Questions, Comments, or Corrections? Let us know!

ACT UPDATES 2.4.2019

ACT UPDATES 2.4.2019


Friday, February 15, 2019 5 pm CT- All accommodations requests, verification of students in PA Next and Online Site Readiness (Proctor Caching and Mock Administrations) are due this Friday by 5 pm CT.


ACT will be presenting part two of the State Test Administration Q&A webinar on February 13, 2019 at 10 am CT.  This will cover more detailed information and review of the ACT State Test scheduled for April 2. Register for the webinar here.

The ACT Online Technical Readiness Webinar from January 24, 2019 is now available to watch, you can find it at this link, please click on “Already Registered” to view webinar. Please note, there is an error in the Power Point, Iris Owens phone number is 402.471.4316.


Pearson Access Next has recently updated the PA Next User Guide (Jan. 23).  If you are using a previous version, please download the new version from the ACT Nebraska Website.

Reminder! Friday, February 15, 2019 is the last day you can prepare for any online testing by completing the Proctor Caching and Mock Administration.  This is also the deadline to review the student roster and make changes.  You can still add students to this list after the deadline, however, there will not be a label for their test booklets. The instructions to enroll or unroll students in PA Next is located here.

Third Year Cohort: Please remember to verify your student roster is the third year cohort.  NDE records noted over 100 students who are not juniors but are in this cohort and are expected to test.


ACT recently updated the ACT-Nebraska Accommodations Crosswalk. Please take a look at what is new in the 2019 document.


NSCAS Alternate & General Administration Training

Test season is quickly approaching! Please do not hesitate to reach out to NDE or any of the vendors with questions. All of the contact information can be accessed here:

Training for both NSCAS General and Alternate is scheduled for the next two weeks. A recording of these sessions will be available if you are unable to attend.

Alternate Assessment

NSCAS Alternate Administration Training:

Feb 14, 2019 3:00 – 4:00 p.m.

2019 NSCAS Alternate Test Administration Training – Session 1

Join the meeting

Feb 15, 2019 9:00 – 10:00 a.m.

2019 NSCAS Alternate Test Administration Training – Session 2

Join the meeting


NSCAS Alternate Proctor Training Recording (25 min 45 secs)- Posted 2.12.19

Sorry for the inconvenience, please disregard the first screen that states there is no content to view at the moment. When you start the video the Alternate Assessment Proctor Training will begin.

Note: Please copy the link below into Google Chrome if you are having trouble accessing the recording link.–eE25B4&s=7S1RNK7YA0ndN_jJtcOyKjbrTBFSfH6ZDz2A-VVYP6Y&e=


General Assessment 

NSCAS General Administration Training:

NSCAS General Summative Test Administration Workshops

To register: Registration Link for Feb 18-22, 2019

Mon. Feb 18, 2019 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. CST Join Meeting

Tues. Feb 19, 2019 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. CST Join Meeting

Wed. Feb 20, 2019 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. CST Join Meeting

Thur. Feb 21, 2019 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. CST Join Meeting

Fri. Feb 22, 2019 12 p.m. – 2 p.m. CST Join Meeting

Michelle Warren, UNK @ The World Series, Gains Acclaim

The University of Nebraska Kearney’s Department of Modern Languages, Department of Sociology, Women, Gender & Ethnic Studies, International Studies, and College of Arts & Sciences sponsors its annual spring film series, UNK@TheWorld.

Dr. Michelle Warren, Professor of Spanish at UNK, initiated the film series in 2014. Following the presentation of a film, there is a discussion led by experts or someone with a personal connection to the topic.

The series was highlighted in a feature article of Dr. Warren and her work at UNK, including a research project to record the stories of immigrants from Spanish-speaking countries who relocated to Nebraska. The feature article can be found in Volume XI of UNK’s New Frontiers research publication at

French Summer Abroad Opportunity in Besançon

The University of Nebraska-Omaha Department of Foreign Languages offers French teachers an opportunity to learn new teaching strategies and styles while surrounded by French culture and history in Besançon, France. Classes will be taught at the Université de Franche-Comté by university professors and instructors from the Centre de Linguistique Appliquée (CLA).  Students can either stay on campus in an individual room (with private bathroom), at a hotel, a “foyer” in town or with a family. You can also purchase resto-u tickets for meals.  Besançon has a great variety of inexpensive French and ethnic restaurants.

For more information, contact Dr. Juliette Parnell at or 402-554-3029.

NATG Announces German Students Convention

(Submitted by Pat Branson, Nebraska Association of Teachers of German)

NATG will sponsor the German Students’ Convention this year on April 6 at School Middle School in Lincoln. This year’s theme is “Wunderbar Together”. Kelleen Browning, Lincoln Southeast German teacher, will be hosting. Browning is a UNL alum and a former Fulbright recipient. She is the President Elect for NATG. School registration is due by March 1, 2019 and can be completed on the NATG website: More information about the competition is available online as well.

ACTFL Professional Awards Due

The ACTFL Professional Awards Program recognizes outstanding contributions to the field of language education. Award nominations are open until Monday, May 27, 2019.

Leo Benardo Award for Innovation in K-12 Language Education
Significant contributions reflect innovative instructional practice and programs by individuals who teach or supervise in urban, suburban or rural districts that teach a majority of underserved students

Anthony Papalia Award for Excellence in Teacher Education
Language educator who has demonstrated excellence in the preparation and continuing education of teachers for the profession.

Florence Steiner Award for Leadership in Foreign Language Education (K-12)
Language educator who has demonstrated instructional leadership and service in the K-12 community.

There are also awards for postsecondary and elementary educators, the teaching of culture and the use of technology. Visit the ACTFL website for more information

Spring Professional Development

World Language Proficiency Spring Workshop 2019, ESU 16 Special Services Center, North Platte

World Language teachers K-16

Tina Hargaden, the founder of the World Language Proficiency Project will lead a one-day workshop focusing on proficiency and assessment. Participants will learn how to teach for proficiency, guiding students to interact in the language, and using it to communicate about real ideas from day one of class. Teachers will learn how to build literacy with meaningful texts and reading extension activities. They will learn foundational skills to speak comprehensibly to students – even beginners. Register at:

Summer Travel Opportunities and Professional Development

Summer Language Institute, Southern Oregon University
K-16 French Teachers
Summer classes in Angers, France offer the option of a Masters of Arts degree in French Language Teaching. Application deadline March 1, 2019. Visit


Summer Language Institute, Southern Oregon University
K-16 Spanish Teachers
Summer classes in Guanjuato, Mexico offer the option of a Masters of Arts degree in Spanish Language Teaching. Application deadline March 1, 2019. Visit


Teach in Nebraska

The following are posted upon request of the employer.

Part-time Community French Teachers, Alliance Française, Omaha
Provide French instruction in beginning and intermediate grammar and conversation on Saturday mornings or weekday evenings.
For more information and to apply, email or call 402-557-8158.


The following jobs are posted at Teach in Nebraska,

  • Bilingual Spanish/English, preK, Aventuras Preschool, Lincoln
  • ELL / Newcomer Program Teacher, 9-12, Fremont High School, Fremont
  • English / Spanish Teacher, 7-12, Loomis Public Schools, Loomis
  • French Teacher, 9-12, Creighton Prep High School, Omaha
  • French Teacher, 9-12, Kearney High School, Kearney
  • Spanish / Elementary Music, K-12, Shickley High School, Shickley
  • Spanish Teacher, 7-12 Kenesaw Public Schools, Kenesaw
  • Spanish Teacher, 7-12, Chase County Schools, Imperial
  • Spanish Teacher, 7-12, McCool Junction High School, McCool Junction
  • Spanish Teacher, 9-12, Arthur County Schools, Arthur
  • Spanish Teacher, 9-12, Creighton Prep High School, Omaha
  • Spanish Teacher, 9-12, Falls City High School, Falls City
  • Spanish Teacher, 9-12, Johnson County High School, Tecumseh
  • Spanish Teacher, 9-12, Lourdes Central Catholic High School, Nebraska City
  • Spanish Teacher, 9-12, Skutt Catholic High School, Omaha
  • Spanish Teacher, 9-12, Yutan Public Schools, Yutan

UNO OLLAS Offers ArteLatinx High School Poster Competition

ArteLatinX-english hsflyer[1]

The ArteLatinX Committee, in collaboration with El Museo Latino in Omaha, present the 2019 state-wide LatinX high school poster competition. This competition is a component of a larger Nebraska art exhibition during

Hispanic Heritage month in fall 2019. The mission of ArteLatinX is to create a biennial art exhibition bringing together LatinX artists from all of Nebraska to express this year’s motto/lema “The voices of our roots”/“La voz de nuestras raíces” in a variety of art forms. The deadline for submission is March 25, 2019. Details and flyers are available upon request from Alina Lopez, Community Engagement Coordinator in the Office of Latino/Latin American Studies (OLLAS) at UNO, or 402-554-3835. Web site: