ESU 9 Perkins V Consortium Newsletter

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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.


Perkins V Purchase Requests due by February 15th!

School Based Enterprises Showcase: SCNUSD#5

Raiders Design Co.

Website link: CLICK HERE

Mrs. Trausch - raidersdesignco@southcentralusd.us

Lawrence/Nelson MS & HS

850 S Nevada Nelson NE 68961


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NCE Conference June 2022

REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS NOW OPEN! We are seeking session proposals for the 2022 NCE Conference June 6–9 in Kearney! The RFP will be open through January 15, 2022. Submit your proposal here: https://forms.gle/L1f5sUiJ5r1wV4sFA
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In response to the strategic priorities outlined in Nebraska’s Career & Technical Education (CTE) Perkins V State Plan, Nebraska business and industry leaders and postsecondary educators were engaged to inform and recommend any needed updates or revisions to the existing State Model Programs of Study. These updates ensure alignment of CTE programs and coursework with the needs of Nebraska’s evolving workforce. These recommendations were taken under consideration as Nebraska educators met to update and revise State Model Programs of Study. This work occurred between December 2020 - December 2021.

The updated State Model Programs of Study, including course-based standards, can be found on the program of study webpage or by clicking on one of the career field areas below:

Additional resources are forthcoming, including instructional supports and guidance for implementation. To allow adequate time for schools to update courses, these updated Programs of Study will be implemented in the 2023-2024 school year.

If you have questions about the standards or implementation support, please contact Dr. Katie Graham, Administrator for the NDE’s Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education (katie.graham@nebraska.gov), Sydney Kobza, Assistant State CTE Director (sydney.kobza@nebraska.gov), or the related Career Field Specialist listed on the CTE program of study webpage.

Financial Literacy

Financial Literacy Act Guidance document

Major points from this document:

  • Current sophomores will be required to have the 1/2 credit of financial literacy/personal finance for their 2023-2024 graduation.
  • The high school graduation requirement is for all public and non-public schools.
  • Each school district has the ultimate and final decision making power to determine which course(s) satisfy the requirement. So in theory, the course(s) can be taught by a business, social studies, math, FCS, or any other teacher who is endorsed to teach the district approved financial literacy/personal finance course.

Contact Ebony McKiver with questions!

Ebony McKiver

Social Studies Education Specialist

500 South 84th Street, 2nd Floor

Lincoln, NE 68510-2611

P: (531) 207-9043

E: ebony.mckiver@nebraska.gov

All consortium districts will complete a reVISION reFRESH, due by March 15th!

Visit https://www.education.ne.gov/nce/revision/ for more information. Be sure to reach out to kristen.slechta@esu9.us if you have any questions.
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2022 Richard Katt Outstanding Nebraska Career Educator Award Application:

The Nebraska Career & Technical Education team is pleased to announce the 2022 Richard Katt Outstanding Nebraska Career Educator Award application is now live at www.education.ne.gov/nce/nebraska-career-education-conference/awards/. Information about the award, including the selection criteria, can be found on the website. This award honors an educator from each career field for going above and beyond in their career and technical education courses and programs. Applications are due February 1, 2022. The award recognizing the top educator in each career field will be presented at the annual Nebraska Career Education Conference (NCE) Awards Luncheon at the Younes Convention Center in Kearney.

The 2022 Outstanding Career Field Educator Awards

The Outstanding Career Field Educator honors one educator from each career field:

• Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources
• Business, Marketing, and Management
• Communication and Information Systems
• Human Sciences and Education (Family and Consumer Sciences/Education & Training)
• Health Sciences
• Skilled and Technical Sciences

The winning educator from each career field will then be considered for the Richard Katt Outstanding Nebraska Career Educator through an interview process at NCE Conference in Kearney.

The finalists selected for each of the six Career Fields will be interviewed on Monday afternoon, June 6th at the NCE Conference by a panel of distinguished educators. From those interviews, the overall winner and the Richard Katt Outstanding Nebraska Career Educator of the Year will be named.

