State Education Conference
November 18-20, 2020
CHI Health Center - Downtown Omaha & Virtually.
This year's State Conference will be held November 18-20 in hybrid fashion. That means you will have the opportunity to attend in-person OR virtually.
This conference, presented annually the week prior to Thanksgiving, offers school leaders the latest in educational information and technology through such activities as preconference workshops, keynote presentations, breakout sessions, and commercial exhibits
2020 State Education Conference Agenda
Wednesday, November 18
1:00 to 4:00 PM - Pre-Conferences
4:00 to 6:00 PM - Exhibitor Reception
Thursday, November 19
8:30 – 9:30 AM – Opening General Session - Commissioner Matt Blomstedt
9:45 – 10:30 AM – A Sessions
11:00 – 11:45 AM - B Sessions
Noon – 1:30 PM - Lunch - Inky Johnson
Superintendent of the Year will be awarded at the Thursday luncheon
2:00 – 2:45 PM – C Sessions
3:15 – 4:00 PM – D Sessions
Friday, November 20
8:30 – 11:30 AM - Classroom Showcase
8:30 – 9:15 AM – E Sessions
9:45 – 10:30 AM – F Sessions
11:00 – 11:45 AM – G Sessions
Noon – 1:15 PM – Closing General Session - State of the Associations Address by NASB and NCSA Leadership
Ann Mactier/SBM of the year Award will be given at the Friday luncheon
Registration fees for the conference are as follows:
REGISTER SEPTEMBER 28 THROUGH NOVEMBER 6 = $275
REGISTER NOVEMBER 7 THROUGH ON SITE = $325
Board Member Elects = $150
NON-MEMBER REGISTRATION = $575
PRE-CONFERENCE REGISTRATION = $70
CANCELLATION FEE (PRIOR TO 11/7) = $100
(No refunds after the registration deadline)
This year, you may choose to attend the conference in-person (approximately 500 person capacity) or virtually. Those attending virtually can view the event via live stream, or for 2 weeks after Conference. We are working closely with the CHI Health Center staff to ensure we are following all current Directed Health Measures and CDC recommendations. General session and breakout rooms will be set up to encourage social distancing. Masks will be provided for in-person attendees who do not bring their own.
Registration for the State Education Conference is a process consisting of two steps. First, you will register for the Conference. Second, if you are attending in-person, you will submit your request for a room at the Conference hotels.
Conference registration will open at 10:00 AM Central Time on Monday, September 28, 2020. Once your Conference registration is complete, you will receive an email with your NASB Registration code and a Conference Hotel Room Request link, also included here: https://mmxreservations.com/fer/#/Omaha?pageCode=2020NASB
If you would like to request a room at either of the Conference Hotels, you must register for the Conference between September 28 and November 6. You will then complete the room request process on Monday, October 5, 2020. Room requests without valid NASB Registration codes will not be honored.
If the in-person attendance event is full please complete your registration normally. This will add your registration to the wait list. If a spot does not open up you will still be able to access the conference virtually. Your district will not be charged until you are moved off the wait list.
- Sign In to the "My Membership" tab of NASBonline.org with your email and password
- Click on Events inside menu bar.
- Click on Register under the Events tab.
- Use the drop down list of contacts to select who you would like to register.
- Select either the 2020 Virtual or In-person State Education Conference from the list of events.
- Choose the items and meals for which you would like to register the attendee on the right side of the screen. Please note: Neither of the host hotels offer a free breakfast. You can register for Thursday and/or Friday breakfast through the conference registration process.
- After you have selected your items, hit the “Add Registration” button. This may take a moment to refresh.
- You will see a summary of items for which you have registered.
- To register additional attendees, repeat steps #5 - #8
- After you have registered all your members, please select your payment option at the bottom of the screen and hit the Continue button.
- After registering, you will receive an email with your six-digit NASB Registration Code and a Conference Hotel Room Reservation Link in the email.
- On October 5 you will be able to use the link provided in your confirmation email to reserve your hotel rooms. All attendees will be able to stay at either the Hilton or the Marriott.
Wednesday, November 18
1:00 to 4:00 PM - Pre-Conferences
Risk Dial Turned Red
Three months into the school year, and things continue to change by the week--sometimes by the day. This presentation will look at COVID-19 from a variety of disciplines. You'll hear real experiences from school administrators, followed by a discussion of legal issues for boards and administrators to think about for the coming months. The next portion of the presentation will go through considerations for moving into the winter activity seasons with Dr. Bellar. We'll conclude with a discussion from the public health perspective with Dr. Rauner, who has been tracking and informing board members, administrators, and the public on COVID-related issues since the beginning of the pandemic. Most importantly, we'll have plenty of time for questions and group discussion whether you're tuning in remotely or attending in person.
School District Administrators; Jay Bellar - NSAA; Bobby Truhe - KSB School Law; Dr. Bob Rauner - School Board Member & Medical Doctor
A Silver Lining: Digital Learning in the COVID Era
The COVID-related school closures in the spring and the subsequent hybrid and remote learning approaches that have continued into the fall semester have brought the importance of technology in education to the forefront. This session will discuss the fundamental requirements to ensure your district is not merely surviving with technology but thriving. We will take a deep dive into the rocky legal terrain that must be considered when schools rely on technology to deliver instruction. We will close the session with a celebration of success, sharing examples that illustrate great technology integration in Nebraska schools.
Presenters: John Skretta & Jamen Hall - ESU 6; Justin Knight - Perry Law Firm
4:00 to 6:00 PM - exhibitor Reception
Thursday, November 19
8:30 to 9:30 AM – Opening General Session
Commissioner Matt Blomstedt
9:45 to 10:30 AM – A Sessions
A1- Board Meeting Fundamentals
From proper board policies to what should go on the consent agenda, this session will cover numerous board meeting fundamentals all school boards should have in place.
Presenter: Jim Gessford - Perry Law Firm
A2 - Board Goal: Defining Equity
With an overarching mission to achieve a 90% on-time graduation rate and realizing the toughest work is addressing the needs of students who struggle the most, the Lincoln Board Education adopted a goal to support academic success and improve equitable outcomes for all students. This work required a detailed analysis of failure indicators such as attendance, grades, participation, family structure, behavior, etc. The data was sobering. The team quickly moved to develop a definition of equity and worked to formulate strategies to address those areas deemed most chronic. As each district struggles with similar challenges, this presentation will provide information on the LPS approach that may help attendees along their journeys.
Presenters: Steve Joel, Kathy Danek, Annie Mumgaard & Connie Duncan - Lincoln Public Schools
A3 - Hot Topics in School Law!
They're baaaaaaack! We will take you through the most interesting, terrifying, and noteworthy developments in school law over the last year that all board members and administrators need to know. We can only promise you'll be entertained, and probably a little terrified. Bring your questions, too!
Presenters: Bobby Truhe & Steve Williams - KSB School Law
A4 - A Conversation with the State Board of Education: Disruption & Innovation
Join members of the State Board of Education for a conversation on education policy, including the board’s legislative priorities for the coming year. Much of this session will be devoted to an opportunity for session attendees to share ideas and input with the members of the State Board.
Presenters: Members of the Nebraska State Board of Education
A5 - School Financing and Covid's Impact on the Bond Market
COVID 19 has impacted everyone in a variety of ways, and perhaps no one knows that more than School Administrators. The pandemic has caused an uproar in the financial markets as well, but the results are actually very favorable for the Issuers of debt. Come learn how COVID 19 has impacted the bond market and what opportunities may exist for your School District.
Presenters: Cody Wickham, Paul Grieger & Andy Forney - D.A. Davidson
A6 - Strategies for Success!
What Your District Needs to Know about Sparq Negotiations and Meetings! Come see why over half the school districts are using Sparq Negotiations and Meetings. Discover the new capabilities your district has available to further streamline your processes and reduce time spent working on daily tasks. See how to use this intuitive, user-friendly platform to create and maintain meetings for your board and committees. The Negotiations platform provides a quick way for negotiating teams to pull Reports, review a Midpoint Analysis, and project costs for the upcoming school year. See how quickly you can review other districts' information, including salary schedules, detailed health and benefits information, and staff summaries.
Presenters: Craig Caples, Darion Miller & Nicole Kobus - Sparq Data Solutions
A7 - National Update on the Teacher Shortage and Vision Planning for the Future
As the pandemic continues and the state of education remains unclear, states will continue to struggle to recruit and retain high-quality educators. While the need to educate our students is consistent, how we get educators in the right placement at the right times will vary from state to state. Join Kelly as she shares what the American Association of School Personnel Administrators (AASPA) has been tracking with regards to the national teacher shortage preCOVID19 and present. Learn what is going on in some key states good and bad that could affect how Nebraska deals with their own shortages. We will discuss some key strategies districts and K12 HR teams can use to improve their recruitment and retention.
Presenter: Kelly Coash-Johnson - American Association of School Personnel Administrators
11:00 to 11:45 AM - B Sessions
B1 - Student Legal and Technology Issues for Board Members
As technology evolves, school districts need to adapt. Student codes of conduct and student discipline policies need to consider how to keep students safe while, at the same time, ensure that the rules are clear. In this session, the Perry Law Firm will address emerging student legal issues and prepare board members for what they may soon encounter in their district. This session will also consider various legal and best practice issues schools are facing related to developments in technology.
Presenters: Justin Knight & Jim Gessford - Perry Law Firm
B2 - I'm A New Board Member, Now What?
Are you a newly elected board member? Have you recently been appointed to fill a vacancy on the Board? How do you properly prepare for this new role? Who do you reach out to as a resource with your questions about board service? This session will cover the roles and responsibilities of a board, address frequently asked questions, and engage participants in an interactive discussion.
Presenter: Marcia Herring - NASB
B3 - Know and Grow Your CEO! Superintendent Contracts, Evaluations, and Employment
The school board employs everyone on staff, but the Superintendent is your key employee. Do you conduct the superintendent evaluation in open or closed session? Is the superintendent evaluation a public record, or confidential personnel record? What's the actual term of your superintendent contract? This presentation will talk through the key issues related to superintendent contracts, evaluations, pay transparency, and more. Clarity is key, for everyone.
Presenters: Bobby Truhe & Karen Haase - KSB School Law
B4 - New Faces, Same Issues; A Legislative Primer for 2021
The 2021 session will usher several new Senators and new Leadership. In addition to a new Speaker, the Legislature will select new leadership for important committees including, Education, Revenue, and Government. With new members come new ideas. With that said, many topics will be familiar to members. Returning Senators have indicated several topics as unfinished business. Senators have signaled legislative ideas that will affect district operations, spending, board authority, curriculum, discipline, and school safety. Come learn how these initiatives may affect your district and how you can prepare to be great education advocates.
Presenters: Colby Coash - NASB; Mike Dulaney - NCSA
B5 - When the Bell Rings
As schools worked through the challenges caused by the onset of COVID 19 in March of 2020, the issues of finishing the 19/20 school year and planning for the 20/21 were daunting to school districts throughout the state. Leadership in the state stepped up to these challenges and once again showed the importance of schools in each and every community. No other group faced the complexities that the school’s faced. No other group could have responded as effectively as the schools. This session will discuss the challenges that were front and center for schools as they planned for the 20/21 school year.
Presenters: Cinde Wendell, Kyle McGowan & Keith Rohwer - NCSA Ambassadors
B6 - Senior Fridays - A Transition to College or Career
Northeast Nebraska Schools are scheduling "Senior Fridays" for their Senior students. Seniors have the option of internships or to take classes at college campuses on Fridays. School Staff, students and Board Members from Bancroft-Rosalie, Battle Creek, Bloomfield, and Osmond will describe how Senior Fridays works at their schools, the options available for students, and how partnerships with Northeast Community College and Wayne State College get their High School Seniors dual credit on a college campus.
Presenters: Jon Cerny - Bancroft-Rosalie; Jake Luhr - Battle Creek; Shane Alexander - Bloomfield; & Internship Students
B7 - Educational Service Unit 5: 4ALL Mental Health Model
With one in five students diagnosed with a mental health disorder, and educators leaving the profession at over 40% in the first five years - ESU5's 4ALL Mental Health Model is being seen as the standard for providing mental wellness for all in schools. This session will focus on the impacts of ESU5's 4ALL model, partnership with UNL & Doane University, evidenced based practices and data to support the model.
Presenters: Jen McNally & Brenda McNiff - ESU 5
Noon to 1:30 PM - Lunch - Inky Johnson
September 9, 2006. It started as a normal college football game in Neyland Stadium. If anything, the event was an afterthought, dropped into the schedule at the last minute. For Inky Johnson, though, the game changed everything. A routine tackle turned into a life-threatening injury, and nothing has been normal for Inky ever since. Not with a paralyzed right arm. Not with daily pain. Not with constant physical challenges. His dream had always been to play professional sports. You might think his injury would have destroyed his motivation and crushed his spirit. But that’s only because you don’t know Inky. Who is Inquoris “Inky” Johnson? He could be described as the survivor of an underprivileged past. He could be described as a refugee of poverty and violence. He could be described as a success story stained by tragedy. But if you look deeper, you’ll discover something else. You’ll see a man who looks in the face of defeat and says, “Am I really failing, or is God prevailing?” You’ll see a man gripped by the promise that God has purposes and plans far beyond our own. And you’ll be inspired by his relentless determination, which he loves to impart to others through his dramatic story.
Superintendent of the Year will be awarded at the Lunch
2:00 to 2:45 PM – C Sessions
C1 - The "Woke" Generation: School Obligations Under Title IX
With increased media attention of sexual abuse and similar allegations, it is more important than ever to understand your school’s obligations under both Title IX and state law. This session will address these obligations and the potential liability your school faces. We will also include a discussion of ways to potentially avoid such liability and cover best practices to protect students and staff.
Presenter: Josh Schauer - Perry Law Firm
C2 - Student Voices
Students from Nebraska high schools share their perspectives on issues that are important to the leaders of tomorrow.
C3 - STOP IT! A School Lawyer's List of Things You Must, Can't, Should and Shouldn't Do
They've been wanting to do it for years, and they've finally committed. We are reviewing a combined 40+ years of notes on all the things school boards and administrators struggle with in terms of legal compliance. This presentation will be great for longtime board members, new board members, and administrators who want to embrace the complexity of school legal issues and FINALLY tackle the most common misconceptions and mistakes on school law issues.
Presenters: Steve Williams & Karen Haase - KSB School Law
C4 - Public Health and the Public School
On March 3, 2020 Three Rivers Health Department and ESU 2 held a joint meeting to discuss the arrival of a new virus to America. Since that day, the joint effort between Three Rivers Health Department and area superintendents, through the facilitation of ESU 2 and other area leaders, has proven to be effective, reasonable and collaborative. This session will help board members understand the complexity of the decisions made over six months ago and how a model of teamwork continues in the days and months to come as health departments and schools work together to combat the coronavirus.
Presenters: Dan Endorf - North Bend Central; Mark Shepard - Fremont; Terra Uhing - 3 Rivers Health Department
C5 - Facility Planning During Tough Economic Times
Presenters will address some of the key considerations that districts need to be aware of as they look to maintain and improve facilities. This will include long term planning, proper use of the various funds, and tools that can be used to finance projects.
