SDA Training: November 2-3, 2021

November 2 — Educator Effectiveness

Where: ESU #10 (Kearney, NE)

Time: 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Facilitators: S.E.E.D. Team (Dr. Kim Snyder, Dr. Julie Downing, & Ryan Ricenbaw)

Topics include:

  • Direction and Vision of the S.E.E.D. Instructional System
  • NTPPS Updates
  • Support with the NTPPS Rubrics
  • Connecting to Work Being Completed in Districts/ESUs
  • Collaboration and Planning

November 3 — Content Area Standards Support: ELA Standards Rollout

Where: ESU #10 (Kearney, NE)

Time: 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Facilitators: Nebraska Dept. of Education – Dr. Cory Epler and Marissa Payzant

The purpose of the training is to provide ESU staff with tools and resources relating to the rollout of the 2021 Nebraska ELA Standards so that they can facilitate work with districts within their service areas.

For additional information and logistics for each day, please visit: Smore Link

Register here: ESUPDO November 2 – 3 Training

Please register by October 15th and indicate whether you plan to participate onsite or via Zoom.

Practical Ideas for Diversifying Our Approach to Intervention

In this episode, we are joined by Andi McNair, author of Genius Hour: Passion Projects that Ignite Innovation and Student Inquiry — and — A Meaningful Mess: A Teacher’s Guide to Student-Driven Classrooms, Authentic Learning, Student Empowerment, and Keeping it All Together without Losing Your Mind. Andi shares on the topic of interventions, looking specifically at the strategies, voice, and motivation being utilized when a learner is struggling to grasp a concept. This pod shares a great reframing of the approach to intervention along with strategies for how to practically make those adjustments in the classroom.

Mentioned in this episode…

Daniel Pink’s Ted Talk, The Puzzle of Motivation

Follow and Connect with Andi McNair Through Her Blog

Immersive Social-Emotional Learning Readings and Activities from Peekapak

In this episode, CEO and co-founder of Peekapak, Ami Shah, shares her backstory and the formation of her ed-tech company. Peekapak provides CASEL-aligned stories, lessons, and learning games that help keep social-emotional learning (SEL) engaging wherever learning happens. For information on Peekapak, visit their website at to learn more about the work that they do in support of SEL for students.

Meaningful Beginnings to the New School Year

In this episode, Tisha Richmond, author of Make Learning Magical, joins us for a conversation on the M in her M.A.G.I.C.A.L. acronym, Meaningful Beginnings. Tisha shares about ideas for how to build culture and community at the start of the school year.

To connect with Tisha via her website at

Ideas for New Teachers and the Educators Who Support Them

In this episode, professional learning specialists Amy Schultz and Kristen Slechta of ESU 9 join us for an energetic and practical conversation about supporting new-to-the-profession teachers. Join us to learn more about everything from relationship building strategies to routines and procedures, and we enjoy as we have some karaoke fun along the way!

World Languages and the Nebraska Seal of Biliteracy

In this episode, we take a close look at what it means for learners to earn the Nebraska Seal of Biliteracy and how that distinction can be a future academic, career, and financial benefit to students. To explore this topic, we are joined by Chrystal Liu, World Language Specialist with the Nebraska Department of Education, and Nick Ziegler, World Language Coordinator and Tech Integrationist at ESU 5. Together, Chrystal and Nick share a wealth of information that speaks to the amazing work being done to enhance language learning and development across our state.

The Nebraska Seal of Biliteracy Site

Distance Learning Courses on the ESUCC’s NVIS Site

For more on how Distance Learning Courses work in Nebraska, access this testimonial from Barry Schaeffer, Superintendent of Arthur County Schools.

Contact Nick Ziegler at for information on receiving World Language Courses via Distance Learning.


Basic Threat Assessment Training 2021-2022

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 savings option – a team can attends for FREE when all four of these professional roles are represented and attend together. Otherwise, cost is $100 per person.

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

Register your team for the next virtual training here: