2019 NSEA U

Great Professional Development Scheduled for First-Ever NSEA U in July

As the calendar moves past winter, the leadership and staff at NSEA have been cooking up a delicious schedule for the Association’s first full summer conference in nearly 20 years. Attendees will be able to choose from a deep menu of professional development, will be able to get a taste of Association services and enjoy a dash or two of membership details.

They’ll also get a heaping spoonful of sugar, in the form of celebrity elementary school Principal Gerry Brooks.

The quick-talking Brooks has parlayed his short, humorous videos into internet sensation status by drawing on his experiences as principal of an elementary school in Lexington, KY. His southern drawl and easy-going manner are an asset as he encourages and helps teachers improve their instructional abilities. He has spoken to educational groups across the nation about getting teachers to improve their instruction through personal climate and culture strategies.

Brooks will appear as keynote speaker during the July 15-18 NSEA University — NSEA U for short — conference. He will offer two of the nearly 180 breakout sessions planned over the three days. All sessions will be held at the University of Nebraska’s sparkling new Innovation Campus.

‘A Better Product’

The conference combines aspects of NSEA’s annual fall membership meetings, the former Advocacy Conference held in September or October each year, and Leadership Institute held every summer. 

“In rolling these events all into one, we believe we’ll offer a far better product to our members,” said NSEA President Jenni Benson.

Under the NSEA U umbrella members will find the best of Advocacy Conference, highlighting bargaining issues; Leadership Institute, featuring skills and knowledge development for up-and-coming leaders; and membership meetings, allowing local leaders and members to collect membership materials.

Attendees will also be able to select from some 180 professional development sessions to be offered. Many of those breakout session topics will fall under the five provisions of NSEA’s strategic plan: bargaining and member rights, membership, political action, governance and social justice.

A training for local association presidents will take place on the Monday preceding the conference kickoff on Tuesday.

Registration Open in April
In addition to the serious side of his presentation, Brooks is also pretty funny.

For instance, Brooks has posted YouTube videos titled The Home Visit, Teacher Buttons, Teacher Apparel, Celebrity Beauty Routines and more. He will undoubtedly weave humor into his Nebraska keynote.

Brooks spent six years in the classroom, two years as an intervention specialist and the past 12 years as a principal in Lexington, KY. More than 500,000 people follow Brooks on social media.



  • There is NO REGISTRATION FEE to attend. 
  • Attendees will be reimbursed for some expenses. See voucher guidelines, here. 
  • Due to space limitations, we can only accommodate a maximum of 300 attendees per day. Space is filling up, fast! If you plan to attend, register now!
  • This conference is a combination of many offerings members are familiar with in the past. During registration, those who select the option for LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE must have received a nomination letter and invitation to attend. ONLY those people should use the Leadership Institute registration section; we apologize we cannot accept additional registrations for Leadership Institute at this time. 

Each conference attendee will receive a printed booklet containing the information posted below. These documents are current as of 7/10/19, but the agenda is subject to change. 

Hotel Information

Conference participants who live within 100 miles of the hotel will not be reimbursed for hotel costs.

Embassy Suites

1040 P St, Lincoln, NE 68508

Block release date:  JUNE 24
Rate:  Single/Double $114.00, plus tax
Complimentary Hot Breakfast
Parking $11.25

Hyatt Place

600 Q St, Lincoln, NE 68508

Block release date: July 1
Rate: Single/Double $94.00, plus tax (Monday & Tuesday); $114 plus tax (Wednesday)
Complimentary Hot Breakfast
Parking $12.00

Request for Proposal (RFP)

There will be up to 180 breakout sessions available at NSEA University in Lincoln in July. If you have a proposal for a professional development session that would be useful to your Association colleagues, submit using the form linked below.

New submissions are no longer being accepted. If you have questions, please contact Michelle Raphael (michelle.raphael@nsea.org). 

Wednesday: A Night at the Stadium

Conference participants must RSVP for these events happening Wednesday night. RSVP at www.nsea.org/NSEAUWednesday


5 p.m. – Guided Tours of Memorial Stadium*
Guided tours are free to registered conference participants and their guests. Multiple tours begin at 5 pm; the last tour departs at 5:30 pm. Meet in the North Stadium lobby.

6-8 pm – Tailgate Dinner* at the Nebraska Champions Club, 707 Stadium Drive
This family-oriented event is free to registered conference participants (must show lanyard/nametag to attend). Family members and guests attending with registered participants will pay $15 at the door.

*Important: You must let us know whether you plan to attend the Stadium Tour and whether you plan to attend the Tailgate Dinner. Please also tell us how many guests you will bring to the dinner. Deadline to respond: July 8.

Free parking is available at 707 Stadium Drive (Nebraska Champions Club). Limited street parking is also available, with meters active between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday.