2024 Nebraska MTSS Summit

The 2024 Nebraska MTSS Summit will feature engaging presentations and interactive breakout sessions around the theme of “Super Systems for Success.”

Hosted by the Nebraska Department of Education’s Office of Special Education and Office of Coordinated Student Support Services, the summit will focus on four key strands — school safety, behavior, multi-tiered systems of support and foundational literacy — recognizing the synergy that arises when these individual strands form connections within a strong school system.

Sessions will provide educators with opportunities to develop their individual “superpowers” to systematically promote inclusive practices and support staff in improving outcomes for all students.

The summit will serve as an introduction and expansion of work educators are starting or have already begun with NeMTSS workshops and implementation support.

Hybrid format: Participants may attend the summit in person at the Younes Conference Center North in Kearney or participate in sessions virtually.
Registration: The cost of this year’s summit is $125.


Summit Schedule

Additional details coming soon.

Thursday, Sep. 26: 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Friday, Sep. 27: 8:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Keynote Presenters

Ali Hearn, LCSW

Educational Consultant

Ali Hearn Coaching + Consulting


Ali Hearn, LCSW is a National keynote speaker, trainer, and coach whose mission is to shift mindsets and ignite fires within others to create sustainable change and impact. Throughout her career, she has worked with thousands of educators across the country, emphasizing the importance of improving social/emotional skills, promoting the installation of Restorative Practices within school systems, and reinforcing MTSS frameworks to better support the current needs of students, staff, and families. Ali’s diverse experiences as a school-based social worker first sparked her passion for working with people, and her years working with the Midwest PBIS Network in partnership with the National Center on PBIS, honed her skills in strengthening school systems and culture to positively impact social, emotional, and academic outcomes.

Ali’s balance of energy, humor, candor and heart not only inspires educators to want to make schools better, but empowers them to know they can. Her unique style and approach make her a sought after leader in educational spaces and a dynamic catalyst for change.

Ali received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Illinois and her Master’s in Social Work from Loyola University in Chicago, is a certified Restorative Practices trainer, and a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She shares monthly strategies, reflections, and resources with a growing online community through her “SPARKS”.

Katie Novak, Ph.D.

Founder and Executive Director

Novak Education


Katie Novak is an internationally renowned education consultant, author, adjunct professor at UPenn, and former Assistant Superintendent of Schools in Massachusetts. Dr. Novak has over 20 years of experience in teaching and administration, an earned doctorate in curriculum and teaching, and is the author of 14 published books, including the best-selling books UDL Now!, Equity By Design, and The Shift to Student-Led. Katie designs and presents professional learning opportunities both nationally and internationally, focusing on the implementation of Universal Design for Learning (UDL), Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS), and universally designed leadership. Novak’s work has been highlighted in many publications, including Edutopia, Language Magazine, Forbes, Mindshift, ADDitude Magazine, AMLE Magazine, the Huffington Post, ASCD Education Update, and School Administrator.