State Education Conference
November 17-19, 2021
CHI Center - Downtown oMAHA
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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.
Online Registration is Open
Schedule At A Glance
Wednesday, November 17
Pre-Conference Sessions - 1:00 to 4:00 PM
Exhibitor Reception - 4:00 to 5:30 PM
Thursday, November 18
Board Member/Mentor Collaboration - 7:15 to 8:15 AM
Opening Session - 8:15 to 9:30 AM
A - Breakout Sessions - 9:45 to 10:45 AM
B - Breakout Sessions - 11:15 AM to 12:15 PM
Thursday Luncheon Keynote Speaker - 12:30 to 2:00 PM
C - Breakout Sessions - 2:15 to 3:15 PM
D - Breakout Sessions - 3:30 to 4:30 PM
Friday, November 19
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 Session - 11:45 AM to 1:15 PM
REGISTRATION FOR THE 2021 STATE EDUCATION CONFERENCE WILL OPEN Thursday, SEPTEMBER 30, 2021
- To register, click on the My Membership Tab
- Log in using your email and password, and click the ‘Calendar & Events’ tab to register.
Registration & Reservations
Registration fees for the conference are as follows:
- Register September 30 through November 5 = $300
- Register November 6 through On-Site = $350
- Pre-Conference Registration = $70
- Cancellation Fee (Prior to 11/5) = $125
- (No refunds after the registration deadline)
- To reserve accommodations at the Conference Hotels you must FIRST register for the conference as described above.
- To qualify for a room, you must first register for the Conference.
- Once your conference registration is complete, you will receive an email with your NASB Registration code and a Conference Hotel reservation link. The code will not be activated until Monday, October 11, 2021.
- Submit your Conference Hotel Room Request Monday, October 11, 2021.
- The Omaha Convention & Visitors Bureau will act as the housing agent for all properties.
Hilton Omaha - 1001 Cass Street - $151 per night
Room requests will be accepted until October 23, or until full
Omaha Marriott Downtown - 222 North 10th Street - $164 per night
Room requests will be accepted until November 5, or until full
A reservation at one of the above is not required to attend the state education conference.
Wednesday, November 17 | 1:00 to 4:00 PM
Starting & Continuing the Equity Conversation
Equity – a small word, but an enormous challenge for public schools. Come and join the conversation about what Nebraska schools are doing to climb this mountain. This workshop will help district leaders start or continue the conversation. Whether it is addressing on-time graduation rates, expanding opportunities for students or auditing policies with an equity lens we will learn what districts large and small are doing across Nebraska.
Presenters: Kathy Danek, Steve Joel, Bob Rauner & Connie Duncan - Lincoln Public Schools; Bonnie Hinkle, Carlos Bárcenas, Lisa Albers, Joshua Hawley & Dr. Tawana Grover - Grand Island Public Schools; Members of the NASB Equity Collaborative representing the following schools: Grand Island Public Schools, Nebraska City Public Schools, Omaha Public Schools, Pender Public Schools, Ralston Public Schools, Raymond Central Schools, Wauneta-Palisade Public Schools & Winnebago Public Schools
The First Amendment and Schools: “It’s My Right!” & “Cancel Culture”
We will discuss the First Amendment in Nebraska public schools and how difficult the First Amendment can be for schools in today’s highly divisive, political climate. We will begin with a general overview of the First Amendment. Then, we will move into an analysis and overview of the First Amendment and students, including a discussion of off-campus social media, controversial symbols on shirts, signs on lockers, and more. Finally, we will look at the First Amendment and staff members, including staff social media posts, teacher’s “rights” in their classroom and contentious remarks and “cancel culture.”
Presenters: Perry Law Firm
Control the Controllables - Inky Johnson
Thursday Luncheon Speaker | 12:30 to 2:00 PM
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. 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. You’ll be inspired by his relentless determination, which he loves to impart to others through his dramatic story.
