Attention Childcare providers! Children and Families Foundation, NDE, HHS, and other partners are asking child care programs to fill out the following survey to determine state needs and circumstances: https://unleducation.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_9N1XbDCMaYxphqd. Thank you!
If you haven't checked it out yet, take a few minutes and browse through all the resources on the ESU 16 Sped PLC Resources padlet. https://padlet.com/laura_stauffer/j18apgdxwbdm
Here is a great webinar for special educators detailing how to teach kids at home. It has some great strategies, forms, ideas, and websites. Ideas about how and what to do to help you in planning for kids with IEPs. https://www.elumatherapy.com/cec-eluma-webinar-ondemand/
Rhonda Chada is the best Para for the Owls students! Today during our zoom class - she came out walking on crutches - I said poor Mrs. Chada broke her leg!! The students were oh no! Then I started playing the April Fools Song - she started dancing without the crutches! Happy April Fools Day!! The students and parents Laughed and Laughed. Than you Rhonda for all you do for us!!!
April is Child Abuse Prevention Month! Preventing child abuse and neglect starts with strengthening families. Check out these activity ideas for your family! #childabusepreventionmonth https://www.childwelfare.gov/topics/preventing/preventionmonth/resources/activity-calendars/
Interested in learning more about Canvas groups? Check out this video: https://youtu.be/WJ1jIa12AgI #WhatInspirESU #Canvas #CanvasLMS
Interesting in utilizing the rubric feature in Canvas? Check out this video: https://youtu.be/GnhTd9ftoH4 #WhatInspirESU #Canvas
Our ESU 16 School Social Worker is now on Facebook! Add her page for resources, tips and social emotional learning activities for kids! fb.me/esu16ssw @esu16ssw
Interested in utilizing the Discussions feature in Canvas? Check out this video: https://youtu.be/K75re-2Nh3M #Canvas #CanvasLMS
Interested in Learning more about the Learning Management System, Canvas? Check out this video about Canvas files & pages - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RIpZ6HHTqWc
Interested in Learning more about the Learning Management System, Canvas? Check out this video about Canvas assignments - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3n8zg04A_6E
Interested in Learning more about the Learning Management System, Canvas? Check out this video about Canvas quizzes - youtube.com/watch?v=tKKw0Lx0THc
Interested in Learning more about the Learning Management System, Canvas? Check out this video about Canvas modules - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YOTTWhZ9s-c&t=241s
The ESU 16 SPED PLC leaders have been busy creating a platform to gather resources during the COVID 19 school closure. Be sure to check back often as we will continue to add more resources to share. bit.ly/ESU16SPEDPLC
In this difficult and uncertain time always remember that ESUs are here for YOU! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FzsjP7RWXzs
Please "like" this new facebook page created by the OT/PT group that serves our ESU 16 School Districts! They will have lots of ideas for fine and gross motor skills to practice! https://tinyurl.com/tp5wzju
All of us, especially kids, get anxious and scared during such uncertain times and here is an article with some very practical and doable tips to lessen that anxiety for everyone! https://theconversation.com/4-ways-to-help-kids-relax-as-the-coronavirus-upends-everyday-life-133873
TEACHERS @ESU_16 & across the state: ESU16 T&L team will be hosting Zoom meetings starting TOMORROW! Check out when you can connect! Let's do what is best for KIDS! #whatinspirESU https://docs.google.com/document/d/1A49qVZhvWenMtkmmQT6i5qPAdGCBFPQvDy2G-WoK8lA/edit?usp=sharing!
Great video on how to talk to your kids about Coronavirus! https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=WhVad8ToCiU
Did you know a speech-language pathologist can help your child learn social language skills so that they can more appropriately participate in conversations with others? Learn more at www.asha.org/public/speech/development/pragmatics.htm
Daily screen use increases the risk of expressive speech delay in children ages 6 months to 2 years! Help the ESU 16 SLP's promote healthy communication by signing up for the healthy communication initiative. https://communicationandtech.org/
The National Child Traumatic Stress Network has created this guide for parents/caregivers to help prepare their families and communicate with their children about the Coronavirus outbreak. https://www.nctsn.org/sites/default/files/resources/fact-sheet/outbreak_factsheet_1.pdf
Doesn't a speech-language pathologist just help students with their 's' sound? Read this to learn the truth! https://www.asha.org/public/speech/development/Speech-and-Language/
Here is the KNOP-TV story about Social Emotional Training by Dr. Felicity Post! Please click on the link to watch it!! :) https://www.knopnews2.com/content/news/Incorporating-life-long-skills-in-the-classroom-to-help-students-succeed-568682391.html
Why do schools need a speech-language pathologist? Speech or language impairment is the 2nd most common disability category for which children ages 6–21 are served under the federal IDEA law. http://www.asha.org/news/2019/10-facts-for-families-new-to-speech-and-language-services/
ESU 16 District Special Education Teachers had an amazing opportunity to listen to Dr. Felicity Post from Peru State. Today, she is sharing information on Social Emotional Learning and the Struggling Reader. Her presentations were funded by the Applegate Grant. This afternoon there will be presentations from ESU 13 on Migrant Education and Sandy Peterson will be informing the teachers about the Parent Training Information Center. Fun Fact: KNOP-TV stopped by so watch the news tonight!!!
Children have different executive functioning skills than adults. People with ADHD, traumatic brain injury, or other executive functioning difficulties may not be able to meet the "norms". On demand platforms are also changing how students are able to anticipate the future. Want to know how to increase executive functioning skills in all students? Ask your ESU16 Behavior Mental Health Team. We can provide teachers with research based interventions through consultation or Staff Development Training.
March is Brain Injury Awareness Month! https://www.biausa.org/public-affairs/public-awareness/brain-injury-awareness
Check out the updated High Plains Early Learning Connection website: http://highplainsearlylearningconnection.weebly.com/. New professional learning opportunities listed here: http://highplainsearlylearningconnection.weebly.com/professional-development.html
March 10th, 2020 Sandy Peterson from the Parent Training and Information Center (PTI) in Omaha will be visiting with parents (and teachers too!) about graduation and the summary of performance document. Register with Lou at email@example.com
Despite some promising signs that traditional tobacco cigarette use is decreasing among teenagers, unacceptably high numbers of youth are vaping nicotine. NIDA’s 2019 Monitoring the Future Survey of eighth, 10th, and 12th graders show alarmingly high rates of e-cigarette use compared to just a year ago. It is important for teens to know that most health concerns related to traditional tobacco cigarettes—addiction, lung disease, and effects on prenatal development—apply to vaping as well.
Battle of the Books! **Students have worked and read hard to fulfill the Battle of the Books requirements, so we are creating a day to celebrate participants hard work and accomplishments!! Register today@ firstname.lastname@example.org
The Owls students had a great time today at the ESU 16 Social Skills Workshop. They met some new friends. Had a wonderful lunch at Holiday Inn Express. Then Mr. Spencer from South Platte Schools was a amazing DJ for the dance. Thanks to Lou and Megan for an awesome day!
Owls students are learning about Community Services. Today we visited Workforce Development. Raquel Hernandez-Bourgeois the Workforce Coordinator explained their services and showed us how to access their website: http://neworks.nebraska.gov. Thank you Raquel!
Erate 471 workday to be held in North Platte on March 19. Please register at: http://esu16.longtermsolutions.com
One new piece of data we looked at during our CIP Data Day was community and county population numbers in the areas we serve. https://data.census.gov/
South Platte Public Schools also completed their Perkins V Local Application this week! Yahoo!
Story By: Tyler Cronin @MIsterCronin | See their story and share your own! https://iloveps.org/stories/tyler-cronin via @NElovesPS #whatinspirESU
EDventurous Para-Professional PLC: "Thank you so much for your presentation yesterday for the paras. You made the day enjoyable. I felt the content was very applicable and the interactive activities helped to solidify the learning. It was obvious you spent a lot of time in thought and preparation to make the day worthwhile. I went home yesterday energized to face the week and bring a new attitude into the classroom!" Thank you!, Jennifer Most - Brady Public Schools
MTSS Today and Beyond - Day 4 - on April 1. No fooling! Register at: http://esu16.longtermsolutions.com/
March 31 is MTSS Day 3 workshop for districts and schools that completed Days 1 and 2. Register at: http://esu16.longtermsolutions.com/
Here are some great ideas to support teachers and school staff in the classroom when it comes to students' mental health. https://pin.it/ckmie4uiqwjmmx
National School Counseling Week 2020, "School Counselors: Helping Build Better Humans," will be celebrated from Feb. 3-7, 2020, to focus public attention on the unique contribution of school counselors within U.S. school systems. National School Counseling Week, sponsored by ASCA, highlights the tremendous impact school counselors can have in helping students achieve school success and plan for a career. National School Counseling Week is always celebrated the first full week in February.
Remember, your mental health needs to be nurtured everyday just like your physical health. If you have children in your life, then you play a critical role in not only supporting your own mental health, but supporting theirs as well. Children need love, consistency, connection, and so much more. The little things that we do as adults every day to support their social emotional well being tremendously impacts their mental health for a lifetime.
It is important to think about background noise and reverberation in any space used for learning. Some simple ways to make a classroom quieter include the following: Place rugs or carpet in the room. Hang curtains or blinds in the windows. Hang soft materials such as felt or corkboard on the walls. Place tables at an angle around the room instead of in rows. Turn off noisy equipment when it is not in use. Replace noisy light fixtures. Show students how hard it can be to hear when many children talk at the same time. Place soft tips on the bottom of chairs and tables.
"Deaf" usually refers to a hearing loss so severe that there is very little or no functional hearing. "Hard of hearing" refers to a hearing loss where there may be enough residual hearing that an auditory device, such as a hearing aid or FM system, provides adequate assistance to process speech.
Know the signs of a communication disorder! https://identifythesigns.org/signs-of-speech-and-language-disorders/
Sysops February 12, 2020 *Erate-File 470 Begin Writing RFP for Category 2 Register today www.esu16.org *Wyebot demo
Ever feel like you're losing against autism and need encouragement? Listen to this! https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/050-autism-support-groups-encouragement-interview-julie/id1449276654?i=1000459845663
What Communication Experts, Teachers, Parents, and Teens Have to Say About Technology’s Hold on Today’s Children https://youtu.be/7rhCjIlLysE
ESU 15 & 16 Board Member Workshop January 22, 2020 Register today with Amber at email@example.com or 308-284-8481 ext 2209
Check this out! Your instructional materials matter! When we don't use high-quality instructional materials there is a great crime against equity in our schools. #nematerialsmatter https://achievethecore.org/aligned/curriculum-pinterest-tpt-exacerbate-inequity/
**Updated School Secretaries Safety Training flyer. Register today http://esu16.longtermsolutions.com/
Super proud of this collaboration! Check it out! https://www.nebraska-advantage.org/community-collaboration-and-partnership-kids-its-core
Owls had a wonderful “Office Party “ today! One student claimed this was the best Christmas party ever! They made Christmas cookies yesterday. They truly were grateful for the friendships they have with their peers! The laughter and fun with the students was the greatest gift I received today!!
Watch this video to learn more about your school based SLP's and their role in your schools https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bQrzeZGlXbo&feature=youtu.be
How can we support the emotional well being of teachers? Check out this Ted talk featuring a Nebraska teacher on this important topic! https://www.ted.com/talks/sydney_jensen_how_can_we_support_the_emotional_wellbeing_of_teachers
The guardianship parent information series presented by Attorney Matt Pederson has been rescheduled from tomorrow night to Tuesday, January 14th at 6:00 at the ESU 16 office in North Platte.
Wednesday's event captured by @JaceBarraclough @GPHealthcare @NCSACinde @NElovesPS @WallaceSchools @nppsd https://www.knopnews2.com/content/news/Mind-Inside-Director-shows-film-in-North-Platte-565816431.html?fbclid=IwAR2jez7XrCp9GR5UbJmOAYB9NsjoJRiXjyAzWjK4vMIML1YMwwml2nCqxH4
Mental health is one of the most troublesome issues we face in our schools and how it manifests in our classrooms is not fully appreciated. Join us tonight at the North Platte Community Playhouse, 6:30. WE hope to see you there! https://www.facebook.com/events/631127224086804/
Don’t forget THIS WEDNESDAY The Mind Inside viewing with panel discussion. Our panelists are AMAZING and you won’t want to miss this! Please take a moment and register! https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-mind-inside-film-episode-two-filmmaker-qa-premiere-tickets-83402044761
The Mind Inside Event is ONE Week Away! Who's getting excited? Please register, not required but helpful! https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-mind-inside-film-episode-two-filmmaker-qa-premiere-tickets-83402044761?fbclid=IwAR1dfmBeGjVIVxOiu3JNYAhXDf5COT0-1cMw_MWPnRWDlxvGrLIMoXHJwXY
Wisdom of a 4-year-old: "How frogs get their bumps" Mosquitos bite them inside when the frogs eat them and the bumps go to the outside. That's Science!"
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The parent is a child’s first and most important teacher. As the ESU 16 Early Intervention Team, our primary goal is to empower parents to support their child’s learning during naturally occurring daily routines and interactions. We do this through a coaching approach with families. A key concept of coaching with parent/caregivers is that the “coaching” happens during home visits and the learning for the child happens between home visits. Lets do the math: Most toddlers are awake 12 hours per day. 12 hours per day, times 7 days a week = 84 hours awake per week. If a member of our team (AKA the Primary Service Provider) provided one our of therapy one hour per week, it is easy to see that the Primary Service Provider cannot be the primary service of change. We get to see that the child is doing while we are there in the home, but not the other 83 hours the child is awake. Using M&Ms is powerful and visual way to explain the role of parents in early childhood learning and development with the support of the ESU 16 Early Intervention Team.
Container Baby Syndrome is a term used to describe a collection of movement, behavior, and other problems caused by your baby spending too much time in a container. The Early Childhood team at ESU 16 encourages holding your infant and spending time playing on the floor to promote development. https://nspt4kids.com/parenting/the-container-baby-lifestyle/
Way to Go Paxton Consolidated Schools for a fabulous MTSS-B Inservice last Friday and a Rocking your Debriefing and Planning Meeting this morning!! Keep the Positivity Flowing!!!
Play is vital to the development of young children. These are some of the reasons young children need opportunities to play every day. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nl-rkU1_E5s&feature=youtu.be
Thanks @BradySchools for welcoming me on this cold morning to talk about Child Abuse and Mandated Reporting! If you would like me to speak at your district on this important topic email firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule!
Thank you @BradySchools for speaking so positively about how #EDventurous1920 has impacted their staff. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d0Yx2zBzkcI&list=UUAe7EuQPQNLM2uK1rEiiO9Q #WhatInspirESU #Collaboration #LearnFromOthers
WE LOVE OUR @ESU_16 SCHOOLS! CHECK IT OUT! https://www.nebraska-advantage.org/esu-16s-edventurous-plc-brings-hundreds-educators-together-collaborative-discovery
Congratulations to the partners of Rooted in Relationships! On October 17th, the RiR Do It Local/Family Block Party was chosen for the Spirit of Keith County Award by the Ogallala/Keith County Chamber of Commerce. This event involved the collaboration of over 45 businesses, agencies, service organizations and volunteers. #partnerships
"Behind every Great Teacher is a Great Para-professional!" We are excited to announce that we have begun planning the next Para-Professional workshop! Please note that both the date and location has changed.
2019 Nebraska Fall Ed Tech Conference next Friday at Kearney. Check out the keynote and breakouts here: https://2019nebraskafalledtechconference.sched.com/
This is a great website full of Mental Health Resources! Youth Mental Health First Aid Training will be held at Mid Plains Community College in Ogallala on April 24th. More information will be coming soon! https://www.mentalhealthfirstaid.org/
According to the State of Mental Health in America 2018 only 27.6% of youth in Nebraska who experienced a Major Depressive Episode (MDE) received some consistent treatment. ESU 16’s Mental Health team is taking a front-line approach to reducing barriers to mental health services. Check out our flow chart to the process for students to receive ESU 16 Mental Health Services!
Here is the information about the Targeted Improvement Plan Workdays coming up in November. It is beneficial for all districts to attend on the day that works best for your staff. This information needs to be put on the portal by December 1st. If you have any questions, please contact Mary Peters, Denise Brauer or Darsha Pelland
Mental Health Awareness Week gives us a chance to highlight why mental health is as important as physical health to our quality of life. Access to mental health services in schools is critical to a child’s ability to thrive academically and in life. Schools offer an ideal context for prevention, intervention, positive development, and regular communication between school and families. Mental health services provided in schools that are not appropriate to the learning environment risk being ineffective or even counterproductive.To meet student needs, collaboration between schools and community mental health providers is a necessity. Learn more about school-based mental health services and it's affect on student learning and well-being - Credit National Association of School Psychologist https://www.nasponline.org/resources-and-publications/resources-and-podcasts/mental-health/school-psychology-and-mental-health/school-based-mental-health-services
Medication Aide Class Friday, October 11th. Please contact Amber Lutz to register. email@example.com
Be sure to sign up for the Asbestos Awareness Training taking place on Monday, October 7, 2019. Contact Amber Lutz for more information. firstname.lastname@example.org
Jolene Palmer, NDE was with us at ESU 16 on Friday, 9/27. She shared "I Love U Guys" Foundation website, https://iloveuguys.org/. Great resources for schools including this Standard Response Protocol (SRP) video https://iloveuguys.org/srp_hed.html#about-materials. Check it out.
ESU 16 school districts safety teams attended Standard Protocol Training on 9/27/19! Thank you Jolene Palmer for providing our districts with with this valuable training! Please visit https://iloveuguys.org for more information & free resources!
It is National Deaf Awareness Week! This week the Teachers of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing at ESU 16 will be sharing some TIPS for when you are visiting with your hard of hearing students, friends or family members. Friday's Tip Of The Day: Be aware of the fatigue factor. Listening with a hearing loss is quite tiring. As the day wears on, your student, friend or family member may need a break from watching and listening. Accurate listening may wane in the latter part of the school/work day.
