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So. Sioux history instructor named Teacher of Year

Nicholas Kleve, a teacher at Lewis and Clark Elementary in South Sioux City, has been named the 2015 Nebraska History Teacher of the Year, an award sponsored by The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History. Started in 2004, the History Teacher of the Year Award highlights the crucial importance of history education by honoring exceptional American history teachers from elementary school through high school. Master teacher Mr. Kleve, nicknamed “Mr. Funky Teacher,” wants young people to grow and believe they can make a difference in the world through their actions and choices. This is why he became a teacher. He uses history as a powerful teaching tool for developing character in his students. Kleve will receive a $1,000 honorarium and the Lewis and Clark Elementary library will receive a core archive of history books and educational materials from the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History. Kleve will also receive an invitation to a 2016 Gilder Lehrman Teacher Seminar, a weeklong program which offers teachers daily discussions with eminent historians, visits to historic sites, and hands-on work with primary sources. Join us in congratulating Mr. Kleve on his well-earned honor!

RealCare babies a valuable resource, learning tool
Last year, ESU #1 upgraded its RealCare Baby simulators. The RealCare babies provide students with skills necessary for effective parenting. The 10 RealCare simulators are once again available for checkout during 2015-16, with both genders and a variety of ethnicities represented. To ensure all participating districts are familiar with ESU #1 guidelines, please visit our ESU #1 RealCare Baby web page for additional info at http://www.esu1.org/RealCareBaby.html. 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 each year. Both a district administrator and a participating staff member (for example, FCS teacher) will sign the document. Once the signed document is on file at ESU #1 and a checkout schedule has been arranged with Julie Rose, districts can make arrangements to pick up RealCare babies at ESU #1. Julie Rose’s contact information is jrose@esu1.org or (402) 287-2061. It is our hope that the RealCare babies will be a valuable resource for your district and a powerful learning tool for your students.

Professional learning to enhance ELA instruction
The Nebraska Department of Education will soon begin releasing 13 pre-recorded webinars for teachers, administrators, instructional coaches, ESU staff and teacher educators. The overall goal of this professional learning experience is to equip teachers with teaching strategies that support student mastery of the Nebraska English Language Arts (ELA) Standards across all disciplines at the secondary level. Three foundation webinars will be available in August, and these webinars will explore the concepts of instructional models, formative assessment, and monitoring and adjusting during instruction. Following the foundational webinars, nine strategy webinars will be released throughout the 2015-16 school year. In addition to the webinars, a supplementary guide offering additional support will be provided for each webinar. The webinars and supplementary guides will be located at HERE. Click HERE for additional 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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