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 one of the upcoming virtual trainings here:

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 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:

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:

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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

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Advancing HOPE: June 2-3, 2021

For more information on our keynote speakers click here!

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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 with any questions. 

Stay tuned for more details on the conference!

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.

It's Okay to be Different

Breaking the Stereotype

It's Okay to be DifferentWhen one thinks of autism, Dustin Hoffman’s performance in Rain Man probably comes to mind. While it was a brilliant performance and he did portray many characteristics of autism, he only presented one small part of the full spectrum.  Similarly, Leonardo DiCapro’s performance in What’s Eating Gilbert Grape gives us another glimpse into the life of an individual living a life on the spectrum.

Too many people think that being autistic means that there’s something wrong with your brain, but what it really means is your brain works differently and you don’t process data the same way. There are so many levels on the spectrum that it can be difficult to determine who is autistic and who is not.

My son is autistic. He struggles with reading, math, and has no concept of time, but he can tell you what movie a specific song comes from when it comes on the radio.  He can also hear a voice or see a face in a movie and tell you what other movies they are in. Just make sure the movie doesn’t have subtitles, or he will lose interest quickly.

Being autistic doesn’t mean you stand out like a sore thumb.  Some folks can go their entire lives without knowing they are even on the spectrum. Autism manifests itself differently for different people, so there is no way to boil it down to a stereotype.  If you know someone on the spectrum, how do they present and what makes them special?

Immersive Learning Using AR/VR Technology

This week, The Good Life EDU hosts author, speaker, and ed-tech consultant Jaime Donally for a conversation about immersive learning through augmented reality and virtual reality experiences. Jaime is an educator who never puts the tech before the standards and the learning goals, and she advocates for that approach to tech integration while also sharing her insights on how AR and VR can enrich the learning experience for all students.

In addition to this pod, you can learn from Jaime at the NETA conference where she will be a featured speaker later this month. Also be sure to check out Jaime’s blog/social media campaign for March, #31DaysofARVRinEDU.


For those in our network, check out Jaime’s latest book from the ESUCC PD Library: Quick link for The Immersive Classroom

Or purchase her book, The Immersive Classroom, on Amazon.