Individuals many apply for the award themselves or nominate another educator. This is the first year we have had the nomination option. We encourage you to nominate someone or apply yourself. I know you do great things, and I want you to be recognized!

Nomination/Application link: Richard Katt Outstanding Nebraska CTE Educator Award Application

Please check the NCE Conference Awards website for more information: www.education.ne.gov/nce/nebraska-career-education-conference/awards/

21 Communication Skills by Lisa Johnson (@TechChef4u)

NEW: Project Discovery Kits for CHECK OUT:

Project Discovery Kits (that could be used with all students) are purchased with state Special Education funds that CTE teachers can access in our region. Interested in learning more, register for the ESU 9, 10, & 11 CTE Collaboration Day in Kearney on January 18th. Kits will be showcased and more information provided regarding their potential use in the CTE classroom.

Interested in $$$ for a Greenhouse?

Good morning. I apologize for the delay in getting this information to you. Below are some resources to consider when building a greenhouse. I wanted to provide a few options that I would encourage you to check into.

Farm Credit Services of America has some amazing grants - $2,000 which are awarded quarterly (every quarter, there is a new chance to apply) and $10,000 awarded semiannually. The $10,000 one requires matching funds.


NE FFA Foundation Grant program will open up again in April. Up to $10,000 and requires matching funds.

https://neffafoundation.org/news_events/news.html/article/2021/09/14/nearly-80-000-awarded-in-nebraska-ffa-foundation-grant-program. You will be eligible for this once you have an established FFA Chapter.

NIFA Governor’s Ag Excellence Award ($1,000 and $2,500 awards yearly – applications due each Sept 30.


Center for Rural Affairs - Great information on how to make greenhouses work and potential for funding. https://www.cfra.org/greenhouse-cafeteria

The NRD doesn’t advertise funding though they have been known to provide funding for greenhouses. I would encourage you to check with them.

Bayer America’s Farmers Grow Communities program provides $5,000 per school through a nomination process with a farmer in your community. If you have a farmer that you work with in your area who is over 21 years of age and actively farms 250 acres or more, you would be eligible for consideration. In order to enroll, follow this link https://www.americasfarmers.com/enroll-now. Giving this information to some of your producers that are supports will empower them to make it happen. It is very much farmer driven.

I hope these provide some good starting points! Don’t hesitate to let me know if you have any questions.

Stacie Turnbull, Ph.D.

Career Field Specialist, State Director

Agriculture, Food, & Natural Resources

Office of Career, Technical, & Adult Education

500 S 84th St., 2nd Floor

Lincoln NE, 68510-2611

P: (402) 310-8344

E: stacie.turnbull@nebraska.gov

NCE 2022: What are you looking for? Provide NDE feedback.

The CTE department has started planning the NCE conference. Please take a few minutes to give feedback about sessions that you would like to see and/or would like to present at NCE - https://forms.gle/LZ7FA1cLcwTV8CUH8. Thank you for taking the time to fill out the survey.
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Work-Based Learning Landscape Analysis

As part of Nebraska CTE’s continued efforts to promote and support high-quality, aligned WBL programs across the state, the Nebraska Department of Education contracted with TNTP to conduct the Nebraska Work-Based Learning Landscape Analysis, which highlights our state’s strengths and potential best practices relative to WBL policy and implementation. TNTP’s process included surveys and focus groups, gathering responses from school administrators, teachers, students, and business and industry leaders across the state. Many of you participated and we greatly appreciate it!

“In many ways, the Nebraska Career Education Model positions the state as a national leader in WBL. Stakeholders from around the state offered a vision to build on this successful foundation in order to enhance WBL for all Nebraska students. “

- TNTP, 2021

Here is a sampling of the insights gleaned from the Nebraska Work-Based Learning Landscape Analysis:

  • Educators felt that WBL prepares students for employment overall (94%), and more specifically teaches them how to get along with others (90%), solve problems and make effective decisions (90%), and communicate effectively (89%). They also agreed that WBL prepares students to make the career choice that is right for them (93%).
  • 56% of educators said their school has a person or organization who coordinates with local employers to create WBL opportunities and of those, 90% said they have at least one WBL opportunity in a class they teach.
  • Education/Training Field Experiences and Internships were the most common offerings identified by both educators and students.

