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A Message from Dr. Bell


This article has been taking its sweet time formulating in my brain. I had someone in the office ask me what I would like to do today. I responded,”I’m not sure. Let’s think…” Their response was “No, let’s do something you can do, too.” I’m really going to miss that person! Seriously, this is the time of year that often feels overwhelming as deadlines loom. We have our share of challenges here at ESU 10 as we identify our resources to “partner with our customers to meet changing needs through professional expertise, training, and support.” I’ve taken a quick look at the initial data gained from the current ESU 10 Customer Satisfaction Survey. It’s good to see that there is still a great majority of support for ESU 10 programs, but there are also some challenges out there that need to be addressed. Thank you to everyone who completed the survey. I understand a few folks had some trouble navigating their way through the questions. We’ll fine tune things to make responding even easier next year. One should never need to struggle to enter an opinion. This is especially true now that I saw a recent poll that said that 78 percent of those polled said they disliked being polled. Isn’t data a wonderful thing? The survey responses centered on questions provided by ESU 10 Priority Area Committees will prove to be very helpful as we make plans for future changes in our operation as well as our delivery of a program of services. Responses will be discussed May 17th when the troops gather for an All Staff Meeting opportunity. I see some good action plans being developed in the near future that will help us move forward as an organization. The ESU 10 staff is also working on statewide projects in conjunction with the Nebraska Department of Education. Three priority areas have been targeted for mutual consideration and action: principal/teacher evaluation system, blended learning, and a statewide data collection system. More information will be shared as progress is being made in these areas. Summer months at an Educational Service Unit can be hectic, but it is our hope we will find the time to better focus on your needs. Thank you for the quality of service that you provide for the communities that you serve.

May 2013

May Workshops

13 NSSRS Workday 21 Special Education Summer Institute (Day 1) 22 Special Education Summer Institute (Day 2)

23 Special Education Summer Institute (Day 3)

June 03 Getting to Know Your iPad 05 PowerShell V3 Workshop 05 Teaching with an iPad 06 iPads in the History Classroom


10 iPads in the Language Arts Classroom 17 Big 5 of Reading (5 days) 18 iPads in the Math Classroom 18 iPads in the Science Classroom 19 iPads in the Elementary Classroom 20 iPads in the Foreign Language Classroom


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Technology Tips for Teachers Pic Collage Overview: Pic Collage is a fun, easy, and powerful app to create collages. It allows you to access photos from your camera roll, the web, Facebook, or take a picture from the app. The app comes with a standard set of stickers, with the option to buy more sets. You can add text, colored borders, and even crop your photos by tracing around the section you want. For $1.99 you can have your collage sent to someone as a postcard.

by Jamey Boelhower, Remote Learning Specialist

The finished collage can be shared on Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr. You can also save it to your photos or send it in an email. Pic Collage now has an account option that allows you to share your collages on Pic Collage’s site. Why I like it: Designing the collage is easy. Rotating, resizing, arranging, and even trimming the photos are gesture based. In no time you can create a nice looking collage. The ability to access images from the web makes the app a creative tool for the classroom. Use in the classroom: I have used the app as a poster alternative. The example to the right is a poster of a student’s persuasive topic. I think Pic Collage can be used for any class or grade level. Being able to access images from the web enables students to research and show their understanding of any topic in a new and inviting form. Whether it is for the classroom, or a collection of photos from Thanksgiving, I think you will enjoy Pic Collage. Share your collages with me via Twitter (jdog90).


Bring it into the Classroom with Distance Learning In 2013-14 schools will have an opportunity to have three different Artists in Schools Residencies in a semester and they will be participating with other schools in a unique project to support arts education. The beauty of these special art classes is that we construct the experiences as distance-learning (DL) classes that actually earn enough in DL incentive dollars to pay for the residencies. Each school will get one on-site residency per semester and will also get two virtual residencies from two other participating schools that will have different artists on site. Have your best music students take a special Distance-Learning music class from New York’s Manhattan School of Music in partnership with Nebraska’s ESUs. Their participation earns your school $1000.00! Challenger Learning Centers provide students, teachers, and adult learners with simulations that emphasize teamwork, problem-solving, decision-making, and communication skills. Learning Centers were established by the Challenger Center for Space Science in memory of the space shuttle Challenger crew. Check out the centers’ other e-Missions and e-simulations at the Challenger Learning Center website. Contact Gordon Roethemeyer (308) 865-5664 ext. 294 ASAP if you are interested in scheduling summer or fall classes 76 Plaza Blvd • PO Box 850 • Kearney, NE 68848-0850 • Ph: 308.237.5927 • Fax: 308.237.5920 •

