NCSA Archived Programs/Webinars

Celebrating Success in the Field with Cognia
Cognia (formerly AdvancED/NCA) has served education in Nebraska for over 125 years. We continue to expand our member benefits, guide meaningful improvement, and celebrate our institutions' achievements. Join us for inspiration as you hear from local Nebraska educational leaders regarding powerful practices impacting their school communities as we celebrate success in the field!

Importance of Benefit’s Communication in Today’s World
Employee benefits are becoming increasingly popular as a way to attract and retain employees. Still, most employees are not receiving the education they need to properly understand and value the benefits being offered to them. This presentation aims to show how implementing effective benefits education is vital to the overall success of your benefits program, and overall employee wellbeing.
Learning Objectives:
1. Am I leveraging the employee benefits package to its full capabilities?
2. How do I position employee benefits as an attraction and retention tool?
3. 2020 catapulted us into technology. We review how it has affected the benefits landscape.

Ensuring a Balanced and Equitable Assessment SystemCognia Logo
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Our instructional and curricular decisions are only as reliable as the assessment data we use to inform those decisions. By understanding the purposeful design and data limitations of each type of assessment within your local assessment system, you can gain greater insights about student learning and progress, and how to modify instruction to better support learning. There has never been a more important time to ensure assessments are free of bias and sensitivity, provide valid and actionable data to identify student gaps in learning and, in turn, are equitable for all students. As a result of this session, participants will:
· Recognize the purpose and limitations of each component within a balanced assessment system
· Review the importance of valid assessment data and its use in guiding teaching and learning
· Examine practices and processes to help ensure assessments are equitable and free from bias and sensitivity

Classroom Audio with Audio Enhancements
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Research indicates that students achieve more when they hear better. Come learn why Dr. Steve Joel and Lincoln Public Schools installed audio enhancement in every classroom in their district. Find out how classroom audio systems have affected student learning and engagement and teachers’ vocal health. (December 17, 2020) 

Schoolwide Communication with Kirk Langer and Audio Enhancements

Efficiently moving students across campus may be more crucial now than ever. Come learn how a customizable intercom, paging, and bells system built specifically for K-12 schools can simplify schoolwide communication. We’ll also discuss features that can make systems more effective and intuitive, like integration with existing VoIP phone systems, a customized interactive campus map, and integration with a school’s existing LDAP/Active Directory Server. (December 16, 2020)


Master Planning for the Future with Clark Enersen PartnersClark Enersen Logo


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As school districts across Nebraska assess their current and future facility needs, many are facing the challenge of trying to get renovation, addition, and new building projects off the ground while dealing with limited budgets. The Clark Enersen Partners architecture and engineering team are joined by Chad Denker, Superintendent of David City Public Schools, to discuss the important role master planning has played in allowing David City to complete multiple projects and plan several more for the coming years. The webinar focuses on the master planning process, project phasing based on current and future needs, gaining community buy-in, and special funding mechanisms. (December 1, 2020)


Taking Remote Learning To The Next Level

Cognia LogoJason Green, co-author of the bestselling book Blended Learning in Action, and Jordan Nemmers, Manager of School Partnerships, discuss best practices from the field in remote and digital learning. Jason and Jordan, along with the LINC team, have helped thousands of educators successfully build high-quality remote learning experiences. They will also share strategies for ensuring your teachers are receiving the critical support and professional development needed so that students can thrive in this new paradigm. (September 2, 2020)

The Future of the ACT & SAT with John Baylor of OnToCollegeOnToCollege Logo
As more colleges and universities move to test-optional policies, especially in light of COVID-19, the future of the ACT and SAT might seem less certain. So what do these changes mean for Nebraska schools, Nebraska students, and the importance of standardized testing? (August 27, 2020)


The Biggest FLSA Update Since 2009? "Coaching" Administrators on the New Department of Labor Opinion (Presentation, Handout)
On January 5, 2018, the Department of Labor released an Opinion on coaches under the Fair Labor Standards Act. The issue of coaches under the FLSA has caused much confusion in schools since 2009 and the recent Opinion provides much-needed clarity. During this webinar, Justin Knight from the Perry Law Firm will walk through the Opinion, provide an overview of the FLSA, and suggest practical tips to implement the new Opinion in your district.

School Safety
Several new rules and regulations, including NDE's safety guidance, require school districts to update or enact policies and develop plans to comply with these new requirements. In order to comply, districts will need to take action now to begin planning for these changes. In this webinar, the Perry Law Firm will walk through these mid-year policy updates.

Crowdfunding the Classroom: An Overview and Discussion of Crowdfunding for School Districts 

With today’s technology, donors from across the world can easily give money to almost any worthwhile project. Teachers have taken notice of this online giving trend. In fact, according to at least one study, teachers at 71% of U.S. public schools have asked online donors to fund projects in their classrooms, such as purchasing new iPads, taking field trips and acquiring 3-D printers. With more and more teachers soliciting donations online, administrators and school business officials must be knowledgeable about the “in’s and out’s” of crowd-funding. In this free webinar, we will walk through the basics of crowd-funding, discuss the legal implications of teachers and staff “crowd-funding the classroom” and offer practical solutions for your district to address and manage the crowd-funding craze. 
Crowd-Funding Webinar 


Affordable Care Act Reporting Forms Overview and Preparation: Walking through Forms 1094-C’s and 1095-C’s (Presentation)
By January 31, 2017, every “large employer” (50 or more full-time employees, including full-time equivalents) must provide a completed Form 1095-C to every full-time employee. Thus, all “large” districts in Nebraska have approximately two months to complete all of its Forms 1095-C. Some districts were required to complete these forms last year. Those districts learned that the process for completing these Forms can be time-consuming, confusing and frustrating. In this free webinar, the Perry Law Firm will walk through the process for successfully completing Forms 1094-C and 1095-C. We hope that this webinar will provide attendees with the necessary information and confidence to begin preparing their own Forms prior to the deadline. 

Energy Analytics 
(Presentation Handout)

With school budgets getting tighter each year, saving money and maximizing your rewards are more important than ever. Dave Raymond and Larry Cihal, Certified Energy Manager, from Trane will be joined by Brian Maschmann from Norris Schools who has implemented a Building Intelligent Services project. Be sure to attend this webinar to find out how you can maximize the spending of utility dollars in your district or school. 


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