Administrators' Days - Handouts

Wednesday, July 30, 2014 (All day) to Friday, August 1, 2014 (All day)

Implementing a Common Language of Instruction: Lessons Learned

Toby Boss
ESU #6

Laura Kroll
Exeter-Milligan Public Schools

Mark Olson
Milford Public Schools

Establishing and using a common language of instruction has become an important strategy for improvement of both teacher efficiency and student achievement. This session will allow you to learn the steps these school leaders took to implement the model, including teacher self-assessment, video self-reflection, and goal setting.


The Superintendent Pay Transparency Act (LB 470)

Jim Gessford
Perry, Guthery, Haase, and Gessford

In this session, Jim Gessford will review this new law and some immediate steps that must be taken to assure compliance its various requirements in order to assure there is no withholding of your school’s State funds.


Going 1:1 with Google Chromebooks

Jay Dostal, Aaron Svoboda, Troy DeHaven, Judy Henning
Kearney Public Schools

Dick Meyer
University of Nebraska - Kearney

Kearney High School deployed over 1400 Chromebooks to students in December of 2013. Learn the process that led up to this deployment and what we have learned about the devices in the first half-year. Additionally, learn how teachers are using the devices in their classrooms.


Mail-In Bond Elections: What You Need to Know!

Liz Standish
Lincoln Public Schools

Scott Keene

Lincoln Public Schools passed a $153 million bond issue on February 11, 2014, by a 2 to 1 margin.  The LPS Board worked through a lengthy public process to develop the bond question and called a special election.  Consequently, the decision was made by the Election Commissioner to conduct the election through tht email-in process in order to increase voter turnout.  Facin the largest mail-in election in the state, LPS took on a major communication effort to inform a voting base that exceeds 160,000.  This mail-in election resulted in an election day that lasted 19 days!  Come learn about the key strategies, major take-aways, and interesting things we learned along the way.


Off the Pyramid: Intensive Behavior Programming for K-8 Students

Beth Ericson
York Public School

Nancy Meyer
ESU #6

York Public Schools and ESU #6 have collaborated to create a special program (Students Engaged in Learning for their Future) for students with severe emotional and behavioral needs. SELF is based on the Response to Intervention model and work of Diana Browning-Wright and Dr. Clayton Cook. York Public Schools and ESU #6 have utilized Browning-Wright and Cook’s publication RTI in Restrictive Settings published by LRP Publications. Participants will learn how to utilize the Response to Intervention model to create and operate a specialized program like SELF with the ultimate goal of students returning to a less restrictive environment full-time.


Upcoming Changes to the ACT and SAT

John Baylor
John Baylor Test Prep

Changes to the ACT and SAT – what’s causing them, when they’ll arrive, and how they’ll affect your students?


Helping Students Whether They Want It or Not

Bill McAllister
West Holt Public Schools

This session will review West Holt Public School’s process of creating SMART goals for students and Achievement Centers via teacher collaboration teams.  This process begin by addressing the following questions:

—  What do we want students to learn?
—  How will we know if they have learned?
—  What will we do if they don’t learn?
—  What will we do if they already know it?


Staff Evaluation in Early Childhood Settings – Connecting Observation to Professional Goals and Child Outcomes

Kristy Feden
Papillion-LaVista Public Schools

Jean Ubbelohde
Millard Public Schools

This session will drill down to what to “look for” during walk-through and less formal staff observations in early childhood settings (community childcare/preschools, family homes, center-based preschool, IEP/IFSP meetings). Participants can also expect to learn how to support early childhood staff with developing professional goals that align with district-wide purpose and direction, and connect to infant/toddler/child outcomes, as well as discover post observation conversations that will yield meaningful discussion between early childhood staff and administrators.


Criminal Background Checks: Legal and Practical Update

Karen Haase, Kelley Baker
Harding & Shultz

Most administrators are familiar with the provisions of LB 907, also known as the “ban the box” legislation which prevents school districts from asking about criminal history until the district determines that the applicant meets “minimum employment qualifications.” Karen and Kelley will discuss the changes to the law, updating employment applications, and other practical considerations of the hiring process.


How to Survive Your First 30 Days as a Special Education Director
Special Education data collection calendar for new dir fall 2014

Peggy Romshek
Mitchell Public School

Dr. Jenny Piening
Norris School District 160

Members of the NASES Executive board will host a session for those new to their position as a Special Education Director. NASES has a new member program. Highlights of this program will be given along with other tips for surviving the first few weeks on the job. A question and answer session with experienced special education administrators will also be a part of this session.

The Science of Early Childhood Development and Strategies for Implementing Quality Early Childhood Programs

Becky Veak, Jen Goettemoeller
First Five Nebraska

This session will provide administrators an overview regarding the science of brain development and why it’s so critical to invest in children prior to school entrance. Examples will be given of what quality early childhood looks like in an infant-toddler and a pre-school classroom and how they differ. The session will also touch on ideas for strengthening partnerships in your community that will help close the achievement gap.


There’s Only Two Ways to Improve Your School …

Chad Dumas
Hastings Public Schools & Learning Forward Nebraska

There's only two ways to improve your school: 1) Hire better teachers, or 2) Improve the ones you’ve got. There isn’t any other way. Hiring better teachers will take a lifetime, so you’re left with improving what you’ve got. Increase your effectiveness in leading improvement through the “Standards of Professional Learning.” Find out how to maximize your improvement efforts through improving educator effectiveness!


Growing as Instructional Leaders with Administrator Rounds

Jen Madison, Suzanne Whisler
ESU #4

Ernie Valentine, J.P. Holys, Rick Johnson, Gale Dunkhas, Tim Heckenlively
Falls City Public Schools

Instructional Rounds have been gaining momentum as a way for teachers to build a common language of instruction, learn from their colleagues, and reflect on their own professional practice. Falls City Public School principals partnered with ESU #4 to use a similar model. They observed classrooms together to deepen their understanding of their instructional framework and practice providing effective feedback. Learn how one district implemented the rounds model with principals.


The New Attendance Law

Dr. Terry Haack
Bennington Public Schools

Dr. Kevin Riley
Gretna Public Schools

Greg Perry
Perry, Guthery, Haase & Gessford

Dr. Haack and Dr. Riley were intricately involved in the development of LB 464. They will describe the changes made to Nebraska’s excessive absenteeism law and the purposes of those changes. Greg Perry will give legal input.



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