A Message From Dr. Bell  

January 03, 2017

The Christmas decorations are once again stowed away for another year. One of my favorite ESU 10 elves, Kelly Clapp, handed me one final present. The schedule for the AdvanceED External Review has been finalized for January 22-25. We will have five evaluators joining us for this momentous event. The leader is from Florida and the other members are from Michigan, Arizona, and Nebraska. Kelly has taken the masterful and dedicated lead on this project and all of the i’s are dotted and the t’s are crossed.  We now await our opportunity to tell the ESU 10 story about how we “partner with our stakeholders to meet changing needs through professional expertise in providing services, learning opportunities and support”. There will be many opportunities for introspection, evaluation, and discussion. When the dust settles on the 25th it is our hope that we will have a clear path for potential improvement of the ESU 10 Program of Services.  This has been a rigorous process and much has already been accomplished by all members of the ESU 10 staff. Thank you to all staff, board of directors, and stakeholders for your involvement in this effort.    

Once the AdvanceED process is completed it is time to start the annual school district visits. The calendar is ready for school districts to select visit times. The list of questions will wait until after we see the results of the external study.  Their findings coupled with internal ESU 10 identified needs will drive the discussions that help shape the direction of this institution. It also provides the definitive identification of where resources need to be invested for maximal impact. I would like to thank all school district and ESU 10 staff in advance for participation in this effort. All participants seem to really enjoy the interaction that this joint venture actuates.

My mind is once again starting to turn toward the beginning of the next session of the Nebraska Unicameral. One never knows what to expect at the beginning of the session. There are so many twists and turns as bills work their way through the system. As always, I would like all of you to remain vigilant and become active participants in the legislative process. There will be so many changes in committees and leadership this year so be sure to share your opinions. Initial talk is that there will be a large shortfall of funds to operate all of the state programs. ESU personnel will be watching those talks carefully and will provide information whenever possible so that our elected leaders can make informed decisions.      

So let this new year begin! My hope is that we all become leading authorities in our fields. Of course, Frank A. Clark defines a leading authority as “anyone who has guessed right more than once”. I don’t know about all of you, but that works for me!   

Let us know what we can do at ESU 10 to make the second half of the school year more successful for you. We are all in this together.

As always, our focus is on serving you!