Teachers and administrators from the ESU 11 area gathered on April 17 to continue to learn how to implement MTSS. School teams gathered and organized various sources of data and then held conversations to determine if their core program is effective. They then held conversations to determine next steps for MTSS implementation. NDE MTSS Consultants Jane Byers and Mary Jo McElhose were the facilitators for the day.
On October 29, 2018, ESU 11 coordinated a day for school teams to learn how to implement a Multi-Tiered System of Support process within their school. Nebraska Department of Education consultants, Jane Byers and Mary Jo McElhose were the facilitators. Participants learned the history of Response to Intervention (Rtl) and MTSS, and how the Nebraska definitions are clarified leading to a common, statewide language. Trainers relayed a strong message of, “MTSS is a framework to house the tools needed for continuous improvement, problem solving and decision making.” Problem solving models were shared and schools examined their own. Participants inventoried district or school initiatives leading to discussion of purpose and priorities.
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 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.