Rural Education

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 outlines 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. 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 NEQuESTT 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: The purpose of the project is to increase coordination of services and collaboration between the ESUs and NDE to ensure efficient use of resources and enhanced quality of services to schools and districts is realized.
Priority Area: Rural Education
Expected Outcomes:
1. NDE and ESUs align supports for schools and districts to the NEQuESTT.
2. NDE has improved coordination/collaboration with ESUs.


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