Students’ top 3 reasons for not participating in WBL:

  • They don’t know how to get involved in WBL (42%)
  • Teachers haven’t recommended WBL to them (38%)
  • They have other responsibilities that prevent them from participating in WBL (36%)
Click here for more information on starting or growing your WBL program.

If you have questions or require further assistance, please contact:
Therese Marzouk therese.marzouk@nebraska.gov

Farm Credit Services of America - Grant $


We provide grants for projects and organizations that make a positive impact in Iowa, Nebraska,
South Dakota and Wyoming. Funding options include up to $2,000 and up to $10,000 grants,
which are awarded quarterly and semiannually respectively.

Focus Areas

Ag Education

Young and Beginning Producers

Hunger and Nutrition

Rural Disaster Relief and Essential Services

FFA Updates:

  • Check your status and send in your membership invoice/check

Need help accessing that?


  • Chapter status for outstanding payments. Other invoices emailed to you https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1g5N0nMOc0faWup9Nbe3ZWzutSSErAN4e6jBMorJtGlQ/edit#gid=0
  • Preview for P2C 11/12 and 11/13
    • Registration at 6:30 Friday night, concludes Saturday at 3:30 PM
    • FFA Board and NAEA Meetings Friday night. Reach out to reps with questions or more info!
    • Masks are required
  • FFA Member Behavior
    • Talking about it at the board meeting, but we will continue to hold FFA members and advisors to an exemplary standard of professionalism
  • What’s Next?
    • FFA Choir and Talent Apps dues 12/15/21 (opens tomorrow!)
    • District LDEs
      • Creed now open 7-9
      • CCM/Parli testing done a head of LDE day on testing day set by district. Test opens 7 AM, closes 8 PM in your time zone. Each school participating in CCM and parli pro need to test on the identified testing day. There will be a link emailed to the advisor the morning of the testing day. The test must be proctored by a school leader (another teacher, admin, school counselor, para, etc.) and cannot be proctored by the FFA advisor. The team average will be shared with the district chair. Your team needs to test at the same time. Two alternates per team can test.
    • January: Mission and Impact registration opens
    • February 15: Final State Degree List submitted in AET
    • Feb 22 NOON: State Proficiency App, Star Apps ALL IN AET, NO PRINTING OF ANY APPLICATIONS
    • Application and Record Book. Collecting questions on sticking points. Email Sarah questions/needs!
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Registration is limited to 60 students per camp, so don’t delay.

Camp dates for 9-12th Grade Students: November 3, February 2, March 23 and April 6
Camp dates for 7-8th Grade Students: October 28, March 8 and April 12

Will you help us? Encourage students to attend one of our camps at the University of Nebraska at Kearney that runs from 9:30 am - 1:30 pm. Students will learn about health sciences, professions in healthcare, UNK scholarships, and other opportunities. Campus tours are optional, and there is no cost to attend these camps.

See our flyer and post in your school. It’s a great way for students to explore a healthcare profession. Students are encouraged to come with their school or health science club. Feel free to forward this email to science teachers or other counselors in middle schools and high schools.


Nebraska HOSA & Nebraska FCCLA are excited to open registration for the Mind Bending Careers Conference to be held both in-person and virtually on Tuesday, November 9, 2021! The in-person conference will be held at the Nebraskan Student Union at the University of Nebraska-Kearney.

We’re once again excited to partner with the Behavioral Health Education Centers of Nebraska (BHECN) to offer this experience for 125 juniors & seniors interested in Mental and Behavioral Health Careers. You can check out the Schedule at a Glance here!

Due to the generous support from BHECN, the virtual participation option is available for HOSA and FCCLA chapters unable to attend in-person along with Health Sciences and/or Family & Consumer Sciences programs that do not have HOSA or FCCLA chapters.


Cost: $10/participant (lunch included)

HOSA or FCCLA Members only

*Masks will be required for the in-person event.


Cost: $50/school (unlimited participation)

HOSA or FCCLA Chapters

Health Sciences or FCS Programs

Nebraska HOSA Business Casual/Nebraska FCCLA dress code is required for this event.

To register, please complete the Mind Bending Careers Registration Form. Registration will be open until Wednesday, November 3 at 5pm CDT.

If you are attending the in-person conference, there are rooms available on Monday, November 8 at the Fairfield Inn & Suites in Kearney for $104.95/night. The block will expire on Friday, October 15, but the reduced rate will be honored as long as there are rooms available. To make a reservation, you can call the Fairfield Inn & Suites directly at (308) 236-4200.

Reach out if you have any additional questions! We’re excited to offer this event for you!

Rachel Buss

Nebraska HOSA State Adviser


(402) 416-7596

Jami Foster

Nebraska HOSA State Adviser

Health Sciences Career Field Specialist


(531) 229-3156

Chelsey Greene

Nebraska FCCLA State Adviser

Human Sciences & Education Career Field Specialist


(531) 207-3104

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BMIT Fall Workshops


Registration is LIVE for the 2021 BMIT Fall Workshops. Please use this link https://forms.gle/TBNbXUMxGtrn3mTh8 to register for one of the six workshops.

Dates and Locations:

Tuesday, October 12, 2021 – ESU 13; Scottsbluff

Wednesday, October 13, 2021 – Mid Plains Community College; North Platte

Thursday, October 14, 2021 – ESU 10; Kearney

Tuesday, October 19, 2021 – UNL; Lincoln

Thursday, October 21, 2021 – Northeast Community College; Norfolk

Wednesday, October 27, 2021 – ESU 3; LaVista

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Mary Lanning Healthcare - Career Exploration Opportunities

Whew, school is back in session! It's time to get our young minds thinking about future and/or current occupations. The Mary Lanning Education Department began a Facebook page this past year to showcase the vast amount of careers in healthcare. We are simply not just nurses and doctors, and even within just those two careers there is an array of avenues to make a difference in patients lives. Did you know we hire RN's to work in our computer department? We need to know the daily tasks and hardships of nurses so that the computers function efficiently. We hire staff with GED's all the way up to years of medical school and everything in between. We want this page to be used to influence your students to explore careers that can help future healthcare needs whether that is in finance, security, or direct patient care. We hope you check it out. Attached is our QR code and profile picture.

We would appreciate it if you would like our page and use it as a resource for career exploration. We try to add a new career twice a month. We also use this page to highlight events and classes we offer within our department.

Wishing you all the best this school year!

Stay healthy and safe!

Training and Development Specialist | Educational Services

Gallup--Certified Strengths Coach

Relator | Strategic | Woo | Communication | Individualization

Achiever | Belief | Developer | Arranger | Positivity

715 North St. Joseph Avenue
Hastings, NE 68901
O: 402/461-5299
F: 402/461-5059

NEW Health Sciences Career Field Specialist:

Hello everyone!

I am the new Health Sciences Career Field Specialist at the Nebraska Department of Education in Lincoln. Formerly, I was a middle and high school science teacher and HOSA advisor at Cedar Bluffs Public Schools. My hometown is Broken Bow, Nebraska, and I attended the University of Nebraska - Lincoln, earning a B.S. in Fisheries and Wildlife and a M.A. with an emphasis in science teaching.

I am very excited to begin working at the Department of Education and to start meeting those of you who have active health science programs and those of you building or just getting started with health science programs. Currently, 54 of Nebraska's 244 school districts have a health science program. We have room for growth in our state! I am also excited to also serve as the HOSA State Advisor along with Rachel Buss to coordinate HOSA events and opportunities.

This summer, a team will begin the process of revising the Nebraska Health Science Career Field Standards. The standards were last revised in 2014. This fall, the first draft of the standards will be open to public input. I will send you an update when the draft is available.

Hope you are enjoying your summer! Please don't hesitate to reach out with questions you may have.



