Qualified Wayne State College education majors serve northeast Nebraska school districts as paid substitute teachers through our NENTA program.
The Northeast Nebraska Teacher Academy (NENTA) is a substitute teacher development program between Wayne State College and the Northeast Nebraska Network Consortium (ESUs 1, 2, 7, 8, & 17). NENTA is specifically designed to prepare eligible college students to serve as highly qualified substitute teachers to, in part, help meet the substitute teacher shortage in northeast Nebraska. In order for NENTA students to serve as substitute teachers, they must meet certain NENTA requirements as well as requirements (rules) set forth by the Nebraska Department of Education (NDE).
NENTA students provide districts with additional qualified substitute teachers. They serve districts when teachers are absent due to illness or when teachers are able to leave the classroom, taking advantage of professional development opportunities. By helping districts continuously improve toward their student achievement goals, NENTA students are helping to enhance the overall learning/teaching experience for all involved.
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
- Increase the pool of quality substitute teachers in Northeast Nebraska.
- Ensure that quality instruction continues when substitutes are present.
- Improve the competence and confidence of entry-level teachers through additional training and substitute teaching experiences.
Participating School Districts
The following school districts have recently partnered with NENTA:
- Norfolk Catholic
- Norfolk Public
- Omaha Nation
- South Sioux City