Nebraska Loves Our Public Schools (NELovesPS) recently highlighted Eustis-Farnam Public Schools and instructor Chad Schimmels for their outstanding efforts in growing a successful FFA program. We highly encourage you to follow the link below and watch the video to learn how their agricultural education is thriving.
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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.
Congratulations to Eustis-Farnam Elementary for being recognized as one of the 2010 National Blue Ribbon Schools! Eustis-Farnam Elementary is one of only 304 schools nationwide to receive this honor.
“Blue Ribbon Schools are models of improved student achievement from which others can take inspiration.”
— U.S. Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan