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 * Please note, some of our trainings and meetings will be held in a blended platform.  More information to come. *

** When meeting in person, face masks are required. **

Be sure to check out ESU 6 PD FOCUS flyer!
  

 

Professional Development Trainings 
2020 - 2021

 * Please note, your district will be charged if there is a 'no show' connected to a training that has a registration fee.

*  Any date changes or cancellations will be noted on this page as well as on our Facebook page.  

*  For all-day ESU 6 on-site trainings, amenities will be provided unless noted otherwise.  We are unable to order meals for those with speciific dietary requests.  If you are on a restricted or special diet, please know we have a refrigerator and microwave for your convenience.  

* Note of Photographs/Filming:  We may be taking pictures and/or filming our events.  If you do not want your picture published, please let the presenter know immediately.


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101 Ways to use a Worksheet

February 9, 2021
3:30 - 4:00 pm
Lead: Amber Vlasnik
Registration Fee: None
DETAILS: Feeling like you are in a rut with your assignments for students? In this session, we will look at different ways to take worksheets we already have an utilize them in new and engaging ways.



5 Minute Fixes: Zoom


February 1, 2021
3:30 pm - 4:15 pm

Lead: Lynne Herr
Registration Fee: None
DETAILS: Explore fixes for 5 common Zoom annoyances: background noise distractions, lack of focus in breakout rooms, waning engagement, cameras-off participants and evidence of participation.



Bite Sized PD: Using the Lesson Planning Template

February 17, 2021
3:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Lead: Amber Vlasnik
Registraiton Fee: None
DETAILS: During this session, we will discuss intentional lesson planning in flexible learning environments. Teachers will have an opportunity to try out templates for daily and weekly lession plans as well as collaborative lesson plans that can be shared by teams and PLCs. In our constantly changing school year, clear communication and planning are key to our success (and peace of mind) as teachers. Join us and gain some useful tools!




Buliding Bonds in a Digital World Series

Presenters: Heidi Farmer (ESU 6 MTSS Coach) and LaRaesha Kudel (ESU 9 MTSS Coach)
Registration Fee: $10.00/session OR $25.00/Series for ESU 6 & ESU 9 schools.  *Fees covered through PEaK Consorted Funds*  Outside districts and staff:  $15.00/session OR $40.00/Series
Series OverviewThrough the times of COVID-19 and the immediate need for instruction at a digital level, many things that are used in our daily instruction were set aside in a time of urgency. During this 3 part mini series, we will be reviewing different resources and techniques that you can use to help rebuild stronger relationships using MTSS and PBIS strategies and systems. We will be focusing on relationships with school staff, parents and students.

STAFF:  July 28
9:00 am - 10:00 am
DETAILS:   In this session you will have access to a variety of strategies to create positive environments and rapport with your staff during the unknown times of distance learning.

PARENTS:  July 28
10:30 am - 11:30 am
DETAILS: In this session you will be given ideas to help repair and build relationships with parents in regards to the unknown times of distance learning.

STUDENTS:  July 29
9:00 am- 10:00 am
DETAILS:   In this session you will have access to a variety of strategies to integrate MTSS and PBIS systems within your regular and digital classroom.



Coffee Talk with April & Heidi

5 Part CASEL Competencies Series

January 20, 2021
February 3, 2021
February, 17, 2021
March 3, 2021
March 17, 2021

3 Part Early Childhood Series

March 31, 2021
April 14, 2021
April 28, 2021
7:30 am - 8:00 am
Lead: April Kelley & Heidi Farmer
Registraiton Fee: None
DETAILS: Grab yourself a coffee and join April & Heidi for our second semester Coffee Talk focused on SEBL! Join us for the first five sessions to learn about the five SEL Competencies from CASEL. In the five part series we will give a brief overview of one competency each week as well as some ways to infuse those competencies into your calssroom routines and instruction. Join us for the last three sessions to learn about some SEBL strategies that can be used in Early Childhood. We will be sharing ideas durig each session that are applicable in Early Childhood classrooms.



Coaching for Administrators

June 2 & 3, 2021
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Lead: April Kelley
Registration Fee: TBD
DETAILS: More information to come!


Counselor's Network

February 3, 2021
8:30 am - 9:30 am AND 
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Lead: Amber Vlasnik
Registration Fee: None
DETAILS: This will be an opportunity for ESU 6 counselors to connect and discuss best practices. The agenda will include time for connection as well as time to share resources focused on supporting the social and emotional well-being of our students and the teachers and other professionals we work with. 



Data Network


March 17, 2021
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Lead: Matt Heusman
Registration Fee: TBD
DETAILS: More information to come!



Educator Self-Care | Get in the Right Headspace for 2021

January 12, 2021 OR January 14, 2021
February 2, 2021 OR February 4, 2021
3:40 PM - 4:25 PM
Lead: Megan Hammer
Registration Fee: None
DETAILS: There’s never been a more important time to take care of yourself! Start 2021 right by learning how to live life in the present moment and understand why that’s important to our wellbeing now and in the future. You’ll also learn all about the Headspace app and how your free subscription can help you manage your stress, anxiety, and sleep and improve your overall wellbeing.



Emerging Media Arts Network

March 29, 2021
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Lead: Matt Heusman
Registration Fee: TBD
Details: More information to come!



ESU 6 SEBL Showcase

January 19, 2021
Times vary (see flyer)
Lead: Heidi Farmer & Matt Heusman (+ special presenters!)
Registration Fee: None
DETAILS:  
Join us as we hear from leaders in our districts about the supports they have in place for both student and staff SEL. You will register for the entire day on our site, but feel free to attend any part of the day that works in your schedule. The same Zoom Link will be used for the entire day.



Google Jamboard: Templates, Updates and How-tos

February 9, 2021
Time: 7:34 am - 8:15 am
Lead: Lynne Her
Registration Fee: None
DETAILS: Explore Lynne's collection of Jamboard templates, and share others you find useful. Practice using the tools and check out Jamboard's latest updates and features, including Version History! No more anonymous scribbles!



Instructional Coaches Network

January 29, 2021
March 19, 2021
April 9, 2021
9:30 am – 2:30 pm
Lead: April Kelley
Registration Fee: $10 registration fee per Zoom session; $45 registration fee for any in-person meetings  
DETAILS: Being an Instructional Coach can be lonely. Many instructional coaches comment that they feel “stuck in the middle” because they’re not administrators yet they’re no longer teachers. The key to being a successful coach is gaining the skills necessary to coach your colleagues while maintaining a network of other coaches to utilize as a resource. The Instructional Coaches’ Training is an opportunity to collaborate with area coaches in order to develop a toolkit to improve teaching and learning. During each session, coaches will learn about the skills necessary to successfully coach their colleagues. In addition, they’ll spend ample time networking and sharing coaching ideas and experiences with others in the area. You won’t want to miss this unique training and networking opportunity. Participants will have the option of completing additional assignments outside of the meeting times to earn college credit. 



Introduction to Intensive Teaching of Verbal Behavior (3 day training)

January 18, 19 & 20, 2021
8:30 am - 3:30 pm, each day
Registration Fee: $75 per participant for meals and materials
DETAILS: 
During this intensive, three-day boot camp, participants will receive hands-on instruction and practice on key instructional protocols that are designed to address the core deficits of autism including the development of verbal skills, flexible responding and appropriate social interactions. Participants will be tested out on specific protocols which will include errorless teaching, error correction procedures, and data collection. Bootcamp training will also include information on specific systems necessary for effective school-based programming ABLLS-R, including how to schedule instruction, organization of materials, ongoing training of staff, and data-based decision making. While the intensive teaching program taught in this training is designed to meet the unique needs of learners on the autism spectrum, it is also beneficial for students who demonstrate negative behaviors due to a lack of functional language skills. (This training has been adapted from the original training created by MikeMiklos and Amiris Dipuglia from PaTTAN.)


MAP Growth Data Dashboard Covid Recovery Data and Winter Data

January 25, 2021 OR
January 27, 2021
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Lead: Matt Heusman and Megan Hammer
Registration Fee: None
DETAILS: During this Zoom session, we will show you a sample MAP Growth Data Dashboard that visualizes the NEW Recovery and Goal Setting data file along with winter data. This dashboard can help educators to plan for student's and/or classes instructional needs due to recent learning interruptions and see how students are responding to instruction.



MAP Growth
Are My Students Making Progress?

February 11, 2021
3:40 pm - 4:25 pm
Lead: Megan Hammer
Registration Fee: None
DETAILS: Session Success Criteria:
- Define purposes and key metrics of MAP Growth reports
- Interpret how students are performing in relationship to NWEA status and growth normative data and other comparative data



MAP Growth How Do I Set Goals with Students?

February, 25, 2021
3:40 pm - 4:25 pm
Lead: Megan Hammer
Registration Fee: None
DETAILS: Session Success Criteria:
- Define purposes and key metrics of MAP Growth reports
- Interpret how students are performing in relationship to NWEA status and growth normative data and other comparative data



Math Teacher Network


January 20, 2021

7:00 am - 8:00 am
Lead: Amber Vlasnik
Registration Fee: None
DETAILS: Grab a cup of coffee and join us for connection and conversation. During this Math Teacher Network, we will discuss the victories and challenges we have experienced this year and begin to plan for what math teaching and learing will look like for us in 2021.



MTSS Opportunities at ESU 6

* Please note: Many of these training fees are covered with PEaK Project funds.
     MTSS Leadership Team
     
August 25, 2020
     November 19, 2020 - Flyer
     February 16, 2021
     April 29, 2021
     Lead: Heidi Farmer

     MTSS Refresh & Refine
    
April 7, 2021
     Lead: Heidi Farmer

     MTSS Topical
     
October 6, 2020 (#1) - Documenting Interventions - CANCELLED/now available through e-Learning opportunities.  See FOCUS for more details.  
     December 1, 2020 (#2)
     January 19, 2021 (#3)
     March 2, 2021 (#4)
     Lead: Heidi Farmer



NeMTSS SEBL Series

February 4, 2021 (via Zoom)
March 23, 2021 (TBD)
April 12, 2021 (TBD)
May 26, 2021 (TBD)
Lead: Heidi Farmer
Registration Fee:  
     * In Person: $15 (for amenities)
     * Via Zoom: Free
DETAILS: Join members of the NeMTSS team to learn about Social, Emotional & Behavioral Learning (SEBL). Day 1 will focus on exploration and planning for SEBL. Day 2 will focus on Adult SEBL. Day 3 will be split into Early Childhood/Elementary and Secondary groups and focus on Student SEBL. Day 4 is around Interconnected Systems for SEBL.  See flyer for more details.  



PBIS Opportuntities at ESU 6

     PBIS Tier 1 Classroom Follow-up
     January 21, 2021
     PBIS Tier 2
     June 10 & 11, 2021     
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Lead: Heidi Farmer
Registration Fee: TBD
DETAILS: More information to come!     



PDAC


January 20, 2021
March 17, 2021
May (TBD)
Lead: April Kelley & ESU 6 PD Team
Registration Fee: No fee for ESU 6 public school districts / TBD for non-ESU 6 public school districts
DETAILS: PDAC is an opportunity for district representatives to give something AND get something. We rely on your guidance and valuable input to create professional development program offerings that fit our ESU 6 district needs. It’s also an opportunity to get ideas and resources from each other through this shared networking time. Each school district is encouraged to send 1-2 reps to each PDAC meeting.  



