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9:55 am - 10:40 am

Delivering Manufacturing to Your Classroom Door- Career Experience for the Next Generation

External, 9:55 am - 10:40 am
Download slides for this presentation The relevance of STEM classes are brought to life through understanding career options available in advanced manufacturing—accounting, marketing, inventory control,…
Presenters
Brian Deakin, HR Manager, BD
Melissa Lu, Human Resources Generalist, Ingersoll Rand Climate Solutions/ThermoKing
Tom Anderson, VP Human Resources, Eaton Corp.

Rule 10 Requirements for Certificated Staff Evaluation

Room 2, 9:55 am - 10:40 am
One of the requirements of Rule 10 is to have an updated Certificated Staff Evaluation Policy. This session will review statutory regulations and walk through the process for submitting policies for review. The last component of the section will allow school districts to request and receive confirmation of their last policy review by the NDE. School districts who are currently working on or will be pursuing new board policies are encouraged to attend.
Presenters
Micki Charf, Accreditation Specialist, Nebraska Department of Education
Don Loseke, Director of School Accreditation, Nebraska Department of Education
Brad Conner, Accreditation Specialist, Nebraska Department of Education

Understanding Chronic Absenteeism

Room 1, 9:55 am - 10:40 am
In 2018, the NDE began including chronic absenteeism in AQuESTT classifications. This session will share relevant information on how chronic absenteeism is included in the accountability system, discuss root causes of absenteeism, and share strategies and resources for addressing student absences.
Presenters
Lane Carr, Director of Accountability & AQuESTT, Nebraska Department of Education
Shirley Vargas, Administrator of Coordinated School and District Support , Nebraska Department of Education
Kim Larson, 21st Century Community Learning Centers and Family, Nebraska Department of Education
10:50 am - 11:35 am

FBLA and DECA Competitive Events Integrated into the Curriculum

Conf Room D, 10:50 am - 11:35 am
There are opportunities for your students to showcase their business and technology skills through FBLA and DECA. Come and learn about the competitive events and…
Presenters
Sydney Kobza, Business, Marketing, and Management Career Field Specialist , Nebraska Department of Education
Jacqui Garrison, Communication and Information Systems Career Field Specialist , Nebraska Department of Education

Rule 10 Revision-Up Close and Personal

Room 2, 10:50 am - 11:35 am
If you ever wanted an opportunity to effect the operation of a school, please attend this session to learn how. Rule 10, Regulations and Procedures for the Accreditation of Schools, August 1, 2015, was opened for revisions in November 2018. This session will present the most current recommendations and suggestions for Rule 10 revisions based on State Board of Education, NDE staff, State Accreditation Committee, and public and nonpublic school system stakeholders' input. The session will conclude with a review of next steps and a description of the revision submission process.
Presenters
Don Loseke, Director of School Accreditation, Nebraska Department of Education
Micki Charf, Accreditation Specialist, Nebraska Department of Education
Brad Conner, Accreditation Specialist, Nebraska Department of Education

SHARP Surveillance System Data – Why is it Important to Me?

Room 4, 10:50 am - 11:35 am
The Nebraska Student Health and Risk Prevention (SHARP) Surveillance System is the coordinated administration of three school-based student health surveys in Nebraska endorsed by both…
Presenters
Chris Junker, HIV/Sexual Health Education Specialist, Nebraska Department of Education
Mekenzie Kerr, SHARP Project Manager, Bureau of Sociological Research, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Lindsey Anderson, Nebraska Department of Education

Targeted Support and Improvement

Room 1, 10:50 am - 11:35 am
Download slides for this presentation In the fall of 2019, the NDE will identify schools with consistently underperforming student groups for Targeted Support and Improvement…
Presenters
Lane Carr, Director of Accountability & AQuESTT, Nebraska Department of Education
Shirley Vargas, Administrator of Coordinated School and District Support , Nebraska Department of Education
Philip White, Research Assistants, Nebraska Department of Education

The Nebraska Leadership and Learning Network (NLLN): Building Leadership Capacity to Design a Statewide System of Support for Nebraska School Leaders

Room 3, 10:50 am - 11:35 am
In this session we will share information regarding key components of the NLLN such as goals (our purpose), outcomes (what we hope to achieve), and…
Presenters
Kim Snyder, Director of Statewide Teacher and Principal Support, Nebraska Department of Education
Kelly Heineke, Nebraska Department of Education
12:30 pm - 1:15 pm

