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Chadron Site
Crites Hall
Chadron State College
Chadron, NE 69337
Phone: (308) 432-6495
Scottsbluff Site
4215 Avenue I
Scottsbluff, NE 69361
Phone: (308) 635-3696
FAX: (308) 635-0680
Sidney Site
1114 Toledo Street
Sidney, NE 69162
Phone: (308) 254-4677
FAX: (308) 254-5371

Mission:
Educational Service Unit #13...
Striving to achieve educational excellence for all learners
through strong partnerships, service, and leadership.

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NeSA 4th Grade Writing Workshop

Teachers highlight and discuss the Nebraska Department of Education scoring guide for narrative writing during the NDE workshop on NeSA 4th grade writing.  Valerie Foy, Statewide Assessment Director and Donna Pruett and Barb Lacey, writing consultants examined the writing rubrics and offered suggestions for teaching and improving student writing. Teachers examined state provided writing samples and collaborated on aligning their scoring of student papers. A recording of the day’s workshop will be available on the ESU13 website, under Assessment, under the Professional Development tab.  Rubrics and practice papers are available on the NDE website under the NeSA Writing tab under Assessment.
Aaberg wins 2015 Nebraska Teacher of the Year
Shelby Aaberg, a mathematics teacher at Scottsbluff High School and a Noyce Master Teaching Fellow, was named Nebraska 2015 Teacher of the Year on Oct. 10 during a surprise award presentation. Nebraska Commissioner of Education Matt Blomstedt presented the award.



Aaberg was one of four finalists for Nebraska Teacher of the Year. The following teachers were finalists and will be recognized as Awards of Excellence winners:

Jim Fielder, a science teacher at Hastings Senior High School in Hastings

Christopher Maly, an English teacher at Lincoln High School in Lincoln

Sarah Schau, a business teacher at Westside High School in Omaha

Aaberg said, “I want my energy and passion for mathematics to shine through my instruction and infect my students. I teach my students that sound logic, effective strategies and consistent effort are the primary determinants of success in my classroom.

"I teach my students how to think, not just to comply. No idea any student offers is ever wrong, some ideas are just easier to disprove or refute,” he said in his application. 

"I invest my time, energy and content expertise to equip my students to realize their potential. I enjoy teaching most when I help my students overcome fear of failure and when my students learn to work past frustration,” he wrote.

Scottsbluff Public Schools Superintendent Richard Myles said leadership is one of Aaberg’s most important talents.

"His dedicated passion for students combined with his deep understanding of great teaching provides an exemplar for all teachers in our district,” Myles wrote in his recommendation of Aaberg. “His expectations of excellence ― of himself and of his students ― are such that he empowers others to develop a greater belief in themselves ....”

Aaberg is a 10-year veteran teacher who earned a bachelor’s degree at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a Master’s Degree in mathematics education at the University of Nebraska at Omaha in 2009 as well as endorsements in Assessment Leadership and English as a Second Language. He is currently working on his doctorate in education at UNL.

Aaberg started the Scottsbluff High School’s Math Club and has been the sprint coach since 2006. He is active in professional organizations, including the Nebraska Association of Teachers of Mathematics, the Nebraska Council on Teacher Education, the Scottsbluff Education Association and the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics.

A panel of Nebraska educators selected Aaberg as the 2015 Nebraska Teacher of the Year. The Teacher of the Year program recognizes the contributions of classroom teachers who are exceptionally dedicated, knowledgeable and skilled and teachers who have the ability to inspire students of all backgrounds and abilities to learn.

