NDE Hosts ESSA Stakeholder Events

Seven Hearings Set Across State

Nebraska Commissioner of Education Matt Blomstedt has announced that the Nebraska Department of Education will host an ESSA Stakeholders Listening Tour at seven sites across the state in March.

ESSA is the Every Student Succeeds Act passed by Congress in 2015. ESSA replaces the No Child Left Behind Act, and updates the 1965 Elementary and Secondary Education Act passed by Congress in 1965.

Key discussion topics will include:

  • “What does equity look like for students in Nebraska?
  • What defines a well-defined education?
  • What are the qualities of effective educators? Effective leaders?
  • The evens are desigfned to be engaging, small, facilitated table conversations centered around the elements addressed in ESSA. An overview of ESSA will be presented prior to table conversations.

NSEA members are encouraged to attend and to add testimony about the needs of classroom teachers. The schedule includes:

  • Scottsbluff: Tuesday, March 7, 6:30 p.m. at the Harms Advanced Technology Center on the campus of Western Nebraska Community College, 2620 College Park Road.
  • North Platte: Wednesday, March 8, 6:30 p.m., at Mid-Plains Community College, 601 W. State Farm Road.
  • Norfolk: Tuesday, March 14, 6:30 p.m., at Norfolk Public Schools Central Administration Building, 512 Philip Ave.
  • Lincoln: Thursday, March 16, 7 p.m., Southeast Community College, Lincoln Campus, 8800 O St., 7 p.m.
  • Grand Island: Monday, March 20, 6:30 p.m., Grand Island Senior High School, 2124 N. Lafayette.
  • Beatrice: Wednesday, March 22, 6:30 p.m., ESU No. 5, 900 W. Court St.
  • Omaha: Monday, March 27, 6:30 p.m., Barbara Weitz Community Engagement Center on the campus of the University of Nebraska-Omaha, 6400 South, University Drive Road North.

To register for one of the forums, click here: http://bit.ly/ESSAReg