The ESUs’ Impact Series: Special Education Services – Episode 4

In this episode, we are joined by four different educators from across our ESU network as they share about the work they do on behalf of the students and school systems that they serve in our state. The pod opens with a conversation about paraprofessionals with ESU 9’s Joe Haney. Part two of the pod takes us to the ESU 4 region where Sally Schreiner explains the unique partnership between ESU 4 and NDE that supports the Nebraska Center for the Education of Children who are Blind or Visually Impaired. Part three features Jean Anderson of ESU 10 and Brittany Shackleton of ESU 2 as they explain Part C services, Part B services, and the supports that the ESU special services provide learners with special needs from birth to age 21.

The ESUs’ Impact Series: Staff Development Affiliate – Episode 3

In this episode, Kellen Conroy of ESU 1, Marci Ostmeyer of ESU 7, and Alison Smith of ESU 16 share about the work being done by the ESU staff development affiliate in our state. The pod begins with Kellen explaining what SDA is and how it functions as an intermediary between the Nebraska Department of Education and the local districts. Marci Ostmeyer then joins us for part two of the episode to discuss the ESU SIMPL process, which is instrumental in helping districts self-assess, identify, and then address (with ESU support) the needs in their respective systems. Finally, Alison Smith goes into further detail regarding the day-to-day life of an SDA member in support of the diverse needs of the numerous districts her ESU supports.

The ESUs’ Impact Series: SEL and Wellness – Episode 2

In each episode of this series, we chat with educators from different ESUs across Nebraska to learn more about how they serve and support the school systems in their respective regions of the state. This conversation focuses on the topic of social-emotional learning and wellness and features Jen McNally of ESU 5, Theresa Ritta-Olson of ESU 10, and Lynne Herr of ESU 6. Each of these ESU colleagues shares insights about the work they do in support of SEL and wellness on behalf of educators and learners in their area schools.

The ESUs’ Impact Series: Education Technology – Episode 1

This episode is the first in a series of pods dedicated to highlighting the local and collective efforts the Nebraska ESUs are making in service to education in Nebraska. Each week, we will focus on a topic and showcase the current conversations and work being done in that area. Episode 1 takes a look at ed-tech and the breadth of the ESUs statewide support, ranging from pairing tech integration with instructional best practices (Dr. Lynne Herr, of ESU 6 – 0:00) to the Canvas Consortium and districtwide LMS implementation (Shara Johnson of ESU 2 – 22:00) and the latest on Cyber Security in Nebraska schools (Bill Pulte of ESU3 – 35:40). We hope you enjoy this pod and the entire series!

Nebraska Digital Citizenship Symposium 2021-22

Nebraska Education Service Units are hosting the Nebraska ESU Digital Citizenship Symposium online again this year!  We have updated our website to include new content for grades 7-12 and have added content for grades K-4 and 5-6.

Special thanks to Bobby Truhe from KSB Law and Lincoln Public Schools for the new videos.

We have also added access to professional learning modules for teachers that were created by Nebraska ESU educators. Teachers can earn a certificate upon completion.

This content will be available all year.

The Nebraska ESUs are excited to announce our Digital Citizenship Contest: Be CyberSmart!

Students have the option to create a poster or PSA (public service announcement) that showcases how to be a CyberSmart citizen based on their learning. All entries must be original creations and must be compliant with the established guidelines below. Submission will be accepted all year until the deadline will be March 15, 2022. Entries will be judged in March and winners announced in April.

2020-21 Success

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.