A Message From Dr. Bell  

August 12, 2013
This summer has really flown by. It seems like it was one of those cases of too much to do and too little time to accomplish it all. The good news is that ESU 10 continues to evolve as we “partner with our customers to meet changing needs through professional expertise, training, and support.”  We continue to sort through comments and suggestions as we attempt to better meet your needs. After reading and analyzing survey suggestions, it appears to be a big challenge for all of us here at ESU 10 to educate and inform as to the programs and services that are available. We’ll be discussing that fact when the entire staff meets on August 19th. What good are great services if people do not use them?

By the time you read this article, the U.S. House of Representatives will have voted on the Student Success Act (HR 5). HR 5 represents the most progress Congress has made on ESEA reauthorization since it passed No Child Left Behind in 2001. What will this mean to all of us who work in the K-12 education industry? It’s too early to tell, but you might want to keep an eye on Washington D.C. Watchfulness is a good thing.

Well, this article has been way too serious so I’ll cite some things that I read this summer while travelling to and from a variety of places. Many of those trips provided extensive periods of reflection while delayed planes or lost luggage found their way to me. It was a good time to learn nuggets of wisdom. Here are just a few of the quotes I remember.

Always do right. This will gratify some people and astonish the rest… -Mark Twain
Always listen to experts. They’ll tell you what can’t be done and why. Then do it… -Robert Heinlein
Always do what you are afraid to do … -Ralph Waldo Emerson
Always remember when going on stage – or in front of a large group of staff at an annual ESU 10 staff meeting, wipe your nose and check your fly… -Alec Guinness
Always read stuff that will look good if you die in the middle of it… -P.J. O’Rourke

The last thought has been extremely helpful. Jeff Wooters, Technology Guru from ESU 6 located in Milford, Nebraska, loaned me a book written by Steven Pinker titled, “The Stuff of Thought”. I must admit that I have still not gotten all the way through this book, but if they clear the plane wreckage from an ill fated flight that I am on they are going to need to pry this book out of my hands. How much better can things look than to see that I am reading a book that shows how language is entwined with human life and is a window into human nature.

See what I mean? I love it when a plan comes together.

I guess I’ll just need to finish my Red Green book about the wit and wisdom of Possum Lodge when I get home.

Best wishes to all of you for a great school year.