Presenters: First National Capital Markets
C6 - Transparent and Effective Communications During a Crisis
Effective communication with all stakeholders is a challenge in the best of time. When a crisis occurs; transparent, effective communication becomes daunting. Hear how the Grand Island Public Schools navigated the communication needed during the Covid-19 pandemic through collaboration, by building stronger trust, and expanding its reach to engage with all parts of the community. Come learn how to develop an innovative process to create two-way communication leading to a unified message.
Presenters: Tawana Grover & Bonnie Hinkle - Grand Island Public Schools
C7 - Working Together for a Behavioral and Mental Health Support Program
Support for students and teachers in the areas of behavioral and mental health is often difficult to find, especially in rural communities. This session will explore the partnership that has formed between a few schools and a local hospital to provide needed support. Successes, pitfalls, and ideas as to how to start a program in your area of the state will be shared.
Presenters: Brad Best, Dana Reinke & Tim Carr - Heartland Community Schools; Stephanie Knight & Jeri George - Fillmore County Medical Center
3:15 to 4:00 PM – D Sessions
D1 - Extracurricular Events: Legal Issues
Every year, schools run into problems involving extracurricular activities. From unruly fans, prayers before/after games, or student-athlete safety, this session will walk through current events and legal issues that administrators and board members need to know.
Presenter: Josh Schauer - Perry Law Firm
D2 - NSAA Update
Come and learn about what the Nebraska School Activities Association has been working on and what they see as important issues for future years.
Presenter: Jay Bellar - NSAA
D3 - IX Things We Love About You!
Title IX has been a topic at every State Conference for the last decade! We are finally able to talk about some certainty...right? We finally, actually, have some answers! Your school or ESU board and administrators have read the headlines, been through policy updates, and started to live in the new and strange world of Title IX in 2020. This fast-paced presentation will take you through a quick overview of the legal landscape and bring you real life examples from the field.
Presenters: Bobby Truhe, Karen Haase & Steve Williams - KSB School Law
D4 - Step by Step Guide for Passing School Bonds
Are you facing an upcoming election? This presentation will walk you step by step through the how to conduct a successful campaign. Learn how this school district passed the largest bond issue ever by the nearly 70%. The session will cover how to actively engage your community up front in the decision making and then how to focus your campaign for success. It will include strategies for how to manage social media during a campaign and utilize it to gain the best possible results. It will also cover general communication strategies you can use to maximize your supporters.
Presenter: Annette Eyman - Papillion La Vista Community Schools
D5 - Barbarians at the Gate: Disruptive Patrons, Arguing Parents and Unwanted Visitors
"It's public property!" "I'm a taxpayer!" "It's my 1st Amendment right!" Today, schools are encountering more and more visits from community members and others who believe they have an absolute right of access to the school. On top of this, some parents seem to believe that they have the right to supervise (literally) their student's education. Further, schools are confronted with sex offenders who move into town and want to attend the football game or attend their child's play during the school day. This session will walk through case illustrations, real world examples, and practical suggestions to help you deal with unwelcome visitors.
Presenter: Derek Aldridge - Perry Law Firm
D6 - Conflicts of Interest and More
This session will review and discuss Nebraska’s conflict of interest laws, its nepotism laws and its contractual interest laws as they apply to members of school boards. Real world scenarios will be used to illustrate the application and effect of these laws on school board members. Attendees will be provided with information as to how to seek information and advice when faced with issues in these areas.
Presenter: Frank Daley - Nebraska Accountability and Disclosure Commission
D7 - From Seed to Feed - The High Plains Community Schools Student Agriculture Education Experience
High Plains Community Schools Agriculture Education program has evolved and expanded in the last 6 years to now include an animal science lab, seed to feed agriculture experience, and hands on learning environment that has enabled our students to dive deeper into their education program than ever before. This session is designed to be student led as HPC students will talk about our Ag Ed. program and its impact on their education at our school. With space to spare, HPC took the initiative to turn a solid program into a great one by creating a living farm 50 feet from our school doors. HPC students are able to utilize our test plot, complete with pivot irrigation, and our working animal farm to learn the basics of farm management as well as the complexities of marketing, pesticide management, and animal care complexities. With partnerships built throughout our program through agriculture industry mainstays like Orthman Enterprises and John Deere along with local teaching experiences through vet techs, agronomists, and fabricators, HPC students get a real word experience throughout their Ag. Education classes at HPC.