Invention Convention Winners Left to right: Grades 1, 2 & 3 3rd Place - Tesa Pandorf - Callaway Wearable Clip Catcher 4th Place - Jayden Carlson - Callaway Brush-o-Matic 1st Place - Ashley Carlton - Elm Creek Magnet Pocket 2nd Place - Denise Hunt & Mary Worthing Elm Creek - Sandhills Crane Game

Grades 4 & 5 3rd Place - Tycen Bailey & Jeff Cunningham - Ansley- Bath Navigator 1st Place - Alex Worthing & Whitney Bauer - Elm Creek - Germinator 2nd Place - Dalton Kunkee & Reagan Ross Callaway - Easy Lift


Grades 6 Division A 1st Place - Talor Petska - Ord Saddle Up Shorty 3rd Place - Reid Brockmeier & Kailey Johnson - Ansley - Reading Time 2nd Place - Hannah Pearson - Callaway Hair Magician

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Grades 6 Division B 1st Place - Cooper Tonniges - Ord Boogie Man Be-Gone Night Light 3rd Place - Richele Masin - Ord Roller Blade Training Wheels 2nd Place - Cheyney Loper & Ellana Willis Callaway - W.D. Tube

Grades 6 Division A 3rd Place - Paige Mortimer & Caitlin Langer Spalding Academy - Punch-Tape-Staple 2nd Place - Corrine Slagle - Sargent Money Band 1st Place - Jeremiah Seamann Spalding Academy Minature Horse Team or Single Chariot


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Computer Passwords

by Ron Cone, Network Information Director

Choosing a Good Password The news is all around us concerning user accounts being hacked and people’s private information being shared and/or their account is used for unintended purposes. This occasionally happens to staff or student accounts in our area too. Although I’m not aware of any criminal activity resulting from this locally, it can cause other problems including relaying SPAM messages and triggering email servers to be blacklisted. [So far I haven’t heard of any compromised student account having their assignment turned in for them.] So what can you do to protect your account from being a target or less likely to be compromised? I’d suggest two things: choose a strong password and change it regularly. First, a strong password is the best way to impede a hacker’s attempts to gain access to your account. If you’re a prominent person with valuable or potentially damaging information, hackers might try social engineering and using information about you to guess passwords you might use (birthdate, family member or pet’s name). Another method is using a brute force attack with automated tools to cycle through a list of well-known passwords dictionaries or popular character sequences hoping to gain access before being detected. Second, changing your password regularly restarts the clock on how long it might take for an automated system to guess your password (assuming it’s as least as strong as the previous one). One password theory is that with enough time, any password can be discovered or “cracked.” Thus, changing your password more frequently than the time it takes to “theoretically” crack, keeps you ahead in this game. However as processing power increases, the time to crack shortens and our password expiration policies might also need to shorten. Thankfully, there are other methods in place to help reduce hacking attempts on user’s accounts. System administrators are constantly exploring new features and are tuning existing ones to quickly identify compromised accounts and better secure systems. A few examples include using secure protocols, intrusion detection systems, and limiting failed login attempts.

Ideas to Create Strong Passwords If I’ve been successful and convinced you to upgrade to a stronger password, how are you going to create a strong one that you can remember? Again, I’ll make few suggestions that may help you in this area and give you a few cautions and things to avoid.


First, where passwords are concerned, longer is better but complicated is best. This means that a long password of all lowercase letters is simpler to crack than a slightly shorter password using multiple character sets. There’s some very specific math here that you can encourage your students to do if you want details. However, a character set includes lowercase, UPPERCASE, special characters like {*&^%$#@}, and numbers (0-9). Sometimes we’re required to use several character sets to increase the complexity of the password, although it takes more effort to create one with these requirements. Another suggestion to make a good, but memorable, password is to use a phrase, sentence or other unforgettable saying and pick out some letters as your password. Here’s an example using the first letters of the syllables in the song “Old McDonald had a farm, EIEIO” which could look like OMDhafEIEIO as the password. Now that’s a very familiar phrase around the Midwest, so humming the tune while typing might not be a good

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Computer Passwords way to keep it secret, but adding or substituting special characters or numbers to it would make it more complicated. Maybe Mr. McDonald had nine farms and he sold them all to you! That might look like OMDh9f,Hstatm! Adding or exchanging letters for numbers and adding special characters makes this password very strong because of its length and use of four character sets. And I’m sure you can remember it now that you know how it was constructed and modified. Because we often have numerous accounts, I’d recommend not making any of them the same, since one exploit could compromise them all with the proper knowledge. Another idea is to add a bit of customization to every password from the standard password created above. However, this borders on being predictable, so additional variation would be better. Thus, if I’m using this new password for eBay, I might add the letters EB, 3B, yaBe, or something unique to this password to associate it with eBay. EOMDh9f,Hstatm!B Long, complex and different passwords are the best choice, subsequently, I use a password manager to handle this task of creating and remembering them for me. There are several types of password manager choices including using your browser’s password manager feature, a local desktop application, or a web-based password manager. I don’t recommend using the browser’s password features as anyone with access to your computer or browser can get to all your passwords. I prefer the desktop app or web-based types and have used both LastPass and KeePass as password managers, but there are other good choices also. Both of these have their pros and cons, and both require you to have a strong “master”

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password to secure all the other passwords that are stored behind this main password. One thing I enjoy about LastPass is having it available on all my devices and any browser I feel I can login with. It can also create a password for me and save it into its password vault. I may never know the actual password to a site, but I can get in if I know the super-secret master password. Be cautious when using websites that can rate the strength of your password, such as and www.passwordmeter. com. Although these sites can be helpful in selecting stronger passwords, once you’ve typed it in, 6 you’ve now shared this password with this web site and it is no longer secret! I’d strongly recommend not using a site to test or rate your real password nor sharing your password with anyone or any site that is not the actual account holder. Rather use sites like these to create strong passwords. Changing passwords can be a real pain temporarily, but so can exercise, memorizing states and capitals, and getting your regular dental cleaning. Nevertheless each of these might have their place in preventing other more severe problems and ignoring some can lead to many undesirable results. So as you make that annual or biannual dental appointment, consider also updating your password or visiting with your local IT support staff about it. I’m sure they’ll appreciate both your clean pearly white smile and your interest in IT security and they probably won’t send you a bill.

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Improving Student Achievement by Susan Evans, Prof. Development Coordinator Improving Achievement through the Big 5 of Reading through the BigStudent 5 of Reading How many phonemes are in the word “reading”? How many morphemes? Does it even matter The Big 5 Workshop whether or not you know the answers to these questions? If you teach reading, yes! June 17-21 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Teaching reading is both an ESU 10 art and a science, and both aspects are necessary for students to Phonemic How many phonemes are in the word improve reading achievement. If Awareness “reading”? How many morphemes? you are interested in gaining a Does it even matter whether or not you deeper understanding of the science know the answers to these questions? of reading, consider enrolling in ESU If you teach reading, yes! 10’s Big 5 of Reading week-long Teaching is bothWe an art andbe a summerreading workshop. will Comprehension science, and both aspects are necesPhonics looking in-depth at each of the Big 5 sary for studentsand to improve reading components how to effectively achievement. If you are interested teach them. Participants will in be able gaining a deeper understanding to directly apply what theyoflearn to the scienceinstructional of reading, consider encurrent practice. rolling inThe ESUBig 10’s5Big 5 of Read-will be workshop ing week-long summer workshop. offered from 8:30-4:00 on June 17We be looking at each 21.will Three hours in-depth of college credit are of the Big 5 components and howCollege, to 7 available through Hastings effectively teach them. Participants and registration is currently open on will be able to directly apply what Vocabulary ODIE. Fluency


they learn to current instructional practice.

