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Registration Open for Confab on Racial, Social Justice

Online registration for the NEA Conference on Racial and Social Justice is now open.The conference aims to provide a unique space for educators, students, parents, families, organizers, community members and leaders to unite for the advancement of justice in education. Through interactive workshops, sessions, panels and plenaries, attendees will have the opportunity to access information and resources to plan, strategize and engage on issues...

Campaign Picks up Steam in Quest for $150,000

A flurry of activity over the past month — and nearly $1,500 given by members at NSEA’s Delegate Assembly in April — have pushed the #150k4Kids campaign to the halfway mark.By the end of April, there was $74,000 in the coffers as a result of the year-long drive to put the Children’s Fund on sound footing. NSEA’s six district presidents conceived the drive as a salute to NSEA’s sesquicentennial and as a way to secure financial stability for the...

Youth Speakers Sought for Lincoln TEDx

A call has gone out for youth speakers to participate in a TEDxYouth event in Lincoln on Saturday, Aug. 19.The event will offer a platform for youth who are thinkers, visionaries and learners to come together to be inspired and have the opportunity to inspire others.TEDxYouth@Lincoln is a local, independent event striving to re-create the unique experience of TED, where the world’s leading thinkers and doers meet to share what they are most...

This is Our Reality

by Maddie Fennell, NSEA Executive DirectorThirty-one years ago, I attended my first Delegate Assembly as a member of the Student Education Association. I’ve been a member of this Association longer than I’ve taught and I’m very proud of that fact.It’s because of people like you that I succeeded as a teacher. It’s because of leaders in the Association that I’ve met that I’m able to serve as the 14th executive director and only the third woman...

Challenge the Future

by Nancy Fulton, NSEA PresidentAs I contemplated writing my final article as your president, I reflected briefly on how swiftly these six years have slipped by. I truly appreciate the confidence you have expressed in me and the dedication you have for our Association and for our students.  I am proud that NSEA members have worked for 150 years to promote education, our profession and, as was stated in the Association’s first constitution,...

Still Plenty of Time for Teacher of the Year Application

Application forms for the 2018 Teacher of the Year are now available through your superintendent or principal, or by calling the coordinator at the number listed below.Applications must be submitted or postmarked by midnight (CST), Aug. 11, 2017. A selection panel will review applications, and up to five teachers will be advanced. Finalists will be interviewed in September, and the Teacher of the Year will be selected from those finalists. An...

May 2017 Voice: Correction

A story in the May 2017 edition of The Voice misstated the stance of the Nebraska Council of School Administrators on LB512 and LB415. The NCSA opposed provisions of LB512 that would require early retirement payments to be considered under a school district’s $1.05 levy limit. LB415 would have made major changes to the teacher retirement plan, including moving the early retirement age from 55 to 60. The NCSA supported LB415, while expressing...

Teachers Celebrate History, Debate Education Issues

2017 Friend of Education Honored, Student Discipline & Teacher Training Study ApprovedApril 22, 2017 — More than 350 teachers and other education professionals from across Nebraska met this weekend to discuss issues facing public education and to celebrate their professional association’s sesquicentennial. The 28,000-member Nebraska State Education Association (NSEA) was founded in October 1867 in Brownville.Educators elected by their peers...

Federal Budget Proposal Would Eliminate Professional Development

On March 16, the Trump Administration released its “skinny budget” with a proposed 13 percent cut to the overall federal education budget which would include a total elimination of Title II, Part A. As well-known educator Linda Darling-Hammond noted in an article in the Huffington Post, “the Trump ‘Skinny Budget’ would put educators’ learning on a starvation diet.” Title II, Part A of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) is the section of...

NSEA Grows Instant Leaders!

Leadership Institute Offered at No CostIt did not take long for Raymond Central Education Association’s Alexandra Bastian to put her new leadership skills to use.Bastian NSEA Leadership Institute 2016, and has now been elected to the executive committee of NSEA’s Capitol District (see story at left). Such advancement is not unusual for graduates of the Leadership Institute, which will observe 30 years this summer.“Many Leadership Institute grad...

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