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A Passion for Teaching

Growth in Teaching Skills, Knowledge Lead Teacher of the Year Honors for HeltAs she recalls it, Michelle Helt was in her second year teaching when 2004 Nebraska Teacher of the Year Diane Woodford addressed Helt and the South Sioux City staff.Woodford spoke of opportunities and possibilities that come with the state’s highest education honor. She urged others to consider the Teacher of the Year process. Helt, however, knew she was still learning...

The Gospel of Good Teaching

by Jenni Benson, NSEA PresidentThis past month, at the bridal shower for my daughter-in-law-to-be, a young man working at the restaurant gave great credit to one of our up-and-coming young leaders, Isau Metes, a Lincoln teacher who happens to chair NSEA’s Ethnic and Minority Affairs Committee.“I wouldn’t have made it through high school without her,” he said, referring to Metes.Count that young man as another positive messenger, spreading the...

Teachers are the Engine

By Maddie Fennell, NSEA Executive DirectorWe have a teacher problem. There aren’t enough of them.According to the American Institutes of Research, “Enrollment in teacher preparation programs has been declining since 2010 — by nearly 20 percent in 2012-13 alone. Meanwhile, the teacher workforce is aging. Some 85,000 teachers retired in 2008-09, compared to 35,000 over 25 years ago.”Education is the bedrock of our democracy and a primary path to...

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...

Using Teach to Lead, NSEA Seeks Ideas to Improve Teaching

Have you or a colleague come up with the kernel of an idea that might transform your classroom, school or community?Through your Association, you now have the chance to plant and grow that kernel, and put it into action.NSEA has formed a new 501(c)3 organization called LEARN, for Leading Excellence and Robust Networks. Through LEARN, your NSEA will sponsor a one-day Powered by Teach to Lead Teacher Leadership Conference in Kearney on Saturday,...

Vouchers Divert Funding, Shortchange Kids in Poverty

LB608 is Scheme to Take Tax Dollars From Public SchoolsWhen addressing vouchers, NSEA delivered two messages as the Legislature’s Education Committee considered LB608.Both messages were clear: vouchers harm public schools.Retired Omaha Education Association member Cheryl Goodwillie said the voucher plan in LB608 would drain funds from an already shallow public school revenue stream.NSEA Organizational Specialist Jay Sears told senators that...

Horace Mann Offers Student Loan Seminars to NSEA Members

Educators have a student loan debt problem that is affecting finances, happiness, and in some cases, their careers.Student loan debt hardship is also causing new college grads to delay life milestones like getting married, buying a house or saving for retirement, says Bankrate.com.Seventy-one percent of teachers agree that student loan debt is a motivation for young teachers deciding between staying in the profession or switching to a career...

Student Loan Delinquent?

By Kaitlin PitskerQ: My son has fallen behind on his student loan payments. How can he get back on track?Have him contact the loan servicer immediately. Even one missed payment is considered a delinquency, and federal loans that have been delinquent for at least 90 days are reported to the three major credit agencies. If your son acts soon enough, he can select a new repayment plan that better fits his budget, or he may qualify to delay loan...

NSEA’s Mobile App is Free, Easy!

If you’re connected to social media, you can easily keep up with your professional association!NSEA maintains several public Facebook pages, and also manages an Instagram account, Twitter account and a Snapchat account – each useful in spreading news about the good work of Nebraska public schools and teachers. Also available, to members only, is a text alert service that lets educators know when immediate action might be needed in order to...

2017 Kansas City Chiefs Ticket Offer

Kansas City Chiefs Individual Game Ticket OfferYour Kansas City Chiefs are the defending AFC West Champions with a stellar 2017 Home Schedule including 3 primetime games! Like in years past, the Chiefs and the Nebraska State Education Association are teaming up to offer members a chance to be part of Chiefs Kingdom!To ORDER INDIVIDUAL GAME TICKETS copy and paste the following URL https://oss.ticketmaster.com/aps/chiefs/EN/link/promotion/home/...

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