Northeast Nebraska Teacher Academy
Wayne State College School of Education and Counseling
Contact:  Dr. Timothy Sharer


137 Brandenburg Hall



Mission Statement
The mission of the Northeast Nebraska Teacher Academy is to increase student achievement by affecting quality staff development and substitute teacher performance through the Northeast Nebraska Teacher Academy.

The Goals of the Northeast Nebraska Teacher Academy
1. Increase the pool of quality substitutes in Northeast Nebraska.

2. Build a consortium that will self-sustain after the grant’s depleted.

3. Insure that quality instruction continues when substitutes are present via a formalized, consistent planning framework for substitutes.

4. Raise the level of student expectation regarding learning when a substitute teacher is present.

Origin of the Northeast Nebraska Teacher Academy
Area school districts in northeast Nebraska have teamed with ESU # 1 and Wayne State College to create the Northeast Nebraska Teacher Academy (NENTA), an entity that will insert 40-65 qualified teachers into the northeast Nebraska substitute teacher market for a total of 3200-5200 substitute days per school year. This, in turn. will enable the fourteen districts to take full advantage of staff development 
opportunities since capable, qualified substitutes will then be readily available. Additionally, the quality of substitute instruction in each of the participating districts will be significantly improved by consistent useof lesson plan formats from one district to another, by staff development activities directed at substitute teaching performance, and by the substitute mentoring efforts that are built into the project. Further, the NENTA substitutes will enhance their own professional progression toward full certification through the project's concerted training and support activities.

Student Participant Profile
Every student participating in the Northeast Nebraska Teacher Academy was selected to participate based on the following criteria:
1. The student met ALL the criteria for the State of Nebraska Local Substitute Teacher certificate.

2 In addition, the student has completed all the criteria for Gateway Two in the Wayne State College Professional Progress Benchmarks. That criteria includes: 
a. Successful Field Experience from Introduction to Professional Education;
b. Positive recommendations from all field experience cooperating teachers;
c. Successfully completing the PPST requirements for Standard Teacher Certification.
d. Positive recommendations from the School of Education Foundations faculty;
e. Positive recommendation from the faculty in Endorsement Area.
f. Maintaining a 3.3 Education; Endorsement and Overall GPAs;

3. NENTA Substitute Teachers hold a Nebraska Local Substitute Certificate connected to the 13 school district consortium and Wayne State College School of Education and Counseling.

4. The student has distinguished themself as an emergent professional in Teacher Education through:
a. Outstanding class attendance;
b. Outstanding class participation;
c. Attentive to professional grooming habits;
d. Commitment to punctuality;
e. Assuming and seeking responsibility;
f. Completion of assignments in a competent and timely manner;
g. Compliant with ALL OTHER REQUIREMENTS for a State of Nebraska Local Substitute Teaching Certificate;

5. NENTA Subs have received 5 full days of training by APL Associates of New York.

6. NENTA Subs received 2 full days of training by the NENTA Project Coordinators.

7. NENTA Subs attend a one-hour weekly Seminar for continuing education/enrichment using school practitioners and administrators, seminar leaders and project coordinators.

Impact on Student Learning and Staff Development
The target audience for this proposal is the 12,800 K-12 students who attend school in one of the 14 northeast Nebraska districts that have come together to create the Northeast Nebraska Teacher Academy (NENTA). This project will positively impact their academic achievement by 1) facilitating excellent staff development opportunities linked to district strategic school improvement plans, and 2) by significantly improving the quality of instruction provided on days when substitute teachers are used. The fourteen districts have entered into a partnership with ESU # 1 and Wayne State College to create NENTA. This academy will oversee the selection and training of 40-65 teacher education majors who will then be available to substitute teach in any of the 45 school buildings operated by the 14 collaborating school districts. The teacher education students selected to participate in the project will possess qualifications that far exceed the current criteria for a local substitute certificate. For example, NENTA students will have accumulated over 60 credit hours, but at a 3.3 grade point average or better. And they will have completed sophomore field experiences as well as four professional education courses. The selected college students will benefit from targeted APL training, Mentor Teachers identified in each of the 45 school buildings, and a regular one-hour per week NENTA Seminar facilitated by Wayne State College Faculty and Mentor Teachers from participating districts.

Goal: Improve Student Learning 
The creation and operation of NENTA will result in thousands of northeast Nebraska students receiving improved instruction from their regular teachers who can more readily avail themselves of staff development opportunities, and also from a new pool of highly-trained, qualified substitute teachers who can facilitate on-going instruction in the absence of the regular teacher .

Funding for the Project
This three-year project is funded by an Excellence in Education Grant: Education Innovation Fund for $299,900 from the Nebraska Department of Education. After the third year, the NENTA will become self-funded.

School District Partners
The following school districts are partners in the NENTA Consortium: Laurel-Concord, Randolph, Pierce, Norfolk, Winside, Wayne, Coleridge, Hartington Public, Allen, Ponca, Wakefield, Pender, South Sioux City.


Prologue for Education
Students participating in the Teacher Education Program in the Wayne State College School of Education and Counseling must comply with the guidelines described in the Prologue for Education.

Code of Ethics for Northeast Nebraska Teacher Academy
The following Code of Ethics for the Northeast Nebraska Teacher Academy was adapted from the State of Nebraska Department of Education Code of Ethics for Teachers in the WSC Student Handbook for Education.

Email to NENTA Coordinators:
Dr. Tim Sharer:


NENTA Seminar Syllabus

APL Associates Instructional Objectives from Training Seminars 
Day One

Describe On-the-Clock and List the Outcomes
Define Checking for Understanding and List the Outcomes
Define the 2 Types of Wait-Time and List the Outcomes
List and Describe the Two Types of Motivation
List the Two Essential Elements in an Instructional Objective
Define Anticipatory Set and List the Outcomes
Define Closure, List the Outcomes, and When to Use It

Day Two

Describe Beginning of Class, Components 
Describe Covert and Overt Active Participation and the Outcomes
Describe the Steps of the Interaction Sequence
State and the Describe the 5 Components in the Process that will Result 
in Successful Behavior Management (5 Steps to Get Kids Ready: If 
You Want It - Teach It.)
Describe Serial Positioning and the Outcomes

Day Three

Describe Management Guidelines and Strategies
Describe the Monitoring Map Process
Describe the Process to Break the Procrastination Cycle
Define Knowledge of Results and list the:
1. 3 Forms
2. 2 Criteria
Describe the Three Step Maximum Concept
Define Chaining and Give an Example

APL Associates Instructional Objectives from Training Seminars
Day Four
List the Components of the Exit Option
Define Feeling Tone and Give Examples
Describe Strategies to Manage Student Anxiety
List and Describe 3 Types of Reinforcers
Label Skills Evident in the Teaching Process
List Classroom Conditions that Impact Learning
List and Explain the Rules of Interest

Day Five

Share the Benefits that Result from the Process of Sharing Instructional 
Define Practice
Describe the Forgetting Curve
Describe the Time and Quantity Guidelines in Practice
Define Homework
Describe the One-Two-One Process in Assigning Homework
List and Describe the Homework Rules Plus One
Identify and Label Instructional Strategies from Teaching Episodes
Describe Two Modeling Options
Share the Two Forms and the Two Criteria for Knowledge of Results

Mentor Teacher/Building Coordinator/Classroom Teacher On-line Training for the Use of NENTA Substitutes.


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