The Ups and the Downs of Turbulence - Amelia Rose Earhart
Thursday Luncheon Speaker | 12:30 to 2:00 PM
As a boundary-pushing around the world pilot, Amelia Rose Earhart knows exactly what it takes to venture into uncharted territory - with confidence. With the odds stacked against her, Amelia not only trained to become a pilot, but to become the type of pilot that chose to honor the person she was named after, Amelia Mary Earhart, by piloting a single-engine airplane (Pilatus PC-12NG) 28,000 Nautical Miles around the globe. To accomplish this, Amelia developed a flight plan all her own, and while reporting full-time as on air, TV helicopter reporter, completed private, instrument and commercial pilot training, crafted an entrepreneurial and strategic business plan to design, fund and market her around the world attempt, raised close to $2 million in partnerships with 28 corporations, founded and ran the Fly With Amelia Foundation, which sent numerous teenage girls to flight school, and more. Amelia is currently submitting her manuscript, The Ups and the Downs of Turbulence, which she wrote with author Kristin Clark Taylor, during Winter of 2020.
State of the Associations Address
NASB & NCSA Leadership
Friday Luncheon Speakers | 11:45 AM to 1:15 PM
A - Breakout Sessions
Thursday, November 18 | 9:45 to 10:45 AM
A1 2021 Legislative Recap and Look to 2022
Over 100 bills were introduced this year that impact all aspects of K-12 education. The legislature tackled issues related to school finance, curriculum, board meetings, transparency, student discipline, option enrollment, and school choice. Learn about the bills that passed, those that didn’t, and those on deck for the second half of the session.
PRESENTERS: Colby Coash - NASB; Mike Dulaney - NCSA
A2 Build Your Own Student Internships - Developing School-based Businesses
Most students lack practical work experiences, a sentiment often voiced by both community leaders and teachers. Students tend to substitute school activities for employment, or worse, participate in neither activities nor employment. Randolph Public School believes there is a need for employment engagement in a good portion of our student population. We have instituted job shadows, college and career exploratory experiences and work internships. In addition, we have developed self-supporting school-based businesses, CardinalCam, Cardinal Creative and Cardinal Cafe’. These businesses help place students in school settings that don’t reflect the modern workplace, they are the modern workplace.
PRESENTERS: Lisa Linville, Loren Haselhorst & Cody Backer - Randolph Public Schools
A3 Preparing Your Board for 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, we 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.
PRESENTERS: Justin Knight & Jim Gessford - Perry Law Firm
A4 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: Michelle Miller, Kyle Cantrell & Logan Lightfoot - Anselmo-Merna Public School; Marcia Herring - NASB; Carl Dietz - Finance Consultant
A5 Shut up & pay! IDEA, 504, FERPA, & all the Acronyms you Pay for but Don’t Understand!
Are your pants a little tighter after the pandemic? Trying to do “special education laws for board members” in 45 minutes feels the same way. So for this presentation, we’re going to cover key aspects and recent cases relating to the IDEA, Section 504, FERPA, and a few others, with a particular focus on the areas of these school-specific laws that lead to difficult political and practical issues for boards and administrations.
PRESENTERS: KSB School Law
A6 Educator Certification: Removing Barriers and Creating Pathways
The Department is continually working to improve the educator certification system to meet the needs of schools and applicants. Come and learn more about the improvements that we are currently working on and provide feedback on how to make the system meet your school system’s needs.
PRESENTER: Brad Dirksen - NDE
A7 Wellness 4ALL: ESU5 Mental Health Program
As we all are aware, one in five youth will experience a mental health challenge at some point during their life, and educators are reporting mental health issues related to job stress. It’s now more important than ever to address wellness in our educational settings. This interactive presentation will provide invaluable information on the Wellness 4ALL model, created by ESU5, that supports the wellbeing of not only students, but educators in the building.
PRESENTERS: Jen McNally & Brenda McNiff - ESU 5
A8 Building on Community Partnerships for the Success of All Students
Public Schools are vital to our communities and our communities are vital to the success of the public schools. This presentation shares success stories and strategies to create and enhance community partnerships. Board members and administrators will share more information about successful projects such as our Farm Lab, Greenhouse, and Elementary Playground. A great partnership begins with an effective plan and through our strategic planning process and the ReVISION process we have strategically aligned our resources with the community to complete great projects and opportunities for students.
