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State Education Conference

November 15-17, 2023 - Downtown Omaha


2023 Call for Proposals - Due March 17


The time has come to begin planning for the 2023 State Education Conference. We are looking forward to this opportunity to gather and grow in our role as school leaders.

You are invited to submit a proposal for a breakout session. This is an opportunity to showcase innovation in your district. Each breakout session must focus on topics of interest to Nebraska’s public school board members and administrators. Student presenters are encouraged where possible! Reminder: the Conference does not reimburse session presenters for any expenses.

Visit https://nasb.enviseams.com/proposals and login with your email and password to submit a breakout session proposal.
Deadline for proposal submissions is 5:00 PM, Friday, March 17th.


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This conference, presented annually the week prior to Thanksgiving, traditionally offers school leaders the latest in educational information and technology through such activities as preconference workshops, keynote presentations, breakout sessions, and commercial exhibits.

Schedule At A Glance

Wednesday, November 16, 2022
  • Pre-Conference Sessions - 1:00 to 4:00 PM
  • Exhibitor Reception - 4:00 to 5:30 PM
 Thursday, November 17, 2022
  • Board Member/Mentor Collaboration - 7:15 to 8:15 AM
  • Opening Keynote Speaker - 8:30 to 9:45 AM
  • A - Breakout Sessions - 10:00 to 11:00 AM
  • B - Breakout Sessions - 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM
  • Thursday Luncheon Keynote Speaker - 12:45 to 2:00 PM
  • C - Breakout Sessions - 2:15 to 3:15 PM
  • D - Breakout Sessions - 3:30 to 4:30 PM
 Friday, November 18, 2022
  • Classroom Showcase - 7:30 to 11:30 AM
  • NASB Delegate Assembly - 8:00 to 9:30 AM
  • NASA Membership Meeting - 8:00 to 9:30 AM
  • E - Breakout Sessions - 9:15 to 10:15 AM
  • F - Breakout Sessions - 10:30 to 11:30 AM
  • Friday Luncheon Keynote Speaker - 11:45 AM to 1:15 PM

Keynote Speakers

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Guiding Through the Storm
Jeff Evans
Thursday Morning Opening Speaker - 8:30 to 9:45 AM

Jeff’s skills have been acquired not only on the highest peaks around the world, but also through guiding blind climber Erik Weihenmayer on extraordinarily challenging objectives including the summit of Mt Everest and a 2nd place finish on ABC’s adventure series, Expedition Impossible. Jeff reminds us that, in fact, we are all guides in some capacity...professionally and personally. These experiences highlight the importance of adopting an expeditionary mindset necessary to succeed in our current VUCA (Volatile, Uncertain, Complex, and Ambiguous) world, which often involves the ability to evaluate and adjust the ever-changing route up the mountain, the tools in your pack and the trajectory of the team.

State of the Associations Address
NASB & NCSA Leadership
Thursday Luncheon Speakers - 12:45 to 2:00 PM


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Creating the Champion Within
Molly Kennedy
Friday Luncheon Speaker - 11:45 AM to 1:15 PM

Her heart’s work is to inspire you to paradigm shift your way to developing a resilient mindset that breeds confidence and success. Molly’s message will empower you to get UNstuck from any challenge or transition life throws at you. You’ll learn practical, user-friendly strategies applicable to every aspect of life. This message will stick to your ribs! She ‘walks the walk’ when it comes to resiliency, grit and perseverance. Molly grew up in a dysfunctional family with addiction, divorce, abuse, neglect, abandonment, suffered from an eating disorder, was suicidal and a runaway at 15 years old. Prepare yourself for a message of how to overcome obstacles, reach goals and create the best version of yourself!

Pre-Conference Sessions
Wednesday, November 16, 2022 - 1:00 to 4:00 PM

  • Educator Shortage: Taking Care of Business
  • “Now Hiring” is an all-too-common sign for schools. This pre-conference will expose three aspects of the quest to improve this situation. You will hear how Plainview Public Schools is placing focus on potential teachers (students) to ensure they are invited to pursue careers in the education field. Partners from UNL and AASPA will share Educator shortage trend data and strategies to alleviate the situation at the state and national level, including how educator preparation programs can be a proactive partner to school districts. The innovative program at Westside Public Schools to move classified staff to certified teachers through the para-to-teacher partnerships will round out this event.
  • Presenters: Darron Arlt - Plainview Public Schools, Kelly Coash-Johnson - AASPA, Andrea Haynes & Mike Lucas - Westside Community Schools, Sara Skretta - UNL

  • A Civil Discourse: Board, Administration, and Individual Responses in Tense Situations
  • Schools are drawing greater attention than ever before. That makes now a perfect time for a refresher on how to best respond to all that attention. This training on Civil Discourse will help you understand and strive for constructive conversations when things get heated. What’s the best way to handle the meeting when 50 patrons show up for public comment?  What exactly do you say when approached at the gas station by an unhappy staff member?  When does disruptive behavior cross the line?  Attorneys at Perry and KSB will lay out the law and use real-life examples to help board members and administrators learn how to turn these negative situations into opportunities for productive engagement.
  • Presenters: Attorneys from KSB School Law and Perry Law Firm

To view the full agenda including Breakouts and more,
click 2022 SEC PROGRAM (PDF) 

2022 Breakouts

Thursday, November 17, 2022

A - Breakout Sessions - 10:00 to 11:00 AM

  • A1 - New Faces in the Legislature
  • A2 - We Evaluate to Retain Staff … HOW?
  • A3 - Is That a Complaint, Grievance, or Venting?
  • A4 - Transparent Strategic Planning in Westside
  • A5 - NIL for K-12
  • A6 - Senior Seminar
  • A7 - Therapy Dogs in School
  • A8 - Innovating as a Community for Early Childhood Education
  • A9 - First Five Fantastic Minutes

B - Breakout Sessions - 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM

  • B1 - NSAA, Striving to Meet the Needs of our Membership
  • B2 - Future’s So Bright - You Gotta Wear Shades
  • B3 - Drawings & Contracts & Funding, Oh My! Construction Issues & Schools
  • B4 - Introduction to the Role and Responsibilities of a School Board Member
  • B5 - First Amendment for Board Members
  • B6 - Your District and Your ESU...What’s in it for US?
  • B7 - Finding and Sharing Your Messages During a Time of Uncertainty
  • B8 - EKCO Project - Exposing Kids to Career Opportunities
  • B9 - Access to Overall Well-Being

C - Breakout Sessions - 2:15 to 3:15 PM

  • C1 - Student Voices
  • C2 - Alternative Project Financing - FEMA Gym/Storm Shelter
  • C3 - The ABC’s of Gender Identity, Sexual Orientation
  • C4 - Are You Assessing the Accountability of the Board?
  • C5 - Handling Public Comment Conundrums
  • C6 - Bringing the BOE, District, & Community together to create change
  • C7 - The Nebraska Way...Stories from Every Corner of the State
  • C8 - Intentional Culture & Climate the OG Way!
  • C9 - ESU Board Member Update

D - Breakout Sessions - 3:30 to 4:30 PM

  • D1 - From Cradle to Career
  • D2 - EHA Health and Dental Plan Updates
  • D3 - Dueling Pianos, School Law Style
  • D4 - The Potential of Afterschool Programs
  • D5 - Students Today - Recent Student Issues for Schools
  • D6 - Career Academies from the Perspective of a National Model High School
  • D7 - Propelling the Profession: Re-Energizing Strategies for Superintendents and Board Members
Friday, November 18, 2022

E - Breakout Sessions - 9:15 to 10:15 AM

  • E1 - Maintaining Strong Relationships Between Your School Foundation and District
  • E2 - Cybersecurity: Top Tips for Board members & School Districts
  • E3 - Hot Topics in School Law
  • E4 - Using Expanded Learning Opportunities to Re-Engage Youth & Accelerate Learning
  • E5 - Open Meetings and Public Records: What the Attorney General has said
  • E6 - STEM Community Connections: Ensure Quality & Access to Build A Vibrant Community
  • E7 - Approaching Compliance with an Open Mind: Rule 10 Trend Data
  • E8 - ESU Building Relationships with Member District School Boards

F - Breakout Sessions - 10:30 to 11:30 AM

  • F1 - A Listening Session with Members of the State Board of Education
  • F2 - Using the Interlocal Agreement Act for Building Infrastructure
  • F3 - Pain in the App, v. 8.0
  • F4 - Leading for Equity: Prioritizing an Equitable Learning Environment for Students
  • F5 - Negotiations for Board Members
  • F6 - The Science of Hope
  • F7 - Accountability through Purposeful and Positive Stakeholder Engagement


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