April Updates

BMM and CIS Standards Writers Needed!

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The Nebraska Department of Education is seeking writers for the Career and Technical Education (CTE) program of study standards revision process. This process will be done virtually. Each Career Field/Content Area writing team will work through a two week timespan that will include live and asynchronous writer trainings as well as the revision of the standards. Writers will receive a $600 stipend for their expertise, time, and revisions of the standards (approximately 24 hours). Lead writers will receive $750 to participate in additional meetings before and after the revision process, including an active role in stakeholder futuring panel engagement session (approximately 32 hours). Click here for the dates of the futuring panels. More details about the process and writer expectations during the two week writing process is attached.

The training and writing for each Career Field/Content Area will occur during the following timelines:

  • Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources: June 16, 2021- June 30, 2021
  • Business, Marketing, and Management: June 10, 2021- June 24, 2021
  • Communication and Information Systems: June 10, 2021- June 24, 2021
  • Health Sciences: July 7, 2021- July 21, 2021
  • Human Sciences and Education: July 7, 2021- July 21, 2021
  • Skilled and Technical Sciences: July 7, 2021- July 21, 2021

Please complete the this application by April 15, 2021. Writing team selections will be made by May 7, 2021 and you will be notified by the email address you provide. Lead writers will be notified before the futuring panels occur.

Application link:


Contact Sydney Kobza at Sydney.Kobza@nebraska.gov with any questions.

Nebraska Career Education (NCE) Conference

Personal Finance Institute

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July 13-15, 2021

Due to the success of previous Institutes, we are again offering the Personal Finance Institute. Register Now: HERE

Are you a new/newer teacher? Are you a seasoned teacher wanting to refresh and sharpen your skills? Do you teach Personal Finance? Would you like to earn financial education industry certification? Are you interested in revising an existing Personal Finance course to add more rigor? If so, consider attending Nebraska’s Personal Finance Institute, to be held at the University of Nebraska-Omaha July 13, 14, and 15, 2021.

K-12 teacher participants will each receive a $300 honorarium.

The Personal Finance Institute is limited to the first 30 completed registrations.

CLICK HERE to complete the Personal Finance Institute online application, which is due by April 30, 2021 or when registration is full.

If you have any questions, please contact:

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The DECA State Leadership Conference was held virtually March 18-19 2021. Almost 300 students competed and 105 students will be participating in the DECA International Career Development Conference April 12-May 6 virtually.

Click here to see the conference website, including the grand awards ceremony.

FBLA State Leadership Conference

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The FBLA State Leadership Conference will take place April 12-14, 2021. Participants will take part in state officer campaigning and elections, live competition sessions, conference workshops, be able to view recorded events, and awards. See the conference website for more information and schedule.

NBEA Conference Awards

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The National NBEA Conference took place this last week in a hybrid format. There were many impactful speakers and sessions and some accolades for fellow Nebraskans.

Congratulations to Dr. DeLayne Havlovic, Coordinator K-12 Career Education and Programming for Omaha Public Schools. Dr. Havlovic will serve as president-elect of the National Business Education Association for 2021-2022. DeLayne is the third Nebraskan to hold this position!

Congratulations to Lorrie Mowry who was named as the NBEA (National Business Education Association) Post-Secondary Teacher of the Year. Lorrie is an instructor at Mid-Plains Community College-McCook Community College Campus.

*NEW Entrepreneurship in your Community Curriculum Guide

Entrepreneurship in your Community: Creating your own Career | Center for Economic Education | University of Nebraska Omaha (unomaha.edu)

The guide is targeted for middle and high school teachers to teach entrepreneurship. The guide can be used in it’s entirety for a semester-long course or it can be used to supplement resources that a teacher already uses. It is tied to the National Voluntary Standards in Economics and the National Financial Literacy standards. Additionally, we linked each lesson to the Nebraska SS and BMIT standards throughout. It is free to use and download and has accompanying slides for teachers.

Authored by Dr. Jamie Wagner (UNO), Dr. Jennifer Davidson (UNL), Sydney Kobza (NDE), Matt Pierson (Omaha Bryan) , and Gigi Wolf (Education Specialist at KC Fed).

Reach and Teach April Mixtape Newsletter

Compilation of sub plans, case studies, podcast and TED talk recommendations, PD, and more from Reach and Teach

Free Enterprise Show

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This show was shared with us from the founder, it sounds like a very cool and impactful concept. I'm not sure how to view or replay but thought we'd pass along.

Free Enterprise: a new TV show on ABC debuting on April 3rd that highlights formerly incarcerated individuals who have started their own businesses after struggling to find consistent employment due to their criminal records.

The show stars Brian Hamilton, who in addition to being one of the nation's foremost entrepreneurs has been working for decades to help formerly incarcerated individuals start low capital businesses. We are happy to present these stories of hope, redemption, and success in the face of life's greatest hurdles.

You can check your local ABC listings for when it will air in your specific area each Saturday.

TV Show Website: https://www.litton.tv/freeenterprise

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FreeEnterpriseABC

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/enterpriseonabc

Professional Development


The BMIT Listserve is used by NDE staff to send out all state wide communication. As a subscriber to the email listserve, you can also use the listserve to send out emails requesting resources or help from Nebraska BMIT Community and to share resources.

Here is a link to the listserve instructions.

Did you miss the previous newsletters? Check them out below.

March into Spring (March 2021)

Share the BMIT Love (February 2021)

It's 2021! (January 2021)

Jumpstart the New Year (December 2020)

Thankful for BMIT Educators (November 2020)

Fall Updates (October 2020)

Welcome Back Newsletter (September 2020)