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21st Century Community Learning Centers


21st CCLC is a federally-funded competitive grant program designed to support the establishment of community learning centers serving students in high need school buildings. Funding is provided by the Federal government through the No Child Left Behind Act, Every Student Succeeds Act, and is administered by the Nebraska Department of Education.

These grants are awarded to projects that offer a broad array of services, programs and activities during non-school hours or periods when school is not in session (such as afterschool or during summer recess). The three goals for this grant program are to: improve overall student success and learning performance in one or more academic areas through academic support and enrichment activities, increase social benefits and positive behavioral changes, and increase active and meaningful family and community engagement in supporting students’ education.

Nebraska 21st CCLC
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AQeSTT logoIntersection of the Six Tenets of AQuESTT and
Nebraska 21st Century Community Learning Centers Program


Nebraska State Board of Education Policy for Expanded Learning Opportunities (Adopted 09/06/13)


Trunkin’ Through Nebraska
A Mobile Children’s Museum
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About the Programs



There are sixteen (16) approved educator preparation programs in Nebraska. In addition to the requirement that all Nebraska institutions successfully complete the state program approval process, a majority of institutions have also attained national accreditation by the National Council of Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) or by the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC). National accreditation processes are transitioning to the Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) by 2016.

All sixteen (16) institutions that prepare teachers in Nebraska are members of the Nebraska Association of Colleges of Teacher Education (NACTE) and are also represented on the Nebraska Council on Teacher Education (NCTE), an advisory body to the State Board of Education. NCTE consists of equal representation from educators, educator preparation administrators, and governance representatives which work in partnership to assure high standards for Nebraska educator preparation and quality education for PreK-12 students statewide.

Programs in Nebraska

Program Chairs

Certification Officials

Annual State Board of Education Program Approval Report

Transition to Teaching Program Information

Nebraska Teacher Shortage Information

Nebraska Testing Requirements

Title II – Higher Education Act, Quality of Educator Preparation Reports

Nebraska 1st Year Teacher Employer Survey – Statewide Analysis

Nebraska 1st Year Teacher Followup Survey – Statewide Analysis

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Accountability for a Quality Education System, Today and Tomorrow



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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Afterschool Programs


Helpful Resources for Starting an Afterschool Program

Afterschool programs keep students safe and provide students with a place to learn, develop skills and build relationships with professional staff and fellow students. Afterschool programs give students the opportunity to also explore other interests, hobbies and engage in fun activities. Students have additional time to learn and grow outside of the school day. These additional opportunities help support academic achievement and social development. They also provide families and communities with an additional way to connect with students and get involved in their education.

This website is designed to assist schools and communities in the creation of their afterschool program. This website includes ideas, tips and additional resources to assist with the planning process from the beginning stages of development to the final product: a safe, fun learning environment for students and families.

If you are a current grantee of the 21st Century Community Learning Centers program, you can find additional resources under the My 21 CCLC tab.


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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 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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Business, Marketing, and Management and Information Technology


Welcome BMIT Educators!

The 2017 BMIT Fall Workshop Registration is now open!  Register for one of the following sites:

  • ESU 6—Milford – Oct. 4, 210 Fifth Street, Milford

  • Northeast Community College-Norfolk – Oct. 11, Norfolk Lifelong Learning Center, 
    Room C & D, 601 East Benjamin Avenue, Norfolk

  • Omaha – Oct. 12, UNO—Community Engagement Center, Room 230/231 
    (6001 Dodge Street, Omaha)

  • Western Nebraska Community College-Scottsbluff – Oct. 17, Harms Advanced Technology Center, Room A103, 2620 College Park, Scottsbluff

  • North Platte Community College, South Campus – Oct. 18, McDonald-Belton Bldg.,
    Room 122, North Platte (located south of interstate at 601 West State Farm Road)

  • Central Community College – Hastings – Oct. 25, Cottonwood Room, Hall Student Union, 550 South Technical Blvd., Hastings

Nebraska Observations and Recommendations by MBA Research & Curriculum Center

Nebraska business and industry panels for Business Management and Administration, Finance, and Marketing were convened in November 2016 to identify the top trends impacting their businesses.

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Certification Investigations


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

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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.


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


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


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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Content Area Standards


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.


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


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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Coordinated School Health


Physical Education Standards Adopted 10/7/2016

A Coordinated School Health Program (CSHP) model consists of eight interactive components. Schools by themselves cannot, and should not be expected to address the nation’s most serious health and social problems. Families, health care workers, the media, religious organizations, community organizations that serve youth and young people themselves also must be systematically involved. However, schools could provide a critical facility in which many agencies might work together to maintain the well-being of young people.


1. Health Education

A planned, sequential, K – 12 curriculum that addresses the physical, mental, emotional and social dimensions of health. The curriculum is designed to motivate and assist students to maintain and improve their health, prevent disease, and reduce health-related risk behaviors. It allows students to develop and demonstrate increasingly sophisticated health-related knowledge, attitudes, skills, and practices. The comprehensive health education curriculum includes a variety of topics such as personal health, family health, community health, consumer healthy, environmental health, sexuality education, mental and emotional health, injury prevention and safety, nutrition, prevention and control of disease, and substance use and abuse. Qualified, trained teachers provide health education.

2. Physical Education

A planned, sequential K – 12 curriculum that provides cognitive content and learning experiences in a variety of activity areas such as basic movement skills; physical fitness; rhythms and dance; games; team, dual, and individual sports; tumbling and gymnastics; and aquatics. Quality physical education should promote, through a variety of planned physical activities, each student’s optimum physical, mental, emotional, and social development, and should promote activities and sports that all students enjoy and can pursue throughout their lives. Qualified, trained teachers teach physical activity.

3. Health Services

Services provided for students to appraise, protect, and promote health. These services are designed to ensure access or referral to primary health care services or both, foster appropriate use of primary health care services, prevent and control communicable disease and other health problems, provide emergency care for illness or injury, promote and provide optimum sanitary conditions for a safe school facility and school environment, and provide educational and counseling opportunities for promoting and maintaining individual, family, and community health. Qualified professionals such as physicians, nurses, dentists, health educators, and other allied health personnel provide these services.

4. Nutrition Services

Access to a variety of nutritious and appealing meals that accommodate the health and nutrition needs of all students. School nutrition programs reflect the U.S. Dietary Guidelines for Americans and other criteria to achieve nutrition integrity. The school nutrition services offer students a learning laboratory for classroom nutrition and health education, and serve as a resource for linkages with nutrition-related community services. Qualified child nutrition professionals provide these services.

5. Counseling and Psychological Services

Services provided to improve students’ mental, emotional, and social health. These services include individual and group assessments, interventions, and referrals. Organizational assessment and consultation skills of counselors and psychologists contribute not only to the health of students but also to the health of the school environment. Professionals such as certified school counselors, psychologist, and social workers provide these services.

6. Healthy School Environment

The physical and aesthetic surroundings and the psychosocial climate and culture of the school. Factors that influence the physical environment include the school building and the area surrounding it, any biological or chemical agents that are detrimental to health, and physical conditions such as temperature, noise, and lighting. They psychological environment includes the physical, emotional, and social conditions that affect the well-being of students and staff.

7. Health Promotion for Staff

Opportunities for school staff to improve their health status through activities such as health assessments, healthy education and health-related fitness activities. These opportunities encourage school staff to pursue a healthy lifestyle that contributes to their improved health status, improved morale, and a greater personal commitment to the school’s overall coordinated health program. This personal commitment often transfers into greater commitment to the health of students and creates positive role modeling. Health promotion activities have improved productivity, decreased absenteeism, and reduced health insurance costs.

8. Family/Community Involvement

An integrated school, parent, and community approach for enhancing the health and well-being of students. School healthy advisory councils, coalitions, and broadly based constituencies for school health can build support for school health program efforts. Schools actively solicit parent involvement and engage community resources and services to respond more effectively to the health-related needs of students.

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CTE Data and Research


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

  •  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


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


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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Education and Training


Welcome to the Education and Training Website!

This site is under construction! More content will be added soon!


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Educational Technology


Our Purpose

The Nebraska Department of Education (NDE) promotes the use of current and emerging technologies through initiatives and partnerships that expand opportunities for learning beyond the boundaries of the school and classroom.

The Guiding Principles used in developing the Digital Education Position Statement and approved by the Nebraska State Board of Education include:

  • Ensure a student-centered approach that incorporates personalized learning to foster deeper learning competencies and greater skill development
  • Support a dynamic vision that drives change through proactive leadership to support learning
  • Build connections amongst stakeholders to take action in support of success for all learners
  • Provide all Nebraskans significant opportunity to receive fair, equitable, and high quality education and services to close achievement gaps
  • Allow all learners to achieve their fullest potential in transitioning through phases of school and into civic life
  • Ensure all educators are effectively using instructional strategies and monitoring student progress using multiple measures of proficiency
  • Prepare all learners to be college, career, and civic ready

Using these guiding principles, the Nebraska Department of Education believes that digital education and related supports must provide quality-learning opportunities for all Nebraska students and that Nebraska schools are Ready for the Future (Future Ready).

