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Tuesday, July 26
 

7:00pm CDT

Hospitality Room - First National Capital Markets

Tuesday July 26, 2022 7:00pm - Wednesday July 27, 2022 11:00pm CDT
Silver 6
 
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
avatar for Mariella Resendiz Alvarado

Mariella Resendiz Alvarado

Director of Education Partnership & Support, Nebraska Department of Education
avatar for Amber Hartsock

Amber Hartsock

State Coordinator of School Mental Health Efforts, Nebraska Department of Education



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
avatar for Heather Bebout

Heather Bebout

Principal, Schuyler Community Schools
Heather Bebout is the principal of Richland, Dual Language and Fisher’s Schools.  Heather taught 2nd grade for eight years at Schuyler Elementary School and ran the After School Program for eight years.   She also taught 3rd & 4th grade in Utah for four years.  Heather has a... Read More →
avatar for Jessie Coffey

Jessie Coffey

Director, Whole Child Programs, Nebraska Department of Education
Jessie has 20 years of experience in the public education sector working to support health and wellbeing efforts in Nebraska schools.  She is a registered dietitian by training and has a master's degree in Family Services Administration and is currently perusing her PhD in Health... Read More →



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

Educator Shortage Task Force Recommendations: What’s next?
Four educator shortage task forces, Certification, Praxis, Elevating the Profession, and Recruitment and Retention, emerged from the 2021 Educator Shortage Summit. Task force members represented P-20 and other organizations within the educational community and each group worked together to create proposals geared towards moving education forward. Join us and learn about the task force recommendations with a focus on renewed commitments to education and future innovation, and how they might align with the Nebraska Department of Education initiatives and timelines.  We will also share next steps to ensure that the cohesive, collaborative, strategic approach to the educator shortage crisis continues to guide Nebraska’s efforts to reduce, and ultimately eliminate, the educator shortage.

Speakers
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Brad Dirksen

Nebraska Department of Education
avatar for Sara Skretta

Sara Skretta

University of Nebraska-Lincoln
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Jenny Jansky

University of Nebraska-Kearney
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Tim Frey

Dean, College of Education, Doane University


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

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
avatar for Kris Elmshaeuser

Kris Elmshaeuser

Assistant Director, Nebraska Department of Education
avatar for Amy Rhone

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 headache! 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

Assistant Director of Career and Technical Education, Nebraska Department of Education


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
avatar for Kristine Luebbe

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
avatar for Tessa  Fraass

Tessa Fraass

NeMTSS Regional Support Lead, ESU #13-Sidney Site
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Scott Eckman

Regional Lead, NeMTSS
avatar for Kris Kampovitz

Kris Kampovitz

NeMTSS Regional Lead, Nebraska Dept of Ed.
avatar for Amy Rhone

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.

Speakers

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
avatar for Julie Downing

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
avatar for Cory  Epler

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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Allyson DenBeste

Title III/ELPA21, NDE
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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
avatar for Mariella Resendiz Alvarado

Mariella Resendiz Alvarado

Director of Education Partnership & Support, Nebraska Department of Education
avatar for Amber Hartsock

Amber Hartsock

State Coordinator of School Mental Health Efforts, Nebraska Department of Education



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
avatar for Kristine Luebbe

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
avatar for Abby  Burke

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 →


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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, and a few newly elected High School SkillsUSA State Officers. W We will present what lies ahead for SkillsUSA and our industry partners. We will share the SkillsUSA Framework, Chapter Excellence Program, and other new and innovative programs with this organization. We want attendees to understand why they need to ensure they have a SkillsUSA chapter in their 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
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 →
avatar for Brenda Murphy

Brenda Murphy

Áshita Théwathe/Teacher and Naturalist, Umonhon Nation Public School
Brenda has been a teacher in Nebraska for 25 years, spanning the Winnebago and Umonhon reservations, with students from Head Start to college and every age in between. She holds a Interdisciplinary Bachelor of Arts degree from Charter Oak State College in Psychology and Education... Read More →
avatar for Sarah Smith

Sarah Smith

Farm to School Specialist, Nebraska Department of Education
Sarah Smith has spent more than 15 years in 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 farm to... 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 Nancy Armstrong

Nancy Armstrong

School Librarian K-8, Ogallala Public Schools
avatar for Jan Handa

Jan Handa

State Coordinator, 21st Century Community Learning Centers, Nebraska Department of Education
avatar for Jessie Coffey

Jessie Coffey

Director, Whole Child Programs, Nebraska Department of Education
Jessie has 20 years of experience in the public education sector working to support health and wellbeing efforts in Nebraska schools.  She is a registered dietitian by training and has a master's degree in Family Services Administration and is currently perusing her PhD in Health... Read More →



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 in on our session and be sure to stop by NCFF's booth to learn more!

Speakers
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Jeff Cole

Nebraska Children and Family Foundation
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Marti Beard

Vice President of Early Childhood/Communities for Kids
Prior to her work at NCFF she worked in child welfare programs, seeing first hand the difference that a good beginning makes for children.  She developed the Communities for Kids initiative model starting from one community five years ago to over 50 today working with local communities... Read More →
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Joe DiCostanzo

Vice President, Education, Nebraska Children and Families Foundation
Joe is focused on education and career policy and practice improvement strategies at Nebraska Children. He is the Foundation lead for Full-Service Community Schools (FSCS) and facilitates the Fostering Achievement in Nebraska network and postsecondary education systems reform and... Read More →
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 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
Back Gold Ballroom (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.

Speakers


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
avatar for Kris Elmshaeuser

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 juvenile justice system process and the pathways to system involvement. 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.

Speakers
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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

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 the passage of the 2021 Nebraska Farm to School Act (LB 396); programming available to schools to advance farm to school, and opportunities and training available for producers to build relationships with Nebraska educational institutions. Humboldt Table Rock Steinauer Public School Superintendent, Dr. George Griffith, Overton Public Schools School Nutrition Director Brenda Buchholz, and Family and Consumer Science Educator, Angie Ehlers, will provide an on-the-ground picture of the progress their farm-to-school teams have made and the influence statewide and district level support has on ensuring success.

Panelist:

Griffith George georgegriffith@htrstitans.org
Angie Ehlers  angie.ehlers@overtoneagles.org
Brenda Buchholz brenda.buchholz@overtoneagles.org

Speakers
avatar for Sarah Smith

Sarah Smith

Farm to School Specialist, Nebraska Department of Education
Sarah Smith has spent more than 15 years in 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 farm to... 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 how district utilize supports and resources from the Nebraska Healthy Schools program to embed well-being efforts into policy, assessment, and practice across the district. Look at 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 a new normal.

Speakers
avatar for Jessie Coffey

Jessie Coffey

Director, Whole Child Programs, Nebraska Department of Education
Jessie has 20 years of experience in the public education sector working to support health and wellbeing efforts in Nebraska schools.  She is a registered dietitian by training and has a master's degree in Family Services Administration and is currently perusing her PhD in Health... Read More →



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

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

1:00pm CDT

Plan for a Healthy Fall: Keeping Staff and Student Healthy at School with COVID-19 Risk Mitigation Efforts
How have the new variants changed the course of the pandemic, how will that affect your school in the upcoming year, and what can you do to prevent transmission in your building?  In this presentation, Pediatric Infectious Disease Specialist Dr. Alice Sato and Central District Health Department Director Teresa Anderson will update us on the current state of the COVID-19 pandemic, detail the best measures for COVID mitigation in schools, and answer your questions about school reopening. In addition, State School Nurse Consultant Andrea Riley will highlight the Max the Vax campaign to encourage parents to vaccinate their children against COVID-19.


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

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.

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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

On 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!

Speakers
MP

Marissa Payzant

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


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
avatar for Anne Hubbell

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 you, as an administator, might think about your own support and development system. The S.E.E.D. system is designed to bring all layers of the educational community to help your system to gain clarity around the struggles, the purpose, and the processes within your system through the lens of educator effectiveness.


Speakers
avatar for Ryan Ricenbaw

Ryan Ricenbaw

Education Leadership Specialist, Nebraska Department of Education
Ryan Ricenbaw is a lifelong educator and is currently employed at the Nebraska Department of Education serving as an education leadership specialist in the office of Coordinated School & District Support, specific to Educator Effectiveness. This support is specific to school principals... Read More →
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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 Kim Snyder

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...
…during out-of-school time. Attend this interactive session if you are considering starting an afterschool or summer program and looking for guidance. Already have a program? In this session we will explore the universe of possibilities that a community school model can provide.

Speakers
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Mariella Resendiz Alvarado

Director of Education Partnership & Support, Nebraska Department of Education
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Jan Handa

State Coordinator, 21st Century Community Learning Centers, Nebraska Department of Education



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
avatar for Ron Cone

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.

Speakers
avatar for Jim Kent

Jim Kent

Education Specialist, Nebraska Department of Education
avatar for Kirk Russell

Kirk Russell

Title I Director/Assistant ESEA Administrator, Nebraska Department of Education
Currently serving ESU #18 Lincoln Public Schools and ESU #19 Omaha Public Schools for all Federal Grants , Assigned as State Title I-A Director and Assistant ESEA Administrator. In my four years at the department I have had the pleasure to also serve as State Rural Education Achievement... Read More →



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.

Speakers
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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 organization which allows educators to make informed decisions about health and wellbeing practices for students and staff. Join our session to learn how schools can contribute to a valid School Health Surveillance data collection, which monitors health risks and experiences.

We will cover the Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) data finding to provide a snapshot of the health of Nebraska youth and understand the impact of COVID as we help adolescents recover from the effects, mentally and physically. Gain knowledge about how your participation in the Nebraska School Health Profile survey collected from principal/lead health teachers highlight 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. Hear from an Children's Hospital & Medical Center MD about how the Nebrska results are utilized and the importance of your participation in these surveys. 

Speakers
avatar for Jessie Coffey

Jessie Coffey

Director, Whole Child Programs, Nebraska Department of Education
Jessie has 20 years of experience in the public education sector working to support health and wellbeing efforts in Nebraska schools.  She is a registered dietitian by training and has a master's degree in Family Services Administration and is currently perusing her PhD in Health... Read More →



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

Speakers
MP

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
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Ryan Ricenbaw

Education Leadership Specialist, Nebraska Department of Education
Ryan Ricenbaw is a lifelong educator and is currently employed at the Nebraska Department of Education serving as an education leadership specialist in the office of Coordinated School & District Support, specific to Educator Effectiveness. This support is specific to school principals... Read More →



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.
IPG: https://bit.ly/NE_MathIPG 
Instructional Leadership Levers: https://bit.ly/NE_ILL

Speakers
avatar for Cory  Epler

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.

Speakers
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Brett Bieber

Director of Security Engineering, University of Nebraska



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
avatar for Jill Aurand

Jill Aurand

IT Administrator, Office of Data Management and Application Development, Nebraska Department of Education
I have been with the Nebraska Department of Education for 26 years, working in the School Finance area before moving to application development and data validation and reporting. I am now fortunate to have the opportunity to lead the Data Management and Application Development team... Read More →
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Max Reiner

Director of Data Collections, 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.

Speakers
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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 Redefining 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 Restoring 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
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Kim Texel

Education Specialist III, Nebraska Department of Education, Office of Early Childhood



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.

Speakers
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Mary Janssen

Business, Marketing, and Management Career Field Specialist, Nebraska DECA
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.

Speakers
avatar for Barbara Buttes

Barbara Buttes

American Indian Liaison, NDE
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Jessie Coffey

Director, Whole Child Programs, Nebraska Department of Education
Jessie has 20 years of experience in the public education sector working to support health and wellbeing efforts in Nebraska schools.  She is a registered dietitian by training and has a master's degree in Family Services Administration and is currently perusing her PhD in Health... Read More →


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

3:00pm CDT

Who’s on First? Second? Third? I’m Running a Title I-A School Wide Program,
Who's on First? Second? Third?  I'm Running a Title I-A SWProgram, I Think?  If you think you have a Schoolwide Title I-A Program this session is for you.  Find out what the expectations are for updating a SWPlan, being monitored, peer reviewing SWPlans, and self reviewing.  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
avatar for Kirk Russell

Kirk Russell

Title I Director/Assistant ESEA Administrator, Nebraska Department of Education
Currently serving ESU #18 Lincoln Public Schools and ESU #19 Omaha Public Schools for all Federal Grants , Assigned as State Title I-A Director and Assistant ESEA Administrator. In my four years at the department I have had the pleasure to also serve as State Rural Education Achievement... Read More →
avatar for Beth Wooster

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 Brooke Gebers

Brooke Gebers

Region 3 Support Lead, NeMTSS
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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
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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!

Speakers

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.

Panel: 
Jim York, O’Neill Elementary School Principal jimyork@oneillschools.org
Monica Asher, Lincoln Public School Family Literacy Coordinator masher@lps.org
Leesa Kraeger, Training Specialist at the National Center for Families Learning lkraeger@familieslearning.org

Speakers
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Jessica Boren

Nebraska Director, National Center for Families Learning
Jessica Boren was born and raised in the south region of Brazil. In 2008, she moved to Lincoln, NE with no previous knowledge of English. Over the next few years, she was able to learn English and Spanish through immersion. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Global Studies, with a... Read More →



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
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Dorann Avey

Digital Learning Director, Nebraska Department of Education
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Gary Needham

Director of Technology, ESU 9
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Chris Struebing

State E-rate Coordinator, Nebraska Department of Education



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
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Ryan Ricenbaw

Education Leadership Specialist, Nebraska Department of Education
Ryan Ricenbaw is a lifelong educator and is currently employed at the Nebraska Department of Education serving as an education leadership specialist in the office of Coordinated School & District Support, specific to Educator Effectiveness. This support is specific to school principals... Read More →
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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

7:00pm CDT

7:00pm CDT

Hospitality Room - Scholastic Education

Wednesday July 27, 2022 7:00pm - 11:00pm CDT
Silver 12

7:00pm CDT

Hospitality Room - Unified Employee Benefits

Wednesday July 27, 2022 7:00pm - 11:00pm CDT
Silver 4
 
Thursday, July 28
 

7:00am CDT

7:00am CDT

Registration Open
Drop by the registration desk to pick up your name badge and conference materials.

Thursday July 28, 2022 7:00am - 8:00am CDT
Prefunction

8:00am CDT

General Session 1 - Plan D –– How Disruptors Put a Dent in the Universe
Boxer Mike Tyson famously said, “Everyone has a plan until you get punched in the mouth.”
Today, organizations are being “punched in the mouth” by game-changing technology, aggressive entrepreneurs, and even global pandemics.
This leaves courageous leaders with three choices: They can be the Disruptors themselves, partner with Disruptors, or learn how to manage Disruptors even better.
Want to dream, drive and deliver like the “crazy ones”? Mike Maddock will show you how to do just that.

Speakers
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Mike Maddock

Mike Maddock is an entrepreneur, a keynote speaker, a best-selling author, and a CEO Coach.He is the founder of Flourish Forums; virtual CEO peer groups, McGuffin Creative Group, and Innovation Consultancy Maddock Douglas.Mike co-chairs the Gathering of Titans Entrepreneurial Conclave... Read More →

Sponsors

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Thursday July 28, 2022 8:00am - 9:15am CDT
Back Gold Ballroom (Gold 4,5,6,10,11,12)

9:15am CDT

Break 1
Drop by the exhibit hall to grab a snack or beverage and be sure to thank our vendors for their support!

Thursday July 28, 2022 9:15am - 9:30am CDT
Exhibit Hall - Front Gold Ballroom (Gold 1,2,3,7,8,9)

9:30am CDT

1st & 2nd Year Special Education Directors - Getting Started on the Right Foot
NASES onboarding for new special education directors. The session will discuss professional development, mentoring, and resources for 1st & 2nd-year special education directors.

Speakers
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Misty Beair

Wayne Community Schools
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Dr. Terry Houlton

Millard Public Schools


Thursday July 28, 2022 9:30am - 10:15am CDT
Platinum 1

9:30am CDT

Conversations Worth Having
Conversations are fateful. Everything we do and all change begins with a conversation. Whether it’s with ourselves or others, the nature of the conversation influences us. This introductory training is designed to get you started intentionally fostering conversations worth having: interactions that strengthen relationships, deepen understanding, and expand possibilities for achieving goals and desired outcomes.

Speakers


Thursday July 28, 2022 9:30am - 10:15am CDT
Silver 9

9:30am CDT

IDM Lessons Created by Nebraska Educators for Nebraska Educators
This year, the Nebraska ESU Coordinating Council partnered with 30 teachers from across the state to develop a collection of social studies HQIMs for grades 4 through 8. These 3–5-day lesson plans follow the C3 framework for Inquiry Design and the Nebraska State Standards. In this session, participants will learn about the Why behind this effort, the Inquiry Design Model for instruction, and how teachers can access these free-to-use lesson plans and resources.

Speakers
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Andrew Easton

ESU Coordinating Council
MB

Mark Brady

Professional Development, ESU 7
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Lori Broady

Teaching & Learning Team Coordinator, ESU 4


Thursday July 28, 2022 9:30am - 10:15am CDT
Bronze 2

9:30am CDT

MTSS Implementation for Single Building/Small Districts
The session would focus on the needs of smaller districts that have limited resources and how to grow the MTSS process. We would focus on the start-up, buy-in from team members/staff, and establishing district goals for staff/students. We also would highlight the relationship-building, creation of a diverse team, and the importance of a positive culture in the team and district.

Speakers
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Tami Sayers

Clarkson Public Schools
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Lee Schneider

HS Principal, Clarkson Public Schools


Thursday July 28, 2022 9:30am - 10:15am CDT
Platinum 7

9:30am CDT

Multiple Faces of Title Ix: Harassment, Gender Identity, Activities, and More!
With new proposed Title IX regulations, OCR decisions, and court cases continuing to emerge, this presentation will set the table for where we are now and what will be happening next. We'll focus on things that matter to you practically as you administer through difficult cases and lay out the future situations you'll need to be prepared to address.

Speakers
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Bobby Truhe

Attorney, KSB School Law
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Sara Hento

KSB School Law
JJ

Jordan Johnson

KSB School Law
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Coady Pruett

School Attorney, KSB School Law
Coady is a school lawyer representing public school districts at KSB School Law. He is licensed to practice in Nebraska and Colorado. Twitter: @CoadyPruett
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Steve Williams

KSB School Law


Thursday July 28, 2022 9:30am - 10:15am CDT
Platinum 6

9:30am CDT

Networking with New Principals
This session is for first-time new or new-to-Nebraska principals or assistant principals. The session will highlight the NCSA Networking with New Principals Program and provide you with the opportunity to discuss concerns as new principals. This session will be led by the Networking Leadership Team which has years of successful experience in Nebraska schools. The NWNP Leadership Team includes John Byrn, Ogallala; Jason Calahan, Kearney; Heather Daubert, Millard; Josie Floyd, Gothenburg; Brad Jacobsen, Ashland-Greenwood; Liz Stutzman, Friend; and Dan Ernst, NCSA. Please join us, as this session is extremely important to get your year and career as a Nebraska Administrator off to a great start.

Speakers
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Dr. Dan Ernst

Associate Director, Nebraska Council of School Administrators


Thursday July 28, 2022 9:30am - 10:15am CDT
Platinum 2

9:30am CDT

PBIS and Administrative Leadership: How Leaders can Improve Student Behavior
Improving student behavior is a common goal for many school systems. In addition, many schools implement Positive Behavior Interventions and Support (PBIS) with the hopes of improving student behavior and culture. However, to do this requires a committed leader that can navigate several adaptive challenges throughout the year. This session will provide attendees with information and resources on the administrator’s essential role in implementing and guiding their school in the PBIS framework.

Speakers
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Scott Eckman

Regional Lead, NeMTSS
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George Toman

Nebraska MTSS



Thursday July 28, 2022 9:30am - 10:15am CDT
Bronze 1

9:30am CDT

Personal Growth to Professional Impact!
How can you be at your personal best for an extraordinary impact on your building? This session will focus on breaking through personal barriers for sustainable success. You will have access to resources and strategies to intentionally focus on improving yourself as an individual in order to better serve your school and community.

Speakers
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Matt Hilderbrand

Papillion-LaVista Community Schools


Thursday July 28, 2022 9:30am - 10:15am CDT
Platinum 5

9:30am CDT

Preschool Curriculum Development: Knowing the What, Why, and How We Teach
High-quality early childhood education is known to be the foundation for our students' learning, but how much time and resources do we commit to our preschool curriculum development? This session will share steps taken by district leaders, and preschool teachers, to outline a comprehensive curriculum and assessment system that can answer the questions: What do we want all children to know, learn, and do by the end of preschool?

Speakers
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Kerra Robinson

Hastings Public Schools


Thursday July 28, 2022 9:30am - 10:15am CDT
Silver 3

9:30am CDT

Safe2HelpNE is safe to help your students
If you had a chance to obtain information to save the life of a student, would you? If you could receive information about a student planning an attack on your school, would you? If you could learn about a student in an abusive situation, would you want to help? Hopefully, your answer to all of these questions is "yes."  Safe2HelpNE is designed to put information in your hands to provide support to students in making their lives and situations better. This session will share information about how this can happen for your school and how your school can be involved in this process.

Speakers
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Chad Denker

Superintendent, David City Public Schools
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Jolene Palmer

Director of School Safety and Security, Nebraska Department of Education


Thursday July 28, 2022 9:30am - 10:15am CDT
Silver 1

9:30am CDT

The Benefits of an Associate Teacher Program
In the fall of 2021, the Ralston Public Schools experienced a rapid increase in its rate of unfilled substitute assignments. Utilizing the feedback from its substitute teacher pool, the district implemented its Associate Teacher program to provide building principals with another tool to combat the substitute teacher shortage. This presentation will focus on the theories behind the program, the dramatic impact it had on the district’s rate of unfilled substitute assignments, and the benefits Ralston has received from our program participants.

Speakers
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Dr. Mike Rupprecht

Ralston Public Schools


Thursday July 28, 2022 9:30am - 10:15am CDT
Silver 8

9:30am CDT

The State of CTE: Using Data to Determine Where Your Programs Are and Where You Want Them to Be
How often do CTE instructors get together to look at your CTE programs as a whole? With this data-driven process, schools of any size can look at the state of their programs. The process has three parts: 1) perception data, 2) hard data and 3) next steps. The process has opened the eyes of CTE instructors and administrators to where their district's CTE programs currently stand, where they would like to go, and how they are going to take them to the next level.

Speakers
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Otis Pierce

PD/Perkins Grant Coordinator, ESU 7
I am a Professional Development Coordinator with an emphasis in Technology Integration at ESU7 in Columbus, Nebraska. Prior to that I spent 13 years as a math teacher and coach at Sutherland Public Schools in Sutherland, Nebraska. I am a Google Education Trainer and have presented... Read More →


Thursday July 28, 2022 9:30am - 10:15am CDT
Bronze 3

9:30am CDT

Zip It - Open Meetings Act and Public Comment
In this session, Perry Law Firm attorneys Jim Gessford and Justin Knight will cover the latest developments and case studies when dealing with the Open Meetings Act and public comment issues.

Speakers
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Jim Gessford

School Attorney, Perry, Guthery, Haase, & Gessford
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Justin Knight

School Attorney, Perry, Guthery, Haase, & Gessford


Thursday July 28, 2022 9:30am - 10:15am CDT
Silver 7

10:15am CDT

Break 2
Drop by the exhibit hall to grab a snack or beverage and be sure to thank our vendors for their support!

Thursday July 28, 2022 10:15am - 10:30am CDT
Exhibit Hall - Front Gold Ballroom (Gold 1,2,3,7,8,9)

10:30am CDT

8 to Great: Restoring Hope and Inspiring Possibilities
8 to Great is an evidence-based, step-by-step process that develops real-life skills and improves communication for both students and staff. The result is significantly fewer office referrals, improved student grades, and attendance, stronger staff morale, and participants inspire to achieve heights they never thought possible. In short, it creates a school climate of kindness, respect, and responsibility. This proven process teaches perseverance, resilience, respect for others, and inspires HOPE during trying times. Middle school and high school students say 8 to Great "should be required for graduation", counselors call it "miraculous," and administrators refer to it as, "....the missing piece in education today." Come learn why this one-of-a-kind program is exploding across the nation.

Speakers
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Roxie Lee Smith

Alliance High Schools



Thursday July 28, 2022 10:30am - 11:15am CDT
Platinum 5

10:30am CDT

Amplify Your Impact Via Smarter Social Media Strategies
Have you ever wanted to get better at leveraging social media for communication or networking but felt like the only strategy you have is to post more often? If this sounds familiar then make this session a part of your schedule as we will explore the tech and techniques that will amplify your impact locally and in the education community at large. Learn about time-saving software, sites for creating graphics and videos, tips for broadening your audience, and how to maintain a consistent presence across a variety of platforms.

Speakers
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Andrew Easton

ESU Coordinating Council


Thursday July 28, 2022 10:30am - 11:15am CDT
Bronze 2

10:30am CDT

Aspiring School Leaders Research Gallery Walk
Participants in this session will have the opportunity to review a variety of school improvement initiatives developed by graduate students from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL). During the gallery walk, participants may review program designs, interact with aspiring school leaders and meet members of the EDAD Department. Please come and review these innovative school improvement initiatives and engage in conversation about ways to impact student achievement and student success in Nebraska schools.

Speakers
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Dr. Shavonna Holman

University of Nebraska at Lincoln


Thursday July 28, 2022 10:30am - 11:15am CDT
Platinum 2

10:30am CDT

Developments in Special Education Law and Guidance
How long can we work through MTSS before evaluating? What do the transition age changes in Rule 51 mean for us? What, exactly, are we supposed to do to comply with the Department of Education guidance for policies and procedures? What's a Rule 51 complaint and why have there been so many more this year? There are going to be new Section 504 regulations coming soon?! This presentation will equip administrators with what you'll need to roll into 22-23 ahead of the curve.

Speakers
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Bobby Truhe

Attorney, KSB School Law
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Sara Hento

KSB School Law
JJ

Jordan Johnson

KSB School Law
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Coady Pruett

School Attorney, KSB School Law
Coady is a school lawyer representing public school districts at KSB School Law. He is licensed to practice in Nebraska and Colorado. Twitter: @CoadyPruett
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Steve Williams

KSB School Law


Thursday July 28, 2022 10:30am - 11:15am CDT
Platinum 6

10:30am CDT

Moving from Words to Action
All too often, mission statements are pieces of paper - words - on the wall, but they could be so much more! In this session, Dr. Derek Ippensen will guide attendees through the process of turning an unactionable mission statement into an actionable one, writing goals based on this new mission statement, and then turning those goals into actions.

Speakers
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Dr. Derek Ippensen

Norfolk Senior High School


Thursday July 28, 2022 10:30am - 11:15am CDT
Bronze 3

10:30am CDT

MTSS-B During Challenging Times
Lincoln Public Schools has provided schools with support to continue to help students with social/emotional and behavioral needs. We will give examples and the process of how we have done this in a large district.

