On March 27, 2017, Julane Hill from NDE conducted a workshop for Physical Education teachers. This workshop examined the new K–12 Physical Education standards that were recently developed, and provided resources and ideas to integrate into elementary, middle and high school programs. Teachers were also able to collaborate and explore possible ways to integrate these standards into their classrooms.
On February 28, 2017, ESU 11 organized an art enrichment workshop for area art teachers. This workshop was facilitated by Ellen Kuhl, former art instructor at Southern Valley. This day was designed for the artist/educator teaching kindergarten through twelfth grade. This year’s project was pewter casting. Ellen demonstrated how to create a mold, melt the pewter, and then pour the pewter into the mold so beautiful pieces can be created. In addition to learning this art technique, the art teachers were also able to collaborate and share other ideas that they were able to take back to their individual schools.
On February 27, 2017, ESU 11 hosted a workshop for foreign language teachers. Participants of this workshop established a rationale for transitioning from grammar-based, traditional World Language instruction to Comprehensible Input (CI) methods, shared lessons and techniques, developed a minimum of 3 CI strategies to implement, and learned how to make modifications using textbook/worksheets to create the following:
· Personalized Questions and Answer (PQA)
· Circling techniques
· Total Physical Response (TPR)
· Teaching Proficiency Through Reading and Storytelling
Brett Avila, Sidney Public Schools Spanish Teacher, was the facilitator for the day.
On January 12, 2017, ESU 11 conducted a brain injury workshop. This workshop provided information regarding concussions and the impact on school performance, as well as Executive Functioning information. In addition, materials were shared regarding the Return to Learn protocol along with information on how to implement these requirements in the school setting. ESU 11 Brain Injury School Support team members Angie Kovarik and Jamie Christensen were the presenters.
During the month of December Bertrand, Loomis, Axtell, Franklin and Holdrege chose to participate in the “Hour of Code.” Hour of Code is a one-hour introduction to Computer Science, designed to help students discover computer coding skills, and to broaden participation in the field of Computer Science. This event has since become a worldwide effort to celebrate Computer Science week. These schools hosted an Hour of Code during this week where students learned problem solving skills, logic and creativity all through coding. Learning to code provides a foundation for success in any 21st century career path.