Jamelyn Foster

Health Sciences Career Field Specialist

HOSA State Advisor

Office of Career & Adult Education

500 S. 84th St., 2nd Floor

Lincoln NE, 68510-2611

P: (531) 229-3156

E: jamelyn.foster@nebraska.gov

Health Science: Medical terminology Games

4 Engaging Medical Terminology Games to Boost Student Motivation


When teaching difficult concepts such as medical terminology, health science teachers can feel overwhelmed and frustrated. You want your students to engage with and memorize important material, but you might be uncertain about how to keep your students focused and energized. Worse still, you fear that your students may be bored and unable to master vocabulary that will be a part of assessments and certification exams.

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iCEV Conference in July 27th - 29th - FREE ADMISSION

Don’t miss out on the largest Career and Technical Education virtual professional development event of 2021! Thanks to over 9,000 CTE educators and administrators in attendance last year, iCEV’s first-ever virtual conference was a huge success. This year, we’re going even bigger with more speakers, more sessions and more prizes! So go ahead and register, then keep an eye out for important updates as more details become available.


NDE Training and Writing for each Career Field/Content Area:

Greetings. The Nebraska Department of Education is seeking writers for the Career and Technical Education (CTE) program of study standards revision process. This process will be done virtually. Each Career Field/Content Area writing team will work through a two week timespan that will include live and asynchronous writer trainings as well as the revision of the standards. Writers will receive a $600 stipend for their expertise, time, and revisions of the standards (approximately 24 hours). Lead writers will receive $750 to participate in additional meetings before and after the revision process, including an active role in stakeholder futuring panel engagement session (approximately 32 hours). Click here for the dates of the futuring panels. More details about the process and writer expectations during the two week writing process is attached.

The training and writing for each Career Field/Content Area will occur during the following timelines:

  • Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources: June 16, 2021- June 30, 2021
  • Business, Marketing, and Management: June 10, 2021- June 24, 2021
  • Communication and Information Systems: June 10, 2021- June 24, 2021
  • Health Sciences: July 7, 2021- July 21, 2021
  • Human Sciences and Education: July 7, 2021- July 21, 2021
  • Skilled and Technical Sciences: July 7, 2021- July 21, 2021

Please complete the this application by April 15, 2021. Writing team selections will be made by May 7, 2021 and you will be notified by the email address you provide. Lead writers will be notified before the futuring panels occur.

Application link:


Contact Sydney Kobza at Sydney.Kobza@nebraska.gov with any questions.

Thank you!

Sydney Kobza

Assistant Director - Nebraska Career and Technical Education

Office of Career & Adult Education

500 S. 84th St., 2nd Floor

Lincoln NE, 68510-2611

P: (402) 937-3389

E: sydney.kobza@nebraska.gov

Work-Based Learning Course Completion - Who's Next?

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Earn a stipend of $25 per hour of your non-contract time!

Launch WBL, available in Canvas, is intended to provide basic information and resources to help you in the development of your work-based learning (WBL) program. The course includes a downloadable digital (PDF) certificate of completion for your records. To access the Launch WBL! course.

Go to Canvas: canvas.education.ne.gov

Watch the video towards the top of the page that explains how to use the site (yellow link)

Enroll in the Launch WBL! course by clicking on the course image.

STIPEND: Send a copy of your certificate to kristen.slechta@esu9.us and complete our ESU 9 Consortium form.

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reVISION Action Grant UPDATE:

We are happy to announce that the reVISION Action Grant application is now open!

The purpose of this highly competitive grant is to improve, modernize, and expand career and technical education (CTE) programs to align with Nebraska’s economic priorities and workforce demands. The reVISION Action grant program provides Perkins funds for eligible secondary and postsecondary recipients to help implement the reVISION action steps developed and identified throughout the reVISION local and regional CTE assessments.

For full details, application guidelines, application template, and recommended resources, please visit the reVISION Action Grant web page. Please download and carefully read the 2021-2022 reVISION Action Grant Guidelines (link is on the website).

