CTE / Counselor Opportunities

ESU#9 Area Schools: Professional Development

Career & Technical Education Teachers,

The goal of this flyer is to keep you up-to-date on the current workshops and/or opportunities for professional growth in our area. Please feel free to contact me with updates, concerns, questions, or suggestions @ kristen.slechta@esu9.us.

Bookmark this flyer address as it will automatically update as well as include past, present, and future opportunities for professional growth.


Virtual Ed Camp:

Virtual Ed Camp:

Leave Your Troubles, Pack Your Excitement

Saturday, April 4, 2020, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM (EST)

FREE to CTE Teachers from ALL Content Areas

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2020 NCE Conference Scholarships through PFI:

Partnerships for Innovation (PFI) is pleased to offer 60, $500 scholarships to attend the Nebraska Career Education (NCE) Conference on June 8-11 in Kearney, NE. Priority will be given to first time applicants who are CTE teachers and administration.

The application is open until 11:59 pm on Friday, April 17, 2020. Applicants will be notified of scholarship status no later than Friday, April 24, 2020.

Please read the scholarship requirements and additional details on the application.

To Apply: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2020PFI

If you have questions, contact Retha Dunn retha@partnershipsforinnovation.org or 785.341.8121

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Engage Training

Engage is from Vyvaic. Vyvaic is an education and training contractor………..from Nebraska. They used to be the one contractor who worked with AdanceCTE office on the 16 career clusters information and development.

They wrote ENGAGE. Then we worked with them and more Nebraska Teachers and Administrators to make ENGAGE tailored to specific items and model of Nebraska.

Engage is open to everyone in a DropBox file.

It has also been uploaded to Nebraska OER as a group called Career Development.

Link: https://www.education.ne.gov/schoolcounseling/engage/

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Perkins Purchase Ideas from Reality Works:

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Silver Lake Checks Out Pregnancy Belly

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FCS, PE teachers and Counselors:

"Dear FCS, PE teachers and Counselors,

A good friend of mine works at Farm Credit Services of America , I was telling her we work with counselors in our region she made me aware of a grant program that may help some of your students. The information is at www.fcsamerica.com under apply for grants. They do a lot for hunger and nutrition. If you are awarded a grant, we would issue you a check and you could get what the kids need for your room. Also, if you have an immediate need we may have a few dollars available to help out."

Community Engagement & Photoshop

Interested in a quest speaker who loves to share about career readiness and Photoshop?

Contact Audra Leichleiter at audra@leichleiter.com today! She has recently visited Doniphan-Trubmull and presented to Journalism students. She has also participated in ESU 9's Career Field Exploration Days.

If no reply, please contact her at audraleichleiter@hotmail.com.

Website: leichleiter.com

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2019 Health Science Education Fall Teacher/Counselors/School Nurse Workshops

Registration Link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/14CDz8A6RJCtr77ZQh7rCnwLrarU7Hm87saWEq3sWLeU/viewform?edit_requested=true

Facilitated by Carol Packard CTE Health Science Career Field Specialist Carol.Packard@nebraska.gov (402) 471-4813

2019 STS Fall In-service Workshop Schedule

Hastings - Thursday, October 10, 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. (Central Time)

Central Community College-Hastings, 550 Technical Blvd., Hastings, Room HASU 103

Tour – Bruckman Rubber Co., 101 South St. Joseph Ave., Hastings

To register, please go to: www.education.ne.gov/sts and under resources click on Fall STS In-service Workshops. There you will find the registration link.

Join the Health Science Educators Association

Join the Health Science Educators Association, a collaboration to support health science teachers sponsored by the National Consortium of Health Science Education (NCHSE). As a member you will have access to:

  • A community of classroom teachers reinforcing the use of the National Health Standards
  • Professional development opportunities
  • Exclusive classroom resources

See the full list of membership benefits here.

This membership will especially be helpful for those teachers who need discounted resources, but whose state may not be a member of the consortium.

The mission of the Health Science Educators Association is to help classroom teachers with resources and an avenue to communicate with teachers from across the nation, sharing best practices and concerns.

To join, use your debit or credit card to pay the $45 membership fee and complete the following form: https://hsea.wufoo.com/forms/zunha4f10koswd/ You will receive a welcome email establishing your online membership, linking you to resources!

For additional information, see attached flyer or contact Nancy Allen at nancy@healthscienceconsortium.org

Lara Morris

State Program Manager

Health Careers Education

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FCS Teachers...

