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9:00 AM Welcome from Commissioner Blomstedt

Featured Speaker:
Scott Stump, U.S. Assistant Secretary for Career, Technical, and Adult Education

10:00 AM Break
10:15 AM Meeting the Needs of All CTE Learners Through an Equity Lens

Join experts from the Nebraska Department of Education discuss strategies and resources geared to meet the needs of all students in our CTE programs.  During this panel you will hear from Zainab Rida, the Nebraska Department of Education’s Equity Officer, as well as two members from the Office of Special Education, Amy Rhone, the Nebraska Department of Education’s Director of Special Education, and Theresa Hayes, Special Education Specialist at the Nebraska Department of Education.

Featured Speakers:
Zainab Rida, Equity Officer, Nebraska Department of Education
Amy Rhone, Director of Special Education, Nebraska Department of Education
Theresa Hayes, Specialist, Office of Special Education, Nebraska Department of Education

11:00 AM Break
11:15 AM What I Really Need Right Now

This keynote is an extension of Sydney’s popular TED talk focused on supporting the emotional well-being of teachers who work with students experiencing trauma. Teachers give their hearts, minds, and spirits in support of their students, and that comes with stress, secondary trauma, and compassion fatigue. Teachers cannot pour from an empty cup, and as we acknowledge this challenge facing the teaching profession, we can do more to counter it with self-care, resilience, and connection.

Featured Speaker:
Sydney Jensen, Lincoln High Teacher, Nebraska | 2019 Nebraska Teacher of the Year

12:00 PM Lunch Break
1:00 PM Leading the Most Anxious Generation in the Most Anxious Times

VUCA (Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity, Ambiguity) has been a business term for decades. Today—we see its relevance for education, youth work and families.

The COVID-19 pandemic stares a generation in the face and we’ve never seen anything like it, except in the movies. Generation Z (our kids) was already the most anxious generation, and now they live in a most anxious time. This session will offer best practices, creative ideas and focus on how to communicate with and lead this generation in such times.

Featured Speaker:
Dr. Tim Elmore, Millennial Expert & Generation Z Expert

2:00 PM Break
2:15 PM Bringing Life to CTE through CTSOs 
Featured Speakers:
Drake Vorderstrasse, FBLA National Mountain Plains Vice President
Madeline Wittstruck, FCCLA National Vice President of Finance
DJ Hardwick, PBL National Mountain Plains Vice President
Jarod Harris, SkillsUSA National Parliamentarian

2:45 PM Closing Remarks
Updated July 13, 2020 12:45pm