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Wednesday, July 27
 

8:30am CDT

9:45am CDT

Addressing School Mental Health in Nebraska
One of NDE's top priorities in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic was to invest in mental health efforts by providing access to comprehensive mental health services for students, staff, and communities. This session will overview how the Office of Coordinated Student Support Services is working to address mental health in schools through partnerships with the Mid-America Mental Health Technology Transfer Center (MHTTC), the University of Nebraska Public Policy Center, Educational Service Units (ESUs) and a local community mental health provider.

Speakers

Wednesday July 27, 2022 9:45am - 10:30am CDT
Silver 9

9:45am CDT

Addressing the Whole Child to Enhance Student Learning and Achievement
The research outlines that the whole-child approach not only fosters all areas of children’s development and learning—literacy, math, and science understanding as well as social–emotional, and cognitive skills—but also lays the foundation for lifelong learning, ensuring that children are excited and engaged learners with positive approaches to learning. We cannot overlook or state strongly enough, the positive effect that the whole-child approach—this marrying of academic rigor and developmentally appropriate practice—has on children’s academic and social-emotional gains. Research continues to affirm that the whole-child approach increases not only school readiness, but also long-term school success.

Speakers

Wednesday July 27, 2022 9:45am - 10:30am CDT
Platinum 7

9:45am CDT

Avoiding Legal Pitfalls: An Introduction to Assistive Technology
Considering assistive technology (AT) is a mandate for all school-aged students receiving special education services. However, considering and providing AT are only components in a larger set of AT services that are needed to provide a Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE). This session dives into strategies that ensure that your school’s AT services are compliant and are designed to promote increased student outcomes as a result. Issues of local capacity building will also be addressed.

Speakers
avatar for Brian Wojcik

Brian Wojcik

ATP Education Program Supervisor, Assistive Technology Partnership


Wednesday July 27, 2022 9:45am - 10:30am CDT
Platinum 5

9:45am CDT

Can Someone With a Pulse Become Certified in Nebraska?
While a pulse is necessary for someone to be a teacher or administrator, we are redefining the certification process to be more inclusive and removing barriers whenever possible. The process of becoming certified to teach or administer in Nebraska has been going through a reimagining process as a result of proposed rule changes and The Legislature. For example, did you know there are seven different "alternative" pathways and another one was just created as a result of LB1218 in addition to the regular methods to become certified? This session will provide general information, updates and there will be time to answer your questions.

Speakers
avatar for Clayton Waddle

Clayton Waddle

Director - Educator Certification, Nebraska Department of Education


Wednesday July 27, 2022 9:45am - 10:30am CDT
Silver 12

9:45am CDT

Concerning your Emergency Operations Plan (EOP)‚ Lets make a deal! (Alternative option for completing EOP training)
Time, Time, and Time is the most treasured item we have and yet the most common challenge we all face with not enough of it. Do you have so many spinning plates in the air that you do not know where to start or what to do next? This session will discuss an alternative to addressing the creation, updating, or modifying of your District Emergency Operations Plan by piloting a future six 2-hr sessions (total of 12 hours) throughout the 2022-2023 school year. This pilot might be a better fit than attending the 2 day EOP planned for June of 2023. Do you have the time?

Speakers
avatar for Scott Stemper

Scott Stemper

Emergency Operations Planning Specialist, Nebraska Department of Education
Scott is a U.S. Army veteran turned Chief Deputy in Nuckolls County, NE, where he served 25 years.  Scott taught the D.A.R.E. Program for 21 years and was on the Nebraska D.A.R.E. Training Staff before moving into prevention work as the Executive Director of the Area Substance... Read More →


Wednesday July 27, 2022 9:45am - 10:30am CDT
Silver 7

9:45am CDT

Everything a General Educator Needs to Know About Special Education
All students deserve a high-quality education that prepares them for future success. To enable this, all students with disabilities must have equitable access to the full rigor of grade-level instruction. Yet, many educators, especially those who serve a higher proportion of students with disabilities, do not receive the professional learning they need to ensure equitable access to high-quality curriculum and instruction. As a result, school leaders and teachers often inadvertently exacerbate persistent inequities, rather than drive equity, when delivering daily instruction. This presentation is designed to help school leaders and educators overcome barriers to equitable delivery of grade-level instruction through evidence-based strategies that support students with disabilities in general education.

Speakers
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Kris Elmshaeuser

Assistant Director, Nebraska Department of Education
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Amy Rhone

Administrator, Nebraska Department of Education


Wednesday July 27, 2022 9:45am - 10:30am CDT
Silver 8

9:45am CDT

FASN Early Adopters Information Session
Let's have a conversation! Building administrators who are reinvesting and reimagining formative assessment for their teachers will have an opportunity to learn details about the Formative Assessment Supports Network (FASN) program and the coaching relationship we are facilitating. Bring your questions and we will supply the answers. If you are interested in FASN please join us for this collaborative session to learn how formative assessment practices can impact your classrooms for greater student learning.

Speakers
avatar for Trudy Clark

Trudy Clark

Asst Director of Statewide Assessment, NDE
Dr. Trudy K Clark, Assistant Director of Statewide Assessment, is a retired Nebraska educator who served over 30 years in public schools. Presently, she serves as lead instructor for the Education Specialist program at Doane University. Dr. Clark believes strongly that formative assessment... Read More →


Wednesday July 27, 2022 9:45am - 10:30am CDT
Silver 10

9:45am CDT

Let’s Make R & R Mean Rest and Relaxation NOT Rules and Regulations…Let’s Work to Understand It All!
Understanding how to use federal dollars and what is and isn't allowable doesn't have to be a good guys vs. bad guys process. School districts and NDE can work together to restore a relationship of support and appreciation to use allocations in the best way possible. Topics to be discussed will be NDE monitoring at local school districts (ESSA, ESSER, Davis Bacon, etc.) reimbursement requests, indirect costs, paying for meals, and more. Federal Programs Team Members and Fiscal Team Members will help you understand all the do's and don'ts!

Speakers
avatar for Beth Wooster

Beth Wooster

Administrator of ESEA Federal Programs, Nebraska Department of Education


Wednesday July 27, 2022 9:45am - 10:30am CDT
Platinum 2

9:45am CDT

Refocusing Nebraska's Career and Technical Education (CTE) Priorities
Join this session to learn how Nebraska Career and Technical Education (CTE) is refocusing priorities to reinvest in high quality CTE programs, reimagine educational experiences, and restore opportunities to meet the needs of Nebraska's economy.

Speakers
avatar for Sydney Kobza

Sydney Kobza

CEO, Featured Speaker


Wednesday July 27, 2022 9:45am - 10:30am CDT
Platinum 1

9:45am CDT

Reimagining Early Childhood Partnerships
Public-private partnerships across Nebraska are strengthening relationships between school districts and early childhood community-based providers. These relationships are building more cost-effective partnerships, assisting in access to professional development, and easing transition into school buildings. Come hear how some of these relationships are occurring and reimagine how you work with community providers to support all children before they show up on your school's doorstep.

Speakers
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Kristine Luebbe

Director of Programs, NDE


Wednesday July 27, 2022 9:45am - 10:30am CDT
Platinum 6

9:45am CDT

Embracing a Culture of Problem Solving
Are you tired of feeling like problems are admired without solutions? Not seeing the improved student outcomes you hoped for? Is there a disconnect between the goals you’ve set and the outcomes you want to see? If you are ready to embrace a culture of problem solving, this session is for you. We will help participants understand why a culture of problem solving is important and how everyone can benefit from the district level all the way to individual student outcomes. We will share examples of intentional teaming structures, ways to utilize a problem-solving model effectively, and how to use data to inform your decision making within your MTSS framework.

Speakers
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Scott Eckman

Regional Lead, NeMTSS
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Amy Rhone

Administrator, Nebraska Department of Education


Wednesday July 27, 2022 9:45am - 10:30am CDT
Silver 4

9:45am CDT

Keeping Updated on Required Training for Schools
We will help you rebuild your list of all the required school staff trainings mandated by state regulations. These include suicide training, Rule 59 (allergy and anaphylaxis), Seizure Safe Schools Act, and more. Come learn
what is expected!


Wednesday July 27, 2022 9:45am - 10:30am CDT
Silver 3

9:45am CDT

NSCAS Update: High Level Review of All Things NSCAS
NDE staff will redefine the new normal for statewide assessments and assessment supports provided to districts.

Wednesday July 27, 2022 9:45am - 10:30am CDT
Silver 1

9:45am CDT

Reimagining Continuous Improvement with a Focus on Educator Effectiveness
Every school commits an enormous amount of time and effort to engage in the continuous improvement process. A successful school leader is able to engage staff in a way that is meaningful and collaborative around the purpose of CIP and the role they play in impacting that purpose. Time is the most valuable resource and it is often difficult to commit time if barriers restrict opportunities to make necessary changes. School leaders must have the courage to identify and address the barriers through genuine engagement with all staff. Identifying barriers is the easy part; the hard part comes when systems are willing to go beyond the surface level and dig deeper into the data to define root cause. This will not happen without the expertise, the input, and the genuine engagement of all staff and stakeholders. Join this session to see how the NDE is collaborating to redefine CIP and the supports necessary to ensure all students have access to effective educators.

Speakers
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Julie Downing

Professional Learning, ESU 13
Julie Downing has been a staff developer at ESU13 for ten years. She works to support rural educators in the panhandle in curriculum, assessment and instruction. She serves as a strategist for the state staff development affiliate and works collaboratively to find innovative ways... Read More →
avatar for Micki  Charf

Micki Charf

Director of Accreditation, Nebraska Department of Education
I joined the NDE in January 2019. My background experience includes Special Education, Gifted Education, Assessment, and Instructional Coaching. At NDE I am involved with Continuous Improvement and the revision of Rule 10. This is also my 10th year with serving as an Adjunct Professor... Read More →
avatar for Kim Snyder

Kim Snyder

Director of Teacher and Principal Support, Nebraska Department of Education


Wednesday July 27, 2022 9:45am - 10:30am CDT
Silver 5

9:45am CDT

School Finance Update
This session will provide information on all relevant current school finance happenings including; the new joint public hearing, aid certification, etc. We will also be covering ESSER updates and possibly adding in a bad joke or two!

Speakers
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Kevin Lyons

Nebraska Department of Education
avatar for Bryce Wilson

Bryce Wilson

Administrator of Financial & Administrative Services, Nebraska Department of Education


Wednesday July 27, 2022 9:45am - 10:30am CDT
Silver 2

9:45am CDT

Planning for Implementation of New Instructional Materials
Did your school district recently purchase new high-quality instructional materials (HQIMs)? Whether ESSER or general funds were used, this introductory session is for you! We will explore resources that can be used to develop an intentional implementation plan for your high-quality instructional materials (HQIMs). We will also outline steps that can be taken to ensure the materials are implemented as intended, highlighting tools and resources available through the Nebraska Instructional Materials Collaborative.

Speakers
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Cory Epler

Chief Academic Officer, NDE


Wednesday July 27, 2022 9:45am - 11:30am CDT
Silver 6

9:45am CDT

Budget Assistance
NDE School Finance staff will be available to assist with your budget and other finance related questions.

Wednesday July 27, 2022 9:45am - 3:45pm CDT
Platinum 3

9:45am CDT

ESSA and ESSER Technical Assistance and Grant Support
Wednesday July 27, 2022 9:45am - 3:45pm CDT
Platinum 4

10:45am CDT

Empowering ALL Teachers to Enhance Academic Language through Project ASSETS
Interested in high-quality professional learning at no cost to your district? Learn how ALL teachers can reimagine language development, including academic and English language. Project ASSETS is a grant-funded partnership between NDE, ELPA21, and UCLA for 320 K-12 educators. All who complete the 18 month program will receive a stipend and a micro-credential digital badge. Also included is family literacy training for 400 parents/caregivers with new cohorts added over the next 3 years.

Speakers
avatar for Anne Hubbell

Anne Hubbell

Title III Assistant, English Learner Specialist, Nebraska State Department of Education
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Dr. Jobi Lawrence

ELPA21 Program Manager, UCLA CRESST, ELPA21 at UCLA CRESST
Dr. Jobi Lawrence has almost three decades of experience working across all levels in the field of education. From her early career at the local level as a classroom teacher, to serving as the Title III Director at a state education agency, to her role at the national level as a senior... Read More →


Wednesday July 27, 2022 10:45am - 11:30am CDT
Platinum 7

10:45am CDT

Getting the Most of Tech to Support Every Student
Are good decisions being made about technologies used in your school? Do the technologies have the capacity to support each student and are they being used to do so? This session focuses on key areas that can help redefine how technologies chosen and implemented in schools support each student. Learn key strategies for building both technology and human capacity that reimagines technology solutions to promote increased student outcomes.

Speakers
avatar for Brian Wojcik

Brian Wojcik

ATP Education Program Supervisor, Assistive Technology Partnership


Wednesday July 27, 2022 10:45am - 11:30am CDT
Platinum 5

10:45am CDT

Physical Education for Individuals with Disabilities
An appropriate physical education program ensures that individuals with disabilities have access to a program that enables them to achieve the same goals as their peers without disabilities. Students identified by an individualized education program (IEP) team who do not meet age appropriate curricular benchmarks should be provided the necessary supplementary aids and support services in the least restrictive environment. This session will discuss adapted physical education service delivery options and compliance with federal and state laws and regulations.

Speakers
avatar for Theresa Hayes

Theresa Hayes

Conference Staff - Ed. Specialist III, Nebraska Department of Education
avatar for Lacey Peters

Lacey Peters

Health Education and Physical Education Specialist, Nebraska Department of Education


Wednesday July 27, 2022 10:45am - 11:30am CDT
Silver 11

10:45am CDT

Project AWARE: Supporting School Based Mental Health Efforts
The challenge of addressing the needs of Nebraska’s children and youth through a comprehensive continuum of mental health services has come to the forefront in recent years. During this session, representatives from the Project AWARE (Advancing Wellness and Resiliency in Education) sites will highlight local efforts they have been building to develop comprehensive school-based mental health programs to support the mental health and wellbeing of students and staff.

