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Turning the Page: What Will Your Next Chapter Be? Nebraska Educational Office Professionals Association (NEOPA) Spring Conference SCC Continuing Education Center 301 South 68th Street Place Lincoln, Nebraska April 11, 2014


Pre-Conference Activities

- Thursday, April 10, 2014

The Nebraska Capitol Tour is from 4:30-5:30 p.m. The Capitol is located at 1445 K Street, Lincoln, NE. Join members for a free tour of Nebraska’s State Capitol. Please RSVP with Denise Fisher at Meeting location will be emailed to participants. Lodging suggestions: We suggest Chase Suite Hotel for your stay in Lincoln. The address is 200 South 68th Street Place, within walking distance of the SCC Continuing Education Center. Travel downtown is easy by following “O” Street to the downtown area of Lincoln. Phone: 402.483.4900.

NEOPA 50th Anniversary Banquet: 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. Social hour (cash bar) 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. Banquet and program Join fellow NEOPA members at the Windsor Stables located at 1024 “L” Street. NEOPA is celebrating its 50th anniversary. The evening begins with a social hour where you may visit with your friends and colleagues. The evening continues with fine dining catered by the Green Gateau Restaurant. Please fill out the following form and mail with payment to Linda Luedtke at the address below.

Registration Form - NEOPA 50th Banquet Name: ___________________________________________ Local Association: __________________________________ NEOPA Member since: _____________ NEOPA Members Banquet fee: Non-member Banquet fee:

$15.00 $25.00

Menu selection A: Sirloin Tips Au Poivre. Sirloin tips served in a creamy sauce with a touch of brandy/mustard. Menu selection B: Chicken Piccata. Chicken served with lemon butter and capers. These plated meals will be served with a roll, Field Green Salad, and Chef ’s choice of vegetables. Special Dietary Needs: ________________________________________ Parking is available on the street or in the nearby Carriage Park Garage.

Please note: We are taking separate registrations for the Capitol tour, the banquet, and the conference. Please send check and banquet registration form to Linda Luedtke, Treasurer, 5316 Mission Ln, Lincoln, NE 68521-5085. Upon arrival at the banquet your $15.00 check will be returned to you. If you do not attend, NEOPA will process the $15.00 fee. The NEOPA Board of Directors agreed to pay member fees for the 50th anniversary banquet. Happy 50th!

Registration deadline is March 28, 2014.


Registration and Payments REGISTRATION FEES:

Member: $50.00



REGISTRATION DEADLINE: March 28, 2014 PHONE: Call Diane Siefkes at 402.323.3386. Have this form, your selections, and your credit card ready. This is for credit/debit card registration only. SELECTIONS: (Circle One) 12:45 – 1:40 – Chapter 1: 2:20 – 3:15 – Chapter 2: 3:55 – 4:50 – Chapter 3:

Advocacy Advocacy Advocacy

Leadership Leadership Leadership

Growth Growth Growth


Complete the registration form on this page, including your topic selections, then mail this form with your check to Diane Siefkes, SCC, 301 S 68th St Place, Lincoln, NE 68510.


Registration form and topic choices selected with letter of authorization information to 402. 437.2703, Attn: Diane Siefkes. This is for company payment only. Check made to SCC.


Southeast Community College

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Submission of this form indicates that I understand: 1) that my registration is complete that I am accountable for the tuition and fees and subject to a grade in the courses listed; 2) that should I officially drop, cancel, or withdraw, any refund in tuition will be determined by the date I submit my request to Continuing Education; 3) that failure to attend a course does not constitute an official drop/withdrawal; 4) the personal information contained herein is correct as shown; and 5) any changes in SSN, legal name, address, residency, etc. must follow the College procedures in the Student Handbook and College Catalog .

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Conference Overview - Friday, April 11, 2014 SCC Continuing Education Center, 301 S 68th Street Place, Lincoln, NE 7:45 – 8:15 a.m. Registration & Breakfast, Main level (All morning activities will all be in the auditorium on the main level) 8:15 – 8:30 a.m. Flag Ceremony Auditorium, Main level Welcome and announcements 8:30 – 9:30 a.m. Keynote Speaker, Dr. Matthew Blomstedt 9:30 – 9:45 a.m. Break 9:45 – 10:45 a.m. Short Stories, Auditorium 10:50 – 11:10 a.m. Glossary of Skills Session 1 (All), Auditorium 11:15 – 12:35 p.m. Lunch/NEOPA Business Meeting/Installation (Move to room 302; Pick up lunch in third floor hallway) 12:45 – 1:40 p.m. Chapter 1, Choose one session 1:50 – 2:10 p.m. Glossary of Skills Session 2 (All), Room 302 2:20 – 3:15 p.m. Chapter 2, Choose one session 3:15 – 3:25 p.m. Break, Pick up snacks in hallway 3:25 –3:45 p.m. Glossary of Skills Session 3 (All), Room 302 3:55 – 4:50 p.m. Chapter 3, Choose one session 4:55 – 5:00 p.m. Wrap Up Activities, Room 302

Keynote Speaker Dr. Matthew Blomstedt Nebraska Department of Education Commissioner “Advocacy, Leadership, and Growth” Dr. Blomstedt is a native Nebraskan whose career has focused on local, regional, and statewide education issues. Blomstedt’s experience includes education finance and organization, assessment and accountability, professional development, and the development of systems to enhance blended and distance learning opportunities across the state. As the Nebraska Department of Education’s new Commissioner, he continues to lead efforts to build and maintain collaborative ventures among educational entities including school districts, educational service units, the Nebraska Department of Education, higher education, and other agencies. He will discuss aspects of leadership, advocacy, and growth. We will see how they entertwine personally in our lives as well as all aspects of education in our state. We will receive a glimpse of Dr. Blomstedt’s vision for the Department of Education and how its arms can reach effectively across the state of Nebraska.


Short Stories - All Attendees - 9:45-10:45 a.m. “Addison’s Story” Mike was appointed to the Nebraska Early Childhood Interagency Coordining Council (ECICC) in November of 2010. The ECICC is a collaborative effort to advise state government on the improvement of services affecting young children and their families. Mike currently serves on the Family Leadership Team, Early Childhood Systems, and Services Committee and Steering Committee. We will hear about parents as advocates for their children in Addison’s story.

“The Butterfly Effect: You Touch Millions of Lives” The smallest of choices we make on a daily basis will effect the lives of millions. This message is about not taking your life and the choices you make lightly. Learn how to be a leader from this Nebraska Teacher of the Year.

“Leading Your Own Way” Mary Guest, CEOE, is a long-time member of local, state, and national educational office professionals associations. While maintaining a home, helping her children, and working, Mary went back to school to earn her Bachelor’s Degree. What prompted Mary to be her own advocate and follow through on a personal goal leading to self-growth and development?

Glossary of Skills - All Attendees (three sessions) Session 1 (10:50 a.m. - 11:10 a.m.): “Advocacy: Leveraging Social Media to Build Your Brand” Social media is more than just celebrities sharing their lives and opinions. It is becoming the way in which we connect with one another. Let’s look at how we can use Twitter and Instagram to build our brand and enhance awareness of our organization. Session 2 (1:50 p.m. - 2:10 p.m.): “Leadership: Sharing and Connecting” Have you shared the great things happening in your organization recently? Since social media allows us to connect with valuable stakeholders and tell our story; it is imperative that we do so. Let’s look at a variety of ways to be transparent, build relationships, and connect. Session 3 (3:25 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.): “Growth: Copyright Got You Down? Let’s Discuss Creative Commons” Copyright can often prevent photos, music, and other media from being used. What are you to do? Let’s look at how Creative Commons can be used for a variety of purposes.

Kristina Peters is the eLearning Specialist and School Library Liaison for the Nebraska Departmet of Education in Lincoln, NE. In this role, she is helping implement the Nebraska BlendEd Initiative, advocating for school libraries, spearheading the NeBooks Project, and helping department teams to integrate new technologies. Kristina has presented at several educational technology and ELL conferences across the country, as well as numerous teacher workshops across the state. She also co-organizes EdCampOmaha, an unconference, that creates a personalized professional learning opportunity for local educators. 4

Conference Details Choose One Session: 12:45-1:40 p.m. Advocacy: The Five “W’s” and “H” Presenter: Audience: Location: Session Length:

Mr. Jay Sears, Director of Instructional Advocacy, Nebraska State Education Association Chapter 1: Advocacy Room 302 55 minutes

Discover the who, what, when, where, why, and how of advocacy. You can be your own advocate. Jay Sears has been an education advocate for 42 years beginning with his first teaching assignment in Seward Public Schools and continuing presently as a 30-year professional staff member with the Nebraska State Education Association. Jay is currently the Program Director for Instructional Advocacy with NSEA. He advocates for Education Policy at the State Board of Education and the Nebraska Legislature.

‘The Rock’ and Other Lessons Learned Down on the Farm Presenter: Audience: Location: Session Length:

Bob Feurer, 2011 Nebraska Teacher of the Year Chapter 2: Leadership Auditorium, Main level 55 minutes

This Nebraska farm boy will share the lessons learned from growing up on the family farm in southeast Nebraska to being greeted by the President of the United States in the Oval Office as Nebraska’s 2011 Teacher of the Year and how life continues to change. Bob Feurer began his teaching career at North Bend Central Public Schools right out of college in the fall of 1979. He has been a science teacher as well as filling many coaching responsibilities and sponsorships during his tenure.

Leadership or Followership-Which Is It? Presenter: Audience: Location: Session Length:

Mary Guest, CEOE, University of Nebraska-Lincoln Chapter 3: Growth Room 404 55 minutes

In recent years, leadership has been defined by many as a relationship of influence. To have a relationship, there must be at least two parties involved, in this case, leaders and followers (members). For this to be a successful relationship, influence must be multi-directional, not just top-down. In this session, you will discover what type of follower you are and how important your influence is as a member. The power of your influence can determine the success or failure of your team or organization. Mary has been employed at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln for 15 years and works in the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Economic Development. She is a life-long learner and completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Leadership in 2012. Remember: All registrations due March 28, 2014. Registration for the Capitol tour at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 10 is emailed to Registration is separate for the NEOPA 50th Anniversary Banquet (Thursday, April 10, 2014); on page 2 of booklet. Registration to SCC is detailed on page 4 of this booklet.


Conference Details, Continued Choose One Session: 2:20-3:15 p.m. “Advocating for Early Childhood - How We All Benefit” Presenter: Audience: Location: Session Length:

Amy Bornemeier, Sixpence Administrator Chapter 1: Advocacy Room 302 55 minutes

Learn about the returns on investment in high quality early child care and education and how you can advocate for early childhood. The Sixpence Early Learning Fund public-private partnership model will be highlighted. Amy is the Associate Vice President of Early Childhood Programs and has been with the Nebraska Children and Families Foundation since August 2013. Most recently, Amy worked with the Office of Early Childhood at the Nebraska Department of Education (NDE) on a variety of projects with a special emphasis on school readiness. In addition to her work with a wide range of early childhood- focused teams and work groups, Amy assisted many communities in developing their school readiness and transition plans, and led a team to revise the Nebraska Early Learning Guidelines for 3 to 5 year olds. Prior to her time at NDE, Amy managed multiple nationally-accredited early childhood programs. She has played a critical role in implementing the pyramid model for supporting social-emotional development through early child care programs.

“Leading Through Transitions” Presenter: Audience: Location: Session Length:

Eleanor J. Shirley, M.A., CSW, Step Up to Quality Program, NDE Chapter 2: Leadership Auditorium, Main level 55 minutes

Transitions are changes that appear constantly in our daily lives. Whether it is a change in a job, a new family member, a

loss, an accomplishment, or a disappointment; all transitions afford opportunities for positive growth. Through experiential activities this session will highlight strategies for reflecting upon, valuing, and demonstrating leadership through change. Eleanor serves as Director of a recently legislated early childhood quality rating and improvement system called Step Up to Quality, which provides support for improving quality in all types of early care and education programs across the state. Prior to October 1, 2013, she served as Director of the Nebraska Head Start-State Collaboration Office for 16 years building and bridging systems in early care and education.

“Intentional Invitation” Presenter: Audience: Location: Session Length:

Tricia Parker-Siemers, M.Ed., Language Arts Director, NDE Chapter 3: Growth Room 404 55 minutes

Do good things happen to you? Do you feel supported by the people around you and energized by their attitudes and ideas? Or is your life just one clown shy of a three-ring-circus? Join us to hear about the power in intentional invitation, and take control of your professional and personal life through a series of purposeful behaviors and thoughts. Tricia is the Director of Language Arts for the Nebraska Department of Education. She is a valued member of the Curriculum team and continues to positively impact student learning in the state of Nebraska. 6

Conference Details, Continued Choose One Session: 3:55-4:50 p.m. “Advocating for Education Opportunities” Presenter: Audience: Location: Session Length:

Brian Halstead, J.D., Assistant Commissioner, NDE Chapter 1: Advocacy Room 302 55 minutes

Advocating for the best education opportunities for Nebraska students! Brian Halstead, J.D., shares the role he plays as liaison for the Nebraska Department of Education during the Legistlative sessions and beyond. Brian is the Assistant Commissioner of Education for the Department of Education. He also serves as the agency’s legal council.

“Presentation Skills Tool Box” Presenter: Audience: Location: Session Length:

Sheila Kepler, SCC Instructor Chapter 2: Leadership Auditorium, Main level 55 minutes

Are you sometimes called upon to make a public presentation? Does your work assignment require you to speak in front of a group? When asked to make a presentation do you think you would rather die a thousand deaths than to speak in public? Prior to making a presentation, do you get nervous and wish you could at least find a way to have the butterflies in your stomach fly in formation? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions you are not alone. Millions of people share your feelings, but this hour seminar will supply you with some needed tools to make the whole experience a little less stressful. During this workshop Sheila Kepler will offer you some essential strategies to help you gain confidence as you fill your presentation toolbox with some valuable communication, organizational, and presentation tips. Sheila Kepler is President of EsKay Enterprises, a professional management and consulting firm. The mission of her company is to provide learning opportunities to educational and business organizations, working with them in areas such as leadership, human relations, professional and personal growth, and renewal programs to help people discover and build on their full potential.

“Association Growth: A Starter Kit” Presenters: Audience: Location: Session Length:

Denise Fisher, CEOE, and Carol Bom, CEOE, NDE Chapter 3: Growth Room 404 55 minutes

An interactive session to begin thinking about ways to grow our association. How do we add value to our associatons? What would cause you to leave your association? What do you take for granted as a member of your association? What would cause you to brag about your association? Walk away with a few steps to begin working with and for your association.


2014 conference registration final  
2014 conference registration final