Three hours of college credit are available through Hastings College. Register here.

Quantum Learning for First-Time Participants In this workshop, first-time participants learn new ways to maximize the impact of their teaching efforts through the development of relationships, orchestration of learning, and delivery of curriculum. Quantum Learning is a multi-sensory, multi-intelligence, brain-compatible practical approach to learning. It is founded on educationally sound theories of Multiple Intelligences (Garner), Neuro-Linguistic Programming (Grinder and Bandler), Experiential Learning (Hahn), Cooperative Learning (Johnson and Johnson), and Elements of Effective Instruction (Madeline Hunter). The methodology is based on over 20 years of experience and research with over 35,000 students and the synergy of thousands of teachers.

This 5-day Quantum Learning workshop is open ONLY to first-time participants. Registration will close May 15, 2013. If the minimum number of registered participants has not been reached, the workshop will be cancelled. July 29 - August 2 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. ESU 10 Presenter: Dan St.Romain, Quantum Learning Certified Instructor Register here. For more information, please email Bob Lungrin

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Write Tools Workshops Write Tools 101 Foundations July 29 - 30 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Holiday Inn, Kearney, NE Jen Lethaby, Write Tools Inc. trainer will provide training for Write Tools 101 (2 days at Holiday Inn) and three additional modules (3 days at ESU 10). The first two days are the groundwork for all other training modules for Write Tools. It includes strategies for: responding to reading, building better sentences, planning before writing, expository paragraph writing, emphasis on the full writing process, correlations to reading, and connections to Six Traits Writing. Register here. Check ODIE for July 31, August 1 & 2, 2013 dates. To be eligible for credit, you must register for all five dates. Write Tools and Beyond July 31-August 2 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. ESU 10 July 31st - Day 3 of this training, Multi-Paragraph Writing & Compare/Contrast Writing Module will equip teachers with comprehensive, progressive, and research-based strategies. Our trainer will address a variety of additional strategies in expository writing. Participants will learn strategies to enhance instruction in Compare/Contrast writing and much more than the Venn diagram.


August 1st - Day 4 - Active Reading: Focus on Literature will address a variety of reading strategies that help students learn to read more carefully and to interact with a variety of literature. By improving reading comprehension, writing to improve learning is achievable. This workshop will equip teachers with comprehensive, progressive, research based strategies to teach students how to write with rich language and well-developed thoughts. It models proven instructional methods which meet the needs for all levels of learners, and compliments curriculum already in place. August 2nd - Day 5 - Active Reading: Focus in Non-Fiction Text will address a variety of reading strategies that help students learn to read more carefully and to interact with non-fiction text. By improving reading comprehension, writing to improve learning is achievable. This workshop will equip teachers with comprehensive, progressive, research-based strategies to teach students how to write with rich language and well-developed thoughts. It models proven instructional methods which meet the needs for all levels of learners, and compliments curriculum already in place. Register here. Check ODIE for July 29-30 dates. To be eligible for college credit, you must register for all dates. 76 Plaza Blvd • PO Box 850 • Kearney, NE 68848-0850 • Ph: 308.237.5927 • Fax: 308.237.5920 •

Summer workshops Blending Technology and Improving Instruction July 08, 2013 (6 days) 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. ESU 10 Participants will be able to independently use their learning to design and deliver high-quality courses/ units in a blended learning environment. We will learn to use “Understanding by Design” (UbD), which is a framework for improving student achievement.

UbD uses a backward design approach by focusing first on identifying desired outcomes, then determining appropriate assessments, and lastly, planning relevant, effective and engaging learning experiences both in the classroom and online. Participants will use Moodle and other collaborative technology tools in conjunction with UbD to create a blended learning experience. Register here.


Building Understanding of Fractions for Young Mathematicians July 17 9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. ESU 10

NWEA Stepping Stones to Using Data July 18 9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. ESU 10

Lenny Vermass will be presenting this workshop, during which participants will develop meaning and understanding of fractions so that students can learn mathematics and enjoy learning mathematics.

In the Stepping Stones to Using Data training, attendees work with essential reports and resources once testing data is available. Participants will learn how to access, interpret, and apply these reports and resources and plan together on how to use the data to inform their ongoing work.