Speakers

Wednesday July 27, 2022 10:45am - 11:30am CDT
Silver 9

10:45am CDT

Rebuilding the Teacher Pipeline within Your Own School
Now is the time to reinvest in our high school students and look to them as a potential solution to the teacher shortage crisis Nebraska is experiencing. By refocusing on the state-level Education & Training Program of Study, participants will learn how this sequence of courses provides the opportunity for students to reimagine their career in the world of education through Work-Based Learning experiences and integrated CTSO programs. This session will give you the knowledge you need to redesign and rebuild the teacher pipeline in your own community!

Speakers
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Tracy Way

Human Science and Educational Career Field Specialist, NDE


Wednesday July 27, 2022 10:45am - 11:30am CDT
Silver 12

10:45am CDT

Redefining the Office of Early Childhood
Hear about the many ways the Office of Early Childhood can be utilized to support prekindergarten programs within your school district as well as through partnerships with local child care to meet the needs of early childhood staff through the use of Step Up to Quality and the Early Childhood Training Center.

Speakers
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Kristine Luebbe

Director of Programs, NDE


Wednesday July 27, 2022 10:45am - 11:30am CDT
Silver 8

10:45am CDT

Reimaging Your NeMTSS Framework to Include the Science of Reading

When educators follow the research on how students learn to read and how to teach reading skills most effectively—all children can successfully learn to read. Learn actionable information about how the implementation of Nebraska’s Multi-Tiered System of Supports (NeMTSS) framework ensures that all students receive explicit and systematic literacy instruction and students at risk of reading difficulties receive timely, evidence-based intervention to support their growth.

Speakers
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Abby Burke

Reading Specialist, NDE


Wednesday July 27, 2022 10:45am - 11:30am CDT
Silver 7

10:45am CDT

Reimagining Professional Learning
Attendees will learn about the Certified Facilitator program and the opportunities for professional learning supporting NSCAS assessments during the 2022-23 school year. Attendees will be updated on the Formative Assessment Supports Network including opportunities for coaching. Come learn what is available from NDE to support and reimagine your professional learning needs for 2022-23.

Speakers
avatar for Trudy Clark

Trudy Clark

Asst Director of Statewide Assessment, NDE
Dr. Trudy K Clark, Assistant Director of Statewide Assessment, is a retired Nebraska educator who served over 30 years in public schools. Presently, she serves as lead instructor for the Education Specialist program at Doane University. Dr. Clark believes strongly that formative assessment... Read More →


Wednesday July 27, 2022 10:45am - 11:30am CDT
Silver 10

10:45am CDT

SkillsUSA - Back to NORMAL , the only way to MOVE FORWARD!
This presentation will include Greg Stahr, one SkillsUSA NE Board of Director member along with a couple of newly elected HIgh School SkillsUSA State Officers. We will spend a brief time reviewing 2020 - 2021 and explain why we can never go that route again. We will present on what lies ahead for SkillsUSA and for our industry partners. We will share the SkillsUSA Framework, Chapter Excellence Program and other new and innovative programs happening with this organization. We want attendees to understand why they need to make sure they have a SkillsUSA chapter in there local school and how to go about membership for their school.

Speakers
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Greg Stahr

CTSO Advisor, NDE


Wednesday July 27, 2022 10:45am - 11:30am CDT
Platinum 6

10:45am CDT

Social Emotional Learning and Farm to School: Impacts to the Whole Child in Rural, Tribal, and Urban Schools
Farm to School and Early Care Education cultivates Social and Emotional Learning and Health with experiential education and hands-on gardening activities. Gardening and nature-based activities can contribute to rural prosperity, urban self-sufficiency, and tribal food sovereignty. Learn about farm to school impacts from the stories of Beyond School Bells urban vertical growing space, the Freight Farm Greenery in Lincoln; and the Umo nhon Nation Public Schools Ashita Thewathe, a nature-based garden education curriculum that infuses all academic areas with Indigenous wisdom and culturally-relevant hands-on learning. We’ll learn about the resources needed to jump start these programs, and the health, educational, and economic impacts they are providing to the students and community.

Speakers
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Jeff Cole

Nebraska Children and Family Foundation
avatar for Delberta Frazier

Delberta Frazier

Áshíta The wáthe / Culture Teacher, Umonhon Nation Public School
I have been working for the past five years at Umoⁿhoⁿ Nation Public School which is located on the Omaha Indian Reservation in Nebraska. I helped develop the Áshita Théwathe which is an innovative nature-based education program  which takes place in an outdoor setting.  The... Read More →
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Brenda Murphy

Outdoor Classroom teacher, Umonhon Nation Public School
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Sarah Smith

Farm to School Specialist, Nebraska Department of Education
Sarah Smith has spent more than 15 years in dedicated exploration of our country’s food culture and environmental landscape. Her core focus as the Farm to School Specialist at the Nebraska Department of Education is to develop networks for input gathering and collaboration around... Read More →


Wednesday July 27, 2022 10:45am - 11:30am CDT
Platinum 1

10:45am CDT

You Don't Have to Win the Lottery to Offer Engaging Afterschool & Summer Programming
If you’re looking for hands-on, engaging ideas that won’t break your budget to reimagine your out-of-school time program, don’t miss this session. Current 21st Century Community Learning Center grantees will share strategies to create enrichment clubs that are aligned with the school day and made possible by collaborating with community partners.

Speakers
avatar for Brian Welch

Brian Welch

Afterschool, Family, and Community Engagement Specialist, Nebraska Department of Education


Wednesday July 27, 2022 10:45am - 11:30am CDT
Platinum 2

10:45am CDT

NSCAS Growth Reimagines the Role of Statewide Summative Assessments
Nebraska has reimagined the traditional summative assessment model with NSCAS Growth. NDE staff will dig into the model and provide additional details for upcoming year. Audience members will be able to ask questions for part of the session.

Speakers

Wednesday July 27, 2022 10:45am - 11:30am CDT
Silver 1

10:45am CDT

Safe2HelpNE a strategy for supporting students and staff
Safe2HelpNE is making a difference in the lives of students and staff. Lives are being saved, school shootings are being thwarted, and support is being provided when schools know information prior to the unthinkable happening. The pandemic has brought on challenges like never seen before. Students and staff are needing more support than ever before. Safe2HelpNE can help identify those in need of support so schools can help in the pandemic recovery process. This session will share data, strategies, processes, and benefits of being a Safe2HelpNE school and how your school can become part of the success.

Speakers
avatar for Jolene Palmer

Jolene Palmer

Director of School Safety and Security, Nebraska Department of Education


Wednesday July 27, 2022 10:45am - 11:30am CDT
Silver 3

10:45am CDT

School Meals Return to Normal: Financial Considerations & Supports
School Year 2022-23 will bring a return to normal school meals operations with Free, Reduced- and Paid-price meals for many schools. School leaders can redefine and revitalize their school meals program by implementing best practices to promote and maximize participation and reimbursement, as well as tapping into unused USDA Child Nutrition Program available to support students growth, development and performance.

Speakers

Wednesday July 27, 2022 10:45am - 11:30am CDT
Silver 4

10:45am CDT

Together, Better: Maximizing Community Impact Through Partnership
The Nebraska Children and Families Foundation and the NDE have embarked on an innovative family-community-schools partnership leveraging ESSER funds. This session will feature key NCFF and NDE staff to share about the strategies in the "Together, Better" initiative including community schools pilots, family engagement/literacy centers, systems involved youth supports, and summer and after school. Listen on our session and be sure to stop by NCFF's booth to learn more!

Speakers
avatar for Lane Carr

Lane Carr

Administrator, Office of Policy & Strategic Initiatives, NDE
Lane has served as the Administrator for the Office of Policy and Strategic Initiatives since September 2021. In this role, he coordinates agency- and statewide-initiatives and projects, and helps ideate, research, write, implement, and monitor education policies affecting Nebraska's... Read More →
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Josh Cramer

Nebraska Children and Family Foundation


Wednesday July 27, 2022 10:45am - 11:30am CDT
Silver 2

10:45am CDT

Understanding Regulations Amidst an Educator Shortage
Regulations are in place to help ensure quality education for students. While keeping quality education as the primary focus, how can we utilize the flexibilities already in Rule to help maintain quality standards and address educator shortage issues. This session will look at Nebraska Department of Education Rules to help you reimagine what being complaint may look like amidst an educator shortage.

Speakers
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Brad Dirksen

Nebraska Department of Education


Wednesday July 27, 2022 10:45am - 11:30am CDT
Silver 5

11:30am CDT

Lunch
Lunch is on your own or the Networking Lunch

Wednesday July 27, 2022 11:30am - 1:00pm CDT
Gold 4,5,6,10,11,12

1:00pm CDT

10 Ways to Make Your Accreditation Specialist Happy
This presentation with focus on school reporting that takes place throughout the year dealing primarily with staffing, curriculum/instructional units, and compliance visits. Topics related to continuous improvement will also be included. As schools emerge from the pandemic, more attention can be given to these issues by schools and there are a number of tips that will be given to help schools as they move forward in the 2022-23 school year in order to meet regulations.

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Wednesday July 27, 2022 1:00pm - 1:45pm CDT
Platinum 1

1:00pm CDT

Get SET Nebraska: Addressing Special Education Shortages
The Special Education teacher shortage has been a persistent problem in Nebraska and this area has been designated as a shortage area for the last 15 years. To fully understand the current and future impact of this concern, it is important to examine both state and national trends, the impact this problem has on your local district schools and how Get SET Nebraska can have a positive impact on Special Educator Teacher Retention concerns. Participants of this session will learn the structure of both the Administrative Leadership Academy and the Induction and Mentoring Program will benefit districts in Nebraska.

Speakers
avatar for Pamela Brezenski

Pamela Brezenski

Director, Special Education, Scottsbluff, ESU 13
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Kris Elmshaeuser

Assistant Director, Nebraska Department of Education


Wednesday July 27, 2022 1:00pm - 1:45pm CDT
Silver 12

1:00pm CDT

Learning about The Justice Involved Youth Experience
In this session, participants will learn about the basic processes with juvenile justice - how young people enter into the system. They will also hear from youth voices and their experiences in these systems. Participants will engage in discussions about ways to strengthen educational opportunities and increase outcomes for justice involved youth.


Wednesday July 27, 2022 1:00pm - 1:45pm CDT
Silver 8

1:00pm CDT

Mathematics Standards Revision: 2015 + 7 = ????
Pursuant to 79.760.01, and under the leadership of the Nebraska Department of Education, the process to review and revise Nebraska‚ College and Career Standards for Mathematics began in Fall 2021. The current mathematics standards were approved by the State Board of Education in 2015. This session will discuss the revision process and what revisions are being considered for the answer of 2022.

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Deb Romanek

Mathematics Education Specialist Office of Teaching, Learning, & Assessment, Nebraska Department of Education


Wednesday July 27, 2022 1:00pm - 1:45pm CDT
Silver 7

1:00pm CDT

Max the Vax: COVID Vaccine Promotion
We want to encourage parents to get their children vaccinated against COVID-19, but how? This presentation will highlight Max the Vax and the Fruitfull program, two campaigns of NDE and Children's Hospital that you can use as a resource to help encourage vaccination in your school community.


Wednesday July 27, 2022 1:00pm - 1:45pm CDT
Platinum 7

1:00pm CDT

Nebraska Farm to School: Advancing with Policy, Programs, and Partnerships
Nebraska schools and communities are growing in farm to school interest and activity. Policy, programs, and partnerships put in place support meaningful and sustainable integration of farm to school into our classrooms, cafeterias, and communities. This session will cover: the increased capacity provided by passage of the 2021 Nebraska Farm to School Act (LB 396); programming available to schools to advance farm to school; and opportunities and trainings available for producers to build relationships to Nebraska educational institutions.

Speakers
avatar for Sarah Smith

Sarah Smith

Farm to School Specialist, Nebraska Department of Education
Sarah Smith has spent more than 15 years in dedicated exploration of our country’s food culture and environmental landscape. Her core focus as the Farm to School Specialist at the Nebraska Department of Education is to develop networks for input gathering and collaboration around... Read More →


Wednesday July 27, 2022 1:00pm - 1:45pm CDT
Silver 11

1:00pm CDT

Nebraska Healthy Schools: Supporting the Whole Child In a New Normal
Join our session to hear from school district leaders about how they have utilized support and resources from the Nebraska Healthy Schools program to embed well-being efforts into policy, assessment, and practice across the district. Look at the Nebraska data to learn how the pandemic has affected both teacher and student well-being and learn about tools and resources your district can utilize to support staff and student wellbeing as we work to recover and restore normalcy.


Wednesday July 27, 2022 1:00pm - 1:45pm CDT
Platinum 6

1:00pm CDT

Nebraska Seal of Biliteracy: Language Passport to Opportunities
This session will introduce the social and community impact of the Nebraska Seal of Biliteracy on student academic success and career planning, including how the seal recipients can get retroactive credits in more than 50 Higher Ed Institutes and how businesses and organizations start to recognize the seal as evidence of bilingual proficiency in their hiring process. Potential challenges and possible ways for districts and schools to support students to obtain the sea will be discussed


Wednesday July 27, 2022 1:00pm - 1:45pm CDT
Silver 9

1:00pm CDT

Reframing the Educator Shortage: State Local Supports for Recruiting, Preparing & Retaining Educators
The educator shortage is top of mind for policymakers across the country. The shortage issue is multifaceted and complicated. This session will focus on state and local strategies for addressing the shortage, highlighting ways districts could leverage ESSER funds.

