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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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Federal Programs

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Education is primarily a State and local responsibility in the United States. It is States and communities, as well as public and private organizations of all kinds, that establish schools and colleges, develop curricula, and determine requirements for enrollment and graduation. These federal programs assist in completing the educational goals of our students.

Foster Care and Title I

Nebraska Educator Equity Plan

Committee of Practitioner’s Meeting Information

Allocations 2017-2018

Grants Management (GMS) and Finance

2014 Federal Programs Conference ( Updated 2015)

2015 Administrators’ Days Presentations

2016 Administrators’ Days Presentations

2017 Administrator Days Presentations

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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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National Assessment of Educational Progress

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What is NAEP?

The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), also known as “the Nation’s Report Card,” is designed to measure what students across the nation know and can do in ten subject areas, including mathematics, reading, writing, and science. The results of these tests are reported in the Nation’s Report Card. There are two essential components of NAEP; Main, and Long-term Trend.

Main NAEP provides useful information about student academic achievement at the national and state level. State level results allow us to learn more about student achievement in Nebraska, while also allowing for comparisons between our state and the nation.

Long-Term Trend NAEP, administered every four years, is designed around math and reading content frameworks that have remained virtually unchanged since the early 1970’s. This stability in frameworks is essential to Long-Term Trend NAEP as it provides policy makers with information about student learning over time.

Why Is NAEP Important?

Established by Congress in 1969, NAEP was created to provide a common national yardstick for accurately evaluating the performance of American students.

Who takes NAEP?

Each year a sample of students is drawn to represent the entire student population in grades four and eight.  NAEP assessments are administered to this sample of students, rather than the entire population. This sampling greatly reduces the cost of testing and significantly reduces the burden placed on school staff, while still providing highly reliable results.

Each year since 1992, anywhere from 24 to 350 schools in Nebraska have participated in the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP).

Test scores are always kept confidential.   Performance on NAEP is never reported for individual students, schools, or districts.

What NAEP assessments were given in Nebraska in 2014?

In spring 2014 NAEP administered national assessments in technology and engineerling literacy at grades 4 and 8 to a sample of Nebraska students.

Must schools participate in NAEP?

Yes. Federal law requires that states and districts receiving Title I funding participate in the State NAEP reading and mathematics assessments in grades 4 and 8 every two years.

 

 

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NDE Legislative Corner

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In an effort to keep others informed on important legislation impacting education in our state, the Communications and Outreach team has developed the NDE Legislative Corner. The Nebraska Unicameral is typically in session January through April.

NDE Legislative Corner March 24, 2017

NDE Legislative Corner March 10, 2017

NDE Legislative Corner February 8, 2017

NDE Legislative Corner January 25, 2017

NDE Legislative Corner January 19, 2017

 

Contact:

David Jespersen
Public Information Officer
david.jespersen@nebraska.gov

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Nebraska Future Ready Librarians

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Nebraska has adopted the Future Ready framework and convened it’s own Future Ready Nebraska Council to assist in guiding the Future Ready Nebraska plan forward. The Council is  committed to using their expertise and knowledge to shape and communicate the vision, strategic objectives, and actions intended to transform the digital education and education systems of Nebraska schools. To learn more about the Future Ready Nebraska Council and its work you can visit the Future Ready Nebraska website.

Future Ready Schools has also created a Future Ready Librarians group that is working to provide Library Media professionals with information and resources to assist in guiding them through the Future Ready process. One of the main components of this work is the Future Ready Librarians Framework. You can learn more about each piece of the framework by clicking the links on the left. You can also find more information and resources at the Future Ready Librarians website on the Future Ready.org website.

Future Ready Librarians Framework

Future Ready Librarians Framework

Other Future Ready Librarian Information & Resources

Future Ready Librarians Twitter Feed

Future Ready Librarians Facebook Page

Future Ready Librarians Pinterest Resources

 

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Nebraska School Safety

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§79-2,144

The state school security director appointed pursuant to section 79-2,143 shall be responsible for providing leadership and support for safety and security for the public schools. Duties of the director include, but are not limited to:

(3) Conducting an assessment of the security of each public school building, which assessment shall be completed by August 31, 2017

Steps to the Security Assessment for all school buildings:

NDE Security Self-Assessment

Safety Security Technical Assistance Guide

Paper version: Security Self-Assessment

Other details for the security assessment.

 

Safety and Security Standards


 

 

 

Standard Response Protocol

SRP Promo

SRP Training (posted 8.18.2016)


 

Nation’s Leading Suicide Prevention Organization Warns Parents about Social Media Game that Increases Risk of Suicide

 
13 Reasons Why (posted 4.26.2017)
 
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reVISION

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reVISION is a year-long process that provides Nebraska schools with the opportunity to analyze and transform their current career education systems in order to improve their ability to educate a qualified workforce that meets industry needs within an ever-changing economy. Working in collaboration with postsecondary education and regional workforce/economic development leaders, the reVISION process links career educators, school administrators, school counselors, and industry professionals. Under the leadership of the Nebraska Department of Education and in partnership with the Nebraska Departments of Labor and Economic Development, the reVISION process is a strategic approach for schools to analyze their current career education system and make plans, as needed, for adjustments.

2017-2018 reVISION Initial Grant Recipients!


Congratulations to the 2017-2018 reVISION Initial Grant award recipients! We look forward to working with each of you throughout this year! 

Arapahoe Public Schools

Brady Public Schools

Central City Public Schools

David City Public Schools

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Riverside Public Schools

Sumner-Eddyville-Miller Schools

Tri County Public Schools

reVISION has been awarding grants since 2011. Learn about past grant recipients (coming soon)

Important Dates and Application Information 


  • February 5, 2018: Application Available 
  • May 1, 2018: Applications Due by 5:00pm CST 
  • June 15, 2018: Award Notification 
  • July 1, 2018 – June 30, 2019: Grant Award Year 

Click here to find out more about the reVISION grant program, including types of grants, eligibility,  selection criteria, and FAQ. 

In the News!


Rural communities often face unique challenges associated with improving the quality of CTE programming. Check out reVISION as a featured program addressing this issue from AdvanceCTE! Download the article here

 

Learn More 


For more information, contact: 

Katie Graham
Deputy State Director, Career Education
402-471-3104
katie.graham@nebraska.gov

 

The reVISION grant program is made possible through reserve funds from the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006 and statewide leadership funds. 

 

   

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reVISION Action Grant

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Program Overview

The purpose of the reVISION Action grant is to improve, modernize, or expand career education programs to align with Nebraska’s economic priorities and workforce labor demands. The Perkins reVISION Action Grant program provides Perkins funds for secondary school districts to help implement the reVISION Action Plan developed in the reVISION process.

 Eligible Recipients


Applicants must have completed the reVISION process and filed their reVISION Action Plan with NDE. Districts are eligible to apply for a reVISION Action Grant for the three consecutive years following their initial reVISION process, regardless of whether or not they applied for or received an Action Grant award in a prior year.

Use of Funds


Grant activities proposed under the reVISION Action Grant must be directly related to the implementation of the reVISION Action Plan completed during the reVISION process. Only those activities that align with high-skill, high-wage, high-demand (H3) occupational preparation and are aligned with the following economic priorities of Nebraska as defined in SRI’s Nebraska’s Next Economy report will be considered for funding:

  • Advanced Manufacturing (Precision Metals, Materials & Chemicals, Automotive & Transportation Equipment, Packaging)
  • Agribusiness and Food Processing (Primary Agriculture, Food Processing, Agricultural Machinery, Agricultural & Food Related Wholesale)
  • Biosciences (Agricultural Bioscience, Medical Bioscience)
  • Business Services (Legal & Accounting Services, Management of Companies & Enterprises, Business Process Outsourcing & Employment/Temporary Services, Business Support & Security Services)
  • Financial Services (Financial Institutions, Securities, Insurance)
  • Health and Medical Services (Ambulatory Health Services, Hospitals, Nursing & Residential Care)
  • Renewable Energy (Renewable Energy Production, Environmental Consulting & Organization)
  • Transportation and Logistics (Freight, Distribution, & Warehousing, Air Transportation, Rail Transportation)

Allowable activities under this grant include those that:

  • Are targeted to overall CTE improvement and Program of Study changes; and
  • Support the implementation of career guidance, entrepreneurship awareness and exploration, workplace experiences, career academies, and occupational-based professional development for teachers.

Grant funds may not be used to purchase instructional materials, equipment, or professional development for current CTE programs unless the proposed expenditures are addressed in the reVISION Action Plan and are aligned to H3 priorities. Funds may similarly not be used for general use equipment, broad, whole-school faculty professional development, or for students below grade seven. Only professional development opportunities and equipment that are directly connected to action items identified throughout the reVISION process and well detailed and justified in the reVISION Action Plan will be considered fundable.

Additionally, administrative expenditures are limited to 5% of the total budget and can be spent for meeting the general requirements of administering the grant (records retention, financial management). Any funds requested for personnel will be considered using the following scale: for year one applicants, 100% of a salary will be considered for funding; for year two applicants, 50% of a salary will be considered for funding; and for year three applicants, 25% of a salary will be considered for funding.

The Perkins Guidelines for use of Federal Perkins Funds as defined in the Nebraska Perkins Management Guide apply to these funds as well. In particular, no consumable items, furniture, or items that become part of a permanent structure may be purchased. Please visit https://www.education.ne.gov/NCE/Manuals_Booklets/Mngmnt_Guide.html for additional information related to allowable uses of funds.

The maximum amount of grant funds that may be requested is $50,000.

 

Download the reVISION Action Grant Application. 
(coming soon) 

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reVISION Initial Grant

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Program Overview

The purpose of the Perkins reVISION Initial grant is to assist local school districts in completing the reVISION Career Education strategic planning process. Working in collaboration with postsecondary education and regional workforce/economic development leaders, the reVISION process links career educators, school administrators, school counselors, industry professionals, and community leaders. Through this process, schools will have the opportunity to analyze and transform their current Career Education (CE) system to improve their ability to educate a qualified workforce that meets employers’ needs. This will help ensure that high quality CE programs are in place in all Nebraska schools, and that such programs are aligned with college and career readiness standards as well as the needs of employers, industry, and labor.

Specifically, the outcomes of reVISION include: 

  • Aligning and supporting CE systems with local, regional, and/or statewide economic initiatives
  • Developing Nebraska’s talent pipelines for economic growth and workforce development
  • Analyzing and updating current CE Programs of Study and curricular offerings
  • Strengthening secondary CE program alignment with Nebraska postsecondary education entrance expectations
  • Engaging local/regional businesses in CE programming 

Eligible Recipients


Districts that have not completed a reVISION evaluation process are eligible to participate in this reVISION grant opportunity. An Educational Service Unit (ESU) may apply on behalf of a group of schools and serve as the single fiscal agent for the grant. Similarly, a lead school may apply for a group of schools and serve as the single fiscal agent.

Requirements 


Participation in the reVISION process requires the following:

  • The identification of a reVISION team. This team should consist of all CE teachers from each CE discipline/career field, school counselors, and at least one school administrator (building principal required). In addition, teams may consider additional team members such as school board members, core academic teachers, middle school teachers, or
    other key stakeholders. 
  • Participation in an initial meeting facilitated by Nebraska Career Education (NCE) staff. Regional meetings will be held in multiple reVISION districts if appropriate. The initial meeting should be scheduled in September or October if possible.
  • Facilitation of a Community Engagement Meeting to be completed by mid-January.
  • Participation in a second meeting facilitated by NCE staff scheduled after the Community Engagement Meeting. This meeting should be held in January or February to allow adequate time to summarize feedback and key findings.
  • Development of a 3-5 year Action Plan that identifies high priority changes for your CE system.
  • Closing out the grant (due October 15), including the submission of a Final Report, reVISION Action Plan, and final financial claim including itemized printouts detailing the expenditures form the project.

Use of Funds


This grant is intended to assist with implementing the reVISION process in the local district. Perkins funds may only be used to:

  • Reimburse substitute teachers to allow teachers to participate in the reVISION process
  • Teacher time outside of contract time to prepare for reVISION activities
  • Expenses associated with the NCE facilitated and Community Engagement meetings (such as a working meal, materials, etc.)

The maximum amount individual schools may apply for is $2,000.

Future Funding Opportunities 


After completing the reVISION process, districts are eligible to apply for reVISION Action grants for the following three consecutive years. reVISION Action grants may be used to help implement the Action Plan developed by the district during the reVISION process.

 

Download the reVISION Initial Grant Application.
(coming soon) 

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Rules and Regulations

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General Information Regarding NDE Rules and Regulations

Statutory Authority: The Administrative Procedures Act (Sections 84-901 to 84-920 of the Revised Statutes of Nebraska) contains the main statutory provisions detailing how state agency rules and regulations are adopted. Under state law, the terms “rules” and “regulations” may be used interchangeably. The State Board of Education has the authority to adopt state rules and regulations for carrying out the State Board’s constitutional responsibilities and those responsibilities assigned to the State Department of Education by the Legislature. State regulations that are properly adopted and filed with the Secretary of State have the effect of statutory law (See Nucor Steel v. Leuenberger, 233 Neb. 863 (1989).

