I Am A Student

Future Ready Data and Privacy


Data and Privacy Gear


1 Tagline which describes the focus of work in this area

Advocates for Student Privacy



Advocates for Student Privacy

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

Sample Strategies

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



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Future Ready Personalized Professional Development


Personalized Professional Development Gear


1 Tagline which describes the focus of work in this area

Facilitates Professional Learning



Facilitates Professional Learning

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

Sample Strategies

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



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Future Ready Personalized Professional Development Gear


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

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


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

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

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

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

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Future Ready Robust Infrastructure


Robust Infrastructure Gear


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

Ensures Equitable Digital Access



Ensures Equitable Digital Access

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

Sample Strategies for Future Ready Librarians

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



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Future Ready Robust Infrastructure Gear


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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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Future Ready Use of Space and Time


Use of Space and Time Gear


1 Tagline which describes the focus of work in this area

Designs Collaborative Spaces



Designs Collaborative Spaces

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

Sample Strategies for Future Ready Librarians

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



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Health Education


**Physical Education Standards Adopted 10/7/2016**

Health Education is a unique and separate academic discipline. It influences individual, family, and societal development, knowledge, attitudes and behavior and seeks the improvement of individual, family and community health. Health education helps individuals seek that which moves them toward optimal stages of wellness. It means also to aid individuals and families in overcoming the debilitating effects of economic deprivation, the lack of balance, disease and accidents of life.

Mission of Health Education

The mission of health education is to motivate young people to maintain and improve their health, prevent disease, and avoid or reduce health-related risk behaviors. It is the role of the health educator to provide young people with the knowledge and skills they need to be healthy for a lifetime and to utilize these health enhancing skills as a means for achieving life’s goals.

The National Health Education Standards states:

  • Standard 1: Students will comprehend concepts related to health promotion and disease prevention to enhance health.
  • Standard 2: Students will analyze the influence of family, peers, culture, media, technology and other factors on health behaviors.
  • Standard 3: Students will demonstrate the ability to access valid information and products and services to enhance health.
  • Standard 4: Students will demonstrate the ability to use interpersonal communication skills to enhance and avoid or reduce health risks.
  • Standard 5: Students will demonstrate the ability to use decision-making skills to enhance health.
  • Standard 6: Students will demonstrate the ability to use goal-setting skills to enhance health.
  • Standard 7: Students will demonstrate the ability to practice health-enhancing behaviors and avoid or reduce health risks.
  • Standard 8: Students will demonstrate the ability to advocate for personal, family and community health.

    American Cancer Society

    Our Team

Julane Hill
Coordinated School Health Career Field Specialist
Nebraska Department of Education
301 Centennial Mall South
Lincoln, NE 68509
Ph: 402-471-4352 Fax: 402-471-4565
E-Mail: julane.hill@nebraska.gov

Patsy Shald
Administrative Assistant
Nebraska Department of Education
301 Centennial Mall South
Lincoln, NE 68509
Ph: 402-471-2109 Fax: 402-471-4565
E-Mail: patsy.shald@nebraska.gov


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Health Science


Career Pathways and Specialty Examples

Health Informatics

Workers occupy many different levels of health care related employment. This pathway includes health care administrators who manage health care agencies as well as those individuals who are responsible for managing all of the patient data and information, financial information, and computer applications related to health care processes and procedures.

Admitting Clerk
Applied Researcher
Cancer Registrar
Certified Compliance Technician
Clinical Account Manager
Clinical Account Technician
Clinical Coder
Clinical Data Miner
Clinical Data Management Specialist
Clinical Data Specialist
Community Services Specialists
Data Quality Manager
Decision Support Analyst
Health Educator
Health Information Administrator
Health Information Technician
Health Information Services
Healthcare Administrator
Healthcare Finance Professional
Information Privacy Officer
Information Security Officer
Managed Care Contract Analyst
Medical Assistant
Medical Illustrator
Medical Information Technologist
Medical Librarian
Patient Account Manager
Patient Account Technician
Patient Advocates
Patient Information Coordinator
Project Manager
Quality Management Specialist
Quality Data Analyst
Reimbursement Specialist
Risk Management
Unit Coordinator
Utilization Manager
Utilization Review Manager

For a printable list from the National Consortium for Health Science Education, click here:
Health Science Career Specialties Chart.

UNMC’s Careers in Health Care booklet. Although this was published in 2010, this booklet may still have relevant information for students today.



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High Ability Learners


The Latest News

HAL Bulletin Announcement

High Ability Learners (HAL) Eligible
Contact: Becky Keilig (402-471-0737 or becky.keilig@nebraska.gov)
The timeframe for editing “High Ability Learners Eligible” student data (field 129) in the 2016-2017 Student template is coming up on June 14, 2017, so now is the time to make sure your HAL students are correctly identified in NSSRS. Please visit (or have the Data Steward at your district) NSSRS Validations and verify the Student Verification reports: General and Miscellaneous – High Ability Learner Eligible.

Contact the help desk if you have any questions.

How to contact the NDE Helpdesk
There are three ways to contact the NDE Helpdesk with questions. All three ways get to the same place, so please only use one of these options.

  1. Submit a “Helpdesk Request” from your portal account. After logging into the NDE Portal, it is available in the upper right corner of the Collection Announcement page. This will be the fastest way to get your request to the NDE Helpdesk.
  2. Email: nde.helpdesk@nebraska.gov
  3. Call Toll Free: 888-285-0556 – Please leave your full name, organization, call back number, and a brief description of your question.

Please see below for the 2016-17 school year HAL reporting

2016-2017 High Ability Learners (HAL)

Contact: Becky Keilig(402-471-0737 or becky.keilig@nebraska.gov)

For the 2016-17 school year, all High Ability Learners (HAL) reporting must once again be submitted through the NDE Portal under the “Data Collection Tab”. This application is due to NDE no later than September 1, 2017.

The HAL student count is coming from NSSRS, and if you do not think the count is accurate, you will need to update your data in the NSSRS Student Template. The pre-populated items and editing window is described below and included in the instructions on the online collection. Pre-populated values on the Base and Matching Funds application:

  • Count of HAL eligible students from NSSRS – Students are identified as High Ability Learner Eligible in NSSRS in the Student Template. A ‘High Ability Learner Eligible’ student list is available on the NSSRS Validations website under Verification Reports/Student/General and Miscellaneous. Any changes made to HAL Eligible students in the NSSRS Student Template will be available in the HAL application the next day.
  • Ten percent (10%) of October Snapshot Count from NSSRS – Membership is the K-12 student count pulled from NSSRS with changes due to Unifications and Dissolutions. A ‘Membership by Grade, Race and Gender’ report is available on the NSSRS Validations website under Verification Reports/Student/Membership and Attendance. Make sure to only count K-12, and make changes for Dissolutions and Unifications.

Districts will be able to make changes to their HAL Eligible students during the two windows for editing the NSSRS Student Template: August 1-10 and the window opens up again on August 23rd. Any changes made to HAL Eligible students in the NSSRS Student Template will be available in the HAL application the next day.

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HIV AIDS Education


Welcome to the HIV/AIDS Education
& Prevention Homepage

Healthy Youth Nebraska: Addressing Risks, Resiliency & Barriers to Success Conference Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017 Holiday Inn in Kearney

HIV/AIDS Prevention Program Overview

HIV stands for Human Immunodeficiency Virus.  AIDS stands for Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome.   It is the result of the HIV infection.  Very simply, it is a disease caused by a virus that can damage the brain and destroy the body’s ability to fight off illness.  AIDS by itself doesn’t kill.  But it allows other infections (such as pneumonia, cancer and other illnesses) to invade the body, and these diseases can kill.

NDE also coordinates the administration of statewide surveys the Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) the Youth Tobacco Survey (YTS) and the Nebraska Risk and Protective Factor Student Survey.   Student Health and Risk Prevention (SHARP) is the umbrella uniting the ONLY three student health surveys endorsed by the Nebraska Department of Education (NDE) and the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (NDHHS).  The SHARP data provides insight into the health behaviors of our youth.

The Latest News!!

The “Sunny D’s” HIV Peer Educators has received the 2012 Governor’s Points of Light Award

HIV Study Named Breakthrough of 2011

In January 2012, Science, the nation’s leading science journal, named a study with Nebraska ties the 2011 breakthrough of the year.  Researchers say the findings have changed the discussion about stemming the spread of HIV.  

Susan Swindells, medical director of the HIV Clinic at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, co-authored the study, which examined transmission rates in 1,750 couples, each with one infected partner.  The study showed that the use of antiretroviral drugs by partners with HIV/AIDS stopped the spread of the disease to their uninfected partners 96 percent of the time.

“In theory, we could treat our way out of this epidemic,” Swindells said.  “We’ve got something that works.”  The medications could be used to quarantine the virus in those already infected, which could lead to its complete eradication, she said.  But the costs of the drug plus the lack of access to it by more than half of the 40 million people infected with HIV worldwide are major obstacles, Swindells said.

In the United States, antiretroviral cost about $14,400 a year for each HIV-infected person.  That doesn’t include the cost of health care or monitoring.  The therapy’s effectiveness already has shifted the conversation about AIDS, a debate that long has been complicated by those who fear that treatment could detract from prevention efforts.
The study, lead by HIV Prevention Trials Network, has led some world leaders, including Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, to emphasize treatments as prevention.  The HIV Prevention Trails Network, a global partnership dedicated to reducing the transmission of HIV, led the study.

Groundbreaking National Sexuality Education Standards Set the New Gold Standard for Sexuality Education in Public Schools

Four leading health organizations recently released the first-ever national standards for sexuality education in schools.  Published in the Journal of School Health, the ground-breaking National Sexuality Education Standards: Core Content and Skills, K-12 provide clear, consistent, and straightforward guidance on the essential minimum, core content for sexuality education that is developmentally and age-appropriate for students in grades Kindergarten through grade 12.
The standards are the result of a cooperative effort by the American Association of Health Education, the American School Health Association, the national Education Association Health Information network, and the Society of State Leaders of Health and Physical Education, in coordination with the Future of Sex Education (FoSE) Initiative.  Nearly 40 stakeholders including content experts, medical and public health professionals, teachers, sexuality educators, and young people developed the standards in a two-year process. 
To view the complete National Sexuality Education Standards, go to http://www.shapeamerica.org/standards/

AIDS at 30: The U.S. Epidemic

“AIDS at 30: The U.S. Epidemic” chronicles the thirty years since the first cases of a rare pneumonia found in young gay men were reported by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control. This four minute video highlights landmarks in the history of AIDS from the discovery of the AIDS virus and the banning of Ryan White from attending school to the early twenty-first century when the CDC recommends HIV testing for virtually every American.

Our Team

Chris Junker,
Safe and Healthy Schools Career Field Specialist
Head Start Building
123 N. Marian Rd.
Hastings, NE 68901
PHONE: 402-462-4187 ext 166
FAX: 402-460-4773
E-MAIL: chris.junker@nebraska.gov

Patsy Shald,
Administrative Assistant
Health/Physical Education
Nebraska Department of Education
301 Centennial Mall South
Lincoln, NE 68509-4987
PHONE: 402-471-2109
FAX: 402-471-4565
E-MAIL: patsy.shald@nebraska.gov


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Mathematics Education


Welcome to NDE Mathematics Home Page

Mathematics Standards

Adopted by the State Board of Education on September 4, 2015

2015 Mathematics Standards (vertical) (pdf)

2015 Mathematics Standards (horizontal) (pdf)


Nebraska’s standards organized with three levels of specificity:

K-12 Comprehensive Statements – Identify broad, general statements that are not grade level specific and cover big ideas in mathematics. (Number, Algebra, Geometry, and Data)
Grade Level Expectations – Statements that identify what students should know and be able to do by the end of each identified grade/band. These are organized into categories, but not course specific.
Curricular Indicators – Specific information to distinguish expectations between grade levels. They are no longer simply examples but are considered an integral part of the standard to be taught.

A few highlights are:

• Mathematical processes, located at the front of the document, were identified to enhance proficiency across all standards at any grade level.
• The four broad strands (Number, Algebra, Geometry, and Data) remain the same.
• Grades K-5 have an even stronger focus on building a solid foundation of number sense.
• The standards were streamlined by removing the duplication from grade to grade.
• The high school grade band has changed to Grades 9-11 and “Advanced Topics” appear at Grade 12. All students are expected to master the K-11 standards, and the NeSA Math assessment is given at the end of 11th grade.  Many colleges and universities require four years of high school mathematics for admission, and some of the content reflected in the Advanced Topics (Grade 12) standards may be recommended for particular majors in postsecondary education.  Therefore, students entering postsecondary education are encouraged to take additional math courses that will help them become college and career ready through the Advanced Topic standards.  

