On October 2, 2023, the Staff Development Department from ESU 11 organized a fall conference for schools in the ESU 11 area. This conference was entitled “Laughing and Learning” and provided teachers with the opportunity to learn more about the field of education. The day began and ended with a keynote presentation from nationally renowned speaker, Dave Weber. Teachers were also able to attend a variety of breakout sessions to enhance their teaching skills. Session topics focused on technology integration, special education, coaching, media, art, music, reading, math, science, social studies, and career education. Commissioner of Education, Dr. Brian Maher, also addressed the group. Approximately 650 educators from the ESU 11 area were in attendance from Alma, Axtell, Arapahoe, Bertrand, Cambridge, Elwood, Eustis-Farnam, Franklin, Holdrege, Loomis, Minden, Southern Valley, Wilcox-Hildreth Public Schools. All Saints Catholic and Legacy Christian School also attended.