A Message From Dr. Bell  

March 07, 2016
It is that time of the year again to have formal visits with the public school districts that are served directly by ESU 10. We do provide services to many other school districts, both public and parochial, but the discussions with these entities are always program specific so we don’t run them through the full battery of questions that we compile each year. It is our hope that the answers will provide us with direction to use resources the best ways possible to meet school district needs. Blizzards slowed us down a bit, but we do have 5 visits completed and another 12 scheduled at this time. The other 15 districts will get my personal attention as we try to find time to communicate with each other “to partner with our stakeholders to meet changing needs through professional expertise in providing services, learning opportunities and support.” 

The gold star for the first visit this year goes to Broken Bow Public Schools. Mr. Bailey and his crew provided excellent information and thoughts. All subsequent visits have been just as awesome and productive. We really do appreciate all of the school districts taking the time to talk to us.  I learn so much about the quality of school district leaders in the ESU 10 area that I am fortunate enough to work with on a consistent basis and I am continually impressed with the quality of all ESU 10 staff who participate in these yearly discussions. I am just so blessed to be surrounded by intelligent, articulate, and dedicated professionals.  

And for the record, I don’t want anything! Quality learning opportunities for students is the reward for all of the hard work and effort on their behalf.

I am pleased to see so many of you interested in national products that have been initiated at ESU 10. Atomic Learning has been a consorted staple for years. The use of BrightBytes has increased and the benefits continue to grow as some school districts now have three years of longitudinal data to help provide better opportunities in technology and learning. We still have two more years on this contract so the cost to your school district remains FREE. The newest tool that will be rolling out real soon is Citelighter. We just need to cross a “T” and dot an “I” and it will be ready to roll. This writing process will work right in with the Language Arts Consortium and should be a marvelous lifelong tool for cooperating students. It is great fun to attend national events and then be able to come home and share opportunities with all of you. Let me know if there is a specific topic or kind of program that you would like for your school district and we will see what we can find. When so many of you use these programs the added value that happens from working together creates exponential benefits.  

Now I need to start my evaluative process for one of my favorite activities of the year – March Madness. I know it pains some of you, but Duke University will once again not get much support from me. It’s a Grant, Nebraska thing that I just cannot overcome. All I want this year is bragging rights in my household. I don’t know how she does it, but my wife, who really knows nothing about college basketball, has beaten me every year after the first year we were together. I’m seriously starting to think she just sandbagged that year to get in my good graces. She has offered to help me pick teams this year. How humiliating!! If anyone has a great upset possibility, be sure to email me.

It’s time to go watch the Sandhills Cranes come gliding in. I hope you all have a great month.