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Week in Review 6/19/2020

This weeks #WeekInReview fills you in on some of the news, notes, & events involving NDE this week including students heading back to school in the fall. Week in Review Video

Week in Review for 5-29-2020

Check out the Nebraska Department of Education’s #WeekInReview which will fill you in on the news notes and events that have happened recently involving NDE.

Launch Nebraska Zoom Webinar Today May 26th

Join us at 4:30pm CT TODAY to explore evidence-based practices that address unfinished learning in literacy, including Nebraska ELA Instructional Shifts & high-quality instructional materials! Sign up here: Zoom Webinar

Launch Nebraska site

New Launch Nebraska Website

The Nebraska Department of Education is proud to announce the creation of Launch Nebraska, a website dedicated to providing tools, actions, opportunities, and resources to support the complex planning and preparation needed by Nebraska school systems as they work to restart schools and support students as they transition back to school buildings. You can read more here : Launch Nebraska

Over the weekend Commissioner Blomstedt was on “Consider This” to talk about the current state of education and learning and to look ahead. You can watch the interview here

Week in Review for 4-10-2020

Time for a very busy Week In Review with emergency resolutions and major education plan approvals. Here are the highlights from the NDE.

Week in Review 03-20-2020

This Week in Review is all about the Coronavirus and what Nebraska Department of Education and the Commissioner of Education are doing to help supportr schools in alternative learning environments. We will get through this together.


Coronavirus Resources

Public Health Resources for Districts, Schools, Students, and Families:
The Nebraska Department of Education (NDE) is committed to assisting school communities during public health emergencies. We support school districts in their decisions to keep student and staff safety their top priority. Should a crisis arise, NDE will work closely with other state and federal agencies to ensure continuation of critical services to students, families, and educators and the restoration of the teaching and learning environment.

Coronavirus Resource Page

Week in Review January 31, 2020


Celebrating Nebraska schools, state senators hear educational bills, & a report outlining the importance of supporting early childhood education & teachers are all in this weeks #WeekInReview

Week in Review January 24, 2020

Getting science from standards to the students, equity in education & a national summit on literacy in this week’s  Week in Review.

Week in Review January 17, 2020

Student recognition, helping graduates earn their diplomas on time, and new leadership on the State Board in this weeks Week In Review

Chief Standing Bear

The Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, Governor Pete Ricketts, Senator Deb Fischer, Congressman Jeff Fortenberry, and other House and Senate leaders joined the Chairman of the Ponca Tribe of Nebraska this week in a historic statue dedication of Chief standing Bear at the U.S. Capitol. This was the first time Nebraska Changed a statue in National Statuary Hall since 1937. The statue of Chief Standing Bear and a statue of writer Willa Cather, which is still being created, will replace statues depiction Nebraska politicians J. Sterling Morton and William Jennings Bryan. Those will be returned to Nebraska for display. Teachers across the state were invited to watch the dedication online with their students and take the once in a lifetime opportunity to share the story of Chief standing Bear with their classes.

Excellence in Leadership Awards

Recently the Commissioner hosted a celebration of the hard work being done by everyone in the agency with special recognition for two employees. Congratulations to David Hefley, Web Developer and Lisa Mitchell, Nebraska VR Director for being chosen for this year’s Excellence in Leadership Awards. Both recipients were chosen for going above and beyond their job duties and for exceeding expectations in serving clients and staff.

Paraeducator Of The Year Awards

The 30th annual Nebraska Paraeducator Conference was held in Kearney November 18 & 19. This year’s theme was “Paraeducators, the Link to Meaningful Connections.” Paraeducators are invaluable in building positive relationships with students at every level. They help teachers with prevention, responses, and effective strategies in building positive interactions throughout the day. In response to students challenging social and emotional needs, the conference focused on information and strategies for Paras to use to create success for students. NDE Commissioner Matthew Blomstedt presented awards to the paraeducators of the year. Congratulations to Deanna Bird, Beth Johnson, Gabby Precibio, Katie Lewis and Carol McClain for receiving these awards.

Nebraska “Crunch Off” Champions

In celebration of October as National Farm to School Month, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food & Nutrition Service, Mountain Plains Regional Office worked with States in the Region to host a “Crunch Off!” The event was a friendly competition to see which State could pledge the most celebratory bites into crunchy, local food per capita during the month of October.

The goal was to promote the purchase and consumption of local produce as well as celebrate Farm to School Month in a fun, creative way. The States had tremendous success in spreading the word about Farm to School Month and encouraging folks across their States to purchase and crunch into local produce. This year Nebraska is crowned the Crunch Champion!