BMIT Fall Updates

Hello Nebraska BMIT educators! Below are updates, reminders, and resources for you to access and use. As always, don't hesitate to contact us with anything.


Jacqui Garrison and Mary Janssen

Nebraska Open Education Resources Hub

Open Educational Resources (OER) are freely accessible, openly licensed text, media, and other digital assets that are useful for teaching, learning, and assessing as well as for research purposes.

You can use the Nebraska OER hub to find or even curate high quality, standards aligned resources, videos, lesson plans, and more. Click on the image below to get started.

Nebraska Council on Economic Education

Upcoming Challenges:

Join classrooms across the state as they showcase their academic knowledge of economics and personal finance in our upcoming academic competitions.

Economics Challenge fall competition runs November 30 through December 14.

The challenge is a statewide and online. The competition offers two divisions for high school and one for middle school. The topics cover micro, macro and international economics. For more information go to our Nebraska Economics Challenge site.

Finance Challenge fall 2020 competition starts November 16 and ends December 4.

This personal finance competition tests students’ knowledge of budgeting, saving and investing. The competition is offered online across the state both spring and fall and open to middle and high schools students. The program is easy to access and provides teachers with short instructional videos. For more information go the Nebraska Finance Challenge website

Curriculum Resources

Next Gen Personal Finance and Econ Ed Link have valuable resources to support your classroom objectives!

NextGen Personal Finance (NGPF) offers FREE personal finance lessons, arcade game, activities, courses and professional development opportunities. The site offers a Teacher Toolbox to help you sort and organize resources to meet your educational goals.

EconEdLink offers hundreds of free personal finance and economic lesson plans, videos, activities, tools and more for K-12 teachers and their students. You can sign up for their newsletter and get the most updated materials and lessons focused on current issues.

EVERFI Updates

EVERFI offers online financial education programs for students in grades 4 through 12. Each program offers a range of scenario-based activities, allowing students to put their saving, spending, and financial planning skills to practice in a real-world context. Programs include:

  • Elementary School: Vault - Understanding Money (grades 4-6)

  • Middle School: FutureSmart (grades 6-8)

  • High School: EVERFI - Financial Literacy (grades 9-12), Venture - Entrepreneurial Expedition (grades 7-10), and Marketplaces - Investing Basics (grades 9-12)

For more information and to get started, click here.

As a reminder, EVERFI is a great tool for in-person, hybrid, or remote learning, so it can be plan A, B and C!

AIM Infotec Conference

November 13, you can't miss Infotec 2020!

Infotec is about the business of technology and will provide in-depth breakout sessions and 1-on-1 networking with the region's top tech talent. Use this link for a free general admission ticket.

#busedu Monthly twitter chats

Join business educators from across the nation and share ideas on Twitter through the #busedu monthly chats. Click on the picture below to be re-directed to the remind sign up.

If you miss any chats, you can access the archive chats here.

FBLA and DECA Fall Leadership Conference Updates

Access the FLC Workshop Portal HERE:

The FLC Portal houses all of the leadership workshop content. Please contact Jacqui Garrison, Nebraska FBLA State Adviser, to get your chapter login credentials.

DECA Fall Leadership Conference Videos

Access the officer and alumni videos from Fall Leadership Conference.

Amplify Your Leadership Keynote

Through the Center for Student Leadership and Expanded Learning, the CTSOs joined together to create a leadership keynote event. Enjoy a recorded keynote message from Aaron Davis.

The on-demand recorded keynote message will give students the opportunity to reflect on their leadership skills and the messages that they are amplifying as well as how to amplify positivity as leaders.

For the password to access the video, please contact Jacqui Garrison or Mary Janssen and we will send it to you.

Join your professional organizations!

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Have you joined the Nebraska State Business Education Association (NSBEA) yet this school year? Membership is open to any person interested in business education and is only $20. If you are interested in joining, complete the 2020-2021 NSBEA Membership/Dues Form and submit payment as instructed on the NSBEA website ( To ensure membership is processed correctly, be sure to complete the Membership Form and submit payment either via check or PayPal. NSBEA memberships run from July 1 to June 30.

A few of the benefits of joining NSBEA include:

  • Two conventions that feature motivational, technology, and content speakers (Fall Conference and Summer Conference)

  • Receive three informative online newsletters

  • Have the opportunity to network with other business educators

  • Develop professional spirit and social fellowship

  • Participate in online discussion through the NSBEA listserve (to subscribe, go to and click on "BMIT listserve)

  • Recognize business educators (awards program) who have promoted business education

  • Apply for scholarships

  • KIDS--open to high school senior or collegiate student of NSBEA parent

  • Gordon F. Culver Scholarship--collegiate business education students

  • Anthony Blum Scholarship--collegiate business education students enrolled at UNL

  • First and second year BMIT teachers will be provided a mentor

Don’t forget to complete your NBEA membership as well. Please note, NSBEA will no longer be able to collect membership dues for NBEA. However, we encourage all NSBEA members to join our national organization--NBEA (National Business Education Association). By joining NBEA, you are also an automatic member of the M-PBEA (Mountain-Plains Business Education Association). Your NBEA membership is an annual renewal from the month of joining NBEA. The membership cost starts at $149. To complete your NBEA membership or to check the status of your membership, please visit, here is the direct link for membership.

Your membership is essential for the strength of our organization and profession.

Thank you!

Jocelyn Crabtree

NSBEA Membership Director

Nebraska Representative to MPBEA

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The Association for Career and Technical Education® is the largest national education association dedicated to the advancement of education that prepares youth and adults for careers. The mission of ACTE is to provide educational leadership in developing a competitive workforce.

Our state affiliated association is the Association for Career and Technical Education of Nebraska (ACTEN). ACTEN is a multi-discipline organization made up of career education professionals with a variety of backgrounds and specialties. Additionally, ACTEN has several divisions focused on specific disciplines within career education. Those divisions include administration, agriculture education, business education, engineering and technology education, family and consumer science education, guidance and career development, health science education, marketing education, trade and industrial education, and new and related services.

The address for ACTEN's website is The address for the ACTE site is Please visit these sites to learn more about what ACTE/ACTEN can do for you.

To become a member, you can join online or fill out and mail the attached membership form to me. Dues for $110 ($80 for national dues and $30 for state). If you want to join more than one division, the cost is $10 for each division you join.

Murleen Bellinger, ACTEN Executive Director

Box 89

Waverly, NE 68462


Facebook: ActeNebraska

Twitter: @ACTENebraska


Professional Development Opportunities

Updates to the website

One of the things we are working on specifically for BMIT teachers is an update of the BMIT webpages to provide you with resources, professional development opportunities, easier access, and a better user experience. This will be dynamic and we will continue to update resources and pages as needed. We are still working on this and hope to have it out to you soon.

Click image below to be re-directed to the BMIT website.

Launch Nebraska

Please take a look at the guidance from NDE CTE Staff on Launch Nebraska. There is also more specific guidelines for CTE classrooms. The links are below.


We will continue to update you with information about the updated website through the listserve.

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.

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