ESU 13 SPED Weekly Message

April 20, 2015

8 Habits of Perpetually Happy People

I found this recent story by Lindsey Holmes in the Huffington Post to be a great reminder about how to keep happy even in difficult times.

They have calming rituals.

Life can throw us a series of stressful events, but positive people know how to cope with that anxiety in a healthy way. In fact, certain stress-relieving behaviors can actually promote positive emotions. Studies have shown that both exercise andmeditation have been linked with happier moods.

They tap into their positivity during challenging times...

In an analysis on positive thinking published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, researchers suggest that cultivating an optimistic mindset can help you tackle life's challenges with resiliency -- and as a result, that could potentially lead to greater well-being.

...But they also embrace the negative.

No one is immune to the tough lots in life -- even optimists. The key is staying positive but keeping yourself grounded in reality, Blakeman said.

They rid themselves of toxic relationships.

Who you are is partly a reflection of who you choose to surround yourself with -- that's why a good support system is crucial to an optimistic outlook, Blakeman explained. Studies show emotions like stress and happiness are contagious -- the more you're around it, the more likely you are to reflect that attitude.

They celebrate the little victories.

Positive people hold big accomplishments and small victories with the same weight, Blakeman said. There's power in acknowledging the little things.

Research shows that thankfulness can lead to increased optimism, and it's a habit positive people make a point to practice. Gratitude for the little moments -- getting to the subway before it leaves the platform, getting a complimentary email from your boss at work -- provides more opportunities to be positive since you're concentrating on multiple facets of your day.

They don't let their optimism hinder their goals.

Despite all the, well, positive research on positivity, there are some downfalls if approached incorrectly -- specifically when it comes to pursuing your goals. Research suggests that overly positive viewpoints -- think fairytale mindset -- may actually impede you from reaching an accomplishment.

They plan ahead.

One study conducted by psychology researcher Sophia Chou found that those who identified as realistic optimists believed they had more control over their relationships and circumstances. "Every time they face an issue or a challenge or a problem, they won't say 'I have no choice and this is the only thing I can do,'" Chou told LiveScience. They will be creative, they will have a plan A, plan B and plan C."

Check Out the Full Story Here

Nominate your co-workers

As we roll into the end of the year, make sure you are nominating your co-workers for the great work they are doing in inspiring others. Nominations can be sent to Steve or Laura.

New Staff! Early Childhood Special Education

Pam Uhl-Currently a site supervisor with Head Start.

Now Hiring!

We are advertising for the following positions at ESU 13:

Head Start/Early Head Start Program:

_ Director of Child Development Programs
Provide overall leadership and oversight for Child Development Programs by managing activities, planning, and adequately staffing all programs. Ensure compliance by implementing programs in accordance with agency policies and procedures, grant rules and regulations, contract guidelines, and mandated regulations.
_ Human Resource Manager
Responsible for human resources activities of the program including overseeing and implementing all recruitment and job placement activities for the program as well as maintaining employment-related functions and implementing all policies and procedures impacting employees.
_ Fiscal Grant Officer
Performs all duties as required to ensure accurate and timely processing of income and expenditures and other duties related to fiscal operations of the program. Position is responsible for monitoring program expenditures, tracking activity in the program budget, managing payroll functions for the program, and communicating any budget issues with supervisory staff.
_ Quality Assurance Specialist
Responsible for working with the Program Director and other supervisory staff to insure that all performance standards, state requirements, program standards, policies and procedures for children, families and staff are met in all areas of the program. Responsible for ensuring compliance with all grant rules and regulations.
_ Administrative Assistant
Responsible for the smooth operations of the office and other duties such as answering phones, greeting visitors, filing, word processing, faxing, etc . Performs all duties as required by the Program Director and/or immediate supervisor related to the administrative component of the program.
_ Transportation/Maintenance (part-time)
Self explanatory.

If you know of anyone who would be interested, please encourage them to apply! Application information is available on our website.

Upcoming Dates to Remember

Rule 52 FAQs

Tuesday, April 21st, 3:30pm

ESU 13 Scottsbluff & Through DL

Rule 52 has been around for a little while now and we have found that there are still a few questions that linger for professionals. Join us for a fun trivia challenge to help you get to the bottom of your Rule 52 questions. It will be a fun time with your colleagues to get answers to those Early Childhood Special Education questions that have been burning in your mind.


Ditch the Disk: Alternatives to Boardmaker

Tuesday, April 28th, 1-3pm

4215 Avenue I

Scottsbluff, NE

Boardmaker quit unexpectedly?
Don’t want to spend $199 a year for a subscription?
Explore alternatives to Boardmaker software. Discover new ways to use symbol based
software and apps for literacy activities.

Highlighted programs and apps:

  • Avaz
  • Pixwriter
  • PictureIt
  • Clicker
  • Splashtop
  • News-2-You


SPED Best Practice Meeting

Tuesday, May 12th, 3:30pm

ESU 13 (DL Sites)

Required for all Certified SPED Staff


  1. Check-out procedures
  2. Conference Updates
  3. 2015-16 Updates
  4. Fun!

End of The Year In-Service

Thursday, May 21st, 8:30am

4215 Avenue I

Scottsbluff, NE

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