Principals' Network

February 10, 2021
Lead: April Kelley
Registration Fee: None
DETAILS: Navigating the role of an instructional leader can be extremely difficult during the pandemic. So why not rely on each other for support? Join us this year for our Principals' Network meetings to share ideas and resources with one another as well as ask each other questions. We'll also be looking at the new NE teacher and principal standards and take a look at Peter DeWitt's 6 practices that are crucial to instructional leadership.



Reading and Vocabulary Strategies in the Non-Core Classroom

February 23, 2021
Lead: Amber Vlasnik and April Kelley
Registration Fee: None
DETAILS: In the session, we will explore reading strategies in the non-core classroom. We will also look at different ways to teach, practice, and assess vocabulary. The focus audience for this session will be secondary non-core classrooms, but all educators are welcome to attend as the strategies shared can be utilized in various ways in all classrooms.



School Improvement 

February 2, 2021
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Lead: Matt Heusman
Registration Fee: None
DETAILS: The school improvement workday is an opportunity for school districts to gather and work as a team on their school improvement plan. Don Loseke from NDE will present via Zoom from 9:00 - 10:00 am and then be available to answer any questions. Join in person at ESU 6, via Zoom, or register and receive a copy of the video presentation.



Science Network


October 7, 2020 w/Kristin Slechta and Audrey Webb, NDE Science Specialist - See flyer
March 23, 2021
June 1, 2021
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Lead: Matt Heusman
Registration Fee: $45
DETAILS: See corresponding flyer for more information.  



Teacher Time Saver Templates

January 21, 2021
3:45 pm - 4:30 pm
Lead: Lynne Herr
Registration Fee: None
DETAILS: Lynne will guide you through Slides templates as a shortcut to creating engaging choice and game boards, digital notebooks and planner slides to use with Google Classroom.



Team Teaching

March 9, 2021
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Lead: Amber Vlasnik
Registration Fee: TBD
DETAILS: More information to come!  



Time to Transition: Finding Time to Provide Transition Services

January 11, 2021 OR January 12, 2021
7:00 am - 8:00 am
Lead: Michalla Schartz
Registration Fee:
DETAILS: Functional Vocational Assessment is a requirement under Indicator 13. Using tools we already have and carving out time to complete other components is essential. This session will highlight tools we already have completed and show other tools and techniques to build time to complete this element of Transition programming.



Title I Network

March 10, 2021
9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Lead: Megan Hammer
Registration Fee: $45
DETAILS: The ESU 6 Title I Network is an opportunity to collaborate with area Title I Teachers in order to develop a toolkit to coach colleagues, explore effective practices and interventions, learn new instructional strategies to use with students, ask questions, and work together to complete the required Title I paperwork . We'll provide ample time for networking and sharing ideas and experiences. We are planning on meeting at ESU 6 from 9 am - 3 pm but this will depend on Four Corners guidance at the time. 



Transition Practitioners/Task Force

January 21, 2021
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Lead: Michalla Schartz
Registration Fee:
DETAILS: Updates in transition; shared resources.



Wonders Refresher

January 26, 2021
8:30 am - 11:30 am
Lead: Heidi Farmer
Registraiton Fee: No fee for PEaK consortium districts
DETAILS: Join Heidi & LaRaesha to take a look at the Wonders Reading materials. We will discuss the Big 5 Ideas in Reading and how to use those when planning your reading instruction with Wonders. We will utilize breakout rooms to work in groups of like grade levels to review your teacher’s manuals and plan lessons.  See flyer for more details and pricing.  



World Language Day


January 27, 2021
March 30, 2021
9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Lead:  Stephanie Call & Megan Hammer
Registration Fee:  TBD
DETAILS:  Don't miss the opportunity to network with other World Language Teachers. Stephanie Call, Nebraska Department of Education World Language Specialist will be leading our professional learning sessions.


 







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