Nebraska has historically been a local control state with no mandated curriculum or textbooks. The standards are not meant to be a curriculum. Rather, districts are expected to align their local curriculum to the Nebraska Standards to add more specificity. Nebraska’s draft standards are written using verbiage that describes the knowledge and skills students are expected to master at the various grade levels rather than using performance expectation language. Districts also have the choice to adopt their own standards only if they are more rigorous than the state standards.
The numbering system is as follows:






Previous Math Standards – Approved by the State Board, October 8, 2009

Do Math: Family Math Webinar 

Take a closer look at the Family Math book available from your 21st CCLC afterschool program library. Experience activities from the resource using everyday materials. Several models of hosting a family math event were shared. Learn how to get the entire family involved in doing math together.
Materials needed: Paper clip, pencil or pen, print copy of handouts.
Family Math
Do Math

McREL Alignment Study for Mathematics

Report Executive Summary of the McREL Alignment Study for Mathematics
Click Here

Comparison of the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics to the Nebraska Mathematics Standards
Grades K-12 Click Here

Comparison of the Nebraska Mathematics Standards to the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics Grades K-12 Click Here

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Migrant Education Program


About the Nebraska Migrant Education Program (MEP)

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

An Overview of the Nebraska Migrant Education Program

New Resources

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

State Profile 2017-18 (posted 5.15.2017)

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

MEP Profile Booklet (posted 12.29.2016)

MEP Profile Booklet – Spanish (posted 1.19.2017)

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

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

Newsletters and Articles

Nebraska MEP Newsletter Feb. 2014 Edition

Health Survey from UNMC

Proteus March 2015 Newsletter


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


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National Assessment of Educational Progress


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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Nebraska Adult Education and GED®


Effective March 6, 2017, Vicki Bauer has retired from the Nebraska Department of Education. Tate Lauer is the current State Adult Education Director and GED® Administrator.

Scoring change: The revised Rule 81 (Rules and Regulations for the High School Equivalency Program)
effective April 27, 2016 confirms that the State of Nebraska has adopted the updated passing score for each of the four GED® tests as recommended by GED® Testing Service. The passing score is now 145 instead of 150. The GED® with Honors score has been replaced by two new score levels that show a graduate is ready for college or a career-training program, and in some cases eligible to earn college credits: GED® College Ready (165-174) and GED® College Ready + Credit (175-200).

The new score levels represent the full range of abilities of today’s high school graduates, whether the person is meeting minimum graduation standards or ready for college and beyond. An extensive analysis of GED® test takers and high school graduate data was examined to determine this score change.

If you took a GED® test module between January 1, 2014 and April 26, 2016 and earned a score between 145-149 on that subject, your records have been updated to show that you have passed that test. If, because of this change, you’ve now passed all four GED® test subject areas, you are eligible to receive a State of Nebraska Department of Education High School Diploma* and should soon receive the information that you’ll need to obtain your Diploma and/or Official Transcripts through the Nebraska Department of Education. If you have not received notification through the mail from the State Department of Education 14 days after you have received email notification from GED® Testing Service that you’ve passed all four tests, contact shirley.gruntorad@nebraska.gov.

*See Rule 81 for diploma qualifications

Adult Education and Nebraska GED®

Thank you for visiting the home page of the Nebraska GED® and Adult Education programs. From this page you can request duplicate GED® diplomas, GED® transcripts and find the Nebraska GED® testing center and/or Nebraska Adult Education classes nearest you. Read testimonials from successful GED® graduates. Test-takers can also register online by visiting http://www.gedtestingservice.com/ged-testing-service. You will see test centers located closest to the address you provide.

The section of the Nebraska Department of Education is responsible for statewide planning and evaluation, promoting interagency cooperation and coordination, public education and awareness, teacher training, curriculum research and development, resource inventory, staff assistance to local programs, funding, and program and project development at state and local levels.


Our mission is to provide educational opportunities for adults to improve their literacy skills to a level requisite for effective citizenship and productive employment. This includes preparation for and successful completion of the high school equivalency program.

Interested in Distance Education?

Nebraska Adult Education offers two programs. Contact your local Adult Education program or call 877/327-6433 for more information.

USA Learns is an online instructional program for English as a Second Language (ESL) students. It was originally developed by the US Department of Education, but is now administered through the Sacramento County California Office of Education. The program is free; it can be utilized both in and out of the classroom. Students must attend class along with utilizing USA Learns outside the classroom. It has three distinct courses: beginning, intermediate, and high level; the three main areas of learning are: survival skills, workplace skills, and the practice of reading and writing.

I-Pathways is an online instructional program designed for the GED® prep student; one who scores at least at the 9th grade level on the TABE reading, level D assessment. Nebraska offers it as a hybrid model in which a student comes to class at least two times a month to check-in with the instructor. AE programs do offer appropriate students the online instruction option after the TABE pre-testing is done and the instructor visits with an individual to determine if he/she is a good candidate for distance learning.

Reality Check Video

During the Career Pathways workshops this past summer, we showed the video Reality Check. That particular version was written for the Career and Technical Education (CTE) program here at NDE.  We then asked the creator, Kevin Fleming, to change parts of it so that the entire video addresses our AE students. Click HERE to watch the new version for Adult Education!

Library Materials Available for Check Out to
Nebraska’s Adult Education Staff

The State ABE Office of NDE has a lending library of materials for both AE and ESL. Some are for instructors and others are resources containing practical ideas and exercises to be used with students. Read the descriptions and if you should decide you would like to peruse some, please call or e-mail Jim: 402/471-4806 jim.lukesh@nebraska.gov
Many of the resources contain EXCELLENT material for students struggling in specific areas. Other materials would make WONDERFUL additions to, or a basis for staff development sessions. If you would like to preview or discuss any of the materials, just drop in or contact Jim. Materials can be checked out for 6 weeks (longer if not in demand).

How to Request GED® Records

All requests for duplicate diplomas, transcripts and verification of GED® completions must be in writing. No confidential information will be given out over the telephone. The $2 fee (payable to the Nebraska Department of Education) is required for transcripts and duplicate diplomas.
Verification requests from potential employers, background investigators, and/or others must include a signed release from the individual along with the person’s printed name, date of birth, and approximate year of successful completion. These requests may be scanned and emailed to shirley.gruntorad@nebraska.gov or faxed to 402/471-0117. Please allow 48 hours for verification requests; two weeks for duplicate diploma and transcript requests. Contact us.

GED® Advisory

Please be advised that the State of Nebraska High School diploma can be neither earned nor obtained via the Internet or through correspondence programs. If you take a test on the Internet that claims to be the GED® Tests, it is not a legitimate program. The tests of General Educational Development (GED® tests) developed by the General Educational Development Testing Service of the American Council on Education (GED® Testing Service) require extensive preparation and the demonstration of a high level of high school knowledge and academic skills.

The GED® tests are administered in Nebraska only at official GED® testing centers under the direction of the Nebraska Department of Education, Nebraska Adult Education section. Any other high school equivalency diploma not issued by the Nebraska Department of Education or other Nebraska GED® testing authority may be of dubious value and may not be accepted by employers, colleges and universities or the military.


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Nebraska Career & Technical Student Organizations (CTSOs)



 The Center for Student Leadership

CTSO Professional Development Opportunities



DECA is organized around an ambitious goal: to improve education and career opportunities for students interested in careers in marketing, management and entrepreneurship.



FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America)
Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) provides innovative leadership and career development programs for students interested in business administration, management, finance and information technology careers.



FCCLA (Family, Career and Community Leaders of America)
Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) is a national student organization that helps young men and women become leaders; address personal, family, work and societal issues through Family and Consumer Sciences Education. 

Educators Rising

Educarors Rising website

Educators Rising
Educators Rising is an organization that helps make sure teachers have the experience and skills they need to be ready for the classroom. Starting with high school students, we provide passionate young people with hands-on teaching experience, sustain their interest in the profession, and help them cultivate the skills they need to be successful educators. The result is a pipeline of accomplished teachers who are positioned to make a lasting difference — not only in the lives of their students, but also in the field of teaching more broadly.



FFA makes a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education.



HOSA (Health Occupations Students of America)
HOSA is a national student organization that prepares health science students for careers as health professionals by developing leadership, compassion, character, and well being.



SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry working together
to ensure America has a skilled workforce. SkillsUSA helps each student excel.

Schools with Career Student Organizations

Specialty Support Programs

Integrated throughout the six career fields.

Data + Research + Analytics
Nontraditional and Special Populations
School Counseling and Career Guidance
Work-Based Learning

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Nebraska Career Education


Nebraska Career Education is a system that:

  • Emphasizes career development through career awareness, exploration and preparation
  • Offers world-class secondary Career Technical Education Programs of Study that provide seamless transition to post-secondary education
  • Promotes expanded learning opportunities for students through components such as Workplace Experiences and Career and Technical Student Organizations
  • Supports professional development for school counselors, teachers and administrators
  • Fosters essential partnerships that link CTE in schools and colleges with business and industry, workforce, economic development and government agencies

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Nebraska eBooks


Welcome to the Nebraska eBooks Project!

The NeBooks Project is a partnership between schools, state agencies and non-profit organizations across Nebraska for the common purpose of providing quality instructional materials. The initial focus of this project was creating Nebraska focused eBooks for use in meeting 4th grade Nebraska History standards. As the project has continued to grow and gain momentum, we want to encourage the writing of eBooks in all content areas to be added to our eBook Library.

If you would like to participate in the Nebraska eBooks program please download the file with guidelines for the project below. If you have further questions please feel free to contact me via email at dorann.avey@nebraska.gov and I would be happy to help you further.


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Nebraska Events


Nebraska Career Education Conference
Younes Conference Center & Holiday Inn Convention Center – Kearney, NE
Click the above link for conference information & updates.

The NCE Conference will offer sessions focused on “how to” infuse entrepreneurship into career technical education classes and programs.  In addition, the 2nd Annual NCE Conference Innovative Educators Quick Pitch competition will offer an opportunity for any Career Education teacher, school counselor, or administrator to share their great work with others…for cash prizes. 
Pitches of innovative ideas are judged in three categories:

  • Innovative CTSO Activity
  • Effective Community Outreach
  • Outstanding Classroom Best Practice


Click here for the 2017-2018 Entrepreneurship Events, Competitions, and Conference in Nebraska.


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Nebraska Future Ready Librarians


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 Counseling


Welcome to Nebraska School Counseling!

NDE School Counseling Policy | Adopted by State Board of Education 10/2015

NE and ASCA Standards Alignment Document

2017 NSCA School Counselor Academy

November 9-10, 2017
Lincoln, NE

Registration and information at:  www.neschoolcounselor.org

Personalized Learning Plans

Inspiring All Youth to Reach Higher in Pursuit of Their Career and Life Goals
Nebraska Personal Learning Plan Summit Keynote Powerpoint


A listserv especially for PreK – 8th Grade School Counseling topics.
Each Counselor must self-subscribe to the list by clicking on the following link:

Once signed up you will get a confirmation email, which also includes the listserv address so you can send messages right away!

Attendance Matters in Student Achievement

Link to PDF: 2014-2015 NeSA-RMS Scale Score Absence Report

ASCA Mindsets and Behaviors for Student Success

K-12 College- and Career- Readiness Standards for Every Student

Career Clusters Resources

Career Clusters Resources


Career Readiness

Career Readiness ToolkitHaitudes for Career Ready Students






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.

Teacher Discussion Guides:

Agriculture, Food, + Natural Resources
Architecture + Construction
Health Sciences
Information Technology
Transportation, Distribution, + Logistics

Why Career Readiness? video

Why Career Readiness?” 3.19 minute video


Nebraska Career Academy Programs

NE Career Academies

Nebraska Career Academy Program Checklist

Dual Credit

BrochureDual Credit Trifoldsocialshare 



Nebraska Career Connections

Nebraska Career Connections

Nebraska Career Connections

Nebraska Career Connections provides individualized accounts and valuable resources for determining career paths and necessary education to achieve career and life goals.

A Parent’s Guide to Helping Your Child with the Career Planning Process


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NET Force



NET Force


September 22, 2017 Agenda
April 24, 2017 Agenda

January 13, 2017 Agenda
September 23, 2016 Agenda
May 20, 2016 Agenda.
January 22, 2016 Agenda.
May 1, 2015 Agenda.
January 23, 2015 Agenda.
September 19, 2014 Agenda.
May 16, 2014 Agenda.



NET FORCE Minutes 9.22.17 Draft
NET FORCE Minutes 1-13-17
NET FORCE Minutes 9-23-16
NET FORCE Minutes 5-20-16
NET FORCE Minutes 1-22-16
NET FORCE Minutes 5-1-15
NET FORCE Minutes 1-23-15

NET FORCE Minutes 9-19-14


Meeting Handouts/Resources

September 22nd, 2017 Handouts/Resources

April 24th, 2017 Handouts/Resources

January 13th, 2017 Handouts/Resources

September 23rd, 2016 Handouts/Resources

May 20th, 2016 Handouts/Resources

January 22, 2016 Handouts/Resources

May 1, 2015 Handouts/Resources

January 23, 2015 Handouts/Resources

September 19, 2014 Handouts/Resources

May 16, 2014 Handouts/Resources

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Nutrition Services


Nutrition Services Vision Statement

Nutrition Services provides leadership that inspires service of nutritious meals to children, students and adults.

NEW! Farm to School Opportunities
1. Farm to School Grant Request for Applications is live
Applicant Resource Page
RFA on Grants.gov

Contact: Mieka at (farmtoschool@fns.usda.gov) if you have any questions
Deadline: December 8, 2017

2. Local Foods, Local Places helps communities reinvest in existing neighborhoods and revitalize downtowns through the development of local food systems. To date, nearly 80 communities have benefitted from assistance with support from EPA, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the U.S. Department of Transportation, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Appalachian Regional Commission, and the Delta Regional Authority. Learn how to apply for the Local Foods, Local Places Program: https://www.epa.gov/smartgrowth/local-foods-local-places-2017-2018-application

Deadline: 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on October 25, 2017

3. Healthy Places for Healthy People helps community leaders and health care partners focus on health as an economic driver and catalyst for downtown and neighborhood revitalization. Health care partners include community health centers (including Federally Qualified Health Centers), nonprofit hospitals, and other health care facilities. To date, 10 communities have benefitted from assistance with support from EPA and the Appalachian Regional Commission. Healthy Places for Healthy People provides assistance for communities that are economically challenged, including those in rural Appalachia. Learn how to apply for the Healthy Places for Healthy People Program: https://www.epa.gov/smartgrowth/healthy-places-healthy-people-2017-2018-application
Deadline: 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on October 25, 2017

Nutrition Services Programs

Training Videos and User Manuals for the New CNP System

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

(1) Mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;

(2) Fax: (202) 690-7442; or

(3) Email: program.intake@usda.gov.

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

As stated above, all protected bases do not apply to all programs, “the first six protected bases of race, color, national origin, age, disability and sex are the six protected bases for applicants and recipients of the Child Nutrition Programs.


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OER – Open Education Resources


Open educational resources(OER) are freely accessible, openly licensed text, media, and other digital assets that are useful for teaching, learning, and assessing as well as for research purposes.

The development and promotion of open educational resources is often motivated by a desire to provide an alternate or enhanced educational paradigm.

Most OER materials are released under an open license or reside in the public domain.  The difference between the public domain items and the open license items is shown below.

Public versus Open

OER Licenses

There are a variety of license types that you can assign to open license resources. You can see the most common creative licenses types and an explanation for each in the diagram below. Notice that only the first 5 are considered OER licenses.

Creative Commons Licenses

Where to find OER materials

There are many websites that offer access to OER materials including complete courses, textbooks, lesson plans, videos and other media items. There are links below to many commonly used OER sites (in alphabetical order) for all courses and subjects.

College Open Textbooks 
Khan Academy
Merlot II
MIT Open Courseware Online Textbooks
OER Commons
Open Course Library
Open Education Consortium
Open Learning Initiative
Open Physical Education Network
Open Stax CNX
Open Stax College
Open Textbook Library
Open Textbook Store
Teach Astronomy
The Orange Grove


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