Speakers
avatar for Lane Carr

Lane Carr

Administrator, Office of Policy & Strategic Initiatives, NDE
Lane has served as the Administrator for the Office of Policy and Strategic Initiatives since September 2021. In this role, he coordinates agency- and statewide-initiatives and projects, and helps ideate, research, write, implement, and monitor education policies affecting Nebraska's... Read More →
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Amy Rhone

Administrator, Nebraska Department of Education


Wednesday July 27, 2022 1:00pm - 1:45pm CDT
Platinum 5

1:00pm CDT

Roadmapping HQIM-Anchored Systems of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment in Science
As we rebuild coherent systems for science education, we aim to invest in approaches that signal, incentivize, and support effective teaching and learning, utilizing high-quality curriculum-connected assessments as the driver of system coherence. In this session, we'll contextualize our work within our NSCAS system and provide a framework to consider as you develop your district roadmap.

Speakers

Wednesday July 27, 2022 1:00pm - 1:45pm CDT
Silver 10

1:00pm CDT

Nebraska's Journey to Inclusion: Leveraging ESSERS Funds to Support Inclusive Education in Classrooms
Nebraska's Journey to Inclusion: Leveraging ESSERS Funds to Support Inclusive Education in Classrooms - This webisode will highlight how the Nebraska Department of Education (NDE) is working to support local districts and schools with establishing the systems and structures to effectively provide an inclusive education to students with disabilities. Recognizing the opportunity ESSERS funds provide states and local districts to reimagine how they serve students with disabilities, the NDE has partnered with SPED Strategies to provide direct support to school system leaders and classroom teachers focused on building the systems and structures for inclusive education. Presenters will share recommendations for how states can set a vision for inclusive education and partner with local districts to scale this vision. Amy Rhone, State Director of Special Education at the Nebraska Department of Education, and Jamie Wong, President of SPED Strategies will present.

Speakers
avatar for Amy Rhone

Amy Rhone

Administrator, Nebraska Department of Education


Wednesday July 27, 2022 1:00pm - 1:45pm CDT
Silver 4

1:00pm CDT

One the way back to normal: Ways NDE School Safety can support your school's mental health efforts
This session will stimulate ideas where school safety can reduce stress, anxiety, and other mental health concerns in students and staff. Also addressed will be opportunities your school can access to support the mental health efforts at your school such as about Safe2HelpNE, Threat Assessment, Emergency Operations Planning, Standard Response Protocol, bullying, Psychological First Aid, and suicide prevention efforts.

Speakers
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Jolene Palmer

Director of School Safety and Security, Nebraska Department of Education


Wednesday July 27, 2022 1:00pm - 1:45pm CDT
Silver 3

1:00pm CDT

Planning for Implementation of New Instructional Materials: ELA Edition
In this session, we will build off the general implementation session for HQIMs and dive deeper into the resources needed to support the implementation of new ELA instructional materials. We will also hear from school and ESU leaders regarding their experiences implementing HQIMs for ELA, and we will showcase ELA-specific tools to support implementation. This session is a must if your schools are implementing new ELA materials this fall!

Wednesday July 27, 2022 1:00pm - 1:45pm CDT
Silver 6

1:00pm CDT

Refreshingly Familiar-NSCAS ACT Update
The session will review important information for NSCAS ACT in 2022-2023. There have been some slight updates or improvements but for overall the information will be refreshingly familiar.

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Wednesday July 27, 2022 1:00pm - 1:45pm CDT
Silver 1

1:00pm CDT

Say What!!?? ESSA Application Changes in GMS -- Yes!
It was time to rebuild the ESSA Application in the GMS to make it easier for school district personnel to complete. Come to this session to take a look at the changes and walk through your actual site. Then visit the Federal Programs Help Room to get that application up and running and maybe even completed for the 2022-2023 school year.

Speakers
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Anne Hubbell

Title III Assistant, English Learner Specialist, Nebraska State Department of Education
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Beth Wooster

Administrator of ESEA Federal Programs, Nebraska Department of Education


Wednesday July 27, 2022 1:00pm - 1:45pm CDT
Silver 5

1:00pm CDT

Supporting Educator Effectiveness through Development: Reimagining Educator Effectiveness with the S.E.E.D. process
Effective systems put educators in a position to thrive because there is a clear distinction between support and development. Support is outlined by the structures in place to bolster one’s ability to be effective within a system, while development is defined by the individual’s themselves, and their ability to take ownership of their own growth and learning as professionals. Together, support and development are the key ingredients to building a culture of collective efficacy. Join this session with the S.E.E.D. team to begin thinking about how districts might think about their educator support and development system. The S.E.E.D. process is designed to redefine how all layers of the educational community work together help systems gain clarity around the struggles, the purpose, and the processes through the lens of educator effectiveness.

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Julie Downing

Professional Learning, ESU 13
Julie Downing has been a staff developer at ESU13 for ten years. She works to support rural educators in the panhandle in curriculum, assessment and instruction. She serves as a strategist for the state staff development affiliate and works collaboratively to find innovative ways... Read More →
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Kim Snyder

Director of Teacher and Principal Support, Nebraska Department of Education


Wednesday July 27, 2022 1:00pm - 1:45pm CDT
Silver 2

2:00pm CDT

Anything is possible...
If you are looking for hands-on, engaging ideas that won’t break your budget to reimagine your out-of-school time program, don’t miss this session. Current 21st Century Community Learning Center grantees will share strategies to create enrichment clubs that are aligned with the school day and made possible by collaborating with community partners.

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Wednesday July 27, 2022 2:00pm - 2:45pm CDT
Silver 9

2:00pm CDT

Did You Know...About Digital Learning in Nebraska?
Did you know that some Nebraska schools are navigating staffing shortages by sharing teachers via Zoom/NVIS? Did you know that Nebraska schools have access to an online educational hub with nearly 500 free lesson/unit plans that have been created by Nebraska teachers? This session will bring you up to speed on the latest, need-to-know information with digital learning in our state and help your districts to navigate staff shortages, need for high quality content and more.

Speakers
avatar for Dorann Avey

Dorann Avey

Digital Learning Director, Nebraska Department of Education
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Andrew Easton

ESU Coordinating Council


Wednesday July 27, 2022 2:00pm - 2:45pm CDT
Platinum 6

2:00pm CDT

Digital Equity Development
To close the homework gap we need to determine whether students have sufficient internet (Digital Equity) while away from school. What if there was an application that could perform a secure speed test whenever a student uses their school-provided device outside of school hours? Results and location data could be securely uploaded once the device is reconnected to the school network. These metrics could provide depictions of internet availability and reliability for students. Attend this session to learn about the initiative and find out how to participate.

Speakers
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Ron Cone

Network and Information Services Director, Educational Service Unit 10
Coordinating network infrastructure and learning resources for schools.


Wednesday July 27, 2022 2:00pm - 2:45pm CDT
Platinum 1

2:00pm CDT

Eyes Wide Open: Insights gained from serving on the Professional Practices Commission
Current and former members of the Professional Practices Commission discuss the insights they have gained in their service, and how these experiences have redefined their focus on staff development, training and awareness to uphold standards of professionalism for educators. The panel will share their observations and understandings and provide relevant recommendations to school and district leaders as we move forward out of the pandemic.

