During the week of June 10, 2019, the ESU #11 Staff Development Department provided an intensive training for teachers within the service unit area. This training focused on providing teachers with strategies and practical applications to allow them to check for student understanding and allow junior/high school students the opportunity to process content information for 2 minutes after approximately 10 minutes of lecture time. Elementary students should be provided this opportunity after approximately every 5 minutes of lecture time. Teachers also had to plan, describe, and select appropriate strategies, resources, and evaluation tools and create lessons that encompass these best practices. This course was taught by Staff Development Director Kate Hatch, Technology Curriculum Consultant Jody Bauer, and master teacher Julie Stagemeyer from Arapahoe Public Schools. Teachers from Holdrege Elementary, Alma, Gibbon and Overton Public Schools were in attendance.
During the week of June 3, 2019, the ESU #11 Staff Development Department provided an intensive training for teachers within the service unit area. This training was designed to provide teachers with best practices for teaching future ready skills through the use of technology. Participants collaborated and created lessons using digital resources and tools that promote online safety, ethical use, student engagement, and high academic achievement to meet multiple literacies standards. This course was taught by ESU 11 Technology Curriculum Consultant, Jody Bauer, and master teacher Stephanie Dannehl from Bertrand Community Schools. Teachers from the following districts participated in the class: Elwood, Alma, Holdrege, Gibbon, Loomis, Wilcox-Hildreth, and Bertrand.
On April 1, 2019 Educational Service Unit #11 sponsored the opportunity for area counselors to participate in a networking process that occurs four times each year. Staff Development Director Kate Hatch organized the counselors’ day. During the morning of this particular meeting, Brian Deakin from BD came in to talk about the Central Nebraska Manufacturing Project. Diana Watson from Central Community College provided information about the Holdrege Career Fair. Dr. Marissa Fye from UNK presented information on mental health, cutting, and self-care. In the afternoon, ESU 11 Technology Curriculum Consultant Jody Bauer shared free resources that schools can access to promote digital citizenship by utilizing CommonSense Media. In addition, she also discussed some apps that kids are using that counselors and school officials should be aware of.
On March 21, 2019, ESUs 10 and 11 hosted a workshop for music teachers. Dr. Artie Almeida, nationally known author and music educator from Florida, was the instructor for the day. During the course of the day, participants learned innovative lessons and ideas involving singing, moving, guided listening, percussion, behavior management, children’s literature and music theory for the K-6 classroom.