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Elementary Secondary Education Act (ESEA) Flexibility


Nebraska’s Waiver from NCLB

Nebraska’s written request for ESEA Flexibility shifts the focus of accountability and gives us a more robust picture of what our students can do. It is an opportunity to outline our goals, create a shared vision and tell our Nebraska story. The link to the waiver can be found here.

ESEA Flex Theory of Action

The ESEA Flexibility request has three primary principles and a broader goal of reducing government burden on districts, teachers, and most of all students.

These principles are:

Principle 1: College and Career Ready Expectations for All Students:

  • Rigorous Expectations and Standards
  • Learner Focused
  • Increase Collaboration with Colleges and Universities
  • Annual, Statewide, Aligned, High Quality Assessments that Measure Student Growth

Principle 2: State Developed Differentiated Recognition, Accountability, and Support (AQuESTT—A Quality Education System Today and Tomorrow):

  • Annual Measurable Outcomes
  • Equity and Access for all Learners
  • Recognition and Celebration of Success
  • Network of Teachers and Learners (Communities of Practice)
  • Support for Schools’ Continuous Improvement
  • Data Informed Decision Making

Principle 3: Support Effective Instruction and Leadership:

  • Timely Evaluation and Feedback for Teachers and Principals
  • Professional Learning and Development
  • Dynamic Learning Environments
  • Differentiated Student Learning Objectives
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English Learner Programs


The purposes of Title III are to:

  1. Improve the education of English Learners by assisting them attain English proficiency, attain high levels of academic achievement in English and meet challenging academic standards. AND

  2. Provide enhanced instructional opportunities for immigrant children and youth.

Contact Information

Terri Schuster, 402-471-4694

Brooke David, 402 471-2451


Updates and Announcements

Here is a list of resources that NDE has made available this year to help support English Learner Programs.

ELL Learning Modules
NDE is partnering with Nebraska educators and administrators to develop learning modules for schools and districts related to services for English Learners.  Four modules are now available.

  • Welcoming and Identifying English Learners
  • Language Instruction Educational Programs
  • Staffing
  • Program Review

To access the first module, click on ELL Learning Modules on the right under Professional Development. You will need to create a free Moddle account to access this resource.

ELA_ELP Alignment Work
This spring, NDE and the NorthCentral Comprehensive Center hosted ELA and ELL Teachers to work on a standards alignment document.  This work resulted in a process for aligning standards and working with ELA and literacy teachers to support English Learners. The final document including sample lessons is available here. You can also access the documents under State Resources, Nebraska English Language Proficiency (ELP) Standards.

Program Review: The Written Report Guidance
Under Rule 15, English Learner Programs are required to submit a written report of their annual program review.  This written report should be kept on file in the superintendent’s office and available to the public.  Guidance on the written report can be found here.

Book Study Guide for Classroom Instruction that Works for English Language Learners, 2nd Edition. 

This resource is a Book Study Guide that accompanies the second edition of Classroom Instruction that Works with English Language Learners published by McREL International. 


Title III – National Origin Calendar



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Entrepreneurship Education


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Photos are available using the following link. https://drive.google.com/open?id=1E0YfmaJ0vvsk6itBlDGm8J2oLXOQWnp3

Net Force Awards Flyer

The Nebraska Entrepreneurship Task Force (NET Force) and co-sponsor, the Nebraska Enterprise Fund, presented awards to three Nebraskans recognized for their leadership in entrepreneurship advocacy and entrepreneurship education during the Entrepreneurship Best Practices Summit that took place in Kearney, NE on November 2nd. 

The Summit focused on enhancing the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Nebraska through networking, sharing what works, and highlighting Big Ideas in entrepreneurship.  

  • Outstanding Entrepreneurship Educator of the Year: Jamie Robinson, Millard South High School. Entrepreneurship Academy Instructor
  • Outstanding Nebraska Entrepreneurship Service Award: Judy Amoo, Dean of Economic and Community Development for Western Nebraska Community College.
  • Gregg Christensen Distinguished Service Entrepreneurship Hall of Fame Award: Craig Schroeder, Independent Entrepreneurship Consultant and immediate past-chairman of NET FORCE.

Makerspaces: A Growing Nebraska Trend


Makerspaces are do-it-yourself shops popping up all across the U.S. Innovation Studio makerspace is where people can gather to invent, learn, and create. (Photo and Story by Ben Bohall, NET News). Click image for full story.


The Case for Youth Entrepreneurship Education

Youth Guide


One Town. Two Stoplights. Unlimited Possibilities
Brent Comstock | TEDxLincoln

Brent’s TEDxLincoln talk serves as an introduction to the idea of reinventing rural communities and also challenges entrepreneurs and innovators to consider looking to rural communities for ventures like tech start-ups and social enterprises. 

Growing up in a rural SE Nebraska community, Brent was always bothered by the lack of connectedness and opportunities in rural Nebraska. At age 12, he started a small company that provided what he found lacking in a small town: computer services, web site design, and advice on anything technology-related. Since then, Brent, who is now a Robertson Scholar at the University of North Carolina, has founded and been on the founding teams of many start-up companies throughout the United States.

Unlimited Possibilities Video
Click image to watch video


It Takes a Community: Valley County Feature

Nebraska Loves Public Schools (NElovesPS) just released a ten minute video highlighting how Valley County, Nebraska invests in its students in a big way.  With a focus on entrepreneurship and a commitment to youth, one of the most successful ways Valley County illustrates this investment is through the annual EntrepreneurShip Investigation (ESI) Camp.  Hosted in Ord, Nebraska, ESI Camp is a true community-wide/county-wide  collaboration where members of the business community share their time and talents with students.  Students build their entrepreneurial skills and learn what it takes to compete in a global marketplace – right in rural Nebraska. 

Watch this special edition of It Takes a Community at www.nelovesps.org or click on the image below.


Nebraska Entrepreneurship Education

The Nebraska Department of Education provides statewide:

  • Curriculum support
  • Technical assistance
  • Professional development

Entrepreneurship education outreach and services provided through Nebraska Career Education include:

  • Nebraska Entrepreneurship Education website
  • Nebraska Entrepreneurship Education listserv
  • Nebraska Career Education Conference sessions
  • Publicity for local, state, and national activities
  • Support and leadership for Nebraska’s National Entrepreneurship Week activities


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The Nebraska Department of Education is an active member of the Nebraska Entrepreneurship Task Force (NET Force). The mission of NET Force is to identify and leverage educational resources that will educate, engage, and empower current and potential entrepreneurs.

Entrepreneurship Education Resource Sites

NE Entrepreneurship


Consortium for Entrepreneurship Education





Kaufman Founders School

Career Clusters Resources

NE Career Edu Model

Career Readiness

Career Readiness Toolkit


NE Career Clusters

Click above to explore Nebraska companies.
The virtual tours provide a unique opportunity to experience Nebraska-based industries without leaving the classroom.

NE Standards Career Ready Practice

Career Ready Practice

Why Career Readiness?

Why Career Readiness?” 3.19 minute video


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Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)


The Every Student Succeeds Act, or ESSA, is the nation’s education law and longstanding commitment to equal opportunity for all students. In order for Nebraska schools to access the funds provided from this Act, the Nebraska Department of Education submitted a statewide plan to describe how we will leverage these funds to provide equity and college and career ready experiences for all Nebraska students.

Final Draft ESSA Nebraska State Plan (09.13.2017)

ESSA Summary (10.16.17)

Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)

President Barack Obama signed into law the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) in December 2015. The title of the reauthorized legislation, which replaces the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB), is the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The passage of ESSA provides a much-anticipated opportunity to improve outcomes for all students.

NDE is committed to collaborating with stakeholders, including educators, policymakers, and community members, to ensure coherent and thoughtful state-level implementation of ESSA. ESSA requires that states develop and submit a State Plan to the U.S. Department of Education. To ensure that the Nebraska State Plan addresses the day-to-day needs of educators, students, and communities, NDE will design a stakeholder engagement process that relies on participation from a group of diverse leaders and practitioners.

ESSA Overview

If you have comments or questions regarding the Nebraska ESSA Plan,
please contact NDE ESSA at nde.essa@nebraska.gov.

Stakeholder Listening Tour

To help our effort to strengthen family-school-community partnerships, bring inclusive voices and empower ALL to speak up for every child in our state, NDE hosted the ESSA Stakeholder Listening Tour.

“Listening to our Stakeholders” Sessions




March 7, 2017

Harms Advanced Technology Center-WNCC
2620 College Park, Scottsbluff, NE 69361

6:30 pm – 8:00pm
March 8, 2017

Mid-Plains Community College – North Campus
WW Wood Building, Rooms 202 and 204
1101 Halligan Drive, North Platte, NE 69101

6:30 pm – 8:00pm
March 14, 2017

Norfolk Public Schools Central Adm. Offices
512 Philip Avenue, Norfolk, NE 68701, Room 302

6:30 pm – 8:00pm

March 16, 2017
*please note time change

Southeast Community College, Lincoln Campus
8800 O Street, Lincoln, NE 68520-1299 

7:00 pm – 8:30pm
March 20, 2017

Grand Island Senior High School
2124 N Lafayette Ave, Grand Island, NE 68803

6:30 pm – 8:00pm
March 22, 2017

900 W Court St, Beatrice, NE 68310

6:30 pm – 8:00pm
March 27, 2017

UNO Barbara Weitz Community Engagement Center
6400 South, University Drive Road North, Omaha, NE 68182

6:30 pm – 8:00pm

Resources on Education Stability of Children in Foster Care

In recognition of the unique needs of children involved in the child welfare system, both Federal and State governments have launched efforts to increase school stability and improve education outcomes for children in foster care.  In December of 2015, the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) was passed, reauthorizing the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA)ESSA’s provisions for schools regarding educational stability of children in foster care generally mirror similar requirements in the federal Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act of 2008 that govern State, local and tribal child welfare agencies. 

The ESSA provisions for State and Local Education Agencies (SEA and LEAs) related to children in foster care take effect on December 10, 2016. A series of resource materials have been developed to assist the schools and child welfare agencies in implementing these provisions.  The following documents are among several resources available:

Timeline of Engagement

Updated March 28, 2017

Our goal in our stakeholder engagement plan is to update the public as more regulations and laws regarding ESSA are developed through rulemaking.

In order to successfully coordinate and facilitate the Department’s efforts to submit an ESSA plan to the United States Department of Education (USDOE) by September 18, 2017 the ESSA Core Team has developed a four-phase process – known as the Timeline of Engagement.

Phase 1: August 2016 – October 2016
Strategic Vision

  • NDE sets the strategic plan direction with priority goals
  • NDE launches ESSA project, ESSA Core Team and Internal ESSA Advisor Group is appointed
  • ESSA Plan project charter is established
  • NDE submits ESSA comments to proposed regulations comments on August 1, 2016 and September 9, 2016
  • NDE staff begins the process of analyzing the ESSA law
  • ESSA web site page development starts

Phase 2: October 2016 – February 2017
Initial Planning and Development

  • NDE staff begins analyzing the ESSA law/guidance in preparation for development of state plan
  • NDE ESSA Core Team starts to develop plan and ensure alignment to NDE’s strategic plan priorities (AQuESTT)
  • NDE ESSA Core Team identifies and engages external stakeholders and solicits input through various forums
  • NDE reviews Federal regulations published on November 29, 2016
  • ESSA Core Team aligns to the revised regulations and prepares first draft of the ESSA Plan

Phase 3: February 2017 – June 2017
ESSA Plan Writing and Reviews

  • External ESSA Stakeholder Engagement sessions start March 7, 2017 through to March 27, 2017
  • Revised ESSA State Plan template released by USDOE on March 13, 2017
  • AQuESTT Conference sharing feedback from ESSA Stakeholder Engagement sessions held throughout the State
  • First draft of ESSA Plan presented to State Board of Education on May 4-5, 2017
  • Peer Review meeting of Nebraska’s ESSA Plan draft  May 16, 2017
  • Final draft of ESSA State Plan for State Board review June 1-2, 2017
  • NDE continues to solicit and gather feedback from stakeholders
  • Assurance statements submissions in June 2017 to USDOE
  • ESSA State Plan Board authorize submission of ESSA State Plan on August 3-4, 2017

Phase 4: July 2017 – September 2017
Submission and Implementation

  • Official Nebraska ESSA Plan submitted to USDOE by September 18, 2017
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Expanded Learning Opportunities


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


“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.



Community Partnerships


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Federal Programs


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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Fine Arts Education



Standards – Adopted by the Nebraska State Board of Education on March 4, 2014.

Please note: The glossaries contain frequently updated resources.

Horizontal Views:

Vertical Views – The five disciplines always appear in this order: MA, VA, D, M, and T for each grade band.

Join our Fine Arts Listservs:


You may join one or all of them. We will send out information regarding each discipline.




Contact Us:

Debra Wehrmann DeFrain, Fine Arts Education Specialist
Nebraska Department of Education; Teaching and Learning Team
ofc: 402-471-3142 / fax: 402-471-0117
Debbie.DeFrain@nebraska.gov, www.education.ne.gov
301 Centennial Mall South  P.O. Box 94987     Lincoln, NE 68509-4987

Carol Bom, Administrative Assistant
Nebraska Department of Education; Teaching and Learning Team
ofc: 402-471-3962 / carol.bom@nebraska.gov

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Future Ready Budget and Resources


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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