Educator Effectiveness Summit – June 2021

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9:00 am – 1:00 pm (CST) Daily

FREE for ESU, NDE, and Educator Preparation Program Personnel


Conference Schedule

Thursday – June 10, 2021

9:00 am – Welcome, Updates on S.E.E.D. Instructional System, and Keynote
10:30-10:50 -Making Connections Zoom-Room Conversations 
10:50-11:00 – Break
11:00-11:45 – Breakout A Sessions 
11:45-12:10 – Break
12:15-1:00 Breakout B


Friday – June 11, 2021

9:00-9:30 – Welcome, Making Connections to Yesterday’s Sessions, and Keynote
10:30-11:00- Making Connections Zoom-Room Conversations
11:00-11:15 – Break
11:15-12:00 – Breakout C 
12:00-12:30 – Break
12:30-1:00 – Wrap Up


Basic Threat Assessment Training 2021

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Threat assessment and management evolved from practices used to assess and manage potential risk of violence. This K-12 school team training will help your school form or enhance the team that will focus on identifying, assessing and managing the risk/threat of violence posed by students, staff, and community members toward the school community.

Schools are encouraged to participate in the virtual training with a team of 4 or more members. Cost is $100 per person.

Cost savings option – a team can attends for FREE when all four of these professional roles are represented and attend together.

  • school administrator
  • staff member 
  • law enforcement
  • mental health professional (school psychologist, social worker, or LMHP)

Register your team for the next virtual training here:

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

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

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.

SDA – Advancing Equity through Courageous Conversations

Bridging into Action – April 13th & 14th

SDA’s spring training topic Advancing Equity through Courageous Conversations: Bridging into Action will be led by Shirley Vargas and Lane Carr from NDE  on April 13th and 14th via Zoom.

The ESU affiliate will collaboratively develop the language, stamina, and courage necessary to lead courageous conversations about race and equity in our schools.  

Please register at the ESUPDO registration site: Link to Register 

TLT – It’s Dynamite!

In the world of ESUs and education, you may notice the practice of using acronyms. They’re used in naming groups, projects, processes and products. So several years ago, when a couple of the affiliates under the professional development organization (PDO) merged to form one group “Teaching and Learning with Technology”, the shortened form, TLT,  became a new recognized “word” for ESUs. 

When we first decided to call the affiliate TLT, I couldn’t help but think of TNT, then dynamite, which by the way are not the same thing, but are similar. However, while checking on this, because I was curious if those words meant the same thing, I was reminded by Google that the informal definition of dynamite is “an extremely impressive or exciting person or thing.” This definition perfectly defines TLT. My word associations of TLT to dynamite lends itself to the perfect adjective of this extremely impressive group doing exciting things!

The exciting and challenging mission of TLT is to connect Nebraska educators with resources, best practices, and emerging technologies that will transform teaching and learning within the classroom. All of the ESUs employ experts in the areas of digital and blended learning, distance education, instructional materials, and technology. These experts collaborate and coordinate statewide in efforts to support districts. TLT also partners with the Nebraska Department of Education and other stakeholders on many of these endeavors. 

Recently, ESUCC in partnership with Nebraska Rural Community School Association (NRCSA) launched two websites that support remote learning, one for teachers and one for administrators. Much of the work was coordinated by TLT and includes resources that were curated or created by this dynamite affiliate. Some of those resources reside in the Nebraska OER Commons hub and were created as open educational resources (OER) by Nebraska teachers for Nebraska teachers under a joint project funded by the ESUs and NDE. The Nebraska OER hub, where these and many other great resources are hosted, is another great project that is a coordinated effort by NDE, ESUs and district teachers brought forward by TLT. Check out these dynamite tools and resources for Nebraska educators!

These are just a couple of examples of the impressive work by TLT. When our world was hit by the pandemic in 2020, TLT worked together along with other stakeholders to support districts in remote learning and much has been learned along the way!  TLT continues the mission to connect educators to resources and technologies for use in the classroom and welcomes input from our Nebraska educators.

Do you have remote learning resources to share or lessons learned that have helped you during the pandemic?

Student Mental Health in Nebraska

ESUs Providing Social and Emotional Support

Nebraska News Service, a student news website at the University of Nebraska, recently highlighted the mental health services available to Nebraska students. Featured in the podcast is McKayla LaBorde, Director of Student Services at Educational Service Unit 3, and Sarah Hamilton, one of ESU 3’s clinical social workers. Listen to the episode to hear how ESUs are meeting students’ needs for social and emotional support and services.