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Farm Bureau Seeks Classroom Pen Pals

The Nebraska Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture invites Nebraska classrooms to join the Nebraska Agriculture in the Classroom Ag Pen Pal Program for the 2014-15 school year.The Ag Pen Pal Program matches Nebraska farm and ranch families with elementary classrooms across the state. The sign-up deadline is September 1, 2014.As ag pen pals, students will learn about natural resources, seasons, nutrition, communities, environments, weather and...

Kansas City Chiefs Ticket Offer for NSEA Members

Kansas City Chiefs Season and Individual Game Ticket OfferThe Kansas City Chiefs will make their 2014 regular season debut on Sunday, September 7th vs. the Tennessee Titans! The Chiefs and the Nebraska State Education Association are teaming up to offer members a chance to be part of the Sea of Red. The 2014 home schedule is stacked with teams like the Patriots and Seahawks as well as divisional rivals Broncos, Raiders and Chargers. ...

Plum Creek Literacy Conference

The 19th Plum Creek Literacy Conference for adults will feature well-known authors, literacy experts, an exhibit of art from the Golden Books collection and more.It will all convene on the campus of Concordia University in Seward on Saturday, Sept. 27.The conference follows the Friday Plum Creek Children’s Literacy Festival, also at Concordia.Teachers, administrators, media specialists and book lovers are invited to hear visiting authors and...

Enter to Win the Next California Casualty $2,500 Academic Award

What would $2,500 do for your classroom? California Casualty, provider of the NEA® Auto and Home Insurance Program, is looking for the next Academic Award winner. Three times a year, California Casualty gives the award to help educators defray the costs of providing for classroom and other instructional materials. The deadline to enter is September 19, 2014, with the next recipient announced in October 2014. Rules and the entry form can be found...

Loan Forgiveness!

 Legislature Adds Dollars to Loan Forgiveness; You Can Apply Now! Spread the word – and don’t miss out: the State of Nebraska’s loan forgiveness plan for teachers is a good deal.The Nebraska Legislature approved LB967, which added $200,000 to the state’s Enhancing Excellence in Teaching Program – loan forgiveness – for the 2014-15 fiscal year. With the added cash, there is $1.2 million available.NSEA pushed hard for the extra dollars...

The Vision to Aim High

By Nancy Fulton, PresidentNebraska State Education AssociationSculptor, painter, architect and poet Michelangelo said “The greatest danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it, but that it is too low and we reach it.”Our Association’s aim is a great public education for every student – a lofty goal to be sure.  It is a vision – clearly stated in our Mission Statement – of which we should be proud.While that vision...

A Question of Value

By Craig R. Christiansen, Executive DirectorNebraska State Education AssociationWhen I graduated from high school, my friend and I opened an antique store.  We didn’t know very much about business and we naturally made many mistakes.  One of the mistakes I made was trying to convince customers that the objects they were interested in were worth the price.   The more I tried to convince them, the less inclined they were to buy...

Spread the Word!

Expansion of Loan Forgiveness Plan on TapMandy Peterson is spreading the word: the State of Nebraska’s loan forgiveness plan for teachers is a good deal.A fifth grade teacher at Schuyler, Peterson is in the midst of coursework that will culminate in 2016 with a master’s degree in elementary education, with an endorsement in school library, K-12. She has utilized the loan forgiveness program that loans money to educators for graduate coursework,...

Questions About Your Retirement?

NSEA Organizational Specialists Can Help You Get Started Are you considering retiring this year? Next year?Regardless of your target date, you’ll have questions about the process, from district policies to the handling of your state-managed retirement plan. NSEA members often ask those questions of their organizational specialist. “My circumstances at school this year have changed so I am seriously thinking of retiring in May.  I...

Inequality for All?

Reich: Investment in Education ‘A Public Good’ In 1999, 29.7 percent of Nebraska households were labeled as ‘low income’ by the U.S. Census Bureau. By 2012, that number had grown to 33.9 percent.In 2000, 10 percent of Nebraska children were living in poverty, according to the Census Bureau. By 2012, that number had nearly doubled, to 17.9 percent.Those numbers illustrate the “hollowing out of the middle class” as more Nebraska – and...

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