ESU 13 SPED Weekly Message

March 9, 2015

Did you know...

...people who smile more live an average of 7 years longer than those who smile less. It's true! Plus, —Neurons that fire when another person acts; thus, the neuron "mirrors" the behavior of the other. In other words, if you smile at someone, they will likely smile back!

10 Reasons Why You Should Never, Ever Yell At Students

THE SMILE PETITION! #MakeItHappy From Kid President

Deep in the Heart of Testing....

Here are this year's approved accommodations for NeSA. You can always find the most recent accommodations here:

Inspiring Others

Nominations have slowed considerably so we hope to have a massive amount of them coming in this week!! We know you are doing great things in your work with students in the panhandle. Now is the time to spotlight your co-workers!

Staff Biography

Name: Tina Rudy

Position/role: Special Education Teacher Meridian Basic Skills Classroom

How long have you been at ESU 13: This is my 8th year with ESU13/Meridian

Education: I have my BME (Vocal music) k-12 from Oklahoma Christian Oklahoma City, My AA in Early childhood from Mesa State College in Grand Junction CO, and my MA in Early childhood Special Education from The University of Northern Colorado in Greeley CO. I also have the HOUSE credential for Meridian school.

What you like best about working at ESU 13: I love the people and the students. It’s a fun place to work and I feel like I’m part of a great organization that strives to be the best there is.

Hobbies and interests: My kids, and the ranch where we live. We raise sheep and paint horses and I love to ride and fish and do things with my family.

Anything else you would like to share: My twin boys will be graduating this spring….so lots of changes as they grow and leave the home. My son Seth hopes to join the Marine Corps and Ethan wants to go to a trade school to be a gun smith. Then I will have a 10th and 8th graders to keep me company.

Upcoming Meetings and Trainings

Best Practices Meeting

Tuesday, March 17th, 3:30-4:30pm

4215 Avenue I

Scottsbluff, NE

Agenda so far:

Co-op purchasing

ILCD Update


Updates from training

Upcoming workshops

Issues in Using Social Media with Students

Thursday, March 12th, 10-11:30am

4215 Avenue I

Scottsbluff, NE

ESU 13 has registered for this LRP webinar and is inviting you to join us…for FREE!!!

Facebook, Instagram, Twitter … The explosion of social media platforms has created new legal liabilities for school districts, especially when it comes to special education staff who often develop close relationships with their students. Equip everyone with legal guidance and best practices to ensure interactions on social media remain appropriate and that your district is providing adequate safeguards.

Attorney Karen Haase will dissect actual cases in which schools faced legal liability when staff blurred the lines between professional and personal interactions on social media, teaching your staff valuable lessons on appropriate boundaries. Along with an explanation of potential liability for both school and educators, you and your staff will learn:

  • The basics of popular social media platforms and how students use them
  • Best practices for communicating with students on these platforms, and how to distinguish between appropriate and inappropriate interaction
  • Possible policy approaches you can use to provide guidance to staff on social media interactions with students
  • The limits on schools’ ability to regulate teachers’ use of social media
  • And more


RSVPs are enabled for this event.

ESU 13 Inservice Day

Friday, March 13th, 8:30am

ESU 13 Harms Center

We will see you at the inservice day! We will review internal and external survey data in addition to other activities.
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