Artwork from Bertrand School is currently on display at ESU 11.
ESU #11 sponsored the 25th Annual Jr. High Quiz Bowl at the Nebraska Prairie Museum in Holdrege on Wednesday, February 7th. Teams attending were Alma, Arapahoe, Bertrand, Cambridge, Elwood, Eustis-Farnam, Franklin, Holdrege, Loomis, Minden, Southern Valley, and Wilcox-Hildreth. Results were as follows:
Jason Sawyer, Coach
Autumn Deterding – Captain
Sandy Dean, Coach
Sara Scholz, Coach
Johanna Ford – Captain
Bob Reeker & Lorinda Rice, Co-Presidents of the Nebraska Art Teachers Association (NATA), have announced Nebraska’s 2013-2014 Art Education award recipients. NATA is a professional organization whose mission is to develop and promote quality art education in Nebraska through a statewide professional support system, with opportunities for growth and development through leadership and service.
Each year NATA recognizes outstanding contributions to student learning in Nebraska classrooms, leadership in curriculum and staff development in local school districts and communities, and contributions to professional endeavors on state and national levels.
Scott Schwarz, K-12 Art instructor at Bertrand Community School, received this honor for the ESU 11 area.
The awards were presented in conjunction with the Nebraska fall conference held on September 20-21, 2013 at Wayne State College in Wayne, NE.
Educational Service Unit #11 recently facilitated three paraeducator training workshops on October 18th, 20th,and 28th. These workshops provided the opportunity for further learning through The MASTER Teacher Para Educator Learning Network. This is an internet-based professional development website which offers over 135 courses of relevant information for the paraeducators’ supportive role within the classroom and school.
Each course consists of multiple modules including a Pre-test Module, Course Objectives Module, Learning Module, and/or Post Test Module. The Paraeducators are able to navigate their way through the site in which they are able to prepare for each course as well as complete a test. Each test score becomes a part of a transcript indicating the courses they have completed and the score that was received on their test. Topics for some of the courses are: Confidentiality, Understanding Inclusion, What is Response to Intervention (RtI), Monitoring Student Progress, Supporting Instruction: Reading, Basic Algebra, Mathematics: Understanding the Basic Skills, Helping Middle School Students Improve Organizational Skills.
This is an exciting new way to educate the paraeducators within your school and is beneficial in the fact that it is flexible to work around their busy schedules. Take the time to talk with your paraeducators regarding the courses and support them in their efforts.
Paraeducators involved in the Paraeducator Learning Network are from the following school districts: Alma, Bertrand, Cambridge, Holdrege, Loomis and Wilcox-Hildreth. Additional meetings will be held for the paraeducators to have the opportunity to discuss some of the courses they have completed and also to have the chance to network with paraeducators from other school districts.
Jane Moody and Lona Nelson-Milks are facilitating this training with technical support from Sonja Loeffler.
This week ESU 11 hosted two workshops with Bernajean Porter on tech planning and Making History Come Alive. On Monday Ms. Porter talked to school teams about the need for using what technology they had before buying more “stuff” and formulating a plan for implementation of existing and new purchases. Especially stressed was the need for adequate staff development so that the technology purchased was used appropriately and effectively.
On Tuesday, teams of students, Grade 5-12, assembled at the Nebraska Prairie Museum in Holdrege to make History come Alive. Students learned how to interview elders and veteran’s looking for the storyline that would make telling their story meaningful and engaging for the viewer to see. Fourteen senior citizens and veteran’s came to be interviewed by the student teams, to answer questions, and to tell their story. Students then returned home with new found information and appreciation for the richness of the heritage they have around them. It was an excellent workshop with student responses such as “I could do this over and over and over” and “This was the ‘bestest day’ ever!”
Bernajean Porter has been recognized as the National Consultant of the Year and recently received “Making IT Happen” award (Instructional Technology) from the International Society for Technology in Education.