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Master Teacher Act an Investment,Say National Board Certified TeachersFor a teacher to acquire National Board Certification requires a deep dive, a hard look at his or her teaching skills, methods and philosophies.It also takes a fair amount of time and cash – $450 for each of four components in the certification process.Yet those who gain certification believe the effort and expenditure is worth the sacrifice. The value of improved teaching...

A Once-in-a-Lifetime Event

NSEA’s 150th Worthy of Your TimeWhy should you attend NSEA’s Delegate Assembly?For starters, delegates and dignitaries will be the lone invitees to NSEA’s 150th anniversary celebration on Friday night.Consider that the following day, delegates will select a trio of leaders who will have important roles in guiding the Association for the next three years. The roles of president, vice president and one of two NSEA members on the NEA Board of...

Hang on! Forecast is for Bumpy Legislative Session

Fasten your seat belt, it may be a bumpy ride this legislative session. Your retirement benefits, collective bargaining rights, support for improving your teaching skills and more will likely be up for debate by state senators.A $900 million potential budget shortfall puts at risk funding for State Aid to K-12 schools, aid to the University of Nebraska, state and community colleges, and it paints a clear target on other educational programs such...

What’s Up in the Unicam?

It's Easy to Stay in Tune with Proceedings!The Nebraska Legislature plays a key role in everything you do. From funding to curriculum, from the bus barn to the lunch room, action by state senators can touch what public school employees can do and what and how students learn.Thus it is imperative that Nebraska teachers know what happens inside the legislative chambers. It is just as important that NSEA members let state senators know of their...

Kregel Museum Offers Free Professional Development

The Kregel Windmill Factory Museum, in conjunction with the American Groundwater Trust and Groundwater Foundation, will host a workshop on Nebraska groundwater, natural resources, and conservation. The workshop will qualify for professional development credit.The free workshop will be May 31 and June 1 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Kimmel Education and Research Center, 5985 G Road, Nebraska City.Museum Executive Director David Flatt said...

Good Reasons for Excitement

by Nancy Fulton, NSEA PresidentI don’t believe any teacher worth his or her certificate would shy away from a good challenge. But this past year was more than a challenge: it tested our patience, rubbed us the wrong way, had us running extra laps and kept us after school.Yes, 2016 was a challenge. We are at a defining moment in our history as a union. But our Association has been strong for 150 years, and we will continue to be strong well into...

NCUEA Fall Conference Inspires Members

By Isau Metes, ChairNSEA Ethnic Minority Affairs CommitteeThe National Council of Urban Education Associations (NCUEA) is an advocacy organization of local affiliates of the National Education Association (NEA). NCUEA is dedicated to strengthening member advocacy and making the NEA more responsive to member needs.Three EMAC members attended NCUEA’s Fall Conference in San Antonio in early December. The theme conference theme was Building Equity....

Students of Democracy

Like most Americans, I ended the election season with a great sense of uneasiness about the future of civil discourse in our democracy – about how we talk to or with one another. In the general presidential election, the candidates for both major parties brought great strengths and promise to the choice for the American people. I will let others question and debate issues of false news, promises made or broken, relevant experience, or potential...

Lobby the Legislature

On Tuesday, Feb. 7, NSEA-Retired members will gather in Lincoln to address legislative issues.Of particular concern to retirees is the taxation of Social Security benefits.  The Legislature passed LB987 two years ago to reduce the tax burden on Social Security beneficiaries. NSEA-Retired members will also visit with senators about bills that NSEA has identified as priority bills.Lobby Day will start with an issue awareness training to...

Fennell Tapped for NSEA Exec Post

Association’s 14th Executive Director is Former Teacher of the YearThe NSEA will have a new executive director in the new year, according to NSEA President Nancy Fulton.The NSEA Board of Directors has chosen National Board Certified Teacher and former NSEA Board of Directors member Maddie Fennell as the Association’s 14th executive director. Fennell will begin work in mid-January with current Executive Director Dr. Craig R. Christiansen. In...

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