focus of the Student Data work group includes ensuring the collection, refinement, and use of the student data to meet federal and state reporting requirements; the effective integration with programs; and taking the lead on the annual State of the Schools Report (SOSR) and the Data Reporting System (DRS).
  • P-20 Data System – The integration of data sources across the spectrum for longitudinal analysis and reports provides an opportunity for information to inform both policy and practice. The efforts of the P-20 data systems include engagement of public postsecondary institutions in support of the long term engagement ot student success.

Data Sources:

State of the Schools: /state-of-the-schools-reports/

Data Reporting System: http://drs.education.ne.gov/Pages/

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Disciplinary Action

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The Certification Investigation Review is provided by the Certification Investigations’ Office of the Nebraska Department of Education. The documents set forth herein are copies of orders and reprimands issued by the State Board of Education, the Commissioner of Education, or the Nebraska Professional Practices Commission, involving Nebraska certificate holders, and copies of voluntary surrenders executed by Nebraska certificate holders, all of which are public records.

While every effort has been made to produce an exact replica of the order, reprimand, or voluntary surrender as it exists, the Nebraska Department of Education cannot guarantee the accuracy and completeness of the documents herein. A copy of the original written version of the documents herein is available by making a written request to the Certification Investigations’ Office, Nebraska Department of Education, P. O. Box 94933, Lincoln, NE 68509-4933. If you have any questions, comments, or corrections, email may be addressed to the following: nikki.sander@nebraska.gov


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Expanded Learning Opportunities

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Quality Afterschool and Summer Opportunities for Nebraska K-12 Youth

What is an ELO?

The term Expanded Learning Opportunities (ELOs) describes an array of safe and structured programs that offer healthy growth, development and academic opportunities for youth.

In Nebraska, 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLCs) are ELOs that provide educational and enrichment opportunities for K-12 youth when they’re not in school (afterschool, during the summer and/or days when school is not in session).  The priority for a 21st CCLC is to provide hands-on learning and positive youth development experiences for students who may have an opportunity gap, such as living in poverty, or are highly mobile, or are limited English proficient, or those who may start the school year learning below their grade level.

The framework for 21st Century Community Learning Center ELOs is school/community partnerships that offer a range of supervised activities, intentionally designed to encourage learning and development outside the typical school day yet aligned with the school day goals and objectives.  Click here for more information on the 21st Century Community Learning Center program in Nebraska.

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Family and Community Engagement

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“Raising the next generation is a shared responsibility. When families, communities and schools work together, students are more successful and the entire community benefits.”
-U.S. Department of Education


The Nebraska Department of Education identified family engagement as an essential area of focus in its new Accountability for a Quality Education System, Today and Tomorrow (AQuESTT) within the tenant of Student Success and Access.

Engaging families and communities as partners with schools is essential, as the evidence is clear: partnerships contribute to children and youth’s academic and social success. Current family and community engagement research, websites, and promising practices are available via the links below.

Educators

Families

Community Partnerships

Research

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Future Ready Budget and Resources

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Budget and Resources Gear

 

1 Tagline which describes the focus of work in this area

Invests Strategically in Digital Resources

 

 

Invests Strategically in Digital Resources

OUTCOME: Leverages an understanding of school and community needs to identify and invest in digital resources to support student learning.

Sample Strategies for Future Ready Librarians:

~Invest in maker studio items for video editing and creation
~Find ways to raise funds for library materials; Titlewish donations, Amazon wish list,  First Book
~Augmented Reality Books/Apps to use as a station in the library

 

 

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Future Ready Community Partnerships

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Community Partnerships Gear

 

1 Tagline which describes the focus of work in this area

Cultivates Community Partnerships

 

 

Cultivates Community Partnerships

OUTCOME: Cultivates partnerships within the school and local community (families and caregivers, non-profit organizations, government agencies, public and higher education libraries, businesses, etc.) to promote engagement and a lifelong learning process.

Sample Strategies for Future Ready Librarians:

~Plan and host a digital literacy night for community and parents
~Collaborate and create partnership with art department to showcase student artwork.
~Present at a school board meeting
~Social media sharing

 

 

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Future Ready Community Partnerships Gear

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Future Ready Community Partnerships GearPrimary Objective: Establish a Future Ready coalition of interested and invested organizations and parties.

Focus Areas:
   
 ~ Identify and partner with business, community, professional and parent accociations and regional education associations to support Future Ready efforts.

     ~ Engage with higher education institutions to create a K – 16 vision for future readiness to support workforce-readiness efforts.

 


The Future Ready Nebraska Council has developed several goals to guide the work of this gear in Nebraska. These goals are listed below and will be further developed in the Nebraska Digital Learning and Ed. Tech. Plan which is currently under development.

  1. Develop a presentation to be used at professional conferences, webinars, and local planning events which will assist school administrative teams in getting started.  Each committee member will present locally and at least one conference or webinar.

  2. Develop a template and specific guidelines to assist schools in forming a local community partnership committee with an initial mandate to identify local existing partnerships and define areas of need for future partnerships based on the goals of the FRNC, AQuESTT, and current SIP efforts.

  3. Create a process for identifying and describing examples of existing successful school-community partnerships across the state, to be used as a resource for such local committees.

  4. Develop an easily accessible “clearinghouse” of such resources which is searchable and includes categories, descriptions, and contact information.

  5. Support creation of robust partnerships with our student, parent, business, and city communities to advance our vision of developing future-ready students.

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Future Ready Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment

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Curriculum Instruction And Assessment Gear

3 Taglines which describe focus of work in this area

Builds Instructional Partnerships

Empowers Students as Creators

Curates Digital Resources and Tools

 

Builds Instructional Partnerships

OUTCOME: Partners with educators to design and implement evidence-based curricula and assessments that integrate elements of deeper learning, critical thinking, information literacy, digital citizenship, creativity, innovation and the active use of technology.

Sample Strategies for Future Ready Librarians:

~Collaborative Skypes with classes/libraries in other schools
~Plan with teachers ways to integrate technology and information literacy skills into course units
~Design Digital Citizenship lessons with teachers
~Meet with teams of teachers to plan lessons/units matched to maker spaces in library


Empowers Students as Creators

OUTCOME: Encourages and facilitates students to become increasingly self-directed as they create digital products of their learning that engage them in critical thinking, collaboration and authentic, real-world problem solving.

Sample Strategies for Future Ready Librarians:

~Developing a more focused maker program around curriculum standards
~Integrate STE(A)M activities, inquiry, and public displays of learning with any/all content areas.
~Student created book trailers/other digital book promotions.
~Create Video Booktalks or Digital Portfolios with upper level students


Curates Digital Resources and Tools

OUTCOME: Leads in the selection, integration, organization, and sharing of digital resources and tools to support transformational teaching and learning and develop the digital curation skills of others.

Sample Strategies for Future Ready Librarians:

~Create/maintain Symbaloos of resources on topics such as coding, making, digital citizenship, etc.
~Create a blog with curated resources
~Build a collection of Virtual Field Trips
~Create a YouTube channel with different playlists for Students, Teachers and Parents.

 

 

 

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Future Ready Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment Gear

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Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment GearPrimary Objective: Integrate the effective use of technology in all state academic standards, not just technology standards.

Focus Areas:
     ~ Articulate the expectation that meeting the state standards requires the appropriate use of technology.
     ~ Demonstrate the effective use of technology to support specific standards through exemplars and resources.
     ~ Provide guidance on finding and/or developing high quality digital content.

 


The Future Ready Nebraska Council has developed several goals to guide the work of this gear in Nebraska. These goals are listed below and will be further developed in the Nebraska Digital Learning and Ed. Tech. plan which is currently under development.

  1. Review and Revise the language of Rule 10. Update to include language for 21st Century Learners & Instruction

  2. Provide opportunities for professional personalized educator learning and development using a statewide, coordinated, and collaborative reservoir of resources and find, define and share exemplars of digital teaching and learning.

  3. Integrate the effective use of technology in all state academic standards, not just technology standards.

  4. Create a system of equitable opportunities for access to online resources for all students in NE

  5. Districts are able to leverage technology and diverse learning resources to personalize the learning experience for each student.

  6. Expand teacher recommended & state investments in statewide digital content and learning resources.

  7. All students have access to qualified integration specialists who have the capacity to partner with classroom teachers to design and implement evidence-based curricula and assessments that integrate elements of deeper learning, critical thinking, information literacy, digital citizenship, creativity, innovation, and the active use of technology.

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Future Ready Data & Privacy Gear

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Data and Privacy GearPrimary Objectives: Provide useful and meaningful data to leaders and educators to support instruction and decisionmaking.  Articulate clear expectations relating to the privacy of student data.

Focus areas:
     ~ Align state data systems to reduce redundancy, streamline data collection and facilitate analysis and use of data.
     ~ Make data a two-way street; provide meaningful data back to districts in user-friendly reports.
     ~ Communicate the state’s policy for its use of student data.
     ~ Ensure all stakeholders – districts, educators, parents and vendors – understand all applicable laws and regulations related to student data privacy.

 


The Future Ready Nebraska Council has developed several goals to guide the work of this gear in Nebraska. These goals are listed below and will be further developed in the Nebrsaka Digital Learning and Ed. Tech. plan which is currently under development.

  1. Adopt and sustain policies protecting privacy and security of student data and ensuring compliance with applicable laws and regulations.

  2. Collect and provide data in efficient and meaningful ways to support instruction and decision-making and minimize the reporting burden of school districts.

  3. Provide resources, communication and training to inform and equip stakeholders to keep student data private and secure.

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Future Ready Data and Privacy

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Data and Privacy Gear

 

1 Tagline which describes the focus of work in this area

Advocates for Student Privacy

 

 

Advocates for Student Privacy

OUTCOME: Teaches and promotes student data privacy through their instruction and role as educational leaders.

Sample Strategies

~Parent training on privacy, digital citizenship and online safety
~Regular lessons on digital citizenship, to be embedded everywhere, and not just a specific month 
~Teach students how to create strong passwords that they can also remember.
~Model digital citizenship in other collaborations and lessons and encourage its use

 

 

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Future Ready Personalized Professional Development

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Personalized Professional Development Gear

 

1 Tagline which describes the focus of work in this area

Facilitates Professional Learning

 

 

Facilitates Professional Learning

OUTCOME: Leads professional learning to cultivate broader understanding of the skills that comprise success in a digital age (e.g., critical thinking, information literacy, digital citizenship, technology competencies, etc.)

Sample Strategies

~Teach professional development courses for the district, present at conferences
~Hold parent sessions to help familiarize them with the devices their students are using
~Begin “You are not alone” campaign for GAFE implementation.
~Serve on a planning committee, seek opportunity to present at an upcoming event

 

 

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Future Ready Personalized Professional Development Gear

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Personalized Professional Development GearPrimary Objective: Provide Opportunities for educators and leaders to deepen their Future Ready knowledge.

Focus Areas:
     ~ Identify and partner with business, community, professional and parent associations, and regional education associations to support Future Ready efforts.
     ~ Engage with higher education institutions to create a K – 16 vision for future readiness to support workforse-readiness efforts.

 


The Future Ready Nebraska Council has developed several goals to guide the work of this gear in Nebraska. These goals are listed below and will be further developed in the Nebraska Digital Learning and Ed. Tech. plan which is currently under development.

  1. Teachers will have access to online resources to assist in providing quality instruction to students through use of an online repository of content containing videos, articles and Professional Development opportunities.

  2.  A systematic coordinated approach to professional learning priorities will be developed to support professional learning efforts and initiatives in the state.

  3. Utilize Future Ready resources to support professional learning, planning and prioritizing at school districts including the following targeted staff, Librarians, Ed Tech Leaders, Principals and other School leaders.

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Future Ready Robust Infrastructure

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Robust Infrastructure Gear

 

1 Tagline which describes the focus of the work in this area

Ensures Equitable Digital Access

 

 

Ensures Equitable Digital Access

OUTCOME: Provides and advocates for equitable access to connectivity, digital devices, information, resources, programming, and services in support of the district’s strategic vision.

Sample Strategies for Future Ready Librarians

~Promoting the use of Open Educational Resources among students and staff
~COW for library in order to simultaneously serve classes and walk-ins for more access.
~Employ Mobile Hotspots and make available to staff for field trips or other outside of school use
~Flex Media Center hours for more availability to students & parents

 

 

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Future Ready Robust Infrastructure Gear

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Robust Infrastructure GearPrimary Objective: Establish a technology ecosystem to ensure every school exceeds industry-connectivity standards.

Focus areas:
     ~ Identify and make available resources to provide every school with access to high speed, high capacity internet.
     ~ Collaborate with local and regional organizations to insure every district and school has the IT capacity needed to support their infrastructure.

 


The Future Ready Nebraska Council has developed several goals to guide the work of this gear in Nebraska.  These goals are listed below and will be further developed in the Nebraska Digital Learning and Ed. Tech, plan which is currently under development.

  1. All students will have access to Internet resources during non-school hours to achieve equity of access.

  2. All Districts will be connected to a statewide single sign-on system, with access to associated resources.

  3. Robust Infrastructure Gear Team will encourage 100% of public school districts to leverage Category 2 E-rate funding to upgrade their internal networking and Wi-Fi.

  4. The State of Nebraska and University of Nebraska will procure and contract for up to six segments of 10Gbps wave services for a northeast Nebraska backbone fiber loop.

  5. Digital learning is adequately funded and fully integrated across multiple budget areas, including instruction, building facilities, technology, staffing, utilities, etc., where appropriate.

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Future Ready Use of Space and Time

2017-11-22T11:58:04+00:00

Use of Space and Time Gear

 

1 Tagline which describes the focus of work in this area

Designs Collaborative Spaces

 

 

Designs Collaborative Spaces

OUTCOME: Provides flexible spaces that promote inquiry, creativity, collaboration and community.

Sample Strategies for Future Ready Librarians

~Reevaluate Makerspace design areas
~Replace old bookcases with shorter, mobile bookcases
~Purchase flexible seating options (floor chairs, exercise balls, bean bag chairs)
~Add new signage to all areas of library to help students more easily locate information
~Create a functional classroom area and presentation center for co-teaching

 

 

Future Ready Use of Space and Time 2017-11-22T11:58:04+00:00
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