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ESU #1 staff developers earn recognition from NDE
The four staff developers at Educational Service Unit #1 were recently recognized for their efforts and dedication in improving the lives of Native American youth and families in Nebraska. During the Oct. 6 Native American Symposium at Wayne State College, Kellen Conroy, Chris Good, Amy Hill and Rhonda Jindra were presented with plaques and quilts from NDE, recognizing each as a 2014 Friend of American Indian Education award winner. Congratulations!
From left: Rhonda Jindra, Amy Hill, Chris Good and Kellen Conroy pose with their plaques and quilts. The quilts were made by Bonnie Little Dog. (Thanks to Mary Ann Losh for sharing the pic.)

Randolph Elem named National Blue Ribbon School
Randolph Elementary School was one of just 337 schools in the nation recognized recently as a National Blue Ribbon School. The schools were recognized for their overall academic excellence or their progress in closing achievement gaps among groups of students. The U. S. Department of Education will honor the award-winning schools at a recognition ceremony Nov. 10 and 11 in Washington, D.C. Well done, Randolph!

Homer, Randolph earn Governor’s Wellness Award
Homer Community School and Randolph Public Schools were recently named 2014 Governor’s Wellness Award recipients by Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman. The award was created to recognize Nebraska employers who have developed successful models for encouraging wellness at work. Wellness programs typically provide employees with health education, health screenings and opportunities for exercise. Homer and Randolph should be proud of their accomplishment. Kudos!

2014 NNNC Regional Writing/Scoring/Data Retreat
The registration for the 2014 NNNC Regional Writing/Scoring/Data Retreat is now closed. Thanks to everyone who signed up — ESUs 1, 2, 7, 8 and 17 look forward to seeing you at one of the formative opportunities for writing students in grades 4, 8 and 11. More information and resources are available on the NNNC Writing wiki.

Wakefield FCCLA teacher earns recognition
Each summer at the annual Nebraska Career Education Conference in Kearney, the Family and Consumer Sciences Teachers of Nebraska (FCSTN) organization recognizes individuals who have contributed positively to their profession. This summer, the Teacher of the Year award for those with 1-5 years of experience was awarded to Michelle Galles. Michelle graduated from Wayne State College in 2012 and spent her first two years of teaching in Randolph Public Schools, before coming to Wakefield Community Schools. Be sure to congratulate Michelle on her accomplishment. Way to go!

ESU #1 upgrades RealCare™ Baby simulators
The RealCare™ babies provide relevant and rigorous tools for equipping students with skills necessary for effective parenting. Ten simulators are available for checkout, with both genders and a variety of ethnicities represented. Due to our significant investment in the RealCare™ Baby simulators, all participating districts are required to sign the District Information and Letter of Agreement document. Both a district administrator and a participating staff member (for example, FCS teacher) will sign the document. Click HERE for more info, or contact Julie Rose at jrose@esu1.org or (402) 287-2061.

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 SAFARI Montage roll-out, 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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