On September 22, 2016, Harris Payne, NDE Social Studies Coordinator, conducted a Nebraska Social Studies workshop for area teachers. During the course of the day, Harris provided a hands-on training on how to use interactive lessons that utilize the Giganto Nebraska Map. He also showed teachers how they can take their students on a Virtual Tour of Nebraska’s State Capitol. Teachers were trained in using the website, and experienced the lessons that are available to use with students. The lessons for both activities were developed by Nebraska teachers and include standards based activities in geography, civics, Nebraska History, economics, math, science, and the fine arts. The Giganto Nebraska Map is available for area teachers to checkout through the ESU 11 Media Center. Click here to submit a request form to check it out.
On September 7, 2016, ESU #11 hosted a photography workshop. This workshop was facilitated by Alan Mais, “The Camera Doctor”. This training was specifically designed for students and teachers who have digital application and yearbook responsibilities. During the course of this half-day, participants learned about the basics of taking pictures, how to operate their specific camera, the variety of accessories that are available for their camera, how to troubleshoot a variety of problems, and the proper care of cameras and prints.
On August 31, 2016, ESU 11 hosted a Standard Response Protocol workshop. During the course of the day, Jolene Palmer, NDE School Safety and Security Director, and members of her team, provided guidance to district teams for immediate response to an emergency situation. She particularly focused on what districts should do and the language that should be spoken in the event of an incident.
On April 25, 2016, NDE Social Studies Consultant Harris Payne conducted a GIS workshop at ESU 11. During the course of the day, teachers and students learned how to utilize a geographic information system to analyze and display all forms of information that are referenced geographically. Teachers and students then worked collaboratively to put this information into a story map.
On March 14, 2016, ESU 11 hosted a Physical Education Workshop. In the morning, Brian Coyle from HHS and Lacie Batt from Westside Public Schools conducted a Comprehensive School Physical Activity Program training. During this time information regarding the structure of the Active Nebraska School Framework was discussed along with strategies, resources, and action planning for effective change. Megan Adkins, Associate Professor at the Health and Physical Education Department at the University of Nebraska at Kearney, was the facilitator for the afternoon. Megan presented information and demonstrated strategies that can be used to assess students in the PE program.