On August 3, 2018, Kate Hatch from Educational Service Unit #11 conducted an Introduction to Marzano workshop. During this training, teachers received an overview of the Marzano Instructional Model from Phil Warrick, associate vice president of Marzano Research Laboratory. Kate then provided specific information regarding Design Questions 6 and 8, which focus on establishing relationships and establishing rules and procedures.
On August 2, 2018, Kate Hatch from Educational Service Unit #11 conducted the first day of the Entry-Year Assistance training for school teams. During this training, a mentor and a new teacher had the opportunity to participate in discussions involving their district’s policies and procedures, decision-making, what makes quality effective teachers, and proactive management. This training provides an opportunity for mentors and teachers to collaborate and discuss classroom issues in a safe, supportive environment.
During the week of June 18, 2018, the ESU #11 Staff Development Department provided an intensive training for teachers within the service unit area. In this training, teachers learned methods that can be used to prevent and manage peer bullying and cyberbullying in order to have a safer, more positive classroom environment. This course was taught by, Karmen Scharff-Sears, Guidance Counselor at Kearney Public Schools.
On February 27, 2018, Kate Hatch organized an art enrichment workshop for area art teachers. This workshop was facilitated by Cambridge Art Teacher, Janice Howell, and Minden High School Art Teacher, Chris Dolan. This day was designed for the artist/educator teaching kindergarten through twelfth grade.
Janice taught the group about the art of Adinkra printmaking. Adinkra cloth is a hand-printed fabric made in Ghana. Developed by the Ashanti people, Adinkra cloths were traditionally made for royalty to wear at religious ceremonies. Through the years, people have also decorated the cloths to tell a story or to express their thoughts or feelings. Adinkra cloth is stamped and patterned with traditional Ashanti symbols. Each symbol has its own meaning. People in Ghana decorate the cloth by using a black dye made of bark. This dye is called Adinkera aduru, and it is what gives the cloth its name. Using the dye, they draw lines on the cloth to divide it into squares. Next, they carve symbols into calabash gourds, press the gourds into the dye, and stamp the symbols onto the fabric.
Chris taught the group about printmaking. Printmaking is the process of making artworks by printing, normally on paper. Printmaking normally covers only the process of creating prints that have an element of originality, rather than just being a photographic reproduction of a painting.
In addition to learning these art techniques, the art teachers were also able to collaborate and share other ideas that they were able to take back to their individual schools.
On November 14, 2017, ESUs 10 and 11 hosted a workshop for music teachers. Dr. Artie Almeida, music specialist at Bear Lake Elementary School in Apopka, Florida was the instructor for the day. During the course of the day, participants learned a variety of music-making experiences that involved mallets, movement, and recorders in the K-6 classroom.