A Message From Dr. Bell  

November 03, 2015
I am so grateful during the Thanksgiving season that ESU 10 is now guided by the new mission statement which is: To partner with stakeholders to meet changing needs through professional expertise in providing services, learning opportunities and support. This mission has been instrumental as we move forward to provide a Program of Services that is robust and focused to meet your needs.

It is once again the moment to get our bodies adjusted to standard time again as we “fall back “an hour. My clock at home is supposed to modify that function automatically, but for the last three years it seems I get to work an hour early. It is time to use the wind-up Big Ben clock to help me get through the change. My children just laugh at me, but sometimes the “old “ways still work best! There is a relevant side note to this observation. I have jumper cables in the van just in case drivers forget to turn off headlights when they come to ESU 10 meetings in the dark. It seems we have two or three opportunities each year to provide a battery charging service. There is, of course, no charge to the fantastic people who attend ESU 10 workshops!  

Did you realize that Nebraska ESUs were created in 1965 to provide training for teachers, administrators, and support staff? Also, ESUs were to encourage collaboration across district boundaries to enhance efficiency and equitable service. Fifty years later we’re still at it and going strong. As we like to say in the ESU world – we add value to education. Today, ESUs are requested to do more than ever and are reinvented to meet those requests daily.  

A group of individuals created a brochure that you will see over the coming months. This information highlights that ESUs support student achievement and leverage limited resources in six areas, many of which are mandated by federal and/or state law. These areas will be highlighted in later articles, but the list includes: Teaching and Learning, Technology Services, Specialized Student Services, Early Childhood, Developing Partnerships, and Administrative Services.   

I have seen so many changes in all of these areas over the past twenty-two years and will reminisce about them in the future. The bottom line is that ESUs change constantly to meet perceived needs. If we were without that ability to be change agents your need for us would diminish. That is why your partnership and suggestions are so valuable to us as we continue to modify and adjust the Program of Services.     

 I hope the next 50 years of ESU service are as awesome as the first. Thanks in advance for your support as we continue to strive to be nimble partners to meet your needs.