If you need assistance with further questions, the application, or uploading a finished proposal, please contact: Therese.Marzouk@Nebraska.Gov.

reVISION Action Grant 2021-2022

Grant Timeframe*

  • March 8, 2021: Application Available
  • May 3, 2021: Applications Due by 5:00pm CST
  • July 1, 2021: Preliminary Award Announcements
  • August 6, 2021 – June 30, 2022: Grant Award Period

*Dates are subject to change.

Prior to Applying:

Application Submission Site:

Perkins V Use of Funds & FORMS

💵 Are you attending a professional learning opportunity, workshop, or training? Perkins V funding is available to support your contract time in the form of a substitute reimbursement or your non-contract time in the form of a stipend. Click here to communicate the type of workshop/training, date, and the need for financial support. (Stipend = $150/day, 1 day = 6 hours, 1 hour Zoom = $25)

💵 Are you traveling during contract time for a professional learning opportunity? Click here to print and complete the request for mileage (0.56 mileage rate).

💵 Grant funds can be used to purchase the following: Instructional materials, software and/or equipment must enhance instruction for students to gain knowledge and skills that meet industry standards and expectations in high wage, high skill and high demand occupations. Click here to complete our consortium's purchase request form.

Perkins V FORMS Explained: Jan 22, 2021 4:52 PM

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Is anyone using this curriculum? If so or if you are interested, please contact kristen.slechta@esu9.us!

iCEV’s online curriculum platform is changing the way Career and Technical Education programs prepare students for the workforce. With standards-aligned courses, iCEV is leading the way in bridging the gap between education and industry certification testing.


Mary Lanning Healthcare - Education Department @MLHEducation

The MLH Education team started a Facebook page. One of our goals is to showcase careers in Healthcare. We will do our first "Professional Platform--a professional journey to a healthcare career" on Monday. We have wanted to do this for a while and since we still don't have a start date to begin offering Job Shadowing this is our way of trying to reach schools and future workers.

Next week we will feature a nurse that works in our Cardiac Rehab department and tell the route she took to get there, then in a few weeks an EKG/ECHO staff member.

Join today: https://www.facebook.com/MLHEducation

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Welcome to Wessels Farm for Agricultural Learning Experiences:

Find us on Facebook! https://www.facebook.com/livinghistoryfarm

Check out our Website! http://www.livinghistoryfarm.org/

Review us on TripAdvisor! www.tripadvisor.com/wessels_living_history_farm

Hello ESU 9 Educators!

I am writing to introduce myself to you. I am a retired 28 teaching veteran. Currently, I am the Director at Wessels Living History Farm in York and we are preparing a contact list of area FFA and Agriculture instructors for possible hands-on events (including STEM and hopefully building in some STEAM) this year at the farm. I want to make educators in our area aware of what we might offer. I also look forward to gathering ideas from you about activities that we can offer for your groups at the farm, thus fulfilling Dave Wessels' dream of educating our youth about agriculture.

Contact Information:

Vicki L. Northrop, MA, MEdL, Director

Wessels Living History Farm

5520 S. Lincoln Ave.

York, NE 68467


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Notes & Resources - October 26:

Course Coding: Who is your district's data steward? Are they aware of the 2020-2021 Course Codes for CTE? Click Here

Here is a spreadsheet to guide programming and reporting: Click Here

Discussion Topics:

Accounting Software (MindTap) - Click Here

Books: The Automatic Millionaire by David Bach, The Latte Factor by David Bach

Kahn Academy and Pixar in a Box

Adobe MAX


Nebraska 4H - Connecting the Dots

Next Generation Personal Finance - https://www.ngpf.org/

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Notes & Resources - November 2nd:

Revising standards - Spring work and more details to come.

"Communities of Practice" Teaching Hub

Topics of Discussion:

  • Career Field inventory
  • Equipment needs
  • Greenhouses
  • Five-year plans
  • Curriculum - CASE Courses
  • Record-keeping systems: AET ($360/year)
  • Artificial Insemination Kits
  • Cow Model - Doniphan-Trumbull, Pig Model - Kenesaw (ESU 9 Check out)
  • Hampton - Farm Animal Lab
  • FFA events - virtual options
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Notes & Resources - November 16th:

Topics of Discussion:


Dress forms, sewing machines, outdated textbooks, & ACTE Conference registration

Interested? Email kristen.slechta@esu9.us for Zoom link!

