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Ag Sack Lunch Wraps Up with Full Slate

Feeds Fourth Graders, Teaches about Ag on Visit to Capitol The fourth annual Ag Sack Lunch program moves into the second semester of the 2013-14 season with a full schedule of events now through the end of the school year.By the end of May, 5,000 Nebraska fourth-graders will have taken part in the 2013-14 program, which is designed to reach students and their families about where their food comes from and the importance of agriculture to...

Have an ‘Amazing, Life-Changing’ Year!

The Nebraska Teacher of the Year Program is Now Taking Applications As Angela Mosier prepared to transfer her title as Nebraska Teacher of the Year to Kristi Bundy last November, Mosier summed up her reign in one quick sentence.“This has been one of the most amazing, life-changing things that has ever happened to me,” said Mosier.If you’re open to new challenges, accepting of a change of pace, and willing to be a spokesperson for the...

Sharpen Your Skills at Leadership Institute

Learn About Association Programs, Offerings; Hone Your Leadership Skills The strength and talents of its leaders limit any organization.That NSEA has thrived for nearly 147 years speaks loudly about the skills of those who have stepped from general membership ranks into leadership positions.Is it time for you to take that step?If you’d like to become a part of the Association’s next generation of leaders, you can do no better than to be a...

In Teachers They Trust

By Nancy Fulton, PresidentNebraska State Education Association “The school is the last expenditure upon which America should be willing to economize.”— President Franklin D. Roosevelt Schools work best when everyone works together. That simple reality overrides the political rhetoric that demonizes schools and educators of this day and age.If everyone – from teachers to students, parents, administrators, school boards, legislators,...

Who Should Teach in Our Schools?

By Craig R. Christiansen, Executive Director,Nebraska State Education AssociationIn the 1984 movie, The Karate Kid, a kindly apartment handyman, Mr. Miyagi, befriends a young boy named Daniel, who is being bullied.  Mr. Miyagi, from Okinawa, is a karate expert who agrees to mentor Daniel.  He teaches with expertise, patience, humor and great skill in both the subject at hand and in his caring relationship with Daniel.  The film...

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,...

Jim Griess, 1941-2014

 Former NSEA Leader and Education Advocate Remembered  “I cannot think of any higher calling than to advocate for children and the teachers and employees that provide the outstanding service that Nebraska kids deserve.”– Jim Griess, 2006 James R. Griess, former executive director of the NSEA and a longtime advocate for teachers, children and public education, died on March 21 following a stroke.A graduate of the University of...

Graduate Degree Cash Available!

Important News for Teachers Enrolled or Thinking of Enrolling in a Graduate Program The Nebraska Department of Education is anticipating the release of an additional $400,000 through the Enhancing Excellence in Teaching forgivable loan program for classes that begin before June 30, 2014.If you are enrolled in a graduate program, or are contemplating enrolling in a graduate program, with coursework that starts before June 30, you may be...

2014 Gubernatorial Recommendation

For Immediate Release:  March 25, 2014Bruning, Hassebrook Earn NSEA RecommendationGubernatorial Candidates Vetted by Statewide CommitteeLincoln – The Nebraska State Education Association Board of Directors has approved the recommendation of a bi-partisan committee, comprised of NSEA members from across the state, to support Jon Bruning in the Republican Primary Election for governor and Chuck Hassebrook in the Democrat Primary Election for...

‘Tiny Stitches, Big Life’

Quilter’s Life Aids Fourth Grade History Grace Snyder’s lively eyes gaze out of her 1903 wedding photo. There’s an astonishing hat atop her head and a tiny, cat-got-the-cream smile on her lips. She perches just behind her cowboy husband, her hands resting near his left shoulder.Born in 1882, reared in a sod house on a Custer County homestead and married to a Sandhills rancher, she recounted her pioneer life in the 1963 book “No Time on My...

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