May 3 2012

SDA Business Meeting Agenda
ESU #10 Kearney
8:30am-11:30am

SDA Business Meeting
  • Call to Order & Welcome 8:30am
    • Introductions
      • Early Learning Connection Coordinators
  • Announcements
    • Jeff McQuistan reviewed the Mission/Norms
    • Deb Wragge moved and Eiileen Barks seconded the Approval of Jan 11 Minutes. Motion carred
    • Agenda Review
    • Begin with the End in Mind
  • Opening Activity 8:40am
  • Delegations 8:50am
  • Action Items 9:07am
    • Conference Concept (Toby Boss)
      • Discussed the possibility of SDA working with other Nebraska organizations to create a statewide teacher conference.
      • Suzanne made a motion move forward with exploration of the concept. Debbie seconded.
      • The motion carried with 30 member votes.
    • Bylaws Proposals Jeff provided an overview of the following bylaw changes
      • Article III: SDA Business Meetings (held as needed)
      • Article IV: Strategists' roles (collectively and individually)
      • Appendix I: Update Governance History (to reflect next year's leadership team)
      • Lenny VerMaas moved to accept changes, seconded by Bob Lundgrin; motion carried.
    • DUE TO TIME CONSTRAINTS, THE FOLLOWING SECTION WