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A Certificate with Meaning

Teaching Certificate Represents the ‘Important Responsibility’ of TrustThe first two days of Parker Schoen’s teaching career were spent working under the watchful eye of a substitute teacher.His teaching skills were not in doubt. His depth of knowledge was never questioned. Yet he had to have another adult in the room as he began his career.What Schoen didn’t have – and what every Nebraska teacher needs in order to teach in a pre-K-12 classroom...

Consider an Application for Teacher of the Year

Department of Ed Taking Applications for 2017 ProcessYou may be Nebraska's next Teacher of the Year.If you are open to challenges – and the rewards that come with those challenges – consider applying to become Nebraska's next Teacher of the Year.The recipient will become a spokesperson for education and the teaching profession, will travel the state and country, and be continually recognized for excellence.Since 1972, the Nebraska Teacher of the...

Ag Sack Lunch Program Serves Lunch to Another 5,000 Fourth-Graders

Meals Provided as Part of Visit to State CapitolThe annual Ag Sack Lunch Program, which provides free sack lunches to Nebraska fourth-graders while teaching them about where their food comes from, wraps up its sixth year in May. By the end of the school year, 5,000 students from more than 90 schools will have participated in the 2015-16 program.Since its inception in 2010, nearly 30,000 students have enjoyed and participated in the lunch-and-...

Praxis Review Aids Students

Teachers-to-Be Get an AssistA dozen Metro area college students seeking formal entry into teacher education programs received a helping hand in April via a pilot project from NSEA and marketed through the Student Education Association of Nebraska affiliate and NSEA's Ethnic and Minority Affairs Committee.The project utilized four NSEA member-teachers to give the students a review and better understanding of the needed skills and understanding of...

Training Meetings Provide Leadership, Planning Tips

NSEA leaders in south central and southwest Nebraska have been meeting for leadership training and to talk about education issues and plans for 2016-18.The dinner meeting formats allowed past, current and future leaders to talk together about individual leadership roles and responsibilities, current issues and trends and upcoming events and opportunities.NSEA staff also worked with the leaders to discuss and develop a communications plan for...

The ‘What I Will Do List’

Nancy Fulton, NSEA PresidentAt the start of each election year, we at the NSEA Headquarters watch with great interest as the reports of candidate filings begin to pop up in the news.We pay particular attention to candidates for the Nebraska Legislature because, frankly, our 49 senators play an oversized role in the success of public education at all levels. Senators wield tight control over a school district's ability to collect revenue; they...

Feds Plan to Forgive Student Loans for the Disabled

The Obama administration has announced plans to forgive $7.7 billion in federal student loans held by nearly 400,000 permanently disabled Americans.According to news reports, about half of those, or about 179,000, are in default.The administration found that few eligible disabled loan-holders took advantage of a streamlined process to forgive debt when it was opened four years ago. The new process will allow the U.S. Department of Education to...

Nearly 150!

NSEA Celebration Opens at Delegate Assembly; Members Elect NEA Director, Alter BylawsAs Delegate Assemblies go, NSEA's 155th edition had just about everything an Association junkie might enjoy.The more than 300 registered delegates enjoyed eloquent and sometimes lighthearted keynote addresses; razor-thin vote margins; a well-contested election that took two ballots to finalize; and a New Business Item that can be given at least some measure of...

A Success for Public Schools

Senators Increase State Aid, Act on Mental Health Task ForceAll in all, the 2016 session of the Nebraska Legislature was a success for public schools in Nebraska.Public education avoided the major spending lids and revenue growth caps proposed in early versions of LB958 and LB959, and despite forecasts of revenue shortfalls in the near future, state aid for 2016-17 received a decent boost.Senators authorized an increase in state aid to education...

Delegates Launch Children’s Fund Campaign: Goal is $150,000

18-Month Drive to Assist Children’s Fund Kicked Off at Delegate AssemblyFund Now Taking Donations Via PayPalFor more than 20 years, the NSEA Children’s Fund has been assisting children in need.Now, the presidents of NSEA’s six governance districts believe the Children’s Fund itself needs a bit of assistance.  At NSEA Delegate Assembly they announced the formal launch of a drive to raise $150,000 for the Children’s Fund by October 2017,...

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