On September 29, 2016, ESU 11 hosted a workshop for music teachers in the ESU 10 and 11 areas. 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 sixty rigorous, academic, and fun lessons that can be used in the K-6 classroom.
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.