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Timothy J Heckenlively

Superintendent, Falls City Public Schools
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Vern Fisher

Gibbon Public Schools
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Darolyn Seay

Professor of Education, Peru State College
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John Skretta

Administrator, ESU #6


Wednesday July 27, 2022 2:00pm - 2:45pm CDT
Silver 10

2:00pm CDT

I am Iron Man!
My presentation as the 2022 Nebraska Teacher of the Year will focus on my past as at-risk youth who hated school to now being named the Teacher of the Year. My presentation will show the power of great teachers that empowered me and impacted my life to help lift me out of poverty and put me on a positive path toward success. This story of rock bottom to redemption is my Robert Downey Jr. Story (Iron Man) of education. My story will serve as an inspiration for school leaders to help show the power of great teachers and the impact they can have on at-risk students as I once was. I cannot wait to share my story and journey with school leaders.

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Wednesday July 27, 2022 2:00pm - 2:45pm CDT
Platinum 5

2:00pm CDT

It's Elementary, My Dear! Increasing Social Studies Instruction in Elementary Grade Levels
Elementary administrators and educators can reimagine what social studies looks like in grades K-5. Through a partnership with the Smithsonian Institute, NDE has co-created modules to support the instructional shifts in social studies. As we redefine social studies instructional materials, the time is now to implement strong instructional strategies that can result in higher literacy proficiency on standardized testing. Come join this session because after all, social studies is elementary, my dear!

Speakers
avatar for Ebony McKiver

Ebony McKiver

Social Studies Education Specialist, Nebraska Department of Education
Ebony McKiver currently serves as the Social Studies Education Specialist for the Nebraska Department of Education and has fifteen years of experience within the field of education, serving previously as a Secondary Social Studies educator in Cleveland, Ohio, Baltimore, Maryland... Read More →


Wednesday July 27, 2022 2:00pm - 2:45pm CDT
Silver 11

2:00pm CDT

Nebraska Framework for Continuous Improvement: Rebooted for Restoring Normal
This session will highlight the rebranding of the Nebraska Framework Model for Continuous Improvement. Previous processes and procedures were redesigned for efficiency, clarity, and purpose as school systems strive for Continuous Improvement in 2022-23 and beyond.

Continuous Improvement is more than a checklist. It is a coordination of efforts as they relate to the regulatory components of Section 009 of Rule 10. Information will include alignment with NeMTSS best practices, what to expect when hosting a visit and how to serve as a Nebraska Framework team member.

Speakers
avatar for Micki  Charf

Micki Charf

Director of Accreditation, Nebraska Department of Education
I joined the NDE in January 2019. My background experience includes Special Education, Gifted Education, Assessment, and Instructional Coaching. At NDE I am involved with Continuous Improvement and the revision of Rule 10. This is also my 10th year with serving as an Adjunct Professor... Read More →


Wednesday July 27, 2022 2:00pm - 2:45pm CDT
Silver 12

2:00pm CDT

Providing Equitable Services To Our Nonpublic Students
The Title I program provides supplemental educational services so that all children have a fair, equal, and significant opportunity to obtain a high-quality education. To qualify for assistance under Title I, a student must reside within the attendance area of a participating public school located in a low-income area and be failing, or at risk of failing, to meet student academic achievement standards.

Under Title I, local educational agencies (LEAs) are required to provide services for eligible private school students, as well as eligible public school students. In particular, §1120 of Title I, Part A of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), as amended by Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), requires a participating LEA to provide eligible children attending private elementary and secondary schools, their teachers, and their families with Title I services or other benefits that are equitable to those provided to eligible public school children.

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Kirk Russell

Nebraska Department of Education


Wednesday July 27, 2022 2:00pm - 2:45pm CDT
Silver 8

2:00pm CDT

Significant Disproportionality: A State and District Prospective and Success Story
This session will provide a brief overview of Significant Disproportionality along with information on the data elements and calculations Nebraska uses for determining significant disproportionality. Additionally, two districts from Nebraska will share their perspectives of the process of being identified with significant disproportionality, how they worked through the IDEA Data Center’s (IDC) Success Gaps Toolkit, identified root cause, wrote action plans and the success they have seen with implementing the action plan and using the required CCEIS dollars to support the activities in the Action Plan in addressing inequities and improve educational outcomes for students.

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Misty Beair

Wayne Community Schools
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Angie Corderman

ESU 1 & Walthill Public School
Special EducationCIPTIPSRSEBPIEPMTSSDataParaeducators
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Kris Elmshaeuser

Assistant Director, Nebraska Department of Education
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Amy Rhone

Administrator, Nebraska Department of Education


Wednesday July 27, 2022 2:00pm - 2:45pm CDT
Platinum 2

2:00pm CDT

Utilizing Risk Behavior Data to Inform Academic Supports for Secondary Students
Schools are data-driven as data allows educators to make informed decisions to support students and staff. Join our session to learn how schools can contribute to valid School Health Surveillance data, which monitors health risks and experiences among secondary students. The Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) provides an important post-COVID snapshot of the health of American youth as we understand the impact of COVID and help adolescents recover from the effects, both mentally and physically.
School Health Profiles are a set of the principal/lead health teacher survey's assessing school health policies and practices at the building level. Profiles data is meant to be used by leaders and decision-makers, especially in schools, school districts, and state education agencies to understand the gaps in policies and practices that can impact student health and academic performance. Identifying gaps in school health policies/practices supporting local decisions and community partnerships.

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Jesie Coffey

Nebraska Department of Education


Wednesday July 27, 2022 2:00pm - 2:45pm CDT
Platinum 7

2:00pm CDT

Who cares about school safety; it will never happen here!
Is your staff, students, and communities ready for when the unthinkable happens? History has proven that IN Nebraska threats, hazards, and incidents happen daily. Are you and your Safety Team ready? This session will give you some strategic ways to be better prepared BEFORE those difficult times happen. It is not that it won’t happen here, but when will it happen here. Being prepared will provide some liability protection for you and your district. Restoring school safety should be a normal course of business; it affects everything you and your students will do to create the best learning environment for all.

Speakers
avatar for Scott Stemper

Scott Stemper

Emergency Operations Planning Specialist, Nebraska Department of Education
Scott is a U.S. Army veteran turned Chief Deputy in Nuckolls County, NE, where he served 25 years.  Scott taught the D.A.R.E. Program for 21 years and was on the Nebraska D.A.R.E. Training Staff before moving into prevention work as the Executive Director of the Area Substance... Read More →


Wednesday July 27, 2022 2:00pm - 2:45pm CDT
Silver 7

2:00pm CDT

GMS 101 for "New" Users or a Refresher for "Experienced" Users
This session will focus on helping all users navigate the Grants Management System (GMS) to understand all the nuances and will help rebuild your confidence in the components of this system.

