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PACES is a state approved program at the Scotts Bluff County Juvenile Detention Center in Gering. It is staffed by three certified teachers by Educational Service Unit #13.
A school team of students and a sponsor designed and built a display out of canned foods. Each team collected over 1100 items of food for their project. After the judging and teardown the food was donated to the school’s local food bank or backpack program. Awards were given for Best Use of Labels, Best Meal, Design and Structural Ingenuity, Juror’s Choice and People’s Choice. At the end of the day teams were already discussing their involvement for next year’s competition.
Some of the highlights of the report are:
- ESU13 staff traveled over 451,000 miles to serve our 21 member school district staff and students.
- ESU13 Special Education Department served as SPED Director for 5 of our member school districts and facilitiated the ILCD process for all 21 districts.
- ESU13 Migrant Program served almost 300 students in their 19 county service region.
- ESU13 Meridian School Program provided educational services for 20 special needs students from 8 member school districts.
- ESU13 Psychological Services staff conducted over 300 student evaluations and/or provided counseling services to special ed students in 18 of our 21 member school districts.
- ESU13 helped our member school districts save over $200,000 in the ESU Statewide Coop Purchasing program.
- ESU13 Technology Department helped over half of our member districts expand their internet circuits, as well as assisting many districts in implementing 1 to 1 computing initiatives.
- ESU13 SOAR Staff Development dealt with the top priority of student engagement with over 65,000 contact hours with 9,225 teachers and 1,619 administrators.
- ESU13 Instructional Materials assisted all 21 member school districts with providing a vast array of digital resources online. There were almost 85,000 educational database searches from staff and students this past year.
- ESU13 VALTS Alternative Ed program graduated another 28 students bringing the total to almost 500 since the program started in 1997. The VALTS high school program serves 9 member school districts.
- ESU13 LifeLink Transition program (ages 18-21) offered services to 23 students from 9 ESU13 member districts. Students participated in College credit courses, secured paying jobs in the community, and expanded life skills helping them to a greater level of independence.
Through instruction and project-based learning, participants will learn how to produce task cueing systems, visual schedules, communication systems, and representative portfolios. These innovative practices will then be taught to students for use in community-based employment settings, assisting students to gain and keep employment with less intervention and a greater chance for independence. Janine Barber is the Project Director.
This past April, 203 Transition students from the ESU13 service area attended the Sixth annual conference at The Harms Advanced Technology Center. 18 school districts participated in the event funded by The Assistive Technology Partnership.
The Keynote speaker for the event was Ben Glenn, “The Chalk Guy”, of Indiana. His message was one of challenge, reaching your potential and overcoming challenges. As he spoke, he created a giant mural with chalk. He had the audience captured with his message. We are excited that Mr. Glenn’s drawing is now on display in the hall way at the Harms Center.
Ben’s presentation consisted not only of a powerful, inspiring message, but also of a live, and rapid creation of a beautiful drawing on a canvas that measures 6X8 feet. He doesn’t speak while drawing – The drawing is accompanied by beautiful and moving music with the house lights down and a spotlight on the canvas. It was fun to see the drawing come to life!