Aaberg and the Awards of Excellence winners will be honored by the State Board of Education at a November luncheon. Aaberg will participate in the national Teacher of the Year competition later this year.
Two Panhandle Schools Make America's Top High School List
Newsweek Magazine recently published its 2014 America's Top High School list. Only three Nebraska high schools were listed and two are from our ESU13 service area.
Congratulations to Hay Springs (#133) and Chadron (#433) who made the top 500 list, as well as Burwell High School.
Newsweek’s 2014 Rankings highlights schools that do the absolute best job of preparing students for college. This year, the methodology is more stringent than ever with new measures of quality and a higher standard for data.
Quite an accomplishment for two rural Nebraska school districts.
Congratulations!!


here is a link to the Newsweek article:
http://www.newsweek.com/high-schools/americas-top-schools-2014
 
ESU # 13 Announces Innovative Transition Grant Project for 2014-2015
For the 5th consecutive year, ESU 13 has been awarded an Innovative Transition Grant from The Nebraska Department of Education, in a competitive funding process.   The theme of the project is:  Entrepreneurship as a Possible Transition Outcome for Students, and will involve students and their family members from across the service area.  Partners in this project will be:  The Montana Rural Institute, Vocational Rehabilitation and Project Ability, SCORE, WNCC Business Incubator Project, University of Nebraska Extension Educators, Social Security Administration, and more. 
 In addition, local young adults from the Scottsbluff area and Front Range of Colorado will share their stories of becoming successful business owners.  The project is open to students with disabilities, ages 14-21, their family members, as well as young adults under age 30 (former transition students) and their families.  For more information or to enroll, contact Janine Barber, Transition Specialist and Project Director, at 635-3696.
CSC faculty members collaborate with ESU 13
Chadron State College psychology professor Dr. Bill Roweton is collaborating with education professor Dr. Linda Brown and Educational Service Unit 13 staff members Julie Downing and Craig Hicks on a grant-funded project intended to help educators better understand student assessment data.
The Nebraska Education Association (NEA) awarded a $5,000 grant to the group for the project.
“We will be developing tools to assist teachers in becoming more comfortable with psychometrics, especially data qualities like fairness, reliability, validity. Improved assessment literacy and data literacy are our goals. As educators gain more value from data, they can better interpret test results for parents of students, some who are uneasy with standardized test results,” Roweton said.
The group will submit a report about their efforts to NEA in January. Following submission of the report, a test version of free online resources for P-12 teachers developed during the project will be placed on a website hosted by ESU 13.
“This work brings together the technical expertise of Dr. Roweton and the field experiences of ESU 13 and Panhandle schools. This partnership aims to take a complex topic like assessment and make it accessible to communities, educators, parents and students,” Downing said.

Chadron State College psychology professor Dr. Bill Roweton is collaborating with education professor Dr. Linda Brown and Educational Service Unit 13 staff members Julie Downing and Craig Hicks on a grant-funded project intended to help educators better understand student assessment data.

The Nebraska Education Association (NEA) awarded a $5,000 grant to the group for the project.

“We will be developing tools to assist teachers in becoming more comfortable with psychometrics, especially data qualities like fairness, reliability, validity. Improved assessment literacy and data literacy are our goals. As educators gain more value from data, they can better interpret test results for parents of students, some who are uneasy with standardized test results,” Roweton said.

The group will submit a report about their efforts to NEA in January. Following submission of the report, a test version of free online resources for P-12 teachers developed during the project will be placed on a website hosted by ESU 13.

“This work brings together the technical expertise of Dr. Roweton and the field experiences of ESU 13 and Panhandle schools. This partnership aims to take a complex topic like assessment and make it accessible to communities, educators, parents and students,” Downing said.

- See more at: http://www.csc.edu/modules/news/public_news/view/10793#sthash.rt28eJV2.dpuf

Chadron State College psychology professor Dr. Bill Roweton is collaborating with education professor Dr. Linda Brown and Educational Service Unit 13 staff members Julie Downing and Craig Hicks on a grant-funded project intended to help educators better understand student assessment data.

The Nebraska Education Association (NEA) awarded a $5,000 grant to the group for the project.

“We will be developing tools to assist teachers in becoming more comfortable with psychometrics, especially data qualities like fairness, reliability, validity. Improved assessment literacy and data literacy are our goals. As educators gain more value from data, they can better interpret test results for parents of students, some who are uneasy with standardized test results,” Roweton said.

The group will submit a report about their efforts to NEA in January. Following submission of the report, a test version of free online resources for P-12 teachers developed during the project will be placed on a website hosted by ESU 13.

“This work brings together the technical expertise of Dr. Roweton and the field experiences of ESU 13 and Panhandle schools. This partnership aims to take a complex topic like assessment and make it accessible to communities, educators, parents and students,” Downing said.

- See more at: http://www.csc.edu/modules/news/public_news/view/10793#sthash.rt28eJV2.dpuf

Chadron State College psychology professor Dr. Bill Roweton is collaborating with education professor Dr. Linda Brown and Educational Service Unit 13 staff members Julie Downing and Craig Hicks on a grant-funded project intended to help educators better understand student assessment data.

The Nebraska Education Association (NEA) awarded a $5,000 grant to the group for the project.

“We will be developing tools to assist teachers in becoming more comfortable with psychometrics, especially data qualities like fairness, reliability, validity. Improved assessment literacy and data literacy are our goals. As educators gain more value from data, they can better interpret test results for parents of students, some who are uneasy with standardized test results,” Roweton said.

The group will submit a report about their efforts to NEA in January. Following submission of the report, a test version of free online resources for P-12 teachers developed during the project will be placed on a website hosted by ESU 13.

“This work brings together the technical expertise of Dr. Roweton and the field experiences of ESU 13 and Panhandle schools. This partnership aims to take a complex topic like assessment and make it accessible to communities, educators, parents and students,” Downing said.

- See more at: http://www.csc.edu/modules/news/public_news/view/10793#sthash.rt28eJV2.dpuf

Chadron State College psychology professor Dr. Bill Roweton is collaborating with education professor Dr. Linda Brown and Educational Service Unit 13 staff members Julie Downing and Craig Hicks on a grant-funded project intended to help educators better understand student assessment data.

The Nebraska Education Association (NEA) awarded a $5,000 grant to the group for the project.

“We will be developing tools to assist teachers in becoming more comfortable with psychometrics, especially data qualities like fairness, reliability, validity. Improved assessment literacy and data literacy are our goals. As educators gain more value from data, they can better interpret test results for parents of students, some who are uneasy with standardized test results,” Roweton said.

The group will submit a report about their efforts to NEA in January. Following submission of the report, a test version of free online resources for P-12 teachers developed during the project will be placed on a website hosted by ESU 13.

“This work brings together the technical expertise of Dr. Roweton and the field experiences of ESU 13 and Panhandle schools. This partnership aims to take a complex topic like assessment and make it accessible to communities, educators, parents and students,” Downing said.

- See more at: http://www.csc.edu/modules/news/public_news/view/10793#sthash.rt28eJV2.dpuf

Chadron State College psychology professor Dr. Bill Roweton is collaborating with education professor Dr. Linda Brown and Educational Service Unit 13 staff members Julie Downing and Craig Hicks on a grant-funded project intended to help educators better understand student assessment data.

The Nebraska Education Association (NEA) awarded a $5,000 grant to the group for the project.

“We will be developing tools to assist teachers in becoming more comfortable with psychometrics, especially data qualities like fairness, reliability, validity. Improved assessment literacy and data literacy are our goals. As educators gain more value from data, they can better interpret test results for parents of students, some who are uneasy with standardized test results,” Roweton said.

The group will submit a report about their efforts to NEA in January. Following submission of the report, a test version of free online resources for P-12 teachers developed during the project will be placed on a website hosted by ESU 13.

“This work brings together the technical expertise of Dr. Roweton and the field experiences of ESU 13 and Panhandle schools. This partnership aims to take a complex topic like assessment and make it accessible to communities, educators, parents and students,” Downing said.

- See more at: http://www.csc.edu/modules/news/public_news/view/10793#sthash.rt28eJV2.dpuf

Chadron State College psychology professor Dr. Bill Roweton is collaborating with education professor Dr. Linda Brown and Educational Service Unit 13 staff members Julie Downing and Craig Hicks on a grant-funded project intended to help educators better understand student assessment data.

The Nebraska Education Association (NEA) awarded a $5,000 grant to the group for the project.

“We will be developing tools to assist teachers in becoming more comfortable with psychometrics, especially data qualities like fairness, reliability, validity. Improved assessment literacy and data literacy are our goals. As educators gain more value from data, they can better interpret test results for parents of students, some who are uneasy with standardized test results,” Roweton said.

The group will submit a report about their efforts to NEA in January. Following submission of the report, a test version of free online resources for P-12 teachers developed during the project will be placed on a website hosted by ESU 13.

“This work brings together the technical expertise of Dr. Roweton and the field experiences of ESU 13 and Panhandle schools. This partnership aims to take a complex topic like assessment and make it accessible to communities, educators, parents and students,” Downing said.

- See more at: http://www.csc.edu/modules/news/public_news/view/10793#sthash.rt28eJV2.dpuf

Chadron State College psychology professor Dr. Bill Roweton is collaborating with education professor Dr. Linda Brown and Educational Service Unit 13 staff members Julie Downing and Craig Hicks on a grant-funded project intended to help educators better understand student assessment data.

The Nebraska Education Association (NEA) awarded a $5,000 grant to the group for the project.

“We will be developing tools to assist teachers in becoming more comfortable with psychometrics, especially data qualities like fairness, reliability, validity. Improved assessment literacy and data literacy are our goals. As educators gain more value from data, they can better interpret test results for parents of students, some who are uneasy with standardized test results,” Roweton said.

The group will submit a report about their efforts to NEA in January. Following submission of the report, a test version of free online resources for P-12 teachers developed during the project will be placed on a website hosted by ESU 13.

“This work brings together the technical expertise of Dr. Roweton and the field experiences of ESU 13 and Panhandle schools. This partnership aims to take a complex topic like assessment and make it accessible to communities, educators, parents and students,” Downing said.

- See more at: http://www.csc.edu/modules/news/public_news/view/10793#sthash.rt28eJV2.dpuf

Chadron State College psychology professor Dr. Bill Roweton is collaborating with education professor Dr. Linda Brown and Educational Service Unit 13 staff members Julie Downing and Craig Hicks on a grant-funded project intended to help educators better understand student assessment data.

The Nebraska Education Association (NEA) awarded a $5,000 grant to the group for the project.

“We will be developing tools to assist teachers in becoming more comfortable with psychometrics, especially data qualities like fairness, reliability, validity. Improved assessment literacy and data literacy are our goals. As educators gain more value from data, they can better interpret test results for parents of students, some who are uneasy with standardized test results,” Roweton said.

The group will submit a report about their efforts to NEA in January. Following submission of the report, a test version of free online resources for P-12 teachers developed during the project will be placed on a website hosted by ESU 13.

“This work brings together the technical expertise of Dr. Roweton and the field experiences of ESU 13 and Panhandle schools. This partnership aims to take a complex topic like assessment and make it accessible to communities, educators, parents and students,” Downing said.

- See more at: http://www.csc.edu/modules/news/public_news/view/10793#sthash.rt28eJV2.dpuf

Chadron State College psychology professor Dr. Bill Roweton is collaborating with education professor Dr. Linda Brown and Educational Service Unit 13 staff members Julie Downing and Craig Hicks on a grant-funded project intended to help educators better understand student assessment data.

The Nebraska Education Association (NEA) awarded a $5,000 grant to the group for the project.

“We will be developing tools to assist teachers in becoming more comfortable with psychometrics, especially data qualities like fairness, reliability, validity. Improved assessment literacy and data literacy are our goals. As educators gain more value from data, they can better interpret test results for parents of students, some who are uneasy with standardized test results,” Roweton said.

The group will submit a report about their efforts to NEA in January. Following submission of the report, a test version of free online resources for P-12 teachers developed during the project will be placed on a website hosted by ESU 13.

“This work brings together the technical expertise of Dr. Roweton and the field experiences of ESU 13 and Panhandle schools. This partnership aims to take a complex topic like assessment and make it accessible to communities, educators, parents and students,” Downing said.

- See more at: http://www.csc.edu/modules/news/public_news/view/10793#sthash.rt28eJV2.dpuf

Chadron State College psychology professor Dr. Bill Roweton is collaborating with education professor Dr. Linda Brown and Educational Service Unit 13 staff members Julie Downing and Craig Hicks on a grant-funded project intended to help educators better understand student assessment data.

The Nebraska Education Association (NEA) awarded a $5,000 grant to the group for the project.

“We will be developing tools to assist teachers in becoming more comfortable with psychometrics, especially data qualities like fairness, reliability, validity. Improved assessment literacy and data literacy are our goals. As educators gain more value from data, they can better interpret test results for parents of students, some who are uneasy with standardized test results,” Roweton said.

The group will submit a report about their efforts to NEA in January. Following submission of the report, a test version of free online resources for P-12 teachers developed during the project will be placed on a website hosted by ESU 13.

“This work brings together the technical expertise of Dr. Roweton and the field experiences of ESU 13 and Panhandle schools. This partnership aims to take a complex topic like assessment and make it accessible to communities, educators, parents and students,” Downing said.

- See more at: http://www.csc.edu/modules/news/public_news/view/10793#sthash.rt28eJV2.dpuf

Chadron State College psychology professor Dr. Bill Roweton is collaborating with education professor Dr. Linda Brown and Educational Service Unit 13 staff members Julie Downing and Craig Hicks on a grant-funded project intended to help educators better understand student assessment data.

The Nebraska Education Association (NEA) awarded a $5,000 grant to the group for the project.

“We will be developing tools to assist teachers in becoming more comfortable with psychometrics, especially data qualities like fairness, reliability, validity. Improved assessment literacy and data literacy are our goals. As educators gain more value from data, they can better interpret test results for parents of students, some who are uneasy with standardized test results,” Roweton said.

The group will submit a report about their efforts to NEA in January. Following submission of the report, a test version of free online resources for P-12 teachers developed during the project will be placed on a website hosted by ESU 13.

“This work brings together the technical expertise of Dr. Roweton and the field experiences of ESU 13 and Panhandle schools. This partnership aims to take a complex topic like assessment and make it accessible to communities, educators, parents and students,” Downing said.

- See more at: http://www.csc.edu/modules/news/public_news/view/10793#sthash.rt28eJV2.dpuf

Chadron State College psychology professor Dr. Bill Roweton is collaborating with education professor Dr. Linda Brown and Educational Service Unit 13 staff members Julie Downing and Craig Hicks on a grant-funded project intended to help educators better understand student assessment data.

The Nebraska Education Association (NEA) awarded a $5,000 grant to the group for the project.

“We will be developing tools to assist teachers in becoming more comfortable with psychometrics, especially data qualities like fairness, reliability, validity. Improved assessment literacy and data literacy are our goals. As educators gain more value from data, they can better interpret test results for parents of students, some who are uneasy with standardized test results,” Roweton said.

The group will submit a report about their efforts to NEA in January. Following submission of the report, a test version of free online resources for P-12 teachers developed during the project will be placed on a website hosted by ESU 13.

“This work brings together the technical expertise of Dr. Roweton and the field experiences of ESU 13 and Panhandle schools. This partnership aims to take a complex topic like assessment and make it accessible to communities, educators, parents and students,” Downing said.

- See more at: http://www.csc.edu/modules/news/public_news/view/10793#sthash.rt28eJV2.dpuf

Chadron State College psychology professor Dr. Bill Roweton is collaborating with education professor Dr. Linda Brown and Educational Service Unit 13 staff members Julie Downing and Craig Hicks on a grant-funded project intended to help educators better understand student assessment data.