Speakers
avatar for Anne Hubbell

Anne Hubbell

Title III Assistant, English Learner Specialist, Nebraska State Department of Education
avatar for Beth Wooster

Beth Wooster

Administrator of ESEA Federal Programs, Nebraska Department of Education


Wednesday July 27, 2022 2:00pm - 2:45pm CDT
Silver 5

2:00pm CDT

In the Presence of Greatness: Observing Excellent Literacy Instruction in the ELA Classroom
What should excellent literacy instruction look, sound, and feel like at different grade levels? How can building leaders be empowered to effectively observe literacy instruction? Many school leaders are charged with evaluating literacy practices in live classrooms, yet sometimes lack the content background to do so confidently. Join this session as we redefine the observable characteristics of effective, standards-aligned literacy instruction. Participants will build their repertoires of “look-fors” by watching and discussing short video clips of excellent teaching and learning in action. And they’ll come away with sample observation protocols and tools to support learning acceleration in “the new normal.”

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Marissa Payzant

English Language Arts Specialist Office of Teaching, Learning, & Assessment, Nebraska Department of Education


Wednesday July 27, 2022 2:00pm - 2:45pm CDT
Silver 1

2:00pm CDT

Planning for Implementation of New Instructional Materials: Math Edition
In this session, we will build off the general implementation session for HQIMs and dive deeper into the resources needed to support the implementation of new mathematics instructional materials. We will also hear from school and ESU leaders regarding their experiences implementing HQIMs for mathematics, and we will showcase math-specific tools to support implementation. This session is a must if your schools are implementing new mathematics materials this fall!

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Deb Romanek

Mathematics Education Specialist Office of Teaching, Learning, & Assessment, Nebraska Department of Education


Wednesday July 27, 2022 2:00pm - 2:45pm CDT
Silver 6

2:00pm CDT

Resuming Accountability: Planning for the Fall and Beyond
A lot has changed since the last accountability classifications and designations in the fall of 2019. Join us in this session for key updates on federal and state accountability changes and requirements to plan for fall 2022 and beyond. All are welcome, and the session may be of special interest to new school and district administrators.

Speakers
avatar for Lane Carr

Lane Carr

Administrator, Office of Policy & Strategic Initiatives, NDE
Lane has served as the Administrator for the Office of Policy and Strategic Initiatives since September 2021. In this role, he coordinates agency- and statewide-initiatives and projects, and helps ideate, research, write, implement, and monitor education policies affecting Nebraska's... Read More →


Wednesday July 27, 2022 2:00pm - 2:45pm CDT
Silver 3

2:00pm CDT

Taking Matters into their Own Hands: Reimagining Innovative Approaches to Educator Effectiveness
The S.E.E.D. Educator Effectiveness process is currently supporting a number of initiatives across the state that are taking a proactive approach to recruitment and retention, equity-driven leadership, and shared leadership. Join us to hear from numerous education leaders from districts, ESUs, the NDE, and higher education personnel. The discussion will center on districts who are committed to building their own capacity, promoting their own ownership and growth, and prioritizing their time and efforts to take control of their own fate.

Speakers
avatar for Kim Snyder

Kim Snyder

Director of Teacher and Principal Support, Nebraska Department of Education


Wednesday July 27, 2022 2:00pm - 2:45pm CDT
Silver 2

2:00pm CDT

The Nebraska Math Acceleration Project
Is your district reenvisioning K-8 math instruction? Are you wondering how to best support leaders and teachers? The NDE, participating ESUs, and Instruction Partners are partnering to support Nebraska districts implement new HQIM as a part of the Math Acceleration Project. Join this session to learn about the processes and tools that have been created that can be used to improve mathematics instruction.

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Cory Epler

Chief Academic Officer, NDE


Wednesday July 27, 2022 2:00pm - 2:45pm CDT
Silver 4

3:00pm CDT

ConnectEd Nebraska powered by eduroam
ConnectEd Nebraska is a collaborative initiative between the NDE, State of Nebraska, and ESU leaders to standardize and enable roaming wireless internet access—called eduroam—across the state. By partnering with schools, museums, libraries, community colleges, and universities, deploying eduroam allows students, teachers, and administrators to connect securely and seamlessly at participating sites. Now in its second year see the exciting progress and learn how to join the initiative to make the internet easier to access.


Wednesday July 27, 2022 3:00pm - 3:45pm CDT
Platinum 1

3:00pm CDT

Drilling Down on Data for Decision Making with ADVISER Analytics
As school leaders look to restoring normal and evaluating the impact that the last few years have had, they need data to answer their questions and make informed choices. The NDE has developed ADVISER Analytics, a platform where public district superintendents and principals can view their data, including NSCAS, ACT, and ELPA21 assessments, certain student metrics, and other data, drill down on specific student groups, and make data-driven observations and decisions. Come see a demonstration of this analytics platform, learn about the plans for ongoing development, and find out how you can gain access to this site for your own use.

Speakers
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Jill Aurand

IT Administrator, Office of Data Management and Application Development, Nebraska Department of Education
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Max Reiner

IT Applications Developer Senior, Nebraska Department of Education


Wednesday July 27, 2022 3:00pm - 3:45pm CDT
Platinum 2

3:00pm CDT

Equity in Identification: Best Practices for Identifying HAL Students
In Nebraska, students from historically marginalized populations are not being identified for HAL programs. Identifying underrepresented populations for high ability programs requires taking a close look at our systems, recognizing barriers, and redefining our conceptions of giftedness. This session will answer questions regarding current identification practices, outline best practices to reimagine HAL identification, and introduce new NDE resources.

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Sheyanne Meadows

High Ability Learning Specialist, Nebraska Department of Education


Wednesday July 27, 2022 3:00pm - 3:45pm CDT
Silver 10

3:00pm CDT

For the Love of Sports: Reimagining Physical Education
Sports skills have always been a large part of physical education, so how can a school reimagine secondary PE? In this session, we will dive into course options that provide students with a variety of opportunities; some of which can help with sport(s) official shortages. In collaboration with the Nebraska School Activities Association (NSAA), Nebraska Department of Education (NDE), and Nebraska High School Officials Association (NHSOA), best practices will be shared to assist in integrating sport(s) officiating within physical education with guidance around course development, teaching materials, and additional resources.

Speakers
avatar for Lacey Peters

Lacey Peters

Health Education and Physical Education Specialist, Nebraska Department of Education


Wednesday July 27, 2022 3:00pm - 3:45pm CDT
Silver 12

3:00pm CDT

Redefining Perceptions and Informing Continuous Improvement
Participants will learn about the reimagined Perceptual Survey and its availability for 2022-23. This two year process involved ongoing collaboration with the ESU Data Cadre and encompasses up to date initiatives by various NDE sections.

Understand how perceptual survey items were rebuilt to measure four valuable constructs and how survey responses can be used to guide continuous improvement action planning, restoring the school community and reinvesting in targeted efforts for student success.