PRESENTERS: Matt Dominy, Josh Fields, Ryne Seaman, Paul Duer, Jana Hughes, Jill Hochstein, Danielle Shipley, & Shawn Svoboda - Seward Public Schools
A9 Falcon Families: Creating a Place Where Everyone Belongs
Come learn about what Falcon Families are! Freeman began the process 3 years ago after recognizing in part that there was becoming a strong need for mental health support. The philosophy behind Falcon Families is that every child that leaves Freeman Public Schools feels like they belong and has an adult that they connect with. You will learn about this unique design and how to easily implement it in your school. It can be done at all levels K-12 and involves all school personnel. You will also see examples and videos of Falcon Families in action.
PRESENTERS: Erin Sieh, Aimee Parde, Sammie Garton - Freeman Public Schools
B - Breakout Sessions
Thursday, November 18 | 11:15 AM to 12:15 PM
B1 NSAA - The Other Half of EducationAn update on important topics throughout the state of Nebraska; Championship Procedures, COVID-19, Sportsmanship, Classification Issues, Club Sports, and much more.
PRESENTER: Jay Bellar - NSAA
B2 When Your School’s Safety is Under Attack: What I Wish I Would Have Known PriorWe all think “it will never happen to us”...but it does. We all have crisis teams, safety teams, and threat assessment teams in place, but it still happens. When crisis strikes there is only so much the pieces of training and manuals can provide. This session would provide all the “wish I would have known” tidbits learned through an experience we just knew “would never happen to us”.
PRESENTER: Stephanie Kaczor - Riverside Public Schools
B3 SPED 101It is the time of year for your annual refresh of Special Education Laws. Whether you are new to special education or a seasoned veteran, the attorneys from the Perry Law Firm will work with you in this session to better understand Rule 51/52, the IDEA, and how to work with the Nebraska Department of Education.
PRESENTERS: Greg Perry & Haleigh Carlson - Perry Law Firm
B4 Board Policy and Why it is ImportantOne of the most important tasks of a board is to review and approve policy. Do you know where you find your board policies? How frequently does the board review policy? If the answer to that question is “when we receive policy updates”, you have room to improve. We will take a deep dive into a pain free policy review process, the board’s role, handbooks, and administrative guidelines/procedures for administering policy.
PRESENTER: Marcia Herring - NASB
B5 The (Main) Things School Lawyers Want Board Members to Know!We often say, “It would be great to do a presentation on a grab bag of the most misunderstood legal issues we really want every board member to know.” Well, here it is! Whether it’s open meetings, public records, boardsmanship best practices, or why we keep board members in the dark on so many things, this presentation will go through the top things we wish every board member was told about the law before running for the board. This presentation will be useful for first-year board members or grizzled veterans!
PRESENTERS: KSB School Law
B6 ESUs: Measurable Impact & Demonstrated Value for Nebraska’s SchoolsEducational Service Units provide efficient, scaled solutions statewide to support our public schools. These services include professional development, instructional materials and technology / tech infrastructure. ESUs also routinely deliver tailored student services support through expert, specialized personnel. Unfortunately, knowledge of ESU services varies even among educational stakeholders, and policy makers have sometimes mischaracterized or maligned the work and function of ESUs in supporting Nebraska schools. This session offers clear facts about how ESUs fulfill our statutorily identified purposes in providing optimal and efficient support. This session will demonstrate the compelling data and measurable value provided by ESUs.
PRESENTERS: John Skretta - ESU 6, Larianne Polk - ESU 7
B7 Bancroft-Rosalie Early College High SchoolThe Bancroft-Rosalie Early College High School creates a smooth transition between high school and college. Bancroft-Rosalie School administrators will share the components of their Early College High School Program that prepares all students to be college and career-ready. These components include “Teacher Advisors” with a weekly advisory period, collaborative partnerships with post-secondary institutions, personal learning plans requiring a career pathway, and a work-based learning program. The Early College High School reduces the cost of postsecondary education by providing opportunities for students to graduate college sooner with less debt.
PRESENTERS: Jon Cerny & Kyle Elsasser - Bancroft-Rosalie Community School
B8 Finance Discussions During Monthly Board MeetingsSchool board members and superintendents from various districts will discuss the financial information and reports they review on a monthly basis. Samples of Financial Reports will be made available at the work-shop. The role of the district Finance Committee will be discussed during the session. Long-term Strategic Financial Planning and why districts have developed a five to ten year financial plan.
