On December 12th, 2019, ESU 11 hosted a Professional Learning Community meeting for 7-12 grade Social Studies teachers. During this session, NDE Social Studies Consultant, Harris Payne had teachers analyze LB399: The American Civics Education Bill, along with the newly adopted College and Career Ready Nebraska Social Studies Standards. Teachers spent time discussing the new standards and looking at a variety of resources that teachers can use to teach the concepts that are outlined in the standards. The next PLC will be held in the spring.
On December 10, 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 this particular meeting, Gaye Tillotson, Executive Director of the Collage Center, shared information regarding the services that her agency provides, and how they can help schools. Kate also shared information on a video series that is being distributed by the Attorney General’s office specifically for school personnel on the topic of sex trafficking.
On November 14, 2019 ESU 11 offered a World Language workshop. The revised Nebraska World Language standards offer a greater emphasis on language production, global perspectives, and ownership in language learning. NDE World Language Education Specialist, Stephanie Call, facilitated this workshop. During the course of the day, she offered an opportunity for teachers to learn about the revised standards, and discuss their potential impact to districts, to develop standards-based activities, and to collaborate with peers.
Approximately 200 central Nebraska students gathered at The Tassel in Holdrege on Thursday, November 7th for a foreign language concert starring Edgar Rene from Puerto Rico. This concert is part of an international cultural experience for area high school students enrolled in Spanish classes. The ESU 11 Professional Development Department coordinated the event. Edgar sang numerous songs during the performance. During one particular song, students from Loomis High School performed a choreographed dance. Districts attending the concert included: Amherst, Axtell, Arapahoe, Cozad, Eustis-Farnam, Franklin, Holdrege, Loomis, Wilcox- Hildreth, Decatur Community High School, and Kenesaw.