• 2020 Roll Call Form Is Ready For You To Complete

    Roll Call is a valuable tool for our members. It is a year-long source of contacts, valuable information and insight from Systems across the country. This year we have added an additional question regarding your System's experiences, challenges and changes as a result of COVID. Please take a moment to complete the 2020 Roll Call document and submit to Barbie Pearson at [email protected] by September 1, 2020.   Read More

  • 2020 Conference in Seattle will have to wait…Alternative Education Opportunities Available

    After a great deal of thought and discussion, the NPEA Board has decided to officially cancel the in-person 2020 Annual Conference scheduled to be held in Seattle, WA. Based on the on-going COVID-19 concerns, the board felt canceling the in-person conference and instead offering alternative educational opportunities such as a half-day virtual event in October, monthly webinars, videos, etc. was the most socially and financially responsible action to take.   Read More

  • Coping During the Year of COVID-19

    What a year 2020 is turning out to be. COVID-19 has not only changed our personal lives and interactions, but it has impacted the way we do business. Working from home. Utilizing webinars instead of seminars. Web and phone counseling versus in-person counseling. The list goes on and on.   Read More

  • Website Updates Affect Members Only Access

    The NPEA website has recently gone through an update. The changes are mostly behind the scenes, so you likely haven’t even noticed. The update did however cause a reset to your access to the Members Only portion of the site. If you previously had access to Members Only, you will find your password no longer works.   Read More

  • 2020 Roll Call

    Canceling the in-person annual conference does not mean we are canceling Roll Call for the year. We recognize this document is a source of System contacts, ideas and inspiration or just validation of good initiatives you are executing. Each of us uses Roll Call in a different way and at different times.   Read More

  • Would You Like to Serve on the NPEA Board?

    We will have a board vacancy beginning in January 2021. If you are interested in serving as a NPEA Board member, please submit a cover letter, resume and letter of support from your systems leadership by September 15 to Ronda Peterson at [email protected] Feel free to reach out to any board members if you have questions. We are happy to share our experience.   Read More

  • President’s Message

    Wow. 2020 has arrived! As I write this, I can’t help but look back on my years as a member and president of NPEA and recognize that NPEA is so much more than an organization or a conference. NPEA is all about sharing experiences and learning from one another in order to achieve successes that would be more difficult to attain if we traveled this path on our own. I can’t wait to see what we can do as an organization in 2020 and into the future.   Read More

  • Integrating Print and Online

    We have a wide variety of new tools at our disposal to tell our stories and communicate to our audiences—from video and audio to blogs and social networks. But that doesn’t mean the “old” vehicles, such as print, should be tossed on the scrap heap. The smart approach is knowing how to use all of the communication channels available to you to reach and engage your audiences.   Read More

  • Retirement Provisions Enacted in (and Excluded from) the Congressional Spending Deal

    Attached to Fiscal Year 2020 appropriations legislation, signed into law late December 2019, was the Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement (SECURE) Act and the Bipartisan American Miners Act. Among the various enacted changes are a handful that are applicable to governmental plans, including: an increase in the required minimum distribution age from 70½ to 72, allowing parents to withdraw up to $5,000 from retirement   Read More

  • Cybersecurity is top priority for 2020

    Welcome to 2020. The National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) still ranks cybersecurity as the top priority for 2020. We are barely rounding out the first month of the new year, and we have already seen a couple of important cybersecurity concerns.   Read More

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