The Nebraska Council of School Administrators (NCSA) held its annual Administrators Days last week, drawing school leaders from across the state to the Younes Conference Center in Kearney.
Administrators Days is our organizations state conference focusing on all of the great things happening in Nebraskas public schools, said Dr. Mike Dulaney, NCSA Executive Director. This year, we had some great keynote speakers who addressed some very relevant issues and topics facing school administrators leading into the new school year.
Major topics included mental health, evolving student demographics, and school safety and security.
On Wednesday, the Nebraska Department of Education (NDE) held its annual program update, hosting breakout sessions throughout the day following a speech on the importance of equity in the classroom from Commissioner of Education Dr. Matt Blomstedt.
For the third straight year, Nebraska Loves Public Schools had a prominent presence at the event, highlighting their upcoming film series on mental health and previewing social media activities for the following year.
NCSA presented its annual Distinguished Service Award to Doug Lewis, assistant superintendent for business and finance at Papillion-La Vista Public Schools and Ellen Stokebrand, director of special education at ESU 4.
The NCSA Friend of Education Award was presented to Kelley Baker of Perry Law Firm (Lincoln, NE) and also OpenSky Policy Institute, Renee Fry, Executive Director.
The event included a charity walk with a $5,000 donation from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Nebraska on behalf of school administrators towards Special Olympics of Nebraska.