A Conversation on “13 Things Strong Kids Do”

Book cover for 13 Things Strong Kids Do

In this episode, international best-selling author and licensed clinical social worker, Amy Morin, joins us to share out about her new book, 13 Things Strong Kids Do. This conversation delves into Amy’s own personal backstory as the impetus driving the Why behind her work, and we explore some of the thirteen talking points in this text, making connections to an educational context.

To learn more from Amy, check out her website at https://amymorinlcsw.com/ where you can find courses, her podcast, books, and more.

For those in our network, check out he audiobook or ebook from the ESUCC PD Library here: ESUCC PD Library

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It’s All About the Money . . . Or Is It?

by Priscilla Quintana, ESUCC Business Manager

What’s your budget?

Our World’s current situation has many schools questioning the future, implementing spending freezes, and trying to predict the financial future. This is not the first time that school budgets have been in danger. It seems like we are always trying to provide our kids with quality education while pinching pennies.

This concerns me, not just as an employee of ESUCC, but also as a parent. I want my kids to have the best education that we can possibly provide. Whether kids are learning in the classroom or learning remotely from home, supplies and equipment are essential. A decrease in funding, especially with these uncertain times, can make it very difficult for schools to obtain needed products and supplies.

What are your needs?

ESUCC has many resources available to support schools, educators and students. Continually working with ESUs, NDE, vendors, and other State agencies, we can provide cost saving solutions to meet all of your needs. By working together and sharing resources we all benefit, saving time and money.  ESUCC works to prepare strategic plans that assure cost-efficient and equitable delivery of services across the state, administration of statewide initiatives and provision of statewide services, and coordination of distance education.

Our Cooperative bid processes, leveraging bulk buying power, provide you with nationally and locally awarded contracts that give you low cost quality products and services. I have been doing this job for over 25 years and I have seen the cost savings and benefits of cooperative purchasing. It is amazing!  Schools can save up to 35% on classroom supplies & software, technology products, custodial supplies, food, building/roofing needs and so much more!

Did you know?

ESUCC Cooperative Purchasing saved Nebraska schools just over $5,000,000 last year!

Will things ever get back to normal?

Some days it is hard to see the light at the end of the tunnel. And most likely, we will never be the “same”. The technology has always been there, we have now been forced to use it on a daily basis to work, teach, communicate, and learn. And unfortunately, we will most likely always face financial concerns and budget issues. But thanks to the hardworking professionals, exceptional teachers, and the many educational support agencies working together in Nebraska, we will continue to achieve great results!

If money was not an issue, what would your world look like? What do you need help with?  ESUCC is always looking for new ways to serve Nebraska schools. 

If there is anything you need, please contact us!

Omaha office:  402-597-4843 or Ainsworth office:  402-387-1245

ESUCC Coop Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/ESUCC.Coop

Artificial Intelligence in Education

If you are curious about the future of education and the role technology will play in supporting student learning, this conversation with Dr. Helen Crompton reveals that what many of us might perceive as the future is actually happening now. Dr. Crompton joins us as one of the leaders and coaches for the ISTE+GM Artificial Intelligence Exploration program, and she shares out about how AI is changing the way teachers can support their learners.

You can access the following link for more information on the ISTE+GM AI Explorations program: https://sites.google.com/docs.iste.org/isteaiandstemnetwork/home

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Prairie STEM: Talking Robotics, STEM Kits, Girls in STEAM, eSports, and More

In this episode, Alan Wang, the executive director of the Omaha-based non-profit Prairie STEM, shares out about the myriad of initiatives that Prairie STEM is currently invested in to provide engaging and authentic learning opportunities for all students in Nebraska (and beyond) in the areas of science, technology, engineering, the arts, and mathematics. This conversation is as informative and it is inspirational, and if you are interested in learning more about Prairie STEM, you can reach them at https://prairiestem.org/.

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Advancing HOPE: June 2-3, 2021

For more information on our keynote speakers click here!

Register HERE!

Conference schedule:
June 2: 8:45 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. (CST)
June 3: 8:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. (CST)

There will be 7.75 CEUs offered.

We are excited to announce an additional opportunity for those interested or in need of ethics CEUs. Leslie Kuhnel, DBe, MPA, HEC-C will be conducting a 1.25 hour ethics session as a follow up to her .75 ethics session in the last breakout session of the conference. This additional session will be offered from 1:00 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. (CST) on Thursday, June 3rd at no additional charge.

Please email jhaupts@thekimfoundation.org with any questions. 

Stay tuned for more details on the conference!

Monday Motivations – Season 1

Every other Monday during the months of January and February, Andrew Easton (ESUCC), Jen McNally (ESU 5) and a special guest came together for a fun, uplifting session focused on sharing a positive message along with a mindfulness piece to lean into throughout the week. If you missed an episode, watch recordings on YouTube: Monday Motivation Playlist

Watch every other Monday at 9:30 AM (CT): https://facebook.com/NebraskaESUCC

Avenues for Professional Learning in a Digital Age

This week, we are joined by Rachelle Dene Poth, who is a Spanish teacher, national speaker, author, and education technology consultant. In the pod, Rachelle shares her personal love for learning and the many avenues through which she has collaborated with educators from around the world through social platforms. Our conversation looks specifically at the Clubhouse app along with StreamYard as two relatively new ways in which the education community has been able to share ideas and communicate with one another throughout the pandemic.

Nebraska Digital Citizenship Symposium 2021

The Nebraska Educational Service Units (ESUs) held their annual Digital Citizenship Symposium uniquely this year! Like many events, this one had to be revamped because of restrictions due to COVID-19. While the event was not able to happen in person, the outreach was greater than ever because of the flexibility of the online delivery of digital citizenship content. Instead of an in-person event, the Nebraska Educational Service Units hosted a virtual event with online content, games, and a contest for Nebraska students.

The content includes information and activities for grades K-4, 5-6, and 7-12. Karen Haase of KSB School Law, an attorney who normally speaks at the event, recorded videos this year that students and teachers could access online. Teachers may continue to use the content, however and whenever, it fits with instruction. Click on the tiles below for grade level content.

Students were invited to submit a Digital Citizenship poster or a Public Service Announcement communicating something they had learned. Students in grades K-12 submitted entries online and were judged in four grade group categories. Of the 119 contest entries,14 medal winners were selected and announced in March. These winners are highlighted on the website (select the link to the left) and at the Future Ready Conference in June 2021.


The team of ESU leaders who facilitated the event were very pleased with the participation. The Nebraska Digital Citizenship Symposium website was visited over 6,000 times from January through March by people from all over Nebraska and 14 other states! Students in grades 7-12 had the opportunity to earn a certificate of completion for three separate units addressing Cyberbullying, Sexting, and Consequences of Negative Behaviors. Over 1,950 certificates were awarded!

Additional information is available at the NE Digital Citizenship Symposium website. If you have any questions, please contact your ESU or Peg Coover from ESU 10.

Career & Technical Education in Nebraska and the reVision Action Grant

This week on the pod, we welcomed Sydney Kobza, the Assistant State Director for CTE with the Nebraska Department of Education, for a chat about the latest in career & technical education in our state. In this episode, we explore the challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic and the extraordinary efforts being made to continue to provide quality learning experiences and statewide competitions despite the challenges of the present time. Our conversation also delves into the details about the DTE reVision Action grant, which can be applied for at https://www.education.ne.gov/nce/action-grant/