Special Education

Office of Special Education - Our Purpose

To lead the improvement of outcomes for preparing all children and students with disabilities and their families for learning, earning, and living through effective use of data, collaboration, communication, and a framework of differentiated support.

Coronavirus State Fiscal Recovery Funds (CSFRF)Promoting Supports for Students with Disabilities Specific to Students who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing

New Guidance Document

Promoting Supports for Students with Disabilities Specific to Students who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing

Covid-19 & American Rescue Plan Resources

IDEA Guidance/Parent Resources/Educational Resources

Covid-19 Resources

American Rescue Plan Resources

Recent SPED Updates

Clarification on guidance for 92 NAC 51 – 009.04 and IDEA 60 Day Timeline for School Age Children

45 school day vs 60 day guidance (PDF)

Guidance on Special Education Certification – April 2019

Guidance on Special Education Certification – Reimbursable under IDEA (PDF)

Upcoming SPED Events

2022 Hybrid NeMTSS Summit -

2022 Hybrid NeMTSS Summit – “Creating Coherence”
October 13-14, 2022
In-Person – Younes Conference Center North – Kearney, NE
Virtual – Zoom

Keynote presenters:

  • George M. Batsche, Ed.D., professor of school psychology and director emeritus of the Institute for School Reform, the University of South Florida in Tampa
  • Adolph Brown, Psy.D., master teacher, author, and clinical psychologist
  • Judy Elliott Ph.D., chief executive officer, EduLead, LLC
  • Andy Garbacz, Ph.D., associate professor of school psychology, University of Wisconsin–Madison

Visit the NeMTSS Summit Website – HERE to learn more about the keynote presenters and their talks.

If you haven’t already registered, registration is $125 per person and will remain open through Sept. 15.

Creating Coherence is the theme of this year’s hybrid event, hosted by the Nebraska Department of Education’s Office of Special Education.

As students and teachers move forward in education, the NeMTSS team aims to support Educational Service Units, districts, schools, and educators in coming together to work toward a common vision of success.

  • The summit will highlight connections among behavioral support, academics, social-emotional learning, and continuous improvement within a multi-tiered system of support and offer ways to promote cohesion among these areas to improve outcomes for students.
  • Presenters and workshops will focus on ways to increase communication, implement successful problem-solving strategies and strengthen MTSS support in all aspects of education.
  • The summit will serve as an introduction and expansion of work educators are starting or have already begun with NeMTSS Systems Day training.

Hybrid format: Participants may attend the summit in person at the Younes Conference Center North in Kearney or participate in sessions virtually.

More event details, including Zoom links for virtual participants, will be sent at a later date.

Visit the NeMTSS Summit Website – HERE to learn more about the event, including how to register and reserve lodging.

2022 NeMTSS Summit Website – HERE 

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2022 Hybrid Paraeducator Conference – “The Link to Meaningful Connections”
November 8, 2022
In-Person – Younes Conference Center South – Kearney, NE
Virtual – Zoom

Nebraska Paraeducators! You are invited to the hybrid Paraeducator Conference at the Younes Center in Kearney on November 8th, 2022.

As feedback surveys were reviewed from the 2021 Paraeducator Conference, the number one theme was appreciation. Many paraeducators stated how appreciated they felt being able to attend the conference in person and that the presentations were meaningful to them. This is an amazing learning opportunity and we would love to share knowledge and honor all paraeducators for their hard work.

Nominations for the 2022 Paraeducator of the Year!
We encourage and invite all community members to nominate an outstanding paraeducator for recognition as the Nebraska Paraeducator of the Year. Please take this opportunity to acknowledge the contribution made by paraeducators and honor these outstanding individuals.

Nominations can be submitted at: http://rebrand.ly/PARANominations or https://forms.office.com/r/qEj2PuSP85 by 5:00 pm September 30th, 2022

Paraeducators who demonstrate the highest standard of performance in carrying out their assigned responsibilities should be considered for nomination. The award recipients will be announced and celebrated at this year’s conference.

Professional Development for Paraeducators (2021 Post-Conference Access)
The Nebraska Department of Education is still offering the opportunity to access and utilize content from the 2021 Paraeducator Conference for Professional Development within Districts. We understand the difficulty staff shortages have played when determining whether or not a District is able to send paraeducators to a conference. Equally challenging is developing and providing all the necessary training and support for paraeducators in your district. Our hope is this will be a great resource for Districts and Paraeducators across Nebraska to continue working hard and provide the necessary support for Students.

Registration includes full access to the pre-recorded videos and any materials provided by the presenters for up to 10 Paraeducators. Videos can be viewed at your own pace and will be available until September 1, 2022.

The first 15 Districts to register will also receive 10 Conference engagement packages for their Paraeducators (there are still engagement packages available)!

To register please visit: https://neparaeducator.com/events/virtual-2021-ne-paraeducator-conference/

Do not hesitate to reach out to Mary Lenser (Mary.lenser@nebraska.gov) or Jamie Chambers (Jamie.L.chambers@nebraska.gov) for further information.

Registration and more details – Coming Soon!

Eligibility Guidelines

Eligibility Guidelines by Topic

Policies & Procedures Guidance Documents

Policies & Procedures by Topic

Technical Assistance/Guidance Documents

Developing Local Policies & Procedures Required for Implementation of Special Education Part B Regulations in Nebraska’s Public Schools

Eligibility Guidelines

Equity Guidance – Nebraska – CEIS

Equity Guidance – Nebraska

Extended School Year (ESY) Guidance Document – Aug 2018

GMS Flex Funding Application Preschool and School-Age District Procedures Guidance Document

Guidance on Serving Homeschool, Exempt Students with Disabilities

IEP Facilitation Guide 2020

Improving Learning for Children with Disabilities (ILCD) Guidance Document – Navigating the T.I.P.

Kindergarten Age Eligible (5-year-old) Preschool IEP and LRE Guidance (Dec. 2021)

Least Restrictive Environment (LRE) Guidance Document – Aug 2018

Medicaid in Public Schools (MIPS) Guidance Document

NETA B Preschool Guidance Document

Nebraska Accommodations Guidelines – How to Select, Administer, and Evaluate Accommodations for Instruction of Students with Disabilities (2022)

Nebraska’s Journey to Inclusion – Equity for All Learners Inclusion at Every – Level Guidance Document

Non-Public Services to Children with Disabilities Enrolled by Their Parents in Non-Public Schools – (REVISIONS COMING SOON)

Part C Procedural Safeguards – Aug 2018

Physical Education for Individuals with Disabilities Guide – January 2020

Policies and Procedures Guidance Documents by Topic

Prior Written Notice Guidance Document

Promoting Supports for Students with Disabilities Specific to Students who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing

Shortened Days Guidance Document

State Complaint Guideline

Results Matter TA Document

Teaching Students with Specific Learning Disabilities Math

Tips for Working with a Licensed Sign Language Interpreter
 *Webinar with captioning to support the TA Doc on Guidelines for Educational Interpreters.

Transition Planning Guidance Document – May 2022

Questions and Answers on Individualized Education Programs (IEPs), Evaluations, and Reevaluations – OSEP 2010

Department Information

Public Reporting and Determination Guides

Public Reporting
Part B Levels of Determination 2017


Early Childhood Inter-Agency Coordinating Council

ECICC Biennial Report to the Governor


Guidance from the U.S. Dept. of Education – Office for Civil Rights

Colleague Letter – Resource Guide on Students with ADHD
Know Your Rights – Students with ADHD


Maintenance of Effort

Federal Proposed Regulations on Significant Disproportionality
Federal Study and State Analysis of Disproportionality

Updated August 19, 2022 12:27pm