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1 This list is intended to grow and change. If you believe there are terms that should be added, dropped or revised, please Associations, Organizations, and Agencies Acronyms AASA American Association of School Administrators (founded in 1865, a professional organization for more than 13,000 educational leaders in the United States and throughout the world; committed to supporting and developing effective school system leaders who are dedicated to the highest quality public education for all children) AEFLA Adult Education and Family Literature Act (part of the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 that reformed Federal employment, adult education, and vocational rehabilitation programs to create an integrated, "one stop" system of workforce investment and education activities for adults and youth) AFT American Federation of Teachers (an affiliate of the AFL CIO, founded in 1916, has local affiliates in 43 states excluding Nebraska) ALICAP All Lines Interlocal Cooperative Aggregate Pool (makes insurance coverage available to districts that are members of the Nebraska Association of School Boards; coverage includes Property, General Liability, Automobile Liability and Physical Damage, School Boards Errors and Omissions, Crime, Public Employee Dishonesty and Workers Compensation in a single package) ASCD ASCD (founded in 1943; was formerly the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development; is now simply ASCD ; an educational leadership organization dedicated to advancing best practices and policies for the success of each learner) CCPE Coordinating Commission for Postsecondary Education (a state constitutional agency whose mission is to promote sound policies for Nebraska's state and community colleges and the University of Nebraska that apply to the best interests of taxpayers, students and Nebraska's postsecondary institutions ) CCSSO Council of Chief State School Officers (a nonpartisan, nationwide, nonprofit organization of public officials who head departments of elementary and secondary education in the states, the District of Columbia, the Department of Defense Education Activity, and five U.S. extra state jurisdictions; provides leadership, advocacy, and technical assistance on major educational issues) CGCS Council of Greater City Schools (a coalition of 66 of the nation's largest urban public school systems; committed to promoting the cause of urban schools and to advocating for inner city students through legislation, research and media relations; also provides a network for school districts sharing common problems to exchange information, and to collectively address new challenges as they emerge in order to deliver the best possible education for urban youth) Nebraska Association of School Boards 1

2 CIR Commission of Industrial Relations (a state agency designed to resolve public sector labor controversies with jurisdiction over state and local government employees including public utilities) CUBE Council of Urban Boards of Education (an affiliate of the National School Boards Association; represents over 110 urban school districts in 35 states and the Virgin Islands; provides a forum for urban school board members to share innovative practices through issues seminars, conferences, legislative advocacy, research projects, professional networking opportunities, specialized publications, and local governance and policy assistance. ECS Education Commission of the States (helps states develop effective policy and practice for public education by providing data, research, analysis and leadership; and by facilitating collaboration, the exchange of ideas among the states and long range strategic thinking) EHA Educators Health Alliance (provides oversight of the BlueCross BlueShield health insurance plan covering most of the state s K 12 educators; jointly managed by the Nebraska State Education Association, the Nebraska Council of School Administrators, and the Nebraska Association of School Boards) ERIC Educational Resources Information Center (an online digital library of education research and information; sponsored by the Institute of Education Sciences of the U.S. Department of Education; provides ready access to education literature to support the use of educational research and information to improve practice in learning, teaching, educational decision making, and research) ETS Educational Testing Service (a nonprofit institution advancing quality education with valid educational testing, curriculum development assets and test prep products) GNSA Greater Nebraska Schools Association (organization created to provide a voice of direct influence for those specific concerns related to state aid equalization for member schools) LC Learning Community (a political subdivision of the State of Nebraska which shares the territory of member school districts and is governed by a learning community coordinating council; currently, the sole LC is the Learning Community of Douglas and Sarpy Counties; it s purpose is to increase student achievement, improve socio economic diversity, and ensure access to the educational opportunities and support services that children and families need to succeed) MABE Metropolitan Area Boards of Education (organized in 1997 as a service of the Nebraska Association of School Boards to provide networking opportunities for school districts and educational service units in the Omaha area) NAEP National Assessment of Educational Progress (initiated in 1969; an ongoing, congressionally mandated project established to conduct national surveys of the educational attainments of students in the United States with the primary goal of determining and reporting the status of and trends over time in educational achievement) Nebraska Association of School Boards 2

3 NAESP Nebraska Association of Elementary School Principals (an affiliate of the Nebraska NASA Nebraska Association of School Administrators (an affiliate of the Nebraska Council of School Administrators, represents school superintendents) NASB Nebraska Association of School Boards (a not for profit association representing the boards of school districts and ESU; provides information, training, lobbying, and money saving services and programs) NASBMC Nebraska Association of School Boards Medicaid Consortium (an interlocal corporation developed to support NASB member districts that meet guidelines of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services with regard to dollars reimbursable through the Federal Government; the consortium contracts with a third party administrator for the administrative claiming process and acts as the pass through entity for these monies to be returned to the member districts) NASBO Nebraska Association of School Business Officials (an affiliate of the Nebraska Council of School Administrators) NARSA Nebraska Association of Retired School Administrators (an affiliate of the Nebraska NASES Nebraska Association of Special Education Supervisors (an affiliate of the Nebraska NASSP National Association of Secondary School Principals (committed to provide advocacy and support for elementary and middle level principals and other education leaders in their commitment for all children) NCA CASI North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement (founded in 1895, NCA CASI accredits over 8,500 public and private schools in 19 states, the Navajo Nation, and the Department of Defense Schools) NCES National Center for Education Statistics (part of the US Department of Education s Institute of Education Science, the primary federal entity for collecting and analyzing data related to education) NCSL National Conference of State Legislatures (non governmental organization established in 1975 to serve the members and staff of state legislatures, provides research, technical assistance and opportunities for policymakers to exchange ideas on the most pressing state issues) NCSA Nebraska Council of School Administrators (umbrella organization for five affiliate groups involving more than 1,900 members, provides education and information to enhance the professionalism of its members) Nebraska Association of School Boards 3

4 NCSA Nebraska Council of School Attorneys (non profit organization for school law specialists) NCTE Nebraska Council on Teacher Education (established in 1947 to improve and standardize the preparation of teachers in Nebraska; consists of one representative from each college/university teacher preparation institution, an equal number of practicing teachers and governance representatives (administrators and local school board members), a representative from the Nebraska Council on American Private Education, and two representatives from the Department of Education) NDE Nebraska Department of Education (see State Board of Education) NEA National Education Association (U.S. labor union committed to advancing the cause of public education; represents teachers, secretaries and educational support personnel) Nebraska P 16 Initiative a coalition of 26 Nebraska organizations in education, business, and government that strives to improve success rates for Nebraska students at every level, preschool through college NESUBA Nebraska Educational Service Unit Boards Affiliates (serves ESU board members by providing information, education, and advocacy efforts) NESUCC Nebraska Educational Service Units Coordinating Council (created by the Legislature in 2008, made up of one administrator from each ESU, charged with statewide coordination to provide the most cost effective services for the students, teachers, and school districts in each ESU) NETA Nebraska Educational Technology Association (strives to improve teaching and learning through the use of technology) NGA National Governors Association (founded in 1908, primarily taxpayer funded, serves as a key public policy liaison between the state and federal governments) NITC Nebraska Information Technology Commission (a state body composed of ninemembers appointed by the governor: five who represent the general public, one who represents elementary/secondary education, one who represents postsecondary education, one who represents communities, and the Governor or a designee; its mission is to make the State of Nebraska's information technology infrastructure more accessible and responsive to the needs of its citizens, regardless of location, while making investments in government, education, health care and other services more efficient and cost effective") NJUMP Nebraska Joint Utilities Management Program (an interlocal pool sponsored by NASB and created for public agencies to purchase natural gas, helps provide budget certainty to districts with natural gas expenses) Nebraska Association of School Boards 4

5 NLAF Nebraska Liquid Asset Fund (a money market fund that offers governmental subdivisions the opportunity to diversify short term investments, enhance returns, and minimize interest rate risks; endorsed by NASB) NRCSA Nebraska Rural Community Schools Association (consists of approximately 180 school districts and ESU's in Nebraska working together to support and promote quality educational programs for students in rural Nebraska) NSAA Nebraska School Activities Association (formed voluntarily by Nebraska s public and private state high schools, the non profit organization oversees interscholastic competition at the high school level in the state) NSASSP Nebraska State Association of Secondary School Principals (an affiliate of the Nebraska NSBA National School Boards Association (founded in 1940, a not for profit organization representing state associations of school boards and their member districts across the United States; its mission is to foster excellence and equity in public education through school board leadership) NSEA Nebraska State Education Association (a member directed union representing 28,000 teachers and educational support professionals across Nebraska) NSPRA National School Public Relations Association (since 1935, has provided school communication training and services to school leaders throughout the United States, Canada, and the U.S. Dependent Schools worldwide) NSPRA Nebraska School Public Relations Association (Nebraska affiliate of the National School Public Relations Association) OCR Office for Civil Rights (ensures that agencies receiving federal financial assistance from the Department of Justice are not engaged in prohibited discrimination) PIRC Parental Information and Resource Center (state and federally funded project to support parents and educators in partnering together to support student learning) PPC Professional Practices Commission (composed of twelve members appointed by the Governor from the ranks of classroom teachers, school administrators and higher education; develops, promotes, and enforces standards of professionalism for Nebraska educators) State Board of Education an elected, constitutional body that sets policy and ensures that the State Department of Education functions effectively within the framework developed by the Nebraska Legislature and the board; by law, the board and the department have broad leadership functions to carry out certain regulatory and service activities. Nebraska Association of School Boards 5

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