Presenter: Tom Hofmann - High Plains Community Schools
Friday, November 20
8:30 to 9:15 AM – E Sessions
E1 - Superintendent/Board Relationships
The relationships between board members and the superintendent is critical in every school district. In this presentation, we will cover the legal requirements regarding the board's relationship with the superintendent, such as evaluations and potential closed session issues. Then, we will look into the practical, successful relationships that have been established and continue to grow in the Kearney Public School District. Board members may take away fresh perspectives back to their districts.
Presenter: Justin Knight - Perry Law Firm; Kent Edwards - Kearney Public Schools; Kearney Public Schools Board Members
E2 - 2021/2022 EHA Health and Dental Plan Changes
Attend this session to learn more about changes to benefits and rates for the EHA Health and Dental plans. Session attendees will be invited to engage in discussion and ask questions to one another about best practices on educating employees on their health and dental benefits.
Presenter: Cortney Ray - BCBS; Greg Long - EHA
E3 - Finally! A Title IX Presentation about Sports
Can we add baseball? Do we have to cap roster spots? Do we have to drop a sport? Can we make cuts? School leaders around the country face these and other questions as they make short- and long-term decisions about their athletic programs. This presentation will discuss Title IX's requirement that schools provide equal athletic opportunities, and the various alternatives that you can use to show compliance. More than just evaluating your current athletic program under Title IX, you will learn about tools that you can use to help make informed decisions to meet your students' athletic interests and abilities (and comply with the law).
Presenter: Karen Haase, Coady Pruett & Bobby Truhe - KSB School Law
E4 - School Foundations - National Best Practices
This session will provide attendees the principles and practical ideas for current or future-planned school foundations in the strive for excellence. This session will share the wisdom gathered from 20 states’ school foundations, which developed the National School Foundation Association’s guiding principles for education foundations.
Presenter: Wendy Van - Foundation for Lincoln Public Schools
E6 - Rules, Rules, and More Rules!
The rule is changing, and board members need to understand how modifications to Rule 10 will impact the decision-making at the board table. Join us for this session, as we take a deep dive into accreditation of the school district and compliance with Rule 10.
Presenter: Marcia Herring - NASB
E7 - AQuESTT System of Support: The Board's Role in School Improvement
Each year, schools and districts across the state are classified as Excellent, Great, Good, or Needs Improvement. Additionally, schools may receive an additional designation for support including TSI, ATSI, or CSI. This session has three objectives: 1) Briefly describe the classification and designation levels; 2) Identify the processes involved for improvement; 3) Discuss the board role in improvement.
Presenters: Shirley Vargas & Lane Carr - NDE
9:45 to 10:30 AM – F Sessions
F1 - Emergencies, Pandemics and Other Emerging Issues: Preparing for the Next Unknown Crisis
From massive floods to the coronavirus, schools and ESUs need to be prepared to respond to major crises on extremely short notice. This session will walk through recent and current situations and provide guidance and strategies for your board to consider implementing to prepare for the next unforeseen emergency.
Presenters: Justin Knight - Perry Law Firm; Dan Schnoes - ESU 3, Kraig Lofquist - ESU Coordinating Council; Scott Blum - ESU 3
F2 - I Get By With a Little Help From my Friends: How to involve all, and financially support a successful Strategic Plan
In 2019, the Anselmo-Merna school board set out on a journey to create a Strategic Plan. Our school district encompasses over 400 square miles, and two unique communities. We aimed to create a Strategic Plan that united all of our stakeholders by defining the values and goals of our school district. We included long-term financial planning to support our goals and outcomes. Like many rural school districts, we face challenges of student enrollment, a volatile agricultural economy, and the ability to recruit high-quality staff to our area. As we went through our journey of strategic planning, we were able to examine all of these issues. Most importantly, we defined a successful graduate of our school district, and created a road map to make sure that each A-M student is able to become a successful graduate. In this session, we will discuss how we were able to engage our communities, unite our school under a common mission, and include financial analysis to create the Anselmo-Merna Strategic Plan.
Presenters: Logan Lightfoot - Anselmo-Merna; Michelle Miller; Matt Fisher & Carl Dietz - First National Capital Markets; Marcia Herring - NASB; & Kyle Cantrell
F3 - Pain in the App 6.0
Your annual update on all things cyberbullying, sexting, technology, and social media use is back again this year! This presentation will cover the trends in student and staff social media use that all board members and school administrators must know as we close 2020 and enter 2021. Whether you're a "flip phone kinda guy" or "Snapchat usin' kind of gal," this presentation will have something for everyone.
Presenters: Karen Haase & Coady Pruett - KSB School Law
F4 - The Thundering Herd: A Holistic View at School Improvement
Gibbon Public School’s school improvement model is built on a foundation of shared leadership and a highly collaborative culture. The Thundering Herd is a collective and collaborative model that provides guidance, direction, and leadership for the entire education family. Our session will illustrate how we successfully tackle multiple initiatives simultaneously with a focus on creating high-functioning collaborative teams, developing rigorous curriculum and assessments, improving budgetary practices, increasing levels of safety and security, implementing professional learning communities, designing professional development, & establishing a healthy climate and culture…and in three short years.
Presenters: Vern Fisher, Brian Kroll & Kim Wadkins - Gibbon Public Schools
F5 - Creating Community Partnerships: From The Strategic Plan to Reality
Creating community partnerships is a goal of every school district. However, getting from the planning/dreaming phase to reality can be a daunting thought. During this session, we hope to share with you our journey in creating community partnerships in our district. We will begin with our strategic planning phase, share information about our reVISION process and then share with you how we intentionally created partnerships with various businesses and farmers in our community. While we are still on the journey of creating meaningful partnerships, we hope to share with other districts a roadmap to success.Creating community partnerships is a goal of every school district. However, getting from the planning/dreaming phase to reality can be a daunting thought. During this session, we hope to share with you our journey in creating community partnerships in our district. We will begin with our strategic planning phase, share information about our reVISION process and then share with you how we intentionally created partnerships with various businesses and farmers in our community. While we are still on the journey of creating meaningful partnerships, we hope to share with other districts a roadmap to success.
PRESENTERS: Matt Dominy, Josh Fields, Paul Duer, Ryne Seaman, Jerry Rumery, Jill Hochstein, Danielle Shipley & Jana Hughes - Seward Public Schools
F6 - The Importance of Visioning…Raymond Central’s Journey toward C-H-A-N-G-E!
As elected officials, it is critical to look to the future anticipating opportunities and roadblocks while preparing for success. Using a targeted planning process, Raymond Central developed goals and objectives to strategically move the district forward meeting challenges of the 21st Century. When developing the strategic planning process, many questions were asked about what the future holds for students. The overarching question remains, how do we prepare students for a future job market we can’t predict? Join the Raymond Central Board of Education and their Superintendent as they share their data-driven strategic planning process titled “Vision 2025”.
Presenters: Harriet Gould & Derrick Joel - Raymond Central Public Schools
F7 - Quality Early Childhood Takes a Community: Lessons from Norfolk Public Schools
The Norfolk Public School Board recognized the value of quality early childhood care and education requirements, and they made a choice to be active in creating solutions. They included this goal in their strategic plan: By Fall of 2023, NPS will, through research-based program development and community collaboration, assure all children entering kindergarten have had opportunities for early childhood experiences that enable them to transition successfully to kindergarten. To reach this goal, they recognized they would need to find ways to support parents and private child care providers within their community. The group formed to move this goal forward, Power of Preschool, includes various providers and community representatives. In this session, we will share the successes and challenges of this broad community coalition.