Speakers
avatar for Micki  Charf

Micki Charf

Director of Accreditation, Nebraska Department of Education
I joined the NDE in January 2019. My background experience includes Special Education, Gifted Education, Assessment, and Instructional Coaching. At NDE I am involved with Continuous Improvement and the revision of Rule 10. This is also my 10th year with serving as an Adjunct Professor... Read More →


Wednesday July 27, 2022 3:00pm - 3:45pm CDT
Silver 7

3:00pm CDT

ReDesigning Prekindergarten Program Supports
The NDE Office of Early Childhood is Re-Defining their Rule 11 System of Support provided to school districts and ESUs to be more systematized and equitable! Join us to learn more specifics about the individualized preschool support plans and how programs will be assisted as they proceed with Re-Storing Normal.

Speakers
avatar for Alyssa Anson

Alyssa Anson

Education Specialist III, Nebraska Department of Education
Alyssa has worked in early childhood education for 12 years. She taught kindergarten and preschool for Omaha Public Schools for 10 years before joining the Nebraska Department of Education last year. She is now an Education Specialist in the Office of Early Childhood. Her new role... Read More →
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Kristine Luebbe

Director of Programs, NDE


Wednesday July 27, 2022 3:00pm - 3:45pm CDT
Silver 9

3:00pm CDT

Show Me the Money... and Instructional Materials!
The Financial Literacy Act. You know what is required, but do you know what to look for when choosing high-quality instructional materials for your financial literacy and personal finance courses? In this session, we will discuss what it looks like to reinvest in your students by choosing resources, often low-cost, that will provide a foundation of financial success for each of your students.

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Mary Janssen

Business, Marketing, and Management Career Field Specialist, Nebraska Department of Education
I am the Business, Marketing, and Management career field specialist for the Nebraska Department of Education. I work with educators, administrators, districts, ESUs, and partners with all things business education related. I am also the Nebraska DECA state advisor.
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Ebony McKiver

Social Studies Education Specialist, Nebraska Department of Education
Ebony McKiver currently serves as the Social Studies Education Specialist for the Nebraska Department of Education and has fifteen years of experience within the field of education, serving previously as a Secondary Social Studies educator in Cleveland, Ohio, Baltimore, Maryland... Read More →


Wednesday July 27, 2022 3:00pm - 3:45pm CDT
Silver 11

3:00pm CDT

Stories of Success: Supporting Native Youth in Nebraska
Join partners from across the state as we highlight the work being conducted to support the wellbeing and academic success of Nebraska Native youth. Learn about opportunities for native youth from your district to connect with youth across the state as part of a virtual youth leadership team who will help prioritize resources and supports needed in schools and communities to provide positive outcomes for Native students.


Wednesday July 27, 2022 3:00pm - 3:45pm CDT
Platinum 6

3:00pm CDT

Whose On First? Second? Third? I'm Running A Title I SWProgram, I Think?
Redefine what normal will be moving forward-A Title I schoolwide program is a comprehensive reform strategy designed to upgrade the entire educational program in a Title I school in order to improve the achievement of the lowest-achieving students. (ESEA section 1114(a)(1)).

Speakers
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Kirk Russell

Nebraska Department of Education
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Beth Wooster

Administrator of ESEA Federal Programs, Nebraska Department of Education


Wednesday July 27, 2022 3:00pm - 3:45pm CDT
Silver 8

3:00pm CDT

Back to the Basics: Leading to Enhance the Core
We know that educational systems cannot intervene their way out of a Tier 1 - Core problem, but how can school leaders bring about this change? In this session we will recognize the importance of evidence-based curriculum and high quality instructional materials, methods, and professional development as well as identify high leverage practices that will foster equitable learning environments and opportunities for students. Through an MTSS lens, we will explore how to systematically enhance educator efficacy and support adults in refining their teaching and learning practices at the Tier 1 Core level.

Speakers
avatar for Amy Rhone

Amy Rhone

Administrator, Nebraska Department of Education


Wednesday July 27, 2022 3:00pm - 3:45pm CDT
Silver 5

3:00pm CDT

Myth Busting: Redefining Chronic Absenteeism
Chronic absenteeism has been part of the state's accountability system for the past several years. For the past two years, the state has experienced astronomical rates of chronic absenteeism due to the pandemic. This session will refresh attendees' understanding of the definition of chronic absence, key strategies for addressing chronic absence, and dispel common misconceptions of the measure.

Speakers
avatar for Lane Carr

Lane Carr

Administrator, Office of Policy & Strategic Initiatives, NDE
Lane has served as the Administrator for the Office of Policy and Strategic Initiatives since September 2021. In this role, he coordinates agency- and statewide-initiatives and projects, and helps ideate, research, write, implement, and monitor education policies affecting Nebraska's... Read More →


Wednesday July 27, 2022 3:00pm - 3:45pm CDT
Silver 3

3:00pm CDT

Planning for Implementation of New Instructional Materials: Science Edition
In this session, we will build off the general implementation session for HQIMs and dive deeper into the resources needed to support the implementation of new science instructional materials. We will also hear from school and ESU leaders regarding their experiences implementing HQIMs for science, and we will showcase science-specific tools to support implementation. This session is a must if your schools are implementing new science materials this fall!

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Wednesday July 27, 2022 3:00pm - 3:45pm CDT
Silver 6

3:00pm CDT

Reimagine Family Engagement Using the Family Literacy Model
Are you interested in renewing your commitment to family engagement in order to positively impact student learning? If so, attend this session to learn about the Nebraska Statewide Family Engagement Centers (SFEC) including the Family Literacy model and evaluation outcomes. Project experts including a building principal, program leader, and parent will share their experiences.

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Wednesday July 27, 2022 3:00pm - 3:45pm CDT
Silver 1

3:00pm CDT

SecUrity. You Are at the Center, a Data Breach Response and Simulation experience.
Did you know that the education sector of our economy has more annual data attacks than any other sector in the country? The session, hosted by NDE and ESU staff, presents an opportunity to experience and understand how to identify strategies and supports to prevent a data breach and how to respond once a breach has occurred. A data breach simulation, which can be a valuable tool for understanding your districts preparedness, will be part of this presentation.

Speakers
avatar for Dorann Avey

Dorann Avey

Digital Learning Director, Nebraska Department of Education
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Gary Needham

Director of Technology, ESU 9


Wednesday July 27, 2022 3:00pm - 3:45pm CDT
Silver 4

3:00pm CDT

Support…Development…and...(just a tiny bit of evaluation): A Roadmap to a new Educator Effectiveness Process
Effective systems put educators in a position to thrive where there is a distinction between support and development. Support is defined by the structures in place required to meet expectations, whereas with development, structures are in place where the educators can take ownership of their own growth and learning as professionals. Join the S.E.E.D. team and Bobby Truhe from KSB Law to engage in education perspectives from an educator effectiveness lens and a legal lens to see how districts can situate evaluation as the product of support and development, rather than the other way around.

Speakers
avatar for Kim Snyder

Kim Snyder

Director of Teacher and Principal Support, Nebraska Department of Education
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Bobby Truhe

Attorney, KSB School Law


Wednesday July 27, 2022 3:00pm - 3:45pm CDT
Silver 2
 
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