CPI Initial Training October 18th @ ESU 16 in North Platte!! 9am Central Time Deadline to register is October 4th!
It is National Deaf Awareness Week! This week the Teachers of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing at ESU 16 will be sharing some TIPS for when you are visiting with your hard of hearing students, friends or family members. Thursday's Tip Of The Day: When you are using a whiteboard or a smart board, best practice for teaching students with hearing loss is to write first, then turn and talk. Using an Elmo is a great option since you are facing the class as you write. *For Friends for family members, please look at the deaf/hard of hearing person the whole time you are speaking.
It is National Deaf Awareness Week! This week the Teachers of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing at ESU 16 will be sharing some TIPS for when you are visiting with your hard of hearing students, friends or family members. Wednesday's Tip Of The Day: Preferential seating may be more than just front of the classroom placement. Depending on whether one or both ears are affected, your student's seat could be almost anywhere in the room! Factors to consider are: closeness to the main speaker, usually the teacher; the availability of speechreading the other students; the proximity to other noise makers such as pencil sharpeners, hallway noise, or fans. Allow the student/person to move to where they can hear the best.
It is National Deaf Awareness Week! This week the Teachers of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing at ESU 16 will be sharing some TIPS for when you are visiting with your hard of hearing students, friends or family members. Tuesday's Tip Of The Day: Small group learning sessions can cause a large amount of noise! Consider placing the hard of hearing student's group in a quiet alternate location. *If it is a friend or family member with a hearing loss, please be considerate that it is very difficult for them to hear in group settings such as restaurants, meetings, and social events.
It is National Deaf Awareness Week! This week the Teachers of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing at ESU 16 will be sharing some TIPS for when you are visiting with your hard of hearing students, friends or family members. Monday's Tip Of The Day: Your student, friend or family member will find it easier to speechread if you avoid chewing gum, avoid putting papers or your hands in front of your face and if you have one, keeping your mustache well-trimmed.
Thank you to our partners for Partner Up Rodeo! It was a great success! 193 students attended. See the news story here: https://www.knopnews2.com/content/news/Partner-Up-Rodeo-gives-special-needs-children-a-chance-to-experience-Western-culture-560730121.html
Nebraska Fall Ed Tech Conference, October 31-November 1, 2019, at the Younes Conference Center in Kearney. For more information visit http://www.fall.netasite.org
NETA, NDLA and ESUCC offer mini-grant opportunities for Nebraska school teachers through the Virtual Field Trip Mini-grant Program. For more information about the program and a grant application contact Julie Moore, NETA Executive Director, email@example.com
Media masters meeting at Mullen. ESU 16 Librarians will meet at the MPS HS Library, September 16, 10 a.m. MT . Please register at http://esu16.longtermsolutions.com/
Happy Friday! Let’s find all those hidden diamonds in our schools and give them the opportunities they need to share their unique gifts and talents! https://youtu.be/dnp-8GrHOIk
Have your students ever experienced a close up view of an arthroscopic surgical procedure performed LIVE? Have you had a personalized tour of Henry Doorly’s premier penguin exhibit? Free of charge! Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to find out how.
ESU 16 LAN Managers/Sysops will meet in North Platte on September 25 beginning at 10 a.m. CT. Robbie Jensen, Digital Learning Coordinator at ESU 3, will zoom in to talk about the Nebraska Student Privacy Alliance. Please register at: http://esu16.longtermsolutions.com/
ESU 16 Librarians will meet in Mullen on September 16 beginning at 10 a.m. MT. Chris Haeffner, the Director of Library Services at Lincoln Public Schools will zoom in to talk about copyright. Please register at: http://esu16.longtermsolutions.com/
Check out the Learn360 Events Calendar and click on any holiday or event to find relevant content! https://learn360.infobase.com/p_Collection.aspx?calendar=1 ESUs provide Learn360 accounts to teachers and students statewide.
Relationships+communication= effective support, which is on the way for @esu_16 District Administration, both Superintendents and Principals. Next week is ADCO and Principals Cadre Meetings. Register today www.esu16.org! Can't wait to see you there!
ESU 16 believes in Responsiveness and Responsibility. This summer our School Social Worker, Sara Gentry had the opportunity to take a course with Dr. David Schonfeld, director of the National Center for School Crisis and Bereavement and author of Supporting the Grieving Student: A Teachers Guide. This fall Sara will be offering the training “Supporting the Grieving Student” to all ESU 16 school districts. If you’re struggling with how to speak to your child about the recent tragedies in the news please feel free to download the attached resource. https://www.schoolcrisiscenter.org/resources/talking-kids-about-tragedies/