Holdrege Middle School Artwork is on display at ESU 11.
On October 31, 2017 Educational Service Unit #11 sponsored the opportunity for area counselors to participate in a networking process that occurs four times each year. Staff Development Director Kate Hatch organized the counselors’ day. During this particular meeting, ACT representative, Rob Dennis, demonstrated how districts can utilize the ACT Online Prep program and OpenEd for Nebraska resources to help students prepare for the ACT test. In addition, University of Nebraska psychology professor and licensed clinical psychologist, Dr. Krista Fritson, spoke to the group about suicide.
On October 12, 2017, Kate Hatch conducted Day 3 of the Entry Year Assistance Program. During the first half of the workshop, Kate presented information on the Nebraska State testing process, and provided an opportunity for teachers to reflect on the success and challenges of their first quarter of teaching. Entry-level teachers and mentors also held lengthy small group discussions regarding parent/teacher conferences and classroom management.
Technology Curriculum Consultant Jody Bauer provided instruction as to how to access Learn360, a streaming digital delivery service, and NearPod, an interactive presentation and assessment tool.
During the second half of the day, Judy Lauby from ESU 10 presented information on autism and provided strategies that teachers can utilize when working with these students.
On October 2, 2017, ESU 11 organized an educational conference for the fourteen schools in the ESU 11 area. This conference, entitled “Redefine Learning,” provided teachers with the opportunity to learn about educational trends, techniques, and effective teaching practices in each of their respective subject areas. The keynote speaker for the day was Dave Weber. His talks focused on leadership and overcoming life’s challenges. In addition to the keynote, there were approximately 70 breakout sessions teachers could choose to attend. Sessions focused on technology integration, art, music, reading, math, classroom management, and career education. Approximately 600 educators, administrators, and para professionals attended the conference.