WSC instructors earn special education recognition
Join us in congratulating Dr. Laura Franklin (left) and Professor Casey Hurner from Wayne State College on their recent Friend of Special Education Award from NASES (The Nebraska Association of Special Education Supervisors). As instructors at WSC, the pair are directly impacting the future of special education by preparing pre-service teachers. Kudos!
When they came to WSC, the program they inherited was in decline. Recognizing this as an opportunity for improvement, they began revising the special education program in its entirety. Their immediate impact showed itself through an increase in enrollment. Not only do they co-teach collegiate courses, but they are also fully committed to preparing undergraduate students by expecting master’s level work from them. They currently have a 100 percent employment rate for students graduating their program.
These two professionals are fully invested and passionate about the work they do on a daily basis to prepare others to excel in the field of special education. ESU #1 has witnessed this firsthand through ongoing collaboration with both Laura and Casey, and we wish them nothing but good things in the future.
Homer honored for closing the achievement gap
Homer Community School District was one of three Nebraska schools recognized recently for their efforts to close the achievement gap on state tests in three subject areas and sustaining that closure over time. These three districts were honored at the annual Nebraska Rural Community Schools Association (NRCSA) conference in Kearney and received a $1,000 award.
The results from NRCSA’s data analysis needed to demonstrate an increase in student achievement over time in all content areas. In applying the criteria for the study, the Homer Community School District was one of only three school districts in the state to demonstrate progress in closing the achievement gap and sustaining the closure over time in the three content areas: reading mathematics and science.
“Our improvement is largely due to the individual attention given to each of our students by their teachers,” said Dr. Cheryll Malcom, superintendent at Homer. “This type of success can only happen when students, parents and educators work together to make learning a priority for all students.”
Summer Technology Institute celebrating 10th year
The NNNC’s 2017 STI event will be at Lifelong Learning Center in Norfolk on May 31 and June 1. Keynote speaker will be Matt Miller.
Matt comes from the trenches of teaching, spending more than a decade in the classroom honing his teaching and tech-integration skills. He taught in classes ranging from the tech-sparse to 1:1 with Chromebooks. Teachers are no longer the gatekeepers to education. With ubiquitous information available from Google searches, YouTube videos and social media, how do we as educators navigate the new landscape? It’s time to “Ditch That Textbook,” engaging students in digital spaces and rethinking our “textbook” beliefs about education.
In addition to a keynote address from Matt on Ditching that Textbook, please join over 40 other exemplary educators from across Nebraska and learn from their expertise. Please visit https://sites.google.com/a/apps.esu7.org/sti/regiinfo for more info and to register.
Barron-Galvan named 2016-17 Employee of the Year
On Feb. 10, 2017, Educational Service Unit #1 Special Education Director Stuart Clark presented Heather Barron-Galvan with the 2016-17 ESU #1 Employee of the Year award during an all-staff meeting at Wayne State College.
Heather, a resident of Yankton, South Dakota, has been employed at ESU #1 since 2009. She is a school psychologist who has worked in schools throughout Knox County. She was nominated by her peers because she is thoughtful and does an excellent job of making sure people feel loved and appreciated. Her warmth and dedication to making employees feel like valued members and individuals are phenomenal. She is always upbeat, and her efforts are enormous and commendable. ESU #1 is happy to award this year’s Employee of the Year to her.
The Employee of the Year award is in honor of Georgia McQuistan, a former ESU #1 employee who passed away in 1987.
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.