Speakers
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Jenny Fundus

Director of Special Education, Lincoln Public Schools
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Amanda Hemenway

Lincoln Public Schools
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Katie Karabel

Lincoln Public Schools
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Mindy Roberts

Lincoln Public Schools
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Sarah Wright

Lincoln Public Schools



Thursday July 28, 2022 10:30am - 11:15am CDT
Platinum 7

10:30am CDT

NASES Legislative Summary
Buckle up for the exciting world of Special Education Legislation! We will spend time reviewing what we learned at this year's Special Education Legislative Summit (SELS) and debrief conversations with our Nebraska representatives on capitol hill. Sprinkle in a little Teri Houlton and it should be a session to remember.

Speakers

Thursday July 28, 2022 10:30am - 11:15am CDT
Platinum 1

10:30am CDT

NEXGEN Leadership Academy: A Partnership with UNK and Nebraska School Districts
UNK has partnered with districts across the state to create a leadership academy to offer a strategic and systematic approach to the development and support of leaders in Nebraska's education system. This session will offer information about the academy and the impact it has had on teachers and leaders.

Speakers
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Mike Teahon

Chair of EDAD Department, University of Nebraska at Kearney
The UNK Educational Administration Department offers degrees and endorsements leading to certification as a Superintendent, Principal and Supervisor of Special Education in an online environment. We are fortunate to have faculty members with extensive backgrounds as public-school... Read More →
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Chelsea Feusner

University of Nebraska at Kearney
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Aprille Phillips

University of Nebraska at Kearney


Thursday July 28, 2022 10:30am - 11:15am CDT
Bronze 1

10:30am CDT

Our Path, Our Journey: Expanding Mental Health Supports in the School Setting
Come learn how Licensed Mental Health Practitioners (LMHP) and School Psychologists work in partnership with school staff to provide students with the mental health supports they need to function in the school setting. The session will cover hiring, funding, the role of the school-based therapy, and the benefits. We will share how the benefits of being part of school teams allows for not only direct therapy but the opportunity to educate teachers on classroom strategies that help ALL students in regulating their behaviors. We will talk about how the support can be at a Tier 1, Tier 2, and/or Tier 3 level. Also joining the presentation will be principal sharing how they utilize the program in their schools.

Speakers
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Molly Aschoff

Assistant Administrator, ESU 8


Thursday July 28, 2022 10:30am - 11:15am CDT
Silver 1

10:30am CDT

Planning for Personnel Matters in 2022-2023
This session will discuss personnel issues, including teacher/coach free speech, staff shortages, negotiations, discipline and other matters.

Speakers
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Derek Aldridge

Perry, Guthery, Haase, & Gessford
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Greg Perry

Perry, Guthery, Haase, & Gessford


Thursday July 28, 2022 10:30am - 11:15am CDT
Silver 7

10:30am CDT

Propelling the Profession
A superintendent's well-being is not merely a benefit, it’s a core strategy for the survival of our vocation. This session will focus on actionable strategic steps to live better and lead better, from veteran ed leaders who’ve lived it. This session will discuss 1) Handling Conflict, 2) Prioritizing, 3) Just Keep Moving, and 4) Unplugging.

Speakers
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John Skretta

Administrator, ESU #6
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Joél Ruybalid

Blue Hill Community Schools



Thursday July 28, 2022 10:30am - 11:15am CDT
Silver 9

10:30am CDT

Talk About the Walk: Making walk-throughs meaningful, impactful, and actionable
Learn about the questions, conversations, and collaboration that drive walk-throughs to enhance instruction, develop leadership capacity, and make them more than just a pop-in.

Speakers
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Sam Stecher

Crete Public Schools


Thursday July 28, 2022 10:30am - 11:15am CDT
Silver 2

10:30am CDT

The Ins and Outs of Student Hearings
So you are ready to do a long-term suspension or expulsion! Do you have the documentation? Are you following the state statute? Have you followed proper procedures? What does your handbook say? Please join us as we walk through the process of a student hearing from start to finish!

Speakers
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Justin Knight

School Attorney, Perry, Guthery, Haase, & Gessford
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Dr. Brian Maschmann

Norris School District


Thursday July 28, 2022 10:30am - 11:15am CDT
Silver 8

10:30am CDT

Transition Collaboration: Connecting Prek-K and Public Schools to Early Care and Education Centers
Kearney Public Schools has worked to support student transitions into kindergarten within the district and community. This session will share ideas and resources to offer suggestions and ideas to your community.

Speakers
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Chelsea Feusner

University of Nebraska at Kearney
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Libbi Harsh

Kearney Public Schools
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Megan Schmidt

Preschool Principal, Kearney Public Schools
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Amber Taylor

Kearney Public Schools
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Jenn True

Kearney Public Schools



Thursday July 28, 2022 10:30am - 11:15am CDT
Silver 3

11:15am CDT

Awards Luncheon
Join us to honor this year's award recipients. A red dot on your namebadge indicates you are registered for lunch.

Sponsors

Thursday July 28, 2022 11:15am - 12:45pm CDT
Back Gold Ballroom (Gold 4,5,6,10,11,12)

12:45pm CDT

Ice Cream Social
Head into and build your own ice cream sundae to start the afternoon off on the right foot!


Thursday July 28, 2022 12:45pm - 1:15pm CDT
Exhibit Hall - Front Gold Ballroom (Gold 1,2,3,7,8,9)

1:15pm CDT

General Session 2 - Hope is Always Found In a School
Although today’s schools face many challenges, Huntley will remind the audience of the Hope found in a school regardless of its numbers-based measurements. Highlighting relationships from her own personal story, Huntley will take the audience on a journey of how relationships stand the test of time as a true root of the transformative power of a school on the life of a child.

Speakers
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Elizabeth Huntley

Elizabeth “Liz” Huntley is an accomplished litigation attorney, and dedicated child advocate, author, and lecturer. She practices law at Lightfoot, Franklin & White, LLC in Birmingham, Alabama. She is the recipient of many professional honors and awards, including membership in... Read More →

Sponsors

Thursday July 28, 2022 1:15pm - 2:15pm CDT
Back Gold Ballroom (Gold 4,5,6,10,11,12)

2:15pm CDT

Break 3
Drop by the exhibit hall to grab a snack or beverage and be sure to thank our vendors for their support!


Thursday July 28, 2022 2:15pm - 2:30pm CDT
Exhibit Hall - Front Gold Ballroom (Gold 1,2,3,7,8,9)

2:45pm CDT

ACCESS to Overall Well-Being
ESU 2 Team ACCESS (All Children Celebrated Educated Safe & Successful) is a program to support students, families, and districts by expanding services and programs that aim to address overall well-being. Team Access was created as a single-entry point for our school districts to access our social support services. Our goal is to work together behind the scenes, to make it easier for schools to navigate our many social support programs. The presentation will review how ESU 2 Team ACCESS staff help coordinate services, provide educator training, and support through small group instruction or mental health counseling.

Speakers
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Megan Reese

Lead Community Navigator, ESU 2



Thursday July 28, 2022 2:45pm - 3:30pm CDT
Bronze 2

2:45pm CDT

Administrators wearing many hats; how to succeed being both superintendent and principal
The basis of this presentation would be to give young administrators who might find themselves with multiple administrative roles a playbook. To help them prioritize their time, manage all of their duties, and to remind themselves regularly that making connections with kids is the name of the game.

Speakers
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Joel Morgan

Superintendent, Arnold Public Schools
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J.D. Furrow

Sandhills Public Schools


Thursday July 28, 2022 2:45pm - 3:30pm CDT
Silver 9

2:45pm CDT

Creating a System for High Ability Learning within MTSS
Crete Public Schools' High Ability Learning program has shifted from a stand-alone enrichment program to a system run within MTSS.

Speakers
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Dr. Melissa Frans

Crete Public Schools


Thursday July 28, 2022 2:45pm - 3:30pm CDT
Platinum 7

2:45pm CDT

Disproportionality and CCEIS - Why it might be a good thing
Being flagged as a disproportionate school can be extremely stressful. This session will discuss the process, supports, and time involved; along with why and how this process can benefit school districts.

Speakers
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Misty Beair

Wayne Community Schools
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Jean Steen

Wayne Community Schools


Thursday July 28, 2022 2:45pm - 3:30pm CDT
Platinum 1

2:45pm CDT

Drug Threats in America and the Challenges Facing Today's Children
Join us as Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Omaha Division Special Agent in Charge Justin King discusses the multitude of drugs entering the nation and what investigators are seeing in Nebraska. King will talk about the threat and temptation students face to experiment with drugs and will provide resources for those interested in addressing the challenges facing children. During his discussion, King will talk about where the drugs are coming from, how they’re being moved across the country and delivered in Nebraska, and who is using them.

Speakers
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Justin King

Drug Enforcement Agency


Thursday July 28, 2022 2:45pm - 3:30pm CDT
Silver 1

2:45pm CDT

Grow Your Own to Combat Teacher Shortage
Plainview Public Schools will share our plan and lead a discussion about our intentional effort to identify and groom our current students to be the next great teachers and coaches for the Pirates. Please come prepared to share what conversations your district is having to deal with teacher staffing issues.

Speakers
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Kyle Schmidt

7-12 Principal, Plainview Public Schools
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Dr. Darron Arlt

Superintendent, Plainview Public Schools
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Jen Hodson

Plainview Public Schools


Thursday July 28, 2022 2:45pm - 3:30pm CDT
Bronze 3

2:45pm CDT

Improving Instruction with Instructional Rounds
Are you looking for ways to improve school culture and teacher collaboration? Instructional Rounds is your answer! Staff from Cross County will share how they have implemented Instructional Rounds to provide opportunities to improve instruction by observing colleagues across disciplines and grade levels. This process promotes self-reflection within teachers about their practices and provides a facilitated dialogue about instructional strategies potentially useful in their classrooms.

Speakers
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Justin DeWitt

Secondary Principal, Cross County Community Schools
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Kathy Lundstrom

Technology Coordinator/Director, Cross County Community Schools
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Hyde Patience

Cross County Community Schools
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Tammy Schaefer

Cross County Community Schools



Thursday July 28, 2022 2:45pm - 3:30pm CDT
Silver 2

2:45pm CDT

Leading Confidently from Where You Are
Join Nebraska PALs (Principals As Leaders) for an interactive session filled with research and best practices that are occurring across our state to meet the needs of all students. Some popular topics presented will focus on PBIS, Restorative Practices, strategies to build and strengthen relationships with kids, and social-emotional ideas. The Nebraska PALs will take you on a journey of what they are doing in their respective settings as well as what they have learned from some of the best leaders around the country. Come ready to collaborate and gain ideas that will help you lead confidently into the new school year.

Speakers
avatar for Josie Floyd

Josie Floyd

Principal, Sutherland Public Schools
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Erin Sieh

Elementary Principal, Freeman Public Schools


Thursday July 28, 2022 2:45pm - 3:30pm CDT
Platinum 5

2:45pm CDT

Middle School Roundtable: Glows and Grows
This session will focus on the unique needs of middle school education. Topics and discussions will be generated from those that attend this session. Come willing to share things that are working at your school, or come ready to learn how your colleagues have addressed a specific concern at their school. This will not be a 'sit-and-get' session. Session attendees will be encouraged to network with each other for future support.

Speakers
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Bill Curry

Boone Central Schools


Thursday July 28, 2022 2:45pm - 3:30pm CDT
Silver 3

2:45pm CDT

Research for the Real World
The professional learning experiences of K-12 educators are a critical part of continuously improving teaching and learning within a school.   PLCs, PD days, instructional frameworks, evaluation, lesson study… school and district leaders are faced with the complex task of putting the pieces together to orchestrate meaningful professional learning.  Hear from Dr. Plugge how one school leveraged instructional rounds to align the core practices and processes of continuous school improvement to facilitate teacher growth in practice while strengthening the collaboration and collective efficacy of participating teams.  In part 2 of the session, UNL will introduce a collaborative 2023 program, Growth-Oriented Leadership Development (GOLD) for Effective and Sustainable Rural School Renewal. The goal is to develop current and future school leaders, strengthen school culture, renew rural schools, and improve teacher and principal retention. We invite all rural schools across Nebraska to participate.

Speakers
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Dr. Nick Pace

professor & department chair, University of Nebraska at Lincoln
departmental leadership, principal preparation, mindfulness
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Dr. Angela Plugge

School District 145 - Waverly
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Dr. Scott Sturgeon

University of Nebraska at Lincoln
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Dr. Jiangang Xia

University of Nebraska at Lincoln


Thursday July 28, 2022 2:45pm - 3:30pm CDT
Platinum 2

2:45pm CDT

School Law Jeopardy!
Based on the popular game show, attorneys from the Perry Law Firm will entertain in this interactive session to remind and inform you of common topics that administrators face in a typical (and sometimes not so typical) school year including LB 644 (the postcard bill), recent case updates, and common legal scenarios.

Speakers
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Justin Knight

School Attorney, Perry, Guthery, Haase, & Gessford


Thursday July 28, 2022 2:45pm - 3:30pm CDT
Silver 7

2:45pm CDT

Speech, Religion, and Politics: Praying Coaches and Where We're Headed
The courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court, have been active in deciding several cases involving First Amendment rights like speech and religion. This presentation will recap the most recent cases and trends, and provide practical advice for handling issues that may arise in your school or ESU.

