2023 NSEA U

NSEA University is our members-only professional development conference. NSEA U 2023 will be held Monday, July 17 through Wednesday, July 19, 2023, in Kearney.

Details will be added to this page as they are confirmed closer to the event.

Hotel Rooms

Room blocks are available at the Kearney Fairfield Inn. Call 308-236-4200 to make a reservation under “Nebraska State Education Association."

Rooms are also available at the Comfort Inn.


Conference Sponsorships

Interested in being a sponsor for the conference? See sponsorship levels and submit your interest here.

2023 Sponsors:





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Keynote Speakers & Tentative Schedule


Monday, July 17 | Tuesday, July 18 | Wednesday, July 19

NSEA U Keynotes

  • On Monday, July 17, Peter H. Reynolds, New York Times best-selling author/illustrator and founder of FableVision Learning, will provide an inspirational virtual keynote message, which will include Peter reading one of his books, followed by a Q and A session.

    Following Peter’s keynote, FableVision Learning will deliver in-person sessions for teachers. Sessions will use Peter’s books as scaffolding and will provide hands-on activities to help teachers explore concepts, build self-esteem and, finally, have activities to support bringing the skills back into the classroom.

    SESSIONS ARE LIMITED TO 40 PARTICIPANTS EACH. Because space is limited, we ask that members only attend one session. You may choose a first and second option from the sessions here. You will be contacted before the conference with details for the session you will attend.

  • Scott J. Norby: As legal counsel to the NSEA, Norby has represented the Association, its members and affiliates in member rights, professional negotiations, and legislative and organizational matters for more than 40 years. He has appeared on behalf of the Association, its members, and affiliates in all of Nebraska’s counties in a wide variety of legal matters. Norby is set to present during the morning general session on Tuesday morning, July 18.
  • Robert Rodriguez: National Education Association (NEA) Executive Committee member Robert Rodriguez has been tapped to present on Tuesday, July 18th during lunch. Robert is a special education teacher in the San Bernardino City Unified School District in California. A passionate educator and longtime union activist, Robert has represented California on the NEA Board of Directors for six years. Robert has worked at the elementary, middle school, special day class and resource specialist levels. He believes that only through organizing and collective action can we effect real and lasting change for educators, students and public education. He is committed to ensuring that every student—regardless of race, zip code, or economic status—has access to great public schools.
  • Dr. Donna Beegle: Dr. Beegle will share her journey from growing up in generational poverty to eventually earning her doctorate in Educational Leadership. Dr. Beegle is set to present the keynote address on Wednesday morning, July 19. Dr. Beegle will give an insider perspective on what works to improve outcomes for students living in poverty.

  • Josh Monroe:  Monroe is a fifth grade teacher at Bryan Elementary in the Millard Public Schools District. He is the co-host of the “What the World Needs Now” podcast which seeks to provide inspiration to educators around the world. Monroe will present on creating classroom communities that are built on empathy and love. Monroe believes that this type of learning environment is critical in helping students not only be successful in class, but beyond, as they enter adulthood. Monroe will deliver a keynote address at NSEA U, with Tom Whisinnand.
  • Tom Whisinnand: Whisinnand, an educator for 18 years, holds a Master’s of Science in Curriculum and Instruction degree and a Master’s of Science in Educational Leadership. Whisinnand (A.K.A.- Mr. Wiz) was instrumental in bringing harmony to his school district and continues to be a staunch advocate of the importance for social emotional learning to be taught, so that each student can reach their fullest potential. Whisinnand and Monroe's presentation will be on Wednesday, July 19th during lunch. 

NSEA will reimburse local association member participants who attend  NSEA University 2023 for the following expenses:

  1. Lodging for PARTICIPANTS WHO LIVE MORE THAN 60 MILES FROM the Younes Conference Center - South 416 W Talmadge Rd, Kearney, 68845 NE: NSEA will reimburse conference participants up to $75.00 per night.  A paid hotel receipt must be attached to your expense voucher. To be good stewards of NSEA Funds, NSEA members who live within 60 miles of The Younes Conference Center - South will not be reimbursed for hotel costs. Members are responsible for making their own hotel reservations.
  2. Mileage for ALL PARTICIPANTS:  NSEA will reimburse for round-trip mileage from the participant’s home address to the conference site (416 W. Talmadge Rd, Kearney, NE 68845) and return at the IRS rate.  The mileage reimbursement is only to those participants who actually drive to NSEA University.  If you ride with someone, you are not eligible to receive a mileage reimbursement. Participants are encouraged to share rides if possible.

Reimbursement Procedures:
When you register at NSEA U, you will receive an NSEA expense voucher.  It is important that you complete the voucher and return it to NSEA by July 31, 2023.

The completed voucher for those who stayed at the hotel must include the actual miles driven round trip from the participant’s home address, and a receipt for your hotel room.  Participants eligible for hotel rooms are responsible for making their own hotel reservations.

Those who did not stay at the hotel must include the actual miles driven round trip from the participant’s home address to the Younes Conference Center - South.

NSEA Conference Participants must sign in at NSEA University registration at the Younes Conference Center – South each day in order to be eligible for reimbursement.

Mail the voucher and receipts by July 31, 2023  to:
    NSEA U Expenses
    605 South 14th Street
    Lincoln, NE  68508

Vouchers postmarked after July 31, 2023 will need approval of the NSEA President to be paid.  Vouchers postmarked after August 10, 2023 will NOT be accepted.

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