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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...

Letters of Intent: The Date is March 15

Certificated Employees Cannot be Asked to Declare Intentions Before March 15Letters of intent distributed by school districts around the first of the year are a serious matter and PK-12 educators must be aware of their rights, says NSEA Director of Advocacy Trish Guinan.On or after March 15 each year, Nebraska school districts are allowed to require certificated employees – teachers, counselors, speech pathologists, psychologists and others – to...

State’s 150th Celebration Puts Emphasis on Children

Sesquicentennial Celebration Includes Classroom OpportunitiesWhen the Nebraska 150 Celebration’s (NE150) executive director talks about programming for the state’s Sesquicentennial, she quickly calls attention to the emphasis that has been placed on education.Children, said Regan Anson, are a priority.“They are the future of our state, and we want them to take away incredible memories that will last a lifetime,” she said.One goal of NE150...

Grant Seeks Improved Access to Morning Meal

NSEA One of 10 States to Promote ‘Partners for Breakfast’ PlanBeginning immediately, Nebraska school districts can apply for grant funds from Partners for Breakfast in the Classroom (the Partners) to provide a much-needed healthy and nutritious morning meal to local students and help increase participation in the federal School Breakfast Program.NSEA is one of 10 affiliates of the National Education Association to receive a grant to promote the...

Get Inspired! Eight Creative Ways to Energize Your Classroom!

Avoid a Midyear Slump, Boost Classoom Enthusiasm with These Teacher-Tested TipsKeeping students’ enthusiasm for school alive in the second half of the year can be a struggle, particularly as snow days, standardized testing and spring fever begin to take their toll. First-grade teacher Jessica Meacham knows this scene, and notes that it’s not just students who start to lose their fire—educators, too, begin to slump as the year pushes on. But she...

Retirement Seminars Available from NSEA-Retired

From Adams to York, from Yutan to Wilcox, the Retirement Planning Seminars provided by NSEA-Retired have reached nearly 10,000 educators over the last 13 years.The program has been delivered to members in 80 local associations in that time, some more than once. In 2015-16, fourteen seminars were delivered across the state, reaching nearly 600 members.The leaders of NSEA’s six governance districts have agreed to assist with the expense of the...

Educators Rising Seeks Growth

Nebraska Leaders Hope to Add Members, ChaptersIf you have students interested in pursuing a teaching career, you might consider forming a chapter of Educators Rising (formerly Future Educators) in your school building or school district.The Nebraska chapter of Educators Rising has selected “Dive into Education” as the theme for 2016-17, and state chapter officers are ready and willing to visit chapters across the state, or to help jumpstart...

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...

BCBS Rates Locked in Place for '16-'17

Reported Industry 'Premium Surge' Won't Affect EHA Plan ParticipantsA mid-June newspaper report indicating a surge in health insurance premium prices in Nebraska may have caught the eye of many educators.Not to worry, however, as those who utilize the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska plan through the Educators Health Alliance (EHA) already have a 4.9 percent rate increase locked in for the 2016-17 contract year that began Sept. 1."Our...

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