Speakers
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Bobby Truhe

Attorney, KSB School Law
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Sara Hento

KSB School Law
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Jordan Johnson

KSB School Law
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Coady Pruett

School Attorney, KSB School Law
Coady is a school lawyer representing public school districts at KSB School Law. He is licensed to practice in Nebraska and Colorado. Twitter: @CoadyPruett
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Steve Williams

KSB School Law


Thursday July 28, 2022 2:45pm - 3:30pm CDT
Platinum 6

2:45pm CDT

Using the Interlocal Agreement Act for Infrastructure Updates
This session will explain the procedures and processes that are currently available to school districts by using the Interlocal Agreement Act to move infrastructure projects forward that might otherwise be "stuck in the mud." Listen to the pros and cons of this method from those who have experienced it in construction.

Speakers
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Derek Aldridge

Perry, Guthery, Haase, & Gessford
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Jason Alexander

Superintendent, Beatrice Public Schools
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Colleen Duncan

Gilmore & Bell
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Justin Knight

School Attorney, Perry, Guthery, Haase, & Gessford
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Brandon Lavaley

Wahoo Public Schools
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Dr. Brenda McNiff

Administrator, ESU 5
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Michael Rogers

Gilmore & Bell


Thursday July 28, 2022 2:45pm - 3:30pm CDT
Bronze 1

2:45pm CDT

We evaluate to retain staff…HOW?
ESU 7 has developed a system of growth that includes a strong growth component for EVERY staff member from custodian to administration and the board. The process begins with recruiting new personnel and moves through mentoring, evaluation, personalized professional development plans, and agency reflection. This session will provide you with a sampling of ESU 7’s process, forms, and communication. You will be exposed to the tools ESU 7 uses, as well as the training, and the process involved for certificated, professional, classified, and support staff.

Speakers
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Marci Ostmeyer

Professional Development Director, ESU 7


Thursday July 28, 2022 2:45pm - 3:30pm CDT
Silver 8

3:15pm CDT

Break 4
Drop by the exhibit hall to grab a snack or beverage and be sure to thank our vendors for their support!

Thursday July 28, 2022 3:15pm - 3:30pm CDT
Exhibit Hall - Front Gold Ballroom (Gold 1,2,3,7,8,9)

3:45pm CDT

Data-Based Interventions & Extension
Have you wanted to implement an intervention/extension block, but you’re just not sure where to start? Start with the data! During this session, we will talk about how Shelby-Rising City elementary is using MAP Growth Data, the Learning Continuum, and W.I.N. time to meet all students’ needs. In just a few simple(ISH) steps, you could be off and running in your own school!

Speakers
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Heather Thompson

Elementary Principal/SPED Director, Shelby-Rising City Public Schools


Thursday July 28, 2022 3:45pm - 4:30pm CDT
Bronze 2

3:45pm CDT

EHA Update
Join us to discuss the value of the EHA to school districts across the State. There will be a discussion on what makes the EHA the most stable health benefit plan in Nebraska while focusing on the benefits offered within the plan.

Speakers
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Greg Long

EHA Field Representative, Educators Health Alliance


Thursday July 28, 2022 3:45pm - 4:30pm CDT
Silver 2

3:45pm CDT

Hot Topics in School Law
This will be a fast-paced session that covers many areas, including things to keep in mind from recent legislation, court cases, agency decisions, and more.

Speakers
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Bobby Truhe

Attorney, KSB School Law
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Sara Hento

KSB School Law
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Jordan Johnson

KSB School Law
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Coady Pruett

School Attorney, KSB School Law
Coady is a school lawyer representing public school districts at KSB School Law. He is licensed to practice in Nebraska and Colorado. Twitter: @CoadyPruett
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Steve Williams

KSB School Law


Thursday July 28, 2022 3:45pm - 4:30pm CDT
Platinum 6

3:45pm CDT

How to Develop Staff Training to Ensure the Best Outcomes for Students with Autism
This session will provide a review of the services and supports schools can access from the ASD Network. Presenters will highlight new training opportunities through the ASD Network along with our enhanced consultation model for follow-up support.  ASD Network Staff will provide an overview of some of the trainings we are offering in the areas of Severe Problem Behavior, Emerging Problem Behavior, Developing Communication, Cooperation, and Tolerance Skills, Teaching Critical Language, and Learning and Social Skills.     Presenters will discuss how administrators can identify trainings and interventions that directly meet the needs of their students and staff and ways to partner with the ASD Network to create comprehensive training plans for the upcoming year and beyond.

Speakers
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Annette Wragge

Nebraska ASD Network


Thursday July 28, 2022 3:45pm - 4:30pm CDT
Platinum 1

3:45pm CDT

Literacy Leaderships as the Catalyst for Change
The Science of Reading has been a focus of the conversation and professional development across the state of Nebraska.  For the majority of these professional development opportunities, the key audience has been classroom teachers.  School leaders must also be provided with the knowledge of the Science of Reading AND be provided with the most current research on what “good” leaders do.  Session attendees will learn about this research and how to lead change in literacy practices in their schools.

Speakers
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Heidi Farmer

MTSS Coach, ESU 6
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Megan Hammer

Professional Learning Consultant, ESU 6


Thursday July 28, 2022 3:45pm - 4:30pm CDT
Silver 3

3:45pm CDT

Planning for Student Issues in 2022-2023
This session will discuss student issues, including new proposed Title IX regulations, social media, transgender and other matters.

Speakers

Thursday July 28, 2022 3:45pm - 4:30pm CDT
Silver 7

3:45pm CDT

Promoting the Positive Ahead of the 108th Legislative Session
While you are busy focusing on your number one responsibility – kids in the classroom – and the support of your teachers to ensure that classroom experiences are top-notch, you may not always remember to share your amazing, positive stories with the Legislature. Meanwhile, you are asked to call your senators to prevent bad bills from passing. Join this discussion on how to promote the positive and avoid always being on the defensive. Receive suggestions on how best to be proactive with your message and engage in an open dialog on how the Committee office can partner with your efforts.

Speakers
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Nicole Barrett

Education Committee of the Nebraska Legislature
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Senator Lynne Walz

Nebraska Legislature District 15


Thursday July 28, 2022 3:45pm - 4:30pm CDT
Silver 1

3:45pm CDT

Rural School Success: the Surviving and the Thriving in Nebraska
Of the current 244 school districts in NE, 79 of those districts, 32% of total districts have an enrollment size of 256 or less. Of those districts, 46 schools are under 200 in enrollment; that’s almost 19% of ALL Nebraska schools with a total enrollment under 200 students. What can we learn from these districts in order to stabilize and grow rural education in Nebraska? What key influences surround a thriving rural school in Nebraska? What innovations can directly influence your rural school? Learn more about our Rural Nebraska Schools and their stories compiled through the dissertation work of Sadie N. Coffey.

Speakers

Thursday July 28, 2022 3:45pm - 4:30pm CDT
Silver 9

3:45pm CDT

School Improvement Innovations
What are ways to think about school improvement in new ways? This session explores innovative approaches to improving schools and systems that include design thinking, improvement science, and using data. If you are interested in rethinking or reimagining ways to approach improvement, this session is for you.

Speakers
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Matthew Heusman

Nebraska Public Media
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Aprille Phillips

University of Nebraska at Kearney



Thursday July 28, 2022 3:45pm - 4:30pm CDT
Bronze 3

3:45pm CDT

The Clipboard is Not the Intervention: Supporting Students SEBL Needs
For the last few years MPS has worked to streamline Tier 1 and Tier 2 SEBL support for students. Come see how a Check N Connect process has created intentional conversations with students about school-wide expectations, and how this process has created a common behavior data tracking system. We will share our MTSS SEBL decision rules and templates. We will also show how we are using very basic google tools to easily and quickly track our data.

Speakers
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Cory Hartman

Milford Public Schools
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Mitch Kubicek

Milford Public Schools
Director of Learning, Milford Public Schools
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Faith Towle

Milford Public Schools



Thursday July 28, 2022 3:45pm - 4:30pm CDT
Platinum 7

3:45pm CDT

The Potential of Afterschool Programs
Discover how Cardinal Community Learning Centers (CCLC), the K-12 afterschool program for Crete Public Schools, excels in unlocking the untapped potential within students and staff. Mr. Joel Bramhall, Director of CCLC, will discuss the following topics: student motivation, staff recruitment, community networks, brand recognition, educating the public, stakeholder feedback, mechanisms for support and accountability, and nurturing the hidden talents of students and staff.

Speakers
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Joel Bramhall

Crete Public Schools


Thursday July 28, 2022 3:45pm - 4:30pm CDT
Bronze 1

3:45pm CDT

Transforming pockets of excellence to SYSTEMS of excellence in your school/district!
HOW TO BRING SYSTEMS OF EXCELLENCE TO YOUR SCHOOL/DISTRICT! Finger crossing is not a system of excellence. HOPING you hire a dynamic teacher to take away most of your issues is not a system of excellence. We see it all too often; parents requesting certain teachers for their children because they have heard about the "other ones", initiatives starting strong and then falling short, and overall happiness in the workplace flying away as the year progresses. Learn how Ogallala Public School's unique approach helped them to begin to eliminate the pockets of excellence and transform into a district that demands SYSTEMs of Excellence. This presentation promises to give you that one or many "AHA!" takeaways to help build a culture of excellence in your school and district! Don't worry, there will be no awkward "break the ice" activities, just an engaging presentation that will keep you engaged the entire time!

Speakers
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Gene Russel

Ogallala Public Schools


Thursday July 28, 2022 3:45pm - 4:30pm CDT
Platinum 5

3:45pm CDT

Using Expanded Learning Opportunities to Re-Engage Youth and Accelerate Learning
Participants will learn about a new NCFF-NDE partnership using Federal ESSER III funding to develop new and expand existing high-quality, low cost and locally sustainable afterschool and summer programming as a proven strategy to reengage youth and accelerate learning. The workshop will the goals and statewide reach of this new program and the insights it will provide to support similar programming across the state.

Speakers
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Stephanie Vadnais

Nebraska Children and Families Foundation
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Jeff Cole

Nebraska Children and Family Foundation



Thursday July 28, 2022 3:45pm - 4:30pm CDT
Silver 8

3:45pm CDT

Yeah, But What About This Kid?
The book, Yeah, But What About This Kid?, provides teachers and administrators with ideas and solutions for supporting students displaying challenging behaviors. In this session, the author will share strategies that participants can begin to implement on the first day of school and carry them forward to change the trajectory of their school for years to come. The presentation will incorporate the practical application of strategies and ideas for how to utilize the book for professional development with staff.

Speakers

Thursday July 28, 2022 3:45pm - 4:30pm CDT
Platinum 2

4:30pm CDT

Thursday Reception
Be sure to join us Thursday afternoon for a reception. No need to register, just follow the sound of The Algorythms to catch up with your colleagues over snacks and beverages
before heading off to dinner.


Thursday July 28, 2022 4:30pm - 6:00pm CDT
Silver Ballroom

5:00pm CDT

NCSA Administrators In Action
Get moving and donate to the Nebraska Court Appointed Special Advocate Association (CASA) all at the same time by signing up for Administrators in Action. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Nebraska will sponsor every person that walks or runs the mile from Younes to Yanny and back, so sign up and get outside for a great cause!


Thursday July 28, 2022 5:00pm - 5:00pm CDT
Betty's Trail (Outside)

8:00pm CDT

Hospitality Room - American Fidelity

Thursday July 28, 2022 8:00pm - 9:00pm CDT
Silver 7

8:00pm CDT

Hospitality Room - D.A. Davidson & Co.
Thursday July 28, 2022 8:00pm - 9:00pm CDT
Silver 8

8:00pm CDT

NCSA Trivia Night
You don’t need to be a trivia buff to join in and have fun at NCSA Trivia Night. With our very own Mark Johnson and Sam Stecher hosting, you’re sure to have a great time, even if your table doesn’t win the grand prize.


Thursday July 28, 2022 8:00pm - 11:00pm CDT
Silver Ballroom
 
Friday, July 29
 

8:00am CDT

Breakfast Buffet
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Friday July 29, 2022 8:00am - 9:00am CDT
Back Gold Ballroom (Gold 4,5,6,10,11,12)

8:00am CDT

New Members Breakfast
A blue dot on your namebadge with and "NM" on it indicates you are registered for new member breakfast.

Friday July 29, 2022 8:00am - 9:00am CDT
Gold 7

9:00am CDT

General Session 3 - Federal Update
Join Alex Perry to learn about things going on in Washington D.C. that impact schools here in Nebraska

Speakers
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Alex Perry

Alex Perry has spent the last decade working in policy and advocacy to advance the goals of his clients, and dedicated his career to specializing in education, appropriations, and immigration policy. A core focus of his work has been the support of innovative educational models, and... Read More →


Friday July 29, 2022 9:00am - 10:00am CDT
Back Gold Ballroom (Gold 4,5,6,10,11,12)

10:00am CDT

General Session 3 - Attitude Changes Everything
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If there is one thing for certain in life, it is that our attitude plays a role in everything – both personally and professionally. Today, Sam Glenn is considered one of the leading experts on the subject of “attitude”, having written more than 30 books related to this subject. Attitude Changes Everything 2.0 offers an enlightening, entertaining and educational exploration into how our attitude works, what creates it and feeds it, how to keep it healthy and finally how to use your attitude to create positive experiences and stories in life.

Speakers
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Sam Glenn

For nearly three decades, Sam Glenn’s inspirational and artistic speeches have impacted audiences of all sizes - some audiences as large as 75,000 people at stadium events. Sam has spoken for just about every industry you can imagine. When it comes to attitude - nobody is excluded... Read More →

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Friday July 29, 2022 10:00am - 11:00am CDT
Back Gold Ballroom (Gold 4,5,6,10,11,12)
 
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