Moving Forward

Current Priorities:

ESU3 will place a major emphasis, through Professional Development, on supporting, assisting, and helping ALL teachers “TO TEACH TO AN ONLINE ENVIRONMENT.”

Challenging Covid 19 With Innovation and Supporting Local Districts with state-of-the-art training and resources.

The Safety and Health of our students, parents, teachers, staff and administrators is paramount during the passage of the Covid 19 crisis.  ESU3 will work closely with all the supported school districts ensuring continuity of education and critical services are provided–restoration of a safe and robust learning environment.   Immediately identifying the various disruptions caused by Covid 19, ESU3 will produced new innovative education initiatives that ensures ALL students and teachers have access and the training to continue classroom operations with appropriate training and professional development.  Will coordinate fully with State and Federal agencies.

Launch Nebraska

ESU3 will continue to work with the Nebraska Department of Education and our local school districts in implementing the plan–Launch Nebraska.   A comprehensive  guide, planning Tool Kit, and professional learning resource, that assists schools and districts in assessing and addressing their particular needs in returning students to the classrooms–whether at the schools or distance learning.

Mental and Behavioral Health Initiatives

Support the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) Model, formerly known as a Coordinated School Health Program (CSHP), consists of ten interactive components. Schools by themselves cannot, and should not be expected to address the nation’s most serious health and social problems alone. The ESU3 with families, health care workers, the media, religious organizations, community organizations that serve youth and young people themselves also must be systematically involved. However, schools, with support and guidance from the ESU3. could provide a critical facility in which many agencies might work together to maintain the well-being of young people.

Information Systems & Technology

One of the two main missions initially for Education Service Units was the coordination and support of Information Systems and Technology for the 18 school districts ESU3 supports.  A robust Data Network and Advisory Committee, with all 18 school districts represented, ensures the equitable support of resources for all ESUs districts.  ESU3 will continue to advance with state of the art technologies and the most experienced and seasoned Information Technology professionals.  All of the school districts depend on the ESU3 Help Desk to resolve all types of Information Technology issues.  

Career Technical Education

 Supporting ESU3’s school districts  in their various Career Technical Education initiatives  resulting in ALL students in Nebraska having the opportunity to participate and receive valuable technical skills while attending school.  The outcome was a huge success with more Nebraska businesses gaining qualified, technical employees and the graduating students earning high wages plus higher graduation—everyone wins.

Mentoring

ESU3 will continue actively supporting Nebraska’s numerous mentoring programs that assist our youth who lack role models and are challenged by poverty, crime, and single-parent households, to name a few of the social issues our young people face daily.  Mentoring has proven to result in an improved self-esteem, academic performance, and community relationships resulting in closing the achievement gap.

Parental and Community Involvement

ESU3 will increase it temp0 of participation in community organizations, churches, schools and all who have a stake and vested interest in our young people’s future, we are striving to provide parents, guardians, and the community the tools and knowledge necessary to encourage student success for the future. Also, I support many of our school partners that include, for example the Boys and Girls Club, YMCA, Latino Center of the Midland, to name a few, in providing school programs allowing students the opportunity to have a safe and organized place to play sports, interact with others, and provide tutors for homework sessions.

Strategic Plan to Close Achievement Gap

ESU3 continues consulting and working with community organizations and leaders to facilitate a process resulting in a shared vision regarding methods to close the educational achievement gap with equity and inclusion for ALL Nebraska school children.