Presenters: Adam Feser - First Five Nebraska; Melissa Jantz - Norfolk Public Schools
11:00 to 11:45 AM – G Sessions
G1 - Big Solutions for Small Rural Schools
Learn how Shickley Public Schools (PK-12 enrollment of 180), through creativity, has worked through many challenges facing small, rural school districts. Rural schools in Nebraska continue to do MORE with less. Find out how Shickley continues to do more through its daycare services for students 6 weeks of age through PK, sports cooperative with Bruning-Davenport Unified School, and teacher recruitment & retention efforts.
Presenters: Sadie Coffey - Shickley Public Schools
G2 - Creative Solutions For the Substitute Shortage
Papillion La Vista Community Schools requires between 70-100 sub teachers and paras on any given day. During the recent times of sub shortages, district administrators and our Board of Education partnered together, looked at research, and then took creative action to combat the problem. Results have been increased sub engagement, happier school staff, and fewer unfilled jobs. We will share with participants several of our favorite strategies that could work for any size school district.
Presenter: Kati Settles & Valerie Fisher - Papillion La Vista Community Schools
G3 - Preventing Open Mic Night During Public Comment
Public comment can be very useful for board members who value community input. However, some individuals can abuse the public comment. In this session, the Perry Law Firm will address ways that boards should consider establishing public comment rules and regulations. This session will also examine real-world examples of public comment conundrums, such as disruptive patrons, patrons who want to discuss staff or student issues, and patrons who want to turn a board meeting into a political stunt.
Presenter: Derek Aldridge - Perry Law Firm
G4 - Rural Nebraska Districts CAN Provide Sustainable Rule 11 Childcare Programs!
You've heard many say, that public schools can NOT afford to provide infant and toddler care and be fiscally responsible. Is that true or is it a myth? Morrill Public Schools has been providing Rule 11 Early Childhood programming for children 6 weeks to pre-kindergarten for three years now. Numbers are growing, revenue EXCEEDS expenses, and we are attracting certificated staff to our program. Come learn our process; learn how the TEOSSA Basic Funding + Local Revenue fully funds the program. Learn about how to build a Highly Qualified Effective Workforce in order to meet the needs of your communities.
Presenters: Sunny Edwards & Joe Sherwood - Morrill Public Schools
G5 - Involving Student Voices at the District Level
This session will highlight some of the strategies that Westside Community Schools uses to engage its students with the board of education and senior leadership team. Attendees will learn how Westside's Board of Education "Student Advisory Council" and "Superintendent's Student Advisory Council" operate. Presenters will also share outreach endeavors that include our "First Friday Feedbacks," "Lunch & Learns," and "Community Coffees." Finally, an overview of the newly developed, student-led "Warrior Marketing Group" will share how they work with board members and district-level departments to gain real-world experiences while bringing positive attention to their school district.
Presenters: Mike Lucas & Board of Education - Westside Community Schools
G6 - Take Your Board of Education from Great to Excellent Through Governance
Successful school districts are led by successful Boards of Education. In order for our children to be prepared for their future, we have asked teachers and the school district to dramatically evolve. The Board of Education must evolve as well. It is imperative the school board, superintendent and entire school district work together cohesively and unified for children to thrive in an ever changing world. Learn how the Grand Island Public Schools Board of Education formed a Governance Committee to focus on the evolution the board must take to go from a great board to an excellent board.
Presenters: Bonnie Hinkle & Tawana Grover - Grand Island Public Schools
G7 - Best Pracitces for School Construction Planning
You’ve decided to start planning a school construction or renovation project in unprecedented, uncertain times – what are some of the reasons to proceed and the risks? Join us for an engaging discussion on the steps your district can take to prepare for a facilities project and ensure success. Topics will include construction delivery methods, choosing your team of consultants, potential funding sources, and best practices for initial planning.
Presenters: Emily Bannick & Mark Pfister - Boyd Jones