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South Sioux City history teacher selected for honor
Join us in congratulating Nicholas Kleve from Lewis & Clark Elementary on his being selected and honored as Nebraska’s History Teacher of the Year. Kleve has taught for 12 years at three different South Sioux City schools. He is in the running for the National History Teacher award, which will be announced this fall. Kudos, Mr. Kleve, and good luck on the national award!

Wausa recognized for career education efforts
Wausa Public School has been selected as a 2015 recipient of a Nebraska Career Education (NCE) Outstanding Career Education Program award. This award is based on the outstanding career education programming Wausa provides to its students. Way to go, Wausa!

Crofton principal receives top honor in Region 3
Todd Strom, Crofton High School principal and newly hired South Sioux City Schools assistant superintendent, has been voted by his colleagues as the Nebraska Council of School Administrators Region 3 Distinguished Principal for 2014-15. Region 3 voting members include the school administrators of the following counties: Antelope, Boone, Boyd, Brown, Cedar, Colfax, Cuming, Dakota, Dixon, Holt, Keya Paha, Knox, Madison, Pierce, Platte, Rock, Stanton, Thurston and Wayne.

Dr. Bob Uhing, ESU#1 administrator, said, “Mr. Strom models a positive leadership style based on honesty, integrity and high standards of performance and conduct. He has the skills and political acumen to work with a variety of community groups and represents his school and community in the most professional manner. He has been recognized by Gov. Heineman for his school’s consistent performance as the best in the state in math, reading, science and career/tech achievement. He is quick to praise and reminds us constantly that these achievements are only possible because of his dynamic teaching staff at Crofton High School. Todd Strom is highly respected in the region and state as one of the best practicing school leaders.”

Please join us in congratulating Todd Strom on this well-deserved achievement.

Get signed up for the NNNC Summer Tech Institute

NNNC’s STI event will be at Lifelong Learning Center in Norfolk on May 27-28, 2015. Keynote speaker will be Tony Vincent. Tony started teaching 5th grade in Omaha 15 years ago. Knowing that students were motivated to see their work on the web, Tony first had students write their book reviews on Amazon.com. He left regular teaching to become an independent consultant in 2006. Currently based in Council Bluffs, Iowa, Tony has worked with teachers and students from around the world.

More than 80 presentations and workshops will be offered for teachers of all grade and skill levels at STI. Door prizes will be a Chromebook and conference registration vouchers. Cost to attend the NNNC Summer Tech Institute is $30 for pre-registration and $40 at the door. Visit www.esu1.org/STI to register or the STI site for more information.

Distance Learning a hybrid model in Nebraska
The 17 ESU administrators approved the BlendED initiative in April 2013. The BlendED initiative is a modern version of barn raising as technologists from across the state have committed time and work to boosting the use of technology as a tool to positively impact teaching and learning in our state. Check out the ESUCC’s Distance Learning year-end report to find out more about the BlendED initiative — as well as LOR and LDAP efforts, Network Nebraska, video conferencing for desktop and mobile devices and much more.

Using Data to Guide Action for School Improvement
“Using Data to Guide Action for School Improvement” was a collaborative project between the Nebraska Department of Education, the Nebraska ESU Coordinating Council and North Central Comprehensive Center. A Data Guidebook and Facilitators’ Guide were generated from this project and piloted by three northeast Nebraska schools — Niobrara, South Sioux City and Walthill.


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ESU #1 employees facing computer problems may now utilize our new Help Desk feature to submit a request for assistance and/or service. Click HERE to visit the ESU #1 Help Desk.

Virtual Training Library
ESU #1 is excited to introduce our new Virtual Training Library! The virtual library will include a collection of instructional and informational videos for reference. Videos will be continually added, so be sure to visit often. Check out the Virtual Training Library, and also visit the ESU #1 YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/user/NebraskaESU1.

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