PRESENTERS: Carl Dietz & Matt Fisher - Finance Consultants + Panel
B9 Connecting to High Paid Careers In Modern ManufacturingNebraska manufacturing employs 10% of non-farm jobs with an average annual salary of $62,500, or $15,000 more than average. Today’s advanced manufacturing also provides exciting opportunities in engineering, accounting, information technology, supply chain, etc. Today’s manufacturing is not what you think and deserves a fresh look by educators, parents, and students. Manufacturing executives and school administrators will discuss potential partnerships to develop new curricula consistent with today’s business and technology environment, as well as how to provide better information and choices to students. The panelists will also highlight successful examples of business/school collaboration.
PRESENTERS: Brian Turner - Central Confinement Service; Jim Townsend - Kawasaki; Jason Thomsen - Lincoln Public Schools; Juli Thelen - Behlen; Tracy Dodson & Danita Wickens - Columbus Public Schools; Steve Borer & Aaron Plas - Lakeview Public Schools; Ralph Kleinsmith - Lozier; Jeremy Nielsen - Omaha Public Schools
Superintendent of the Year will be Recognized at the Thursday Luncheon
Thursday, November 18 | 12:30 to 2:00 PM
C - Breakout Sessions
Thursday, November 18 | 2:15 to 3:15 PM
C1 Student VoicesStudents from Nebraska high schools share their perspectives on issues that are important to the leaders of tomorrow.
C2 Rethinking TEEOSA through an Education Stabilization Trust Fund
Funding for public education in the state of Nebraska ranks 49th. This breakout is to share a proposal that is being considered by the education committee as a compromise solution to provide additional funding for all schools per student, protect equalization, lower tax levies, increased transparency, lower local effort rate, creation of a new sustainable revenue source for greater equity in funding, and protect funding for Nebraska schools for future generations. This plan works to provide more stabilized funding and simplify the current TEEOSA formula.
PRESENTERS: Troy Loeffeholz & Chip Kay - Columbus Public Schools; Lynne Walz - Chair of the Education Committee
C3 Wall-to-Wall Career Academies from the Perspective of a National Model High SchoolPlattsmouth High School Wall-to-Wall Career Academies began in 2016 after many years of visioning and planning by PHS students, staff, and stakeholders. Our academies are led by student academy core leaders (ACL), the business advisory committee with many community members, and our district and PHS staff. Come and learn about our journey to being a National Model High School and how wall-to-wall career academies differ from pocket academies. We are confident that you will take away many ideas for discussion about how career academies might benefit the students in your school district.
PRESENTER: Richard Hasty - Plattsmouth Community Schools
C4 Board Meetings - Through the Eyes of the PublicWhat a patron can surmise about the school district is often influenced by their perception of the discussion at the board table. The board is judged by how well they conduct business during monthly board meetings. This session will explore the significance of the board meeting agenda, the importance of the board minutes, protocol and procedures to support an effective board meeting, and frequently asked questions NASB receives from school board members and board support staff.
PRESENTER: Marcia Herring - NASB
C5 Board Meetings Gone Wild: The First Amendment, Public Comment, Board Complaints, & more!I know you’ve heard it before, but it’s true! Board meetings are meetings of the board in public, not meetings of the public and the board. With the CAVE (Citizens Against Virtually Everything) Party exploding in popularity throughout the state, it’s never been more important that boards are knowledgeable about what they can, and cannot do to ensure efficient, orderly meetings, protecting confidential information, all while still accommodating the public’s right to comment at meetings.
PRESENTERS: KSB School Law
C6 Breaking Barriers and Building SolutionsLet’s talk about the existing teacher shortage in Nebraska and have an honest exchange about how it affects you and your district. What are the challenges and barriers in your district and what does the Nebraska teacher shortage data say? We’ll take it a step further and start innovative problem solving, making connections, and maybe do a bit of planning. Why should you join us? Because Nebraska students deserve great teachers in every classrooms!