If your school is participating in the Beef in the Schools program from the Nebraska Cattleman, you might want to share the video with your students! There’s also a great article about the local food in schools program at Wayne Community Schools!

Nebraska's Beef In Schools Program Grows in Popularity

Family & Consumer Sciences Retirement & Work Survey

Family & Consumer Sciences Retirement & Work Survey

Directions: This survey is designed to help recruit future teachers and dispel myths related to Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS) education within the state of Nebraska. All responses from this survey will be kept confidential. Notice as well that many of the questions are required, while some are not. Please do your best to answer all of the questions that apply to your teaching situation.

The information gathered will be used for the development of resources and materials for current FCS teachers, as well as prospective students for our post-secondary programs. Only the numbers will be shared, names will not. We will share all of this information first with the Nebraska FCS ListServ members. The reason for identifying your name and email is so we do not duplicate information when we complete a follow-up via snail mail.

National Health Science Standards:

Over the past year NCHSE has been working hard in the effort to update their National Health Science Standards. Attached is the final product.


Use them as a guide as you develop your lesson plans and class activities for the upcoming school year.

Carol Packard

Career Field Specialist - Health Sciences
Post Secondary Perkins Monitor

Office of Career, Technical, & Adult Education

301 Centennial Mall South

Lincoln, NE 68508

P: (402) 471-4813

E: Carol.Packard@nebraska.gov


The Pathway is a access point to the world of work in Nebraska. It was created with two key goals in mind - to help the youth of our state successfully navigate Nebraska's labor market and to give insight to job seekers on opportunities and careers available to them.

The Pathway helps people find jobs, explore career options and discover what skills they need to take on certain careers. We also help employers fill jobs. One of the biggest problems facing employers today is that there are not enough qualified/skilled workers to fill the positions open at their businesses. We aim to educate those seeking employment to hopefully find the right talent and grow their businesses.

We have targeted this resource to be a service to parents, teachers, students, career and employment counselors, human resources professionals, and staffing agencies.

Our Partners:

  • Hastings Area Chamber of Commerce

  • ESU9

If you would like to utilize our series to promote career pathways, we would love to hear from you and explore new distribution.

Please send inquiries for partnership to: 281studios@gmail.com

Our team here is also interested to learn about your experience with The Pathway, and how we can improve this resource for years to come.

Please send your feedback to: 281studios@gmail.com

Explore Careers by Personality, Industry, and Career Spotlights!

Quality of and Access to Career & Technical Education - SURVEY!

The Nebraska Department of Education is gathering information from Nebraska educators, parents, students, businesses, community members and organizations. We want to learn about the quality of and access to Career & Technical Education (CTE) programs and recourses available in Nebraska schools.

By completing this survey (www.bit.ly/PerkinsVSurvey), you are providing valuable input for the development of Nebraska’s new four-year CTE State Plan, and ensuring each student has access to high-quality CTE experiences. The survey should only take 10-15 minutes to complete.

You can learn more about Nebraska Career & Technical Education by visiting our website at: https://www.education.ne.gov/nce/.

If you have any questions, please contact Katie Graham, State CTE Director, at katie.graham@nebraska.gov.

Thank you for your time!

Katie Graham


Office of Career, Technical, & Adult Education

301 Centennial Mall South

Lincoln NE, 68508

P: (402) 471-3104

E: katie.graham@nebraska.gov

CTE - Beginning Teacher Institute

The Beginning Teacher Institute, hosted by Nebraska Career Education will be held this July, 15-17th. Please share this information if you have a beginning CTE teacher in your building! They might not be on one of our six listservs, “yet” that is!

The Beginning Teacher Institute (BTI) is designed for teachers who have completed their first through third year of Career and Technical Education instruction. The core purposes of the 2019 BTI are:

  1. Explore and define your CTE Program. Learn how to articulate the vision, teaching belief, and philosophy to students, parents, other CTE teachers, administration and stakeholders.
  2. Learn how to facilitate classroom and laboratory experiences with students.
  3. Internalize and practice classroom management strategies. Turn up the participation and engagement of students in the classroom!

Event Dates: July 15-17, 2019

Registration Deadline: May 15, 2019

For additional information and to register, visit our website at https://www.education.ne.gov/nce/ under Conferences, Workshops, and Special Events.

Contact Kristin Vest at kristin.vest@nebraska.gov with questions.

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Health Science - Opioid Kit

NHA releases new opioid toolkit

The Nebraska Hospital Association is proud to release the NHA Opioid Toolkit. This toolkit is designed to be a quick reference guide for providers and clinical staff.

This new toolkit addresses the following:

- Recommendations regarding appropriate prescribing to reduce the risk of addiction/abuse;

- Recommendations regarding screening and appropriate treatment for those who are already addicted;

- Tactics and methods to appropriately manage public expectations around opioid use.

The NHA Opioid Toolkit will be updated quarterly online and can be found on the NHA website.

Download your copy at:

NHA Opioid Toolkit

Developing Youth Talent Initiative

The Developing Youth Talent Initiative (DYTI) creates collaboration between Nebraska businesses and public schools. Connecting young Nebraskans in 7th and 8th grade to learning opportunities in the Manufacturing and IT industries can play an important role in their decision to build their careers in our state. Exposing this next generation of leaders to the advanced skills and knowledge required for occupations in these industries encourages an expanding workforce to help Grow Nebraska.

Intent of the Developing Youth Talent Initiative is to support an industry-defined approach to develop a youth talent pipeline for manufacturing and IT occupations. Grant recipients will partner with schools to engage students in participation of hands-on career exploration and relevant workplace-learning opportunities.

Application Criteria to be scored include demonstration of the following:

  • Impact on businesses, community and students
  • Program sustainability
  • Evidence of regional workforce needs and relationship of the proposed project to the need.
  • Clear goals and projected outcomes
  • Budget and project timeline
  • Evaluation plan (3rd party evaluator)
    • Must include pre and post assessment of student interest in and knowledge of occupations within manufacturing and IT fields.
  • Potential evaluators for consideration:

DYTI may grant up to $250,000 with minimum award to two projects.

Who is eligible to apply?

Applicants must be a Nebraska business, or consortium of businesses, operating in a Manufacturing or IT industry (or industry with high number of IT occupations) working in partnership with a local school.

Important Deadlines

Electronic applications for the 2019-2020 DYTI grant cycle are due to the Nebraska Department of Economic Development (DED) by NOON, April 15th, 2019. Send to Bradley.pierce@nebraska.gov

For more information, please review the DYTI frequently asked questions and application guidelines or contact Bradley Pierce, bradley.pierce@nebraska.gov or 402-840-0831.

Lear More about "Mapping Your Success:"


"Just graduated from college and looking for a state to start your career? Or currently working in a job that is unfulfilling and want to jumpstart something new? There are many jobs available, but maybe not in your state.

This time, Zippia is looking at the top 10 best states for jobs so you can know where to start your search.

You may think that the best place for jobs is in the larger states, like New York, California, or Texas, but that isn't necessarily true. In large states, there are many jobs, but there is also a lot of job competition.

And while a job is great, a job that makes a lot of money compared to the cost of living is even better.

So where can you find jobs easily and make a good income?

Here's a quick glance at our top 10 best states for jobs that will give you that amazing job whose salary gives you a massive bang for your buck:"


Did You KNOW?

Hastings College will be offering a three credit course in July 2019 called "Workplace Learning." This is an opportunity for K-12 educators interested in learning more about job shadowing, job placement, labor laws, H3 careers, and building career units for the classroom. The course is taught by Darci Karr. More details to come!
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Interested in our 3D printer or starting your own adventure?

Nebraska Agricultural Education - Professional Development Opportunities

Nebraska Career Clusters Videos

The final set of Nebraska Career Clusters videos is now live at www.necareertours.com. The curriculum writer has sent initial drafts of the Teacher Discussion Guides and Student View Guides for 3 of the 5 new clustersThe new videos are for:

  • Law, Public Safety, Corrections and Security – Rembolt Ludtke, Nebraska Army National Guard, Midwest Medical Transport
  • Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (new videos shot to replace first round videos) – CVA, HDR, and Omaha Steaks
  • Government and Public Administration – Americorps, Phelps County, Southeast Nebraska Development District
  • Energy and Engineering – Olsson Associates, NPPD, Strobel Energy
  • Manufacturing – Added Royal Composites

Good way to get funding for professional development that your school district can’t totally cover!


External PD Funding Applications for 2019 are now available! Click here for more information!

If you’re involved in career education—as a teacher, faculty member or administrator—you should get involved in Partnerships for Innovation (PFI).

  • Innovative curriculum for career education.
  • Incredible online teaching resources.
  • Unmatched professional development opportunities.
  • Data and reports that enhance your decision making.
  • Alignment of skill assessments and career readiness standards.

Partnerships for Innovation (PFI) is all this—and much more. PFI is unique to Nebraska—a powerful coalition of secondary and post-secondary institutions focused on providing valuable career information, improving the quality and consistency of career education and enhancing the career learning environment in Nebraska schools.

Discover more about PFI. And bring even greater innovation into your career education programs.

See the potential!

Here's a video on ESU 2's website regarding their Pathways to Tomorrow (P2T) collaboration: https://www.esu2.org/vnews/display.v/SEC/P2T%7CAbout%20P2T
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Nebraska Workforce Trends


Nebraska Workforce Trends is a monthly news magazine containing information about the Nebraska economy with feature articles spotlighting the uses of labor market information. Nebraska Workforce Trends is an online only publication.

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3 D Printing @ E S U 9

ESU 9 and the Perkins Consortium has a Mojo 3D printer!

QUESTIONS or to REQUEST TRANSPORT of the Mojo 3D printer to your school district (Perkins Consortium members only), contact Time Kalvelage (tim.kalvelage@esu9.us.)


The cost for printing a 3D project will vary based on which printer is used and the size of the project. For projects printed using the Mojo printer, the cost will be based on cubic inch

  • Filament: $2.00/cubic inch
  • Support Material: $3.50/cubic inch

Please submit this form to request 3D printing AND upload your STL files to http://tinyurl.com/ESU9-3DprintRequestFORM

Add your file to dropbox here: http://tinyurl.com/ESU9-3D-PrintRequest

NOTE: Project files must be saved as STL files.

Contact Janine Uden (janine.uden@esu9.us) or Kristen Slechta (kristen.slechta@esu9.us) for more information.

Instruction Manual for Mojo Printer: https://drive.google.com/file/d/16ZAhWqzKTLO6SgHWXqCca1HOVIGHGF7k/view?usp=sharing

Wavewash 55 3D Printer Support Material Washing System - Stratasys

Tim Watters presents "3D Printing" @ ESU 9

Interested in checking out the Perkins Consortium Electronic Infants, Cow Model, Pig Model, Stomach Ruminant, or Pig Uterus Model?

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3D Printing using Mojo Printer available at ESU9: VIDEO below

Making It Stick - Webinar Series

The Nebraska Department of Education is excited to announce the finalization of a turn-key professional learning experience designed to enhance instruction of English Language Arts (ELA) across all disciplines. The overall goal of this professional learning experience is to equip teachers with teaching strategies that support student mastery of the Nebraska ELA Standards across all disciplines at the secondary level.

The “Making it Stick” Webinar Series includes 13 pre-recorded webinars for teachers, administrators, instructional coaches, ESU staff and teacher educators. Three foundation webinars explore the concepts of instructional models, formative assessment, and monitoring and adjusting during instruction. Following the foundational webinars, ten strategy webinars provide instruction on a specific teaching strategy included in the ELA Standards Instructional Tool (http://bit.ly/NDEStandardsTool). All strategies are aligned with the Nebraska ELA Standards and were selected based on skills needed for success on the NeSA-ELA. Most importantly, implementation of these strategies can help students to apply literacy skills in authentic settings, better understand your content, and strengthen their communication skills in all areas. To supplement each webinar, a viewing guide is provided offering additional support and if desired, can be used to facilitate a PLC with your staff. The attached flyer includes additional information.

The Making It Stick Webinar Series is located at: https://sites.google.com/a/education.ne.gov/nde-standards-instructional-tool/ela/making-it-stick.

For more information, contact Katie Graham (katie.graham@nebraska.gov) or Dr. Marissa Payzant (marissa.payzant@nebraska.gov). (Note: This project is partially funded with ESEA Title IIA funds.)

Contact Kristen if you would like to earn 2 days of "qualified" professional development through this webinar series!

Cory Epler, Ph.D.

Chief Academic Officer

301 Centennial Mall South, PO Box 94987

Lincoln, NE 68509-4987

Phone: 402-471-3240

Industry Chats - NEPRIS

NEPRIS - Connecting Industry to Classsroom

We make it easy for teachers to virtually invite industry professionals into the classroom to bring real world relevance to curriculum topics, to help evaluate student projects and to engage and inspire students in STEAM!

NROC Webinar Series

Education professionals share their experience and knowledge on a wide variety of topics.

Professional Development Specialist

"Educating, Empowering & Inspiring Lifelong Learners"

It is the policy of the ESU 9 Perkins Consortium that when attending PD during the summer or non contract time, member schools are reimbursed $150 per day. When attending PD during the school year, member schools are reimbursed the specific schools district’s rate of pay per teacher, per day for substitutes. Mileage is also reimbursable. Please document the mode of travel: School Vehicle or Personal Vehicle.