Nebraska Administrative Code: All Nebraska state agency regulations are compiled in the Nebraska Administrative Code (NAC). Each agency is assigned certain titles of the Code for its rules and regulations. The Nebraska Department of Education uses Titles 92 and 93. The Nebraska Department of Education administration regulations are contained in Title 92 of the NAC, and each of the Department of Education’s “rules” are actually “chapters” of Title 92 of the NAC. Thus, the formal legal citation to the Department’s “Rule 1” is “Title 92, Nebraska Administrative Code, Chapter 1”, or “92 NAC 1” when abbreviated. In addition, Title 93 is used for the Department’s Personnel regulations for its state employees.

If questions or comments about this webpage please call or email Brenda Wid. 402-471-0310 brenda.wid@nebraska.gov

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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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Teacher of the Year

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TIMELINE

March 2017 Application packets available
August 11, 2017 (CST) Postmarked or Submitted deadline for receipt of applications
August/September 2017 Finalists will be selected and notified
September 2017 Finalists will be interviewed in Lincoln
November 8, 2017 Recognition luncheon


Congratulations! Michelle Helt of South Sioux City
2018 Nebraska Teacher of the Year

 

For more information:
News Release

Congratulations! Amber Vlasnik of Lincoln
2017 Nebraska Teacher of the Year

Amber Vlasnik

For more information:
News Release
Channel 10/11 Pure Nebraska story (November 7, 2016)
Brochure – Workshop Presentations provided by Amber Vlasnik
Congratulations to the 2017 National Teacher of the Year finalists! #ntoy17

Amber Vlasnik, 2017 Nebraska Teacher of the Year, at the White House for the 
National Teacher of the Year announcement on April 26, 2017. 
Photo Courtesy of Ronald Sachs

Congratulations Amber Vlasnik

Nebraska Teacher of the Year, Amber Vlasnik, and four other State Teachers of the Year will have an educational opportunity to participate in the 2017 EF Education First Professional Development tour to Helsinki & Milan.

More than 60 educators from across the United States will travel to Helsinki and Milan where they will join more than 1500 students for a  leadership summit in Milan. This program will be a great opportunity for teachers to travel with fellow educators, explore the education system and culture in Finland, and participate in a Global Leadership Summit featuring keynote speakers Anthony Bourdain and Raj Patel. This leadership conference will delve into an exciting theme, The Future of Food.

Congratulations @AmberVlasnik
Thank You @efnorthamerica and @CCSSO
#ntoy17

Nebraska Teachers of the Year:

2016 Nebraska Teacher of the Year, Tim Royers, attended the Extra Yard for Teachers Summit and was honored during the College Football National Championship Game January 7-9, 2017
Royers Extra Yard Trip
#ntoy16 #TOYChampExperience

Nebraska Teachers of the Year represent the Nebraska Association of Teachers of Mathematics Board on November 5, 2016
Amber Vlasnik (2017), 2016 Treasurer; Shelby Aaberg (2015), 2016 President; and Angela Mosier (2013), 2015 Past President

NATMathematics Nebraska Teachers

Nebraska Teacher of the Year

Nebraska Teachers of the Year attended a meeting, prior to the
2017 Awards of Excellence Luncheon on November 3, 2016.
(front row, left to right) Kristi Bundy (2014); Maddie Fennell (2007);
De Tonack (1992); Patsy Koch-Johns (2006); and Mary Schlieder (2008).
(back row, left to right) Dan McCarthy (2009); Tim Royers (2016); Will Locke (1981); John Heineman (2000); Amber Vlasnik (2017); Bob Feurer (2011) and
Mary Jane Caffey (2001).

Congratulations to Shelby Aaberg, 2015 Nebraska Teacher of the Year.
Click here for more information: PAEMSTOn July 1, 2015, President Obama named 108 mathematics and science teachers as recipients of the prestigious Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching.

Gering Citizen Article: A Tale of Two Teachers: GHS Class of 2000 produces two Teachers of the Year

Nebraska Teachers of the Year at NNSTOY Conference

Pictured from left to right: Shelby Travis Aaberg (2015); Barbara Hopkins (1988);
Maddie Fennell (2007); and Angela Mosier (2013)
Nebraska Teachers of the Year in Salt Lake City, Utah for the National Network
of State Teachers of the Year (NNSTOY) “Transformers: Innovating Education”
Annual Conference, July 7-10, 2015.


Angela Mosier, 2013 Nebraska Teacher of the Year, KETV News Coverage at the White House

Sharing the Light Presentation at the
Teacher of the Year and Excellence in Teaching Awards Luncheon
November 8, 2012

Teacher of the Year Video from
Commissioner of Education’s
2011 Administrators’ Days Keynote

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The Good News Series

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Inspiring stories and positive messages about students, clients, and schools in Nebraska.

Do you have a story to share? Contact David Jespersen at david.jespersen@nebraska.gov!

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