News & Information

Where Have the Substitutes Gone?

Teacher Abuse of Sick Leave a ‘False Perception,’ Not the Cause of Shortage, Says NSEAAnother NSEA survey, and another hot-button issue uncovered.In early September, NSEA sent an email survey to all active pre-K-12 teachers, asking for thoughts on the substitute teacher shortage in Nebraska. Within the first 12 hours, more than 3,500 members had responded.The survey was conducted in response to an interim hearing on the substitute teacher...

Children’s Fund Helps Kids in Need

For nearly a quarter century, the NSEA Children’s Fund has made a wonderful difference for children in poverty or for children facing devastating loss.When an NSEA member sees a child in need of a warm coat, eyeglasses or other basic necessities, all they need to do is call NSEA and ask for the Children’s Fund.Since 1994, donations to the Children’s Fund have provided such assistance, with thousands of dollars sent to help children in need. In...

Bargaining Season Opens on Nov. 1

Negotiators, Members Advised to Know Dates, Work with NSEA Field StaffAlthough now six years old, LB397 fundamentally changed the way teaching contracts are bargained in Nebraska.Before LB397, contract negotiations might have extended into the summer and sometimes even into the school year that was being bargained.With LB397, the Legislature set a firm bargaining schedule with a timeline and deadlines that most experienced negotiators have now...

The Heart of It All

by Jenni Benson, NSEA PresidentI taught high schoolers the past two years but I am an elementary school teacher at heart. No matter where or what I teach, I’ve found that there isn’t much difference in the teacher-student-learning equation.The heart of teaching is always in the relationships we, as teachers, build with our students.Growing up, I didn’t think there was much substance in the relationships I had with my teachers. My home life was...

Lids, Schedules, Contracts on Tap at Panhandle Advocacy

Western Nebraska negotiators: don’t miss the NSEA Panhandle District’s Cowboy-Up Advocacy Conference at Gering’s Weborg 21 Centre on Saturday, Oct. 21.The conference will feature many topics covered at NSEA Advocacy Conference held in Columbus in September. New NSEA President Jenni Benson, Vice President Paul Schulte and Executive Director Maddie Fennell are scheduled to attend.“The conference will be a great learning opportunity for both new...

Medicare and EHA Information Coming in November

NSEA-Retired and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska will be conducting seminars in November to provide you important information about Medicare, NSEA-Retired BlueSenior Classic (our Medicare supplement), and the options that retirees younger than 65 have for insurance through the Educator’s Health Alliance (EHA).The Medicare seminars will run from 9:30 a.m. to noon at each location listed below.  This session will cover:  (a) the...

Reinventing Our Schools

by Maddie Fennell, Executive DirectorIn 2006 I read a Time Magazine article that  described how Rip Van Winkle could have fallen asleep 100 years ago, woken today, and been stymied by huge changes in our society – while schools and classrooms would still look the same.Kids have changed, technology has transformed our society, our economy is global and yet, in many schools, you will still see rows of desks with students learning in pretty...

Educators: Take a Minute to Lead from Within

Classroom Teachers in Unique Position to Advocate for Policies, PracticesBy Dr. Abby Burke, Instructor of Teacher Education University of Nebraska OmahaClassroom teachers are leaders who lead from within. They are immersed in educational settings on a regular basis working with students, colleagues, administrators, the community and other stakeholders. They have a body of knowledge about teaching and learning that is applied as they work with...

NSEA Understands Duty-Free Lunch Details

Rules, Statutes, Policy: NSEA Can AssistTeachers know that there is a constant flow of colleagues through the profession. Veteran teachers retire and young fresh-out-of-college teachers fill the void.That coming and going sometimes leaves a void in institutional knowledge – it takes time for new teachers to get up to speed on rules, regulations and policy. To be honest, sometimes the veterans have a hard time keeping pace with changes in the...

2017 NSEA-Retired Fall Conference

U.S. Stamp Stories, NSEA History on AgendaMany members have already made reservations, but there is still plenty of time to meet the Tuesday, Oct. 17 registration deadline. It will be well worth your time!Among topics on the agenda will be goal setting, better body balance, driving safely, scam and fraud alerts, and speed traveling!Past NSEA Executive Director Dr. Craig R. Christiansen will report on NSEA’s first 150 years, and Humanities...

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