• Instruction
  • A.P.L. Instructional Strategies
  • Academic Literacy Project (ALP)
  • Blended / Personalized Learning
  • Distance Education
  • Early Learning Connection


Instruction in the context of education is synonymous with teaching. In teaching there are different roles in which an outstanding teacher will find themselves during instruction. The roles include direct instruction, facilitation of understanding, and coaching. Each role is carefully chosen for the purpose of bringing out desired student actions.

Direct instruction is when the teacher is modeling, demonstrating, lecturing and asking questions. The intent is for students to observe, practice, take notes, question and give responses. During facilitation of understanding the teacher provides opportunities for discussion, experimental inquiry, graphic representation, problem-based learning and use of the writing process. In turn, students collaborate, consider, explain, hypothesize, solve, clarify, organize and revise. As the coach, a teacher is providing feedback, conferencing with individuals and groups and assisting with guided practice. Student actions are likely to be to listen, practice, retry, reflect, recycle through and refine their thinking and learning.

Teaching and Learning staff are trained in aiding educators with all of the roles of teacher and student actions and look forward to discussing them with ESU 10 educators.

A.P.L. Instructional Strategies

The Teaching and Learning staff offer training and support for instructional skills and strategies called A.P.L. in order to help educators become proficient in classroom management. Using A.P.L. can elicit the following outcomes:

  • Increased student time on task.
  • Improved student behavior.
  • Improved student performance.
  • Insights into and options for classroom organization.
  • Motivation of students.
  • Classroom management techniques that work.

A.P.L. training includes the topics of instructional objectives, anticipatory set, closure, intrinsic and extrinsic motivation, success ladder, covert and overt active participation, managing student behavior, action plan, management strategies, maximum concept, classroom conditions, teaching episode, feeling tone, level of concern, reinforcers, interest, practice, time and quantity, knowledge of results, and modeling.


Academic Literacy Project (ALP)

ESU 10 is pleased to offer the Academic Literacy Project, a professional development series that focuses on helping teachers become familiar with and implement research-based literacy strategies that will increase student achievement for adolescent learners.The project focuses on four research-based recommendations for improving adolescent literacy. The recommendations are to:

  1. Provide explicit vocabulary instruction
  2. Provide direct and explicit comprehension strategy instruction
  3. Provide opportunities for extended discussion of text meaning and interpretation
  4. Increase student motivation and engagement in literacy learning

See the 2021-2022 flier for trainings here or below. For registration, visit ODIE Workshops and search "Academic".

Nebraska ESUs

The goals of this project are to become familiar with and implement research-based literacy strategies that will increase student achievement. The project trainings are facilitated by ESU 10 Staff. For more information contact:

Sarah Essay

Teaching & Learning Coordinator

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Jeff Janda

Teaching & Learning Coordinator

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Denise O'Brien

Teaching & Learning Director

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If you are a teacher involved in the project, you can access our video library on the ESU 10 YouTube Channel.

Blended / Personalized Learning

ESU 10 believes that blended learning is a combination of differentiation, formative assessment, direct and guided instruction, digital resources, engagement, classroom management and the 4 C’s of 21st century learning. All of these components ultimately enhance your school’s instructional model.

For more information on Blended Learning for ESU 10 schools, visit dl.esu10.org.

Distance Education

Using high-speed networks, the ESU and school districts sent and received classes, workshops, and meetings to add to local curriculum offerings and to increase educational opportunities for student and adult members of the community in a real-time, two-way, interactive audio and video environment. Many courses were dual-credit offerings as well as supplemental opportunities provided in the form of virtual field trips or career connections. Member districts received assistance in classroom design, equipment selection and purchase, and instructor training. Funding came from annual fees assessed to member districts, training fees, RUS (Rural Utilities Service) grant, and other non-grant funds.

For more information please visit our Distance Learning Website.

Early Learning Connection

ELC Logo The Central Region Early Childhood Professional Development Partnership (CECPDP) provides and supports training in early childhood to build an effective, coordinated system for preparing, supporting and recognizing the early childhood care and education workforce in order to provide high quality programs for young children and their families.

As required by Nebraska Department of Education (NDE) and the Department of Health and Human Services, CECPDP collaborates with partners to build the capacity to plan, coordinate and deliver training and other professional development opportunities for all who work with young children, including children identified with disabilities. The following trainings will be offered within the region:

  • Safe With You Phase I (Safe Sleep for Infants, Shaken Baby Syndrome, Child Abuse & Neglect Reporting and Prevention)
  • Early Learning Guidelines
  • Child care licensure requirements (as current)
  • Early Childhood Management Training
  • Getting Down to Business (for family child care home providers)
  • Social-emotional development/Teaching Pyramid (as designated by state Teaching Pyramid implementation plan)
  • Inclusive child care practices (e.g. Special Care Training, Cara’s Kit, etc.)
  • Early Language and Literacy
  • Out-of-School Time/School-age child care programming (in partnership with the Community Learning Center Network)
  • Serving children with disabilities (in partnership with Planning Region Teams)
  • Results Matter (curriculum and assessment, as per NDE plan)

For more information contact:

Alexandra Dillon

Early Learning Connections Coordinator

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