Improved Intra- and Inter- organizational Relationships

Aligning Capacities in Nebraska

Problem Statement: In December 2016, the Nebraska Department of Education completed a strategic plan, subsequently adopted by the SBoE, to guide the vision and direction of education in the state. Entitled, Nebraska Quality Education Systems for Today and Tomorrow (NEQuESTT), the plan outlined critical needs and strengths within the education system to ensure all students in Nebraska have equitable access to educational opportunities and are ready for success in post-secondary, career and civic life. In April, 2017, the state of Nebraska rewrote NEQuESTT to simplify and narrow the focus on the NDE's work. It is now referred to as the NDE Strategic Plan. Currently, multiple departments within NDE are developing strategies and activities to address the outcomes and goals outlined in the strategic plan.
Schools and districts throughout Nebraska are supported by both the SEA and Nebraska’s Educational Service Units (ESUs), therefore, as strategies and related actions outlined in the new Strategic Plan are implemented, it is critical that efforts between the SEA and ESUs are coordinated to ensure efficient use of resources and enhanced quality of service to schools and districts is realized. Duplication of efforts may result in unnecessary costs for supporting schools and districts, and similarly, gaps similarly, potential gaps in services may lead to unmet school and/or district needs.
Purpose: NCCC will analyze and report current NDE and ESU capacities to identify overlaps and gaps in services to districts across Nebraska to support increased collaboration and coordination of services.
Priority Area: Improved intra- and inter- organizational relationships
Expected Outcomes:
1. Improved organizational structures and processes


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