It's 2021!

Career and Technical Education (CTE) Month

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February is Career and Technical Education Month or CTE Month. CTE Month is a public awareness campaign that takes place each February to celebrate the value of CTE programs across the country.

Our CTE team at NDE is working to develop and coordinate activities and we will share this out with you later this month.

Link to ACTE CTE Month Site

Morning Brew Goal Setting Articles

One Word Challenge for 2021

Below are a few resources that you could use personally or within your classroom to set your "one word" for 2021. Let's hope "pivot" is NOT a word we hear or see as much this year :)

Nebraska Council on Economic Education

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Computer Science Updates and Resources

This half-day online summit will be an opportunity for K-12 CS educators to learn about emerging concepts in the field of CS and engage with industry experts on topics on the horizon.

Registration cost:

Non-members $30

CSTA+ Members $10

Link to information and registration

NBEA Newsletter

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MBA Research Resources

Success Stories from 2020

Millard South School Store

"The Millard South Patriot Post school store has always been a source of community pride and part of our school's culture.

The Fall semester of 2020 allowed for Millard Public School students to learn in person or synchronously through a variety of technologies including Zoom.

Sales in the school based enterprise were down. Freshly baked cookies were no longer allowed to be sold. Spirit wear sales were down; a limited amount of fans were allowed to watch sporting events. Parent - Teacher Conference night was virtual, eliminating sales from a popular shopping night.

The students rallied and brainstormed ideas to lift sales. Two situations proved successful.

1. Small clubs and teams were contacted, offering custom made shirts and hoodies from our newly acquired printing press.

2. Online shopping was advertised on the school's website and a QR code was developed for the online store. The QR code was promoted on various social media platforms. "

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DECA First Timer's Competition goes virtual

In December, Millard North hosted the first all virtual competition for DECA chapters across the state. It was so fulfilling to see students be able to compete and have the experience, even though it looked different this year.

Pictures below is of Omaha Central preparing for their roleplays and Papio South students meeting at their school before they "logged on" for competitions.

Kearney High School DECA Thinks Differently about Conferences

The KHS DECA Officer Team organized and implemented the first annual KHS DECA FLC Conference in the KHS Library & Learning Commons (LLC). At this event, attendees were provided donuts and juice from breakfast followed by several activities that introduced them to what DECA includes. Our chapter also sponsored Subway sandwich lunch boxes. Our goal was to excite new members and try to emulate what the actual Nebraska DECA FLC conference experience would be like. We used the Nebraska State Officer and DECA Alumni videos to facilitate mini workshops as well. It was a HUGE success! We had about 25 attendees!

Pictures below are of KHS DECA officers, students, and classes.

Everfi Scholarship Opportunity

EVERFI in partnership with MassMutual Foundation is offering students in grades 6th-8th an opportunity to win one of ten $1,000 529 Scholarships! To be eligible to students must complete three lessons within the FutureSmart program and submit a short essay to one of the three prompts given. You can learn more about the FutureSmart program or how your students can compete for the scholarships by clicking the corresponding link. All entries are due by January 29th. Reach out to Heather Miller ( or Erica Hart ( with any questions.


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.

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

Jumpstart the New Year (December 2020)

Thankful for BMIT Educators (November 2020)

Fall Updates (October 2020)

Welcome Back Newsletter (September 2020)