On October 7, 2019, ESU 11 organized an educational conference for the fourteen schools in the ESU 11 area. This conference, entitled “Lead from Within,” provided teachers with the opportunity to learn about educational trends, techniques, and effective teaching practices in each of their respective subject areas. The keynote speaker for the day was Dr. Joe Sanfelippo. His talks focused on leadership. In addition to the keynote, there were approximately 65 breakout sessions teachers could choose to attend. Sessions focused on technology integration, art, music, reading, math, classroom management, and career education. Approximately 600 educators, administrators, and para professionals attended the conference.
On September 30, 2019, ESU 11 hosted a Professional Learning Community meeting for second and third grade teachers. PLCs are an ongoing process in which educators work collaboratively to achieve better results for the students they serve. During this session, the group reviewed the newly adopted College and Career Ready Science standards and 3-Dimensional Teaching. The teachers worked together to identify the Disciplinary Core Ideas and Cross Cutting Concepts, essential questions, and vocabulary that students will examine for each standard. They also explored the concept of “Claims Evidence Reasoning” and learned how students can use this process to create an evidence-based response. They then discussed the shift in assessment. Between now and the next meeting, teachers are encouraged to integrate one of the assessments types into one of their science lessons.
Artwork from Holdrege Middle School students is currently on display at ESU 11.
Artwork from Elwood School is currently on display at ESU 11.
Artwork from Southern Valley schools is currently on display at ESU 11.