ESU 6 Admin Report
(Some of) The February 2023 News You Can Use from ESU 6
SENCAP offers abundant Dual Credit opportunities
Did you know? Since SENCAP and DC Advantage’s inception in 2008, the program has grown from 16 participating high schools, approximately 45 students and two career pathways (Education and Health), to 63 high schools and more than 1,500 students involved in 19* career pathways. Students have more than 90 college courses in which to choose.
The SENCAP-DC Advisory group meets several times annually to review programming and offer input to SCC program directors including Director Dr. Brian Stark and Dean Dr. Cinda Konken. The Advisory group is well represented by ESU 6 stakeholders, including Dr. Mitch Kubicek of Milford, Superintendent Mitch Bartholomew of York, Dr. John Skretta of ESU 6, and Amy Hottovy, Friend Counselor, among others. The SENCAP program is a great example of cooperative success to support student learning. See the guidebook for SENCAP - Dual Credit here.
ESU 6 Job Opportunities
Upcoming February ESU 6 Professional Development events
Check out recent and upcoming Professional Development events on the ESU 6 FOCUS flyer! If you have any questions regarding any upcoming events, do not hesitate to reach out to the corresponding assistant (Professional Development- Erica Pallas or Student Services- Loree Woods) or corresponding consultant.
As always, let your ESU 6 PD team know how we can support you!!
Governor Pillen Declares February 'Nebraska Mentoring Month'
Currently, 11 of 16 ESU 6 area districts have active TeamMates Mentoring program chapters.
Numerous bills in Legislative session address roles, funding of Nebraska ESUs
The Legislature is moving from full-day Committee Hearings now and transitioning into morning general session (floor debate) followed by ongoing afternoon committee hearings on proposed Legislation. There are over 800 bills proposed in the current 90 Day (long) session, which is projected to conclude in June. A number of these bills are particularly important to Nebraska Educational Service Units, including but not limited to the following:
- LB48 proposed by Senator Dorn, which would be a restorative measure to replenish core service funds for Nebraska ESUs. Its hearing will be held March 15.
- LB527 sponsored by Senator Frederickson, which would appropriate $12M for reimbursable mental health services from schools and ESUs.
- LB638 sponsored by Senator Albrecht which would establish the Nebraska K-12 Cybersecurity and Data Protection Act, which would support and establish a scope of duties for Nebraska ESUs to fulfill in enhancing cybersecurity and network protections to schools.
Nebraska ESUs also annually host a legislative outreach day inviting State Senators and their staffs to come across from the Capital building for a continental breakfast or boxed lunch and learn more about the highly qualified personnel and vital programs offered by Nebraska's ESUs. This year's ESU Legislative Day sponsored by ESUCC will be held at the State Bar Association Conference Room on South 14th Street on February 14. ESU delegates from across the state will showcase items and information from their respective ESUs to share information with Senators and their staff. ESU 6 will be featuring our CTE programming through the Perkins consortium.
UNHS, others, present at ESU 6 Digital Learning Solutions Day
Other presenters who traveled to ESU 6 from out of state to share their product line information included Jeff Lancial of Pearson Connexus and Casey Morris of Imagine Learning / Edgenuity.
Imagine Edgenuity brochure
Pearson District Partnerships profile
Hanover publishes K-12 Trends in Ed report for 2023
Hanover’s 2023 Trends in K–12 Education report highlights both new and ongoing issues and priorities that the research firm anticipates remaining prominent throughout the coming year. The trends, recommendations, and case studies outlined in the report are drawn from Hanover’s K–12 experience researching, advising, and collaborating with hundreds of local, regional, and state education agencies across the nation. Educators can access the report and download a copy here.
Lead Nebraska teacher leader cohort: Session #2 is February 15!
Grow Your Own Educators grant project launches
17 school districts across ESUs 6 & 9 have been identified and invited as participants in an NDE Educator Pipeline grant initiative to establish Educators Rising CTSOs (Career and Technical Student Organizations) across these districts. The first formal activity for these schools will be to have up to two educators from each participating school district attend the annual Educators Rising State leadership conference to learn more about the Educators Rising organization and observe students and sponsors as they showcase what they've learned throughout the year. Congratulations to our selected participants and thanks to Dr. Lynne Herr of ESU 6 for overseeing facilitation and coordination of the grant for our participating schools.
February is American Heart Month
It’s American Heart Month—show your heart some love by building sustainable habits with support from our wellness partner, WeightWatchers®. Choosing heart-healthy foods, prioritizing relaxation, and fitting exercise into your day can help keep your heart going strong.
Ready to make a change? Join WeightWatchers through EHA Wellness for as low as $8.48. Become a WeightWatchers member by February 28 and get a free WW Bluetooth® body weight scale.** Learn more at WW.com/EHAWellness. Then get your scale!
United States Secretary of Education Cardona visits Omaha, ESU #3
At ESU 3, Secretary Cardona spoke with a small panel of mental health professionals and Student Services experts from ESU 3 and the Omaha metropolitan area. The focus of the conversation was on sustaining comprehensive school mental health models in the post-pandemic era.
Congratulations to Dr. Dan Schnoes, ESU 3 Administrator, and the ESU 3 team on the opportunity to showcase these integral programs supporting area schools and to uplift the importance of Social Emotional Behavioral Learning as a vital aspect of effective educational programming. USDOE media advisory: https://www.ed.gov/news/media-advisories/following-state-union-secretary%E2%80%AFcardona-travels-omaha-nebraska-discuss-career-technical-programs-and-mental-health-supports-students
Nebraska Multi-Tiered System of Support (NeMTSS) Releases Updated Framework
State Board identifies legislative priorities, positions on key bills
The Board has also taken positions on a wide variety of bills during the current legislative session which would impact Department programs or scope of work. The positions of these bills, on everything from the elected vs. appointed status of State Board to certification reform bills, can be viewed at https://www.education.ne.gov/wp-content/uploads/2023/02/File_-February-Board-Activity_2.2.23.pdf
February is CTE Month!
Dr. John Skretta, ESU 6 Administrator
Location: 210 5th Street, Milford, NE, USA
Educational Service Unit #6
- Professional Development
- Student Services
- Production and Design
The highly qualified team members of ESU 6 will work directly with you and your staff to determine how we can tailor services to best meet your school's needs. ESU 6 is here to ADVOCATE, COLLABORATE, & COMMUNICATE with educators and systems across the ESU 6 area. ESU 6 Staff and Specialty Areas Can be Found on our Website at www.esu6.org
Location: 210 5th Street, Milford, NE, USA