As we see additional uncertainty with what the next few weeks might bring for our schools, I want to make sure you have the opportunity to learn about our first fully comprehensive virtual curriculum resource available to ALL Nebraska FCS teachers through the Curriculum Center for Family and Consumer Sciences (CCFCS). Join Dr. Karen Alexander from CCFCS on Wednesday, November 18, 2020 from 4:30pm-5:30pm CT to learn how to access, manage and explore the 36 courses within the Blackboard Learn system. If you have not yet accessed and need a little push to see what is available, plan to join us! If you’re not available (it is 2020 after all!), the session will be recorded. If you have issues accessing the courses or have login issues please contact ccfcs@ttu.edu.

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Notes & Resources - November 30th:

Topics of Discussion:

  • SCNUSD#5 shared their work-based learning opportunity and student-run business called "74 Creative". A new website with details is coming soon!
  • Cozad example of CNC Plasma & Helmets
  • Regarding equipment inventory, shop upgrades, and safety guidelines, reach out to Central Community College as a resource!
  • NDE - "Less is more." NCE staff are available to connect, answer questions, and offer continued support. They are strategic when reaching out knowing the full plates of educators and the level of stress at this time.
  • SKILLS USA - Decisions are being made regarding the state conference. Reach out to Greg Stahr for questions, concerns, or suggestions.
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Notes & Resources - December 7th:

The importance of course coding: Do you know who your data steward is at your district?

Middle School - Programming does not currently count as programs of study. That could change.

CTE Standards Revision: Looking for consistency and possibilities for integration!

Microsoft Office vs. Google Suite Conversation: Office 365, levels of licensing, teaching excel first, and then students adapt knowledge to Google Sheets, and Microsoft Office YouTube Playlist (shared by Jacqui Garrison)

Professional Learning Opportunities / Training:


Imagine Academy



Here is a list of resources discussed this afternoon.

· Pixar in a Box – Communication Arts resource

· Adobe MAX Conference

· Nebraska Communication and Information System Standards:

· Program of Study Worksheet for data reporting

· BMIT resources shared by teachers in spring 2020

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Nebraska Career and Technical Education Guidance for Reopening

Nebraska Career and Technical Education (CTE) acknowledges that CTE classrooms will need to look different this upcoming school year to ensure the safety of all students and instructors. Nebraska CTE has been challenged to continue to provide high quality CTE and workplace experiences to students. It is the vision of Nebraska CTE to deliver coordinated, relevant learning opportunities that engage each student in high-quality, rigorous education. These opportunities will be enhanced by partnerships with business and industry, workforce, and economic development leaders, allowing learners to turn their passion, talents, and strengths into successful careers and fulfilling lives.

Document: https://www.launchne.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/CTEGuidance.pdf

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NEW RealCare Infant Simulators for Check-out!

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Health Science - FREE Interactive Online Lessons


Exposing students early on to science, health science, and STEM shapes their attitude, aptitude, and confidence to pursue these types of careers in the future. This means educators are continually challenged to keep students engaged beyond the typical classroom experience. However, finding quality, supplemental resources that do so can be time consuming for already busy teachers.

uBEATS offers ready-to-use, supplemental materials

UNO & UNMC Building Excellence in Academics Through STEM (uBEATS) is series of cancer, genetics, microbiology, pathology, pharmacology, and career e-modules offered by the University of Nebraska Omaha and the University of Nebraska Medical Center that are designed for grades 6 – 12 to enhance existing curriculum and provide advanced information on top of what students learn in the classroom.

uBeats: Online Science Education Resources

Secondary Career Technical Education and Economic Recovery

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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/

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

Silver Lake Checks Out Pregnancy Belly

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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

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

Explore Careers by Personality, Industry, and Career Spotlights!

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

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:"


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

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.

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

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!

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