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Thanks to those who completed our annual survey
Each year, ESU #1 distributes a survey to school administrators and staff so we can improve the services we offer. ESU #1 would like to thank the 440 respondents who participated in the 2013-14 survey. Your answers and comments make a difference. All comments are being reviewed by the administrative team for action, changes or clarification. A summary of actions or changes will be communicated to area schools and also linked to next year’s survey. It is always ESU #1’s intent to partner with the 25 K-12 school districts in our service area to meet changing needs through professional trainings, support and education.

Area students take many firsts at state speech contest
Students in the ESU #1 service area had an impressive record at state. First place winners in Class C-2 were: Drama — Hartington (Chase Dendinger, Tanner Fischer, Hannah Flaugh, Derek Jueden, Kolby Jueden); Informative — Savannah Scoville, Hartington; and Serious — Cory Augustin, Crofton. Class D-1 winners were: Sweepstakes — Wausa, 152; Drama — Wausa (Austin Conn, Trevor McQuay, Devon Munter, Lauryl Schumacher, Hunter Vanness); Entertainment — Morgan Kumm, Wausa; and Serious — Hanna Knox, Wausa. Congrats to all of the students and coaches who performed at state speech. Nice work!

Time for 7th annual NNNC Summer Tech Institute
NNNC’s STI event is set for May 28-29, 2014, at the Lifelong Learning Center in Norfolk. More than 80 presentations and workshops will be offered for teachers of all grade and skill levels. Keynote speaker will be Leslie Fisher, who will be presenting “Technology in the Classroom.” Door prizes include a Chromebook and iTunes gift cards. Learn more.

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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April board meeting minutes

Items added to For Sale list
April is Child Abuse Prevention Month
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BYOC training videos
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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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