On April 10, 2018, six area school districts participated in the 9th Grade Business Tours hosted by ESU 11. The students had an opportunity to tour 4 businesses in and around Kearney including: Landmark Implement, Cash-Wa, Kearney Concrete and Block, and Midway Dodge, Jeep, Chrysler. During the lunch hour they were able to experience the college atmosphere and eat at the University of Nebraska – Kearney cafeteria. The students reported that they enjoyed learning about each business, the expectations of each employee of that business and watching the business run it’s daily routine.
The 13th Annual Central Nebraska Youth Conference was held at the University of Nebraska at Kearney Nebraskan Student Union on March 26, 2018. Two hundred forty-seven people attended the conference, along with the exhibitors and presenters.
Tim Harris shared his inspirational message with everyone during the morning keynote address and then continued his message of how he lives out his DREAMS in a student session. Students and teachers enjoyed opportunities to interact with Tim before and after his keynote message.
Students attended four sessions throughout the day. The conference also had sessions for teachers. Those attending also had the opportunity to visit with exhibitors.
Emily McDonald, School Psychologist Intern, for ESU 11 was honored at the NE School Psychologist Conference. Emily was awarded the Outstanding School Psychologist Student of the Year for 2017. The UNK staff she worked with described Emily as someone who proven herself to be a highly motivated, dedicated, exceptional student during her studies at UNK in the School Psychology program. They went on to say she does not settle for just “meeting the requirements” but instead goes above and beyond all expectations, perfecting her skills and truly understanding the roles and functions she carries out with the school setting.
On November 13, 2017, ESU 11 hosted a Professional Learning Community meeting for 7-12 grade English Language Arts teachers. PLCs are an ongoing process in which educators work collaboratively to achieve better results for the students they serve. During this session, Dr. Marissa Payzant, ELA Consultant from the Nebraska Department of Education, shared the following with the teachers:
- Strategies to enhance Text Dependent Analysis Writing
- Strategies to enhance ACT Writing
- Student Friendly Standards
- The Making it Stick Website
- NDE’s Standards Instructional Tool
Nebraska Statewide Assessment Director, Valorie Foy, also provided information on the state’s new statewide summative assessment, Nebraska Student-Centered Assessment System (NSCAS). The next PLC will be held in the spring. Between now and the next meeting, teachers will engage in action research and utilize at least one of the strategies that Dr. Payzant demonstrated.