Business and Financial Literacy Curriculum Updates

Room 4, 12:30 pm - 1:15 pm
The Business, Marketing, and Management standards were adopted by the Nebraska State Board of Education in December 2018. These standards include finance courses such as Personal Finance, Accounting, and Wealth Building Fundamentals. Learn about the new changes and resources for implementing the standards into your business and finance courses!
Presenters
Sydney Kobza, Business, Marketing, and Management Career Field Specialist , Nebraska Department of Education

Why Partner?: A Look at the Benefits From Multiple Perspectives

Room 1, 12:30 pm - 1:15 pm
Building collaborative partnerships takes time and commitment, but it is worth the effort! Attend this session to learn more about the benefits of growing partnerships from multiple perspectives: the partners, an afterschool program leader, and school administrators. Data and examples shared will focus on community partnerships with 21st Century Community Learning Centers afterschool/summer programs, but will describe opportunities that would enhance students’ school day learning experiences as well.
Presenters
Kim Larson, 21st Century Community Learning Centers and Family, Nebraska Department of Education
Jolene Johnson, Statewide Evaluator, UNMC Munroe-Meyer Institute
Jan Handa, Expanded Learning Opportunities Specialist, Nebraska Department of Education
1:25 pm - 2:10 pm

#FamiliesMatter: Engage Families and the Community to Increase Student Learning

Room 1, 1:25 pm - 2:10 pm
What does it mean to have Positive Partnerships and Relationships for Student Success? Learn about NDE’s work with ESU staff and Nebraska stakeholders to define and build a framework focused on this AQuESTT tenet. One successful model, Statewide Family Engagement Centers, as well as resources available through the National Center for Families Learning, will be shared. School and ESU staff will learn about ways to access information and become involved in this work.
Presenters
Kim Larson, 21st Century Community Learning Centers and Family, Nebraska Department of Education
Roger Garcia, Nebraska Statewide Family Engagement Center Director, National Center for Families Learning

AdvancED and NDE: Aligning Tools to Inform Improvement and Support AQuESTT

Conf Room B, 1:25 pm - 2:10 pm
Download slides for this presentation  Effective improvement requires quality data tools which can drive actions and provide the evidence needed to support our self-assessment. This…
Presenters
Don Loseke, Director of School Accreditation, Nebraska Department of Education
Micki Charf, Accreditation Specialist, Nebraska Department of Education
Shannon Vogler, Regional Director, AdvancED

AQuESTT 101

Conf Room A, 1:25 pm - 2:10 pm
Download slides for this presentation  During this session, participants will learn about the six tenets of AQuESTT, the different indicators included in the accountability system,…
Presenters
Lane Carr, Director of Accountability & AQuESTT, Nebraska Department of Education

School Finance Update

V-Tel, 1:25 pm - 2:10 pm
Download slides for this presentation This session will cover school finance related topics including the 2018/19 AFR codes, Legislative changes, budgeting, etc.
Presenters
Bryce Wilson, Administrator of Financial & Administrative Services, Nebraska Department of Education
Kevin Lyons, Director, School Finance, Nebraska Department of Education

Strengthening the Core: Leading Instructional Change

Conf Room C, 1:25 pm - 2:10 pm
How do you know if instruction meets the expectations of college and career readiness standards? What is your district’s vision for instruction? When supporting systemic implementation of content area standards, the conditions that allow instructional change to occur must be created. In this session, we will highlight the instructional shifts in ELA, mathematics, and science, and identify the implications these shifts have on instruction, instructional materials selection, and professional learning.
Presenters
Cory Epler, Chief Academic Officer and Administrator of Teaching, Learning & Assessment, Nebraska Department of Education

Transitions in Early Childhood

Conf Room D, 1:25 pm - 2:10 pm
Supporting federal and state regulations and best practice for facilitating successful transitions for children and families participating in public school Pre-kindergarten, Head Start, and community…
Presenters
Joan Luebbers, Early Childhood Education Specialist , Nebraska Department of Education
Beth Wooster, Assistant Administrator of ESSA Programs, Nebraska Department of Education
Amy Bornemeier, Associate Vice President of Early Childhood Programs, Nebraska Children and Families Foundation
2:20 pm - 3:05 pm

Fiscal Monitoring Update

Room 3, 2:20 pm - 3:05 pm
This session will provide guidance to Local Educational Agencies (ESUs) and school districts on subrecipient monitoring and their responsibilities for administering Federal grants, as set for in 2 CFR Part 200. Understand Consortium and Cooperative roles. Fiscal review season is here…increase effectiveness, be aware of best practices, and understand accountability.
Presenters
Jennifer Utemark, Administrator of Budget & Grant Management, Nebraska Department of Education
Thomas Goeschel, Budget & Grants Management Specialist , Nebraska Department of Education

Social and Policy Implications of Digital Assessment Technology, Automatic Item Generation

External, 2:20 pm - 3:05 pm
Purpose of this presentation is illustrating various social and policy implications of the new assessment technology, Automatic Item Generation (AIG). An AIG approach integrates cognitive and psychometric theories for futuristic assessment services in digital framework. This presentation will explain how the policy-related concerns (e.g., teaching for testing, slow and expensive processes, teacher burnouts, etc.) caused by the traditional assessment methods can be overcome with the new digital technology, AIG.
Presenters
Jaehwa Choi, Associate Professor, GW
3:15 pm - 4:00 pm

Bridging the Gap Between Student Health and Academic Achievement through Nutrition, Physical Activity, and the Management of Chronic Conditions in Schools

Room 2, 3:15 pm - 4:00 pm
Objectives: - Define the infrastructure for the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child effort in Nebraska. - Describe the process for implementing successful collaborations between NDE programs and school districts in assisting schools to meet professional development and school improvement efforts. - Identify the key components to implementing best practices in nutrition, physical activity and managing chronic diseases that lead to improved attendance, family and community engagement and increased school connectedness.
Presenters
Jessie Coffey, School Support & Services Specialist, Nebraska Department of Education
Lacey Peters, Health Education & Physical Education Specialist, Nebraska Department of Education
Kim McClintick, School Health Nurse Coordinator, The Center For The Child & Community

Building and Maintaining Equitable School Websites

Conf Room C, 3:15 pm - 4:00 pm
One of the primary tools a school or district uses to communicate with stakeholders is their website. It’s ubiquitous presence often means it will be the first point of contact and the most important communication tool. This session will cover the importance of ensuring your website is equitable and accessible to the largest audience possible. Topics covered will include common accessibility issues, regulatory compliance and standards, and highlight tools and resources to help create or maintain an affordable and accessible website.
Presenters
David Hefley, Developer, Nebraska Department of Education

Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) Makes Cents

Room 4, 3:15 pm - 4:00 pm
Nebraska ranks 48th in school breakfast participation.  Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) is a powerful tool for high poverty schools to provide free breakfast and lunch to students.  A school/district qualifies for CEP when at least 40% of its students are directly certified for free school meals because they receive SNAP, TANF, Medicaid, or FDPIR assistance.  Students who are homeless, migrant, runaways, in Head Start, and in foster care also can be directly certified for free school meals.  Eligible schools/districts in Nebraska have been hesitant to adopt CEP due to unknown impact on federal funding sources such as Title I, ERate, and TEEOSA.  Attend this session to see  data indicating that after five years of CEP implementation there has been little impact on these funding sources.  Historically, participation in CEP has increased participation in school breakfast and lunch, allows for easier implementation of alternative breakfast service models, may solve your unpaid school meal debt, and reduce the stigma that school meals are for low-income children.
Presenters
Sharon Davis, Administrator of Nutrition Services, Nebraska Department of Education

Improving Performance Through Culture and Diversity

Conf Room D, 3:15 pm - 4:00 pm
Download slides for this presentation Looking to improve school performance? Journey with us on a dive into Nebraska specific data regarding culture and diversity. Let’s…
Presenters
Brad Dirksen, Administrator of Accountability, Accreditation and Program Approval, Nebraska Department of Education
Nick Shudak, Dean of Education & Counseling, Wayne State College
Tawana Grover, Superintendent, Grand Island Public Schools

Special Ed Leadership at the Building Level

V-Tel, 3:15 pm - 4:00 pm
Download slides for this presentation Schools across the country face serious shortages in the field of special education and one third of all new special…
Presenters
Steve Milliken, Administrator of Special Education, Nebraska Department of Education
Amy Rhone, Assistant Administrator of Special Education, Nebraska Department of Education
Laura Barrett, Special Education Director, ESU 13
Terry Houlton, Director of Special Education, Millard Public Schools

SPEDFRS 101

Room 3, 3:15 pm - 4:00 pm
A presentation of the new combined Special Education Financial Reporting System (SPEDFRS) currently in development. This system will combine the previous School Age FFR electronic…
Presenters
Jennifer Utemark, Administrator of Budget & Grant Management, Nebraska Department of Education
Lori Adams, Budget & Grants Management Specialist, Nebraska Department of Education
Greg Prochazka, Director of Special Education Fiscal Operations , Nebraska Department of Education