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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. 

2014 NNNC Regional Writing/Scoring/Data Retreat
ESUs 1,2,7,8 and 17 are once again collaborating to provide a formative opportunity for writing students in grades 4, 8 and 11. To register yourself and your students for the 2014 NNNC Regional Writing/Scoring/Data Retreat, click HERE. Please register your grade level by Sept. 19, 2014. Remember, one scorer is required for every 30 student papers (or partial group of papers per grade level; e.g., 27 papers = 1 scorer, 35 papers = 2 scorers, etc.) submitted by a building or school. More information and resources are available on the NNNC Writing wiki.

Wausa FBLA students attend Nashville conference
FBLA students from Wausa had a productive time this summer at the National Leadership Conference in Nashville. The Business Presentation team (Austin Conn, Leanna Rosberg and Claire Vanness) received 9th place. The Desktop Publishing team (Trevor McQuay and Kylie Wiegert) received 7th place. The conference was from June 28 through July 3. If you see any of the team members or business instructor/FBLA adviser Dawn Friedrich, be sure to extend a hearty “Congratulations!”

Annual survey response available for download
Each year, ESU #1 distributes a survey to school administrators and staff so we can improve the services we offer. Comments were reviewed by the administrative team for action, changes or clarification.
To view the summary of actions and changes, click HERE. It is always ESU #1’s intent to partner with the 23 K-12 school districts in our service area to meet changing needs through professional trainings, support and education. ESU #1 would like to thank the 440 respondents who participated in the 2013-14 survey. Your answers and comments make a difference.

2014 Summer Technology Institute breaks records
NNNC’s STI event drew more than 375 people to the Lifelong Learning Center in Norfolk on May 28-29, 2014. Keynote speaker Leslie Fisher packed the house, sharing tips on photography, technology, gadgets, flipping classrooms and more. More than 80 presentations and workshops were offered for teachers of all grade and skill levels. A Chromebook, as well as iTunes gift cards, were awarded as door prizes.

Area schools make national list of best schools
A shout-out to Crofton High School, Hartington High School, Pender High School, Randolph High School, Wakefield High School and Wausa High School. They made U.S. News & World Report’s list of the nation’s best schools. The schools received the bronze award for high-performing schools based on state exam performance. Way to go!

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.

 

What’s New
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RealCare babies for school checkout
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Laptops/other items on For Sale page
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Future Horizons’ Dr. Temple Grandin Autism Conference
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August board meeting minutes
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New NDE Rule 51 and Rule 52 documents
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ESU #1 Tech Help Desk
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.

Email Account Request
If you would like to request an ESU #1 email account, please download and complete the Internet Application Form. Completed forms can be returned to Julie at jrose@esu1.org or via fax at (402) 287-2065. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Julie at the Central Office at (402) 287-2061.

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