A Message From Dr. Bell  

November 07, 2016

It is once again time to move the hands on the clocks back one hour again as Daylight Savings Time ends for another year. This always seems to be a good mental exercise when trying to navigate the process of each owned timepiece. It is also always one of my first acts of Thanksgiving when I rejoice over the invention of atomic clocks that adjust automatically. I remember the days when I would wander out to ESU 10 late on a Sunday afternoon to set all of the clocks in the building by hand. You would be amazed how many clocks are in this building!

Another successful trip to the AESA Educators’ Call to Action Federal Advocacy Conference in Washington, D.C. has been completed. I don’t often make travel recommendations, but if you are going for a trip to Washington, D.C. check out participating in the Nebraska Delegation Breakfast. The Nebraska Breakfast, now in its sixth decade, is the oldest and only ongoing state gathering for constituents on Capitol Hill. It is held Wednesday mornings when Congress is in session. Each year a different elected official hosts and all you need to do is make arrangements through one of the Nebraska Delegations’ Offices. This is a chance to get up close and personal with all of the delegates and many of their staff members. You get introduced to the contingent and can even say a few words if you so desire. You have the opportunity to listen to each of them give a short presentation on topics that interest them or are “hot” on the “Hill” and then you have an opportunity for a photo or a few words with each individual. The whole experience helps to personalize your D.C. experience. Check it out.          

It was a soggy time on the east coast but we got out of town before Hurricane Matthew blew by. Fortunately, I took Grandpa Bell’s words to heart many years ago. It probably wasn’t an original saying from him but he always told me to make as many friends as possible because you never know when you will need them. This trip was no exception. Sara Mutalib, who works in the athletic department at George Washington University, handed two soggy walkers a beautiful new GW golf umbrella to help us brave the inclement weather. Then at the end of the trip Rob and Barbara Espiritu were in charge of first aid as I somehow cut my finger on a Dungeness crab shell when they were gracious enough to help us experience crab picking before they delivered us to the airport. We met Sara and Vernon in Ecuador and Rob and Barbara in South Africa – so it really is a small world. 

Keeping with the small world theme – you will find the 2015-16 annual written program report now on the website for your edification and enjoyment. Although our ESU 10 world is officially pretty small, covering about 9,515 square miles, the services provided encompass a much larger area. Please note the breadth, depth, and width of opportunities available to you and your school districts as we do our best “to partner with stakeholders to meet changing needs through professional expertise in providing services, learning opportunities and support”.  We are always investigating new ways to serve you better.  Just let someone on the ESU 10 staff know what you need and we will try to deliver expertise in a prompt and efficient manner.

Best wishes to all of you during this beautiful time of the year in Nebraska.