The Nebraska Education Association (NEA) awarded a $5,000 grant to the group for the project.

“We will be developing tools to assist teachers in becoming more comfortable with psychometrics, especially data qualities like fairness, reliability, validity. Improved assessment literacy and data literacy are our goals. As educators gain more value from data, they can better interpret test results for parents of students, some who are uneasy with standardized test results,” Roweton said.

The group will submit a report about their efforts to NEA in January. Following submission of the report, a test version of free online resources for P-12 teachers developed during the project will be placed on a website hosted by ESU 13.

“This work brings together the technical expertise of Dr. Roweton and the field experiences of ESU 13 and Panhandle schools. This partnership aims to take a complex topic like assessment and make it accessible to communities, educators, parents and students,” Downing said.

- See more at: http://www.csc.edu/modules/news/public_news/view/10793#sthash.rt28eJV2.dpufChadron State College psychology professor Dr. Bill Roweton is collaborating with education professor Dr. Linda Brown and Educational Service Unit 13 staff members Julie Downing and Craig Hicks on a grant-funded project intended to help educators better understand student assessment data.
The Nebraska Education Association (NEA) awarded a $5,000 grant to the group for the project.
“We will be developing tools to assist teachers in becoming more comfortable with psychometrics, especially data qualities like fairness, reliability, validity. Improved assessment literacy and data literacy are our goals. As educators gain more value from data, they can better interpret test results for parents of students, some who are uneasy with standardized test results,” Roweton said.
The group will submit a report about their efforts to NEA in January. Following submission of the report, a test version of free online resources for P-12 teachers developed during the project will be placed on a website hosted by ESU 13.
“This work brings together the technical expertise of Dr. Roweton and the field experiences of ESU 13 and Panhandle schools. This partnership aims to take a complex topic like assessment and make it accessible to communities, educators, parents and students,” Downing said.
 

Chadron State College psychology professor Dr. Bill Roweton is collaborating with education professor Dr. Linda Brown and Educational Service Unit 13 staff members Julie Downing and Craig Hicks on a grant-funded project intended to help educators better understand student assessment data.

The Nebraska Education Association (NEA) awarded a $5,000 grant to the group for the project.

“We will be developing tools to assist teachers in becoming more comfortable with psychometrics, especially data qualities like fairness, reliability, validity. Improved assessment literacy and data literacy are our goals. As educators gain more value from data, they can better interpret test results for parents of students, some who are uneasy with standardized test results,” Roweton said.

The group will submit a report about their efforts to NEA in January. Following submission of the report, a test version of free online resources for P-12 teachers developed during the project will be placed on a website hosted by ESU 13.

“This work brings together the technical expertise of Dr. Roweton and the field experiences of ESU 13 and Panhandle schools. This partnership aims to take a complex topic like assessment and make it accessible to communities, educators, parents and students,” Downing said.

- See more at: http://www.csc.edu/modules/news/public_news/view/10793#sthash.rt28eJV2.dpuf

Chadron State College psychology professor Dr. Bill Roweton is collaborating with education professor Dr. Linda Brown and Educational Service Unit 13 staff members Julie Downing and Craig Hicks on a grant-funded project intended to help educators better understand student assessment data.

The Nebraska Education Association (NEA) awarded a $5,000 grant to the group for the project.

“We will be developing tools to assist teachers in becoming more comfortable with psychometrics, especially data qualities like fairness, reliability, validity. Improved assessment literacy and data literacy are our goals. As educators gain more value from data, they can better interpret test results for parents of students, some who are uneasy with standardized test results,” Roweton said.

The group will submit a report about their efforts to NEA in January. Following submission of the report, a test version of free online resources for P-12 teachers developed during the project will be placed on a website hosted by ESU 13.

“This work brings together the technical expertise of Dr. Roweton and the field experiences of ESU 13 and Panhandle schools. This partnership aims to take a complex topic like assessment and make it accessible to communities, educators, parents and students,” Downing said.

- See more at: http://www.csc.edu/modules/news/public_news/view/10793#sthash.rt28eJV2.dpuf

Chadron State College psychology professor Dr. Bill Roweton is collaborating with education professor Dr. Linda Brown and Educational Service Unit 13 staff members Julie Downing and Craig Hicks on a grant-funded project intended to help educators better understand student assessment data.

The Nebraska Education Association (NEA) awarded a $5,000 grant to the group for the project.

“We will be developing tools to assist teachers in becoming more comfortable with psychometrics, especially data qualities like fairness, reliability, validity. Improved assessment literacy and data literacy are our goals. As educators gain more value from data, they can better interpret test results for parents of students, some who are uneasy with standardized test results,” Roweton said.

The group will submit a report about their efforts to NEA in January. Following submission of the report, a test version of free online resources for P-12 teachers developed during the project will be placed on a website hosted by ESU 13.

“This work brings together the technical expertise of Dr. Roweton and the field experiences of ESU 13 and Panhandle schools. This partnership aims to take a complex topic like assessment and make it accessible to communities, educators, parents and students,” Downing said.

- See more at: http://www.csc.edu/modules/news/public_news/view/10793#sthash.rt28eJV2.dpuf

Chadron State College psychology professor Dr. Bill Roweton is collaborating with education professor Dr. Linda Brown and Educational Service Unit 13 staff members Julie Downing and Craig Hicks on a grant-funded project intended to help educators better understand student assessment data.

The Nebraska Education Association (NEA) awarded a $5,000 grant to the group for the project.

“We will be developing tools to assist teachers in becoming more comfortable with psychometrics, especially data qualities like fairness, reliability, validity. Improved assessment literacy and data literacy are our goals. As educators gain more value from data, they can better interpret test results for parents of students, some who are uneasy with standardized test results,” Roweton said.

The group will submit a report about their efforts to NEA in January. Following submission of the report, a test version of free online resources for P-12 teachers developed during the project will be placed on a website hosted by ESU 13.

“This work brings together the technical expertise of Dr. Roweton and the field experiences of ESU 13 and Panhandle schools. This partnership aims to take a complex topic like assessment and make it accessible to communities, educators, parents and students,” Downing said.

- See more at: http://www.csc.edu/modules/news/public_news/view/10793#sthash.rt28eJV2.dpuf
ESU13 and Member Schools Undergo Distance Learning Upgrade
The month of July saw a lot of action at the high schools in the ESU13 service area. This past spring ESU13 was awarded a major grant from the USDA Rural Utilities Service program. This $500,000 grant plus $264,000 in matching funds were used this summer to do an overhaul of 20 distance learning classrooms.

The most obvious change was the addition of 4 big flatscreen monitors. Also the entire video system was replaced with state of the art high definition video conferencing hardware. Grant dollars were also used to start a partnership with the two national monuments in the ESU13 service area.....Scotts Bluff National Monument and Agate Fossil Beds National Monument. Both monuments will receive a mobile video conference system that will allow them to deliver virtual field trip experiences to our school districts.
 
ACES Training Completes First Year
Staff members of ten area school districts wrapped up their first year of ACES training and implementation with Diana Browning Wright. School and district groups spotlighted their progress on wall charts sharing their success with other districts. In addition Diana Browning Wright consulted with teams on problem solving around implementation of strategies for this multi-tiered system.  ACES (All Children Experience Success) is an ESU 13 initiative for the establishment of a comprehensive, school wide system of behavioral supports which match interventions to student needs..  A progressive system of intervention based on a student’s non response to school wide strategies was studied, along with a process to collect data on all students. 
Teams ended the 2013-14 eight days of training by taking a look at identification and interventions around harassment and bullying. The second year of intervention will include a summer workshop, training for new staff, ongoing implementation “road mapping” for administrators and four cadre meetings for team representatives.


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