PRESENTER: Sara Skretta - University of Nebraska–Lincoln
C7 Nebraska Schools Kept RollingThe calculated COVID 19 response from schools in Nebraska involved a tremendous amount of collaboration between Boards of Education, School Administrators, ESU Administrators, Teachers, District Health Officials and Staff. The leadership that was provided by these individuals was without question a tremendous accomplishment and it provided a safe and productive educational environment for the students in their school districts. This session is intended to share insights from the perspectives of those various groups as they navigated the challenges of COVID19. Nebraska Public Schools Advantage stories that were written about schools and the pandemic will be featured. The ability of Nebraska schools to keep education “rolling” needs to be celebrated.
PRESENTERS: Keith Rohwer, Cinde Wendell & Tyler Dahlgren - NCSA
C8 Twindemic: Addressing the Mental Health Crisis During the COVID-19 PandemicIn the fall of 2020, two sophomore students from Grand Island Public Schools conducted an eye opening survey addressing mental health issues for students. The district also conducted surveys which further validated the need for more to be done. COVID-19 increased awareness of mental health issues for both students and staff. Hear how the district is working with students and staff to provide supports and increase awareness.
PRESENTERS: Lisa Albers & Bonnie Hinkle - Grand Island Public Schools
C9 ESU Board Members’ UpdateAttend this session to hear representatives of the ESUCC, NDE, and NASB review events of the past year and provide a preview to upcoming educational changes and programs of interest to ESUs across the state.
D - Breakout Sessions
Thursday, November 18 | 3:30 to 4:30 PM
D1 A Conversation with the Education Committee
Attend this question and answer session with the Education Committee of the Nebraska Legislature. The Committee’s 2021 strategic vision and five unified goals for education, as well as shortages within the education workforce are at the top of the list of topics the committee would like to converse with NASB members about. Bring your ideas!
PRESENTERS: Chairwoman Lynne Walz and Members of the Education Committee
D2 Stress During Trying Times & the Unknown: Humor, Networking, Venting & Vulnerability
Lessons learned and how we shouldn’t forget the importance of the human element in high stress situations. The story of four administrators failing, coping, surviving and thriving together during trying times.
PRESENTERS: James McGown - Brady Public Schools; Phillip Picquet - Perkins County Schools; Chris Kuncl - Mullen Public Schools; Jason Brown - Bertrand Public Schools
D3 School Construction and Challenges Presented by the Pandemic, Federal Funding and Supply Chains
This session will discuss school construction methods and some unique challenges that have arisen from the COVID-19 pandemic, along with contract issues from new federal funding and supply chain issues.
PRESENTERS: Derek Aldridge & Scott Wieskamp - Perry Law Firm
D4 Teacher Contracts: Because You’re Mine, I Walk the Line!
Struggling to meet staffing needs: good teachers leave late, new teachers are provisionals or lacking endorsements, and the “one year” or “one semester” gap-bridger that’s not actually a “long term sub.” In this session we will “walk the line” on addressing legal questions like: Can that district really steal my star physics teacher? Can’t I stop it? Isn’t this unethical? What about the continuing contracts or adding education requirements to a contract? Will the PPC or the Courts protect me? What can I do to protect myself?
PRESENTERS: James Gessford - Perry Law Firm; Karen Haase - KSB School Law
D5 Hot Topics in Construction and Funding Your School Improvement Projects
In this session, we will provide updates on legislation, construction trends, and market/economic trends that affect school construction and facilities budgets. We will also take a closer look at funding sources used for projects such as Lease-Purchase Certificates of Participation, Rolling Construction Notes, QCPUF Bonds, and the rules around how these funds can be used. Finally, we’ll provide an overview of the political climate for bond issue elections in Nebraska based on data we’ve gathered and analyzed. This will shed some light on how data analysis can help a district create a successful bond campaign plan.
PRESENTERS: Emily Bannick - Boyd Jones; Cody Wickham - DA Davidson
D6 Using Data to Build Comprehensive and Efficient Reports for a Successful Negotiating Season
The newly enhanced Sparq Negotiations is here to help you gather, collate, and present real-time bargaining data to your board. During this session, we will review the new exciting features and enhancements of the latest Negotiations software release. The staff will give a comprehensive overview of the current system and provide tips and tricks that will help make your negotiations efficient and seamless using the most accurate organized data and real-time calculations.
PRESENTERS: Craig Caples & Darion Miller, Sparq Data Solutions
D7 2022/2023 EHA Benefit Rates and Review
BCBS and the EHA will walk through the newly released health benefit rates for 2022/2023. We will be discussing any changes to the plan along with benefit enhancements. There will also be time for question and answers regarding EHA benefits
PRESENTERS: Cortney Ray & Brett Young - BCBS; Greg Long - EHA
E - Breakout Sessions
Friday, November 19 | 9:15 to 10:15 AM
E1 More Than a Golf Tournament: How Foundation/District Can Maximize Relationships
Learn from the best! While many school foundations find their origins and roots in special events like golf tournaments, learn how many have leveraged these transactional events into thriving Foundations. Attendees will be challenged to think bigger about the possibilities of developing a comprehensive school foundation from Directors across Nebraska.
PRESENTERS: Jennifer Sibal - Gering Schools Foundation Director; Nicole Anderson - Columbus Public Schools Foundation Director; Lance Swanson - South Sioux City Public Schools Foundation Director; & Matt Fisher - Foundation Board Member
E2 Applying Lessons from Social Media & Political Campaigns to Improve Career Education
In 2019, a team of scientists, marketers, and community leaders united. Their goal: figure out how to better prepare students for the realities of work. They realized teachers were familiar with their own lived experience and TV, but reality isn’t academia or a “courtroom drama”. Their solution is CATS. It is a program endorsed by the Nebraska Department of Education, Nebraska State Chamber, Aksarben, and Metropolitan Community College. It is being implemented across Nebraska and the Region.
PRESENTERS: Randy Gilson - Blair Community Schools; John Fonda & Grant Stanley - Dream It, Do It
E3 Title IX News and Athletics
Title IX was turned on its head in 2020-- or so it seems. However, much more has stayed the same than has changed. In this presentation, attorneys will clarify how administrators can best help your District’s Title IX Coordinator (or how the Title IX Coordinator can help themselves). We will touch on identifying grooming, how to conduct an investigation, how to work with the police, and helpful practices and policies to adopt at your school. We will also discuss issues that involve high school athletic programs.
PRESENTERS: Haleigh Carlson, Josh Schauer & Derek Aldridge - Perry Law Firm
E4 Building Board Capacity: Administering an Effective Superintendent Evaluation
The superintendent is a key partner in the school district’s governance team. Evaluation of the superintendent is one of the primary functions of the board. The process should allow for a reflective conversation between the board and superintendent. Join us to discuss the importance of the evaluation tool, protocols, and procedures for administering a fair and professional evaluation, and adoption of goals to support how the board holds the superintendent accountable for growth of the district and professional leadership.
PRESENTERS: Marcia Herring - NASB
E5 Hot Topics in School Law!
Steve and Bobby are back for another round of Hot Topics in Education Law.
PRESENTERS: Steve Williams & Bobby Truhe - KSB School Law
E6 5 Easy Ways to Support Your District's Legacy
"Hope is a powerful thing," said TeamMates Co-Founder Dr. Tom Osborne. The last 18 months have been hard on school districts. Teachers, staff, and administrators are experiencing burnout. Studies show students are feeling anxious or depressed as a result of isolation and uncertainty. Over the last 30 years, the TeamMates Mentoring Program has been able to provide hope to more than 43,000 students, and we're just getting started. Even if you already have TeamMates in your school district, join us to learn the top 5 things you can do to best support the people impacting our youth.
PRESENTERS: DeMoine Adams & Hannah Miller - TeamMates Mentoring Program
E7 74 Creative – Student-Run Design Business
74 Creative is a student-run business built on current CTE programs of industrial technology, business, video, and graphic design. It leverages industry partnerships and community support to engage the public through technology, design, and product development. This cross-curricular endeavor is capable of designing and producing products and services such as laser engraving, shirt design, vinyl signage, graphic design, and video production. Students gain a real-world understanding of the responsibilities required to run a business. 74 Creative stems from South Central’s NCAPS program and enhances our career pathway offerings while addressing economic needs of the region.
PRESENTERS: Stan Essink, Jeremy Borer, Nanette Shackelford & Spencer Schoof - South Central Unified #5
E8 Step by Step Guide for Passing a School Bond
This session will walk participants through a step by step guide for passing a school bond issue. When do you engage your public in the bond proposal? What role does social media play in bond elections? What communication strategies are the most effective? How do we ensure that our supporters vote? This will be just a few of the topics covered in the session. Participants will leave this session with an understanding of what their next step needs to be in moving toward a successful bond campaign.
PRESENTER: Annette Eyman - Papillion La Vista Community Schools
F - Breakout Sessions
Friday, November 19 | 10:30 to 11:30 AM
F1 Exploring Trauma Informed Care
Trauma-informed care and responses to child behavior are hot topics in Nebraska. Native American educators and clinicians have studied the impact of trauma on student learning for decades. School-wide intervention programs will be reviewed to foster and develop the teacher-child relationship. Participants will also learn how multiple traumatic experiences can lead to improper brain development and impaired learning and socio-emotional abilities in children.
PRESENTERS: Marian Holstein - Winnebago Public Schools; Dr. Anitra Warrior - Morningstar Counseling
F2 What we Learned When Preparing for a Levy Override
A panel discussion with past Interim Superintendent, current Superintendent and board members covering steps Nebraska City Public Schools took to pursue a levy override, communicating our financial position to the community (over 25 community presentations) and preparing for best and worst case scenarios. Entire process took place during Superintendent transition and the pandemic. Panel members will discuss how the district shared data to tell their story, the boardsmanship lessons learned, the importance of building external partnerships and how the district will move forward after a failed vote.
PRESENTERS: Nebraska City Public Schools Board of Education Members, Mark Fritch & Rex Pfeil - Nebraska City Public Schools
F3 Negotiations for Board Members
School districts spend the majority of their budget on their employees. As such, it is critical that board members be familiar with the law and strategies during negotiations. With budgets tightening and attacks on school spending, school districts need to be familiar with the negotiations process.
PRESENTERS: Justin Knight & Josh Schauer - Perry Law Firm
F4 Manufacturing & Entrepreneurship at York Middle School
At York Middle School students use state-of-the-art equipment to run their own business in Manufacturing and Entrepreneurship class. The presentation will explain how M&E exposes students to what makes a business, allows for creativity, planning, teamwork, and producing a product. The students learn business skills, financial skills, customer relations, and marketing skills. Each business completes the task of finding a problem and creating a solution. During this process, the students have gained insight into solving real-world problems, thinking creatively, cooperating, communicating, and adapting solutions to feedback or setbacks.
PRESENTERS: Kenny Loosvelt & Kelly Fike - York Public Schools
F5 Pain in the App 7.0
Can you believe it?! If it was a child, this presentation would be a first grader! Come back for this year’s version of talking through the most recent trends and cases regarding social media use, digital citizenship, cyberbullying, sexting, and much more.
PRESENTER: Karen Haase - KSB School Law
F6 Working with LGBTQ+ Students and Staff
This session will provide an overview of working with LGBTQ+ students and staff from both a community perspective and a board member perspective. LGBTQ+ students and staff have unique experiences within our school systems, and special considerations need to be made to ensure that these individuals feel supported, understood, and included within the walls of the K-12 school system. Data from the most recent GLSEN School Climate Survey will be discussed, and participants will receive policy and curriculum suggestions.
PRESENTERS: Jay Irwin - UNO; Andrew Aleman - Aleman Consulting
F7 A Listening Session with Select Members of the State Board of Education
Share your thoughts on statewide education policy with members of the State Board of Education. State Board members are particularly interested in what is currently affecting local school boards and districts, and the solutions you have to offer for these issues. Topics may include school accountability, accreditation, and approval; educator certification; and statewide assessment, among others. Attending this session is a great opportunity for our members to have your voice heard among those on the State Board of Education.
PRESENTERS: Ryan Foor & members of the State Board of Education
Ann Mactier - School Board Member of the Year Award will be Presented at the Friday Luncheon
Friday, November 19 | 11:45 AM to 1:15 PM
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