Teachers will learn strategies and participate in activities to develop understanding, flexibility and adaptability in their students’ fraction skills. Strategies to reinforce and strengthen students’ vocabulary will be shared. In addition a variety of alternative homework strategies will be shared to engage students and keep them interested in learning.

This training provides an opportunity for hands-on access to reports specifically designed for administrators, secondary teachers, as well as for teachers using standard MAP® and MAP® for Primary Grades.

Register here.

Register here.

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2013 Summer Technology Workshops June 3 – iPad Intro-Getting to Know Your iPad Join us for a one-day workshop on “Getting to Know Your iPad.” You’ll learn about buttons, swipes, and apps, as well as how an iPad can assist you personally and professionally. Bring your iPad with the latest iOS updates and know the Apple ID you’ll use to download apps on this device. If you’re not sure about either of those, visit with your administration or LAN Manager before you come. June 5 - Teaching With an iPad You’ve got the iPad basics down (See iPad Intro: Getting to Know Your iPad) and you’re feeling fairly comfortable using it personally. Now you’d like to teach with it. In this one-day workshop you’ll learn how to use an iPad as a presentation tool as well as explore educational apps, course management resources, and file storage. Whether you only have one iPad, a cart, or one for each student, you’ll leave with a plethora of educational uses for this mobile device. Using iPads in the Curricular Classroom Let’s explore how the iPad can be used as a productivity and an instructional tool as well as a learning device in the classroom. Using free apps, you will create several projects that could be used as unit openers, chapter reviews, or periodic checks for understanding. Time will be allowed for exploration of subject area apps as well as gaming apps that challenge students to increase their understanding of a subject or skill. • June 6 – Using iPads in the History Classroom • June 10 – Using iPads in the Language Arts Classroom • June 18 – Using iPads in the Math Classroom • June 18 – Using iPads in the Science Classroom • June 19 – Using iPads in the Elementary Classroom • June 20 – Using iPads in the Foreign Language Classroom July 15 – iPads in the Classroom Summit Join us for our first iPad Summit where you will learn new classroom apps, productivity apps and other creative ways to use the iPads that students have in the classroom! Many schools have moved toward a one-iPad-per-student model in their schools. In this professional development opportunity, technology integration specialists and teachers from the ESU 10 area will be sharing their energy and ideas for ways to move up that Blooms Taxonomy to creativity in your classroom. The conference like atmosphere of this professional development opportunity will give you apps and ideas with hands-on practice time. Networking and collaborating sessions will take place all day allowing you to meet with other job-alike educators to share ideas, policies, and planning.


All summer technology workshops are at ESU 10 in Kearney, and are from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM. For more information and registration, visit ODIE at http://odie.

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Sped Summer Institute 2013 Tuesday, May 21 Technology and Data

Wednesday, May 22 Measurable Goals and Objectives

A.M. - Follow-up Training for iPad Apps Review, follow-up training, and support for the apps explored at the March 15th SpEd training. The apps include PaperPort Notes, iBooks, Educreations, StoryKit. Individuals are asked to bring ideas to show and share regarding these apps. There will be time to further explore and collaborate on the use of these apps to support student learning. Attendance on March 15th is not a prerequisite. The training is open to anyone.

A.M. - The morning will begin with an overview of writing measurable IEP goals and objectives. Work groups will evaluate sample goals to determine whether they contain the components of a measurable goal. Work time will be included for participants to write “model” goals in areas that are more easily measured, i.e., articulation, math calculation, reading fluency, etc. Participants will be able to apply the information learned about data collection on Day 1.

P.M. - Data Collection for IEP Goals The following will be covered: • The differences between formative and summative assessments • Collecting data to help drive educational decisions • Progress monitoring • Displaying data in graphs, scatterplots, etc. • Utilizing data in progress reports

P.M. - Participants will break into discipline and age/grade specific groups to write goals and objectives for areas that are more difficult to measure (language, behavior, comprehension, self-advocacy, transition, organization). All summer institute workshops are at ESU 10 in Kearney, and are from 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM. For more information and registration, visit ODIE at http://odie.

Thursday, May 23 Special Education Rules & Regulations and Transition A.M. - Commonly asked questions will be reviewed, including: revocation, the definition of parent, residency, adding a service, what constitutes change in placement, transportation, supplementary aids and services, etc. Questions that have been submitted on the Special Education discussion board prior to this training will be addressed during this session. P.M. - Transition Participants will choose to attend one of the following break-out sessions on transition: • Transition from Part C to Part B and transition from preschool to 11 kindergarten or • Secondary transition including program of study and summary of performance for students of all ability levels

DIBELS TRAINING DIBELS NEXT Transition Training for Experienced DIBELS Users August 7 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. ESU 10 This transition workshop is designed for educators who have had previous DIBELS training but would like a comprehensive refresher. The participants will review the scoring rules and will practice the administration of each measure. Register here DIBELS NEXT Essential Workshop August 8-9 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. ESU 10 This essential training is designed for educators who are new to DIBELS. The workshop will provide training on the newest edition of DIBELS: DIBELS Next. The workshop will help participants understand the research foundations of DIBELS Next, as well as learning how to administer and score each measure. Register here 76 Plaza Blvd • PO Box 850 • Kearney, NE 68848-0850 • Ph: 308.237.5927 • Fax: 308.237.5920 •

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Nebraska Middle  Level  Academy Star%ng  in  1989,  the  Nebraska  Middle  Level  Academy  (NMLA)  has  provided  learning  opportuni%es  for  middle  level   teachers,  administrators,  parents,  and  community  members.  The  2013  Nebraska  Middle  Level  Academy  marks  our  24th   year  of  service  to  the  professionals  that  directly  impact  the  lives  of  young  adolescents  throughout  Nebraska  and   surrounding  states. Our  academy  format  features  Nebraska  educators,  as  presenters  and  facilitators,  concentra%ng  on  various  topics  that   align  with  indicators  of  quality  middle  level  programs.  These  indicators  include:  improving  student  learning,  fostering   healthy  learning  communi%es,  staff  awareness  for  student  support,  improving  instruc%on  with  technology,  student   mo%va%on  and  management,  instruc%onal  enhancement  for  student  success,  structures  to  support  student  learning,   and  mee%ng  individual  student  needs. Take  what  you  like,  leave  the  rest,  and  let  others  know  about  the  instruc%onal  strategies  and  best  prac%ce  applica%ons   you  were  able  to  glean  from  your  experience  at  this  annual  middle  level  academy.  Most  importantly,  enjoy  yourself  and   be  sure  to  share  your  own  successes  with  others  while  you  are  here! Thanks,  in  advance,  for  helping  to  make  this  academy  worth  every  bit  of  your  valuable The Nebraska Middle Level Academy is a group of people representing middle level education within the State of Nebraska with the intended purpose of planning, developing, and conducting an annual Middle Level Conference.

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2013 Nebraska Middle Level Academy Schedule

The Role of Middle Level Educators in College Prep

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

8:15 am

Luncheon Guest Speaker 11:45-1:15 Chancellor Doug Kristensen University of Nebraska-Kearney

Cyberbulling: Recognition, Intervention and Prevention

9:00 am

Graci Gillming ESU 10 @ Kearney

Registration Rolls & Coffee

9:00 am

9:15 am


9:25 am

10:30 am

Break Out Session

10:45 am

11:40 am

Break Out Session


Tuesday, General Session 2:45-4:30 PM

Lunch Keynote

1:35 pm

2:30 pm

Break Out Session

2:45 pm


General Session

5:30 pm

7:30 pm

*Networking Social Opportunity





The Importance of Middle Level Educators Wednesday, General Session 9:00-9:45 AM Dr. Roger Breed Commissioner Nebraska Department of Education

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Wednesday, June 12, 2013

8:15 am

8:45 am

Registration Rolls & Coffee

9:00 am

9:45 am

General Session

10:00 am

10:55 am

Break Out Session

11:10 am

12:05 pm

Break Out Session

12:05-1:00 1:35 pm

2:20 pm


Lunch and Elections 2:20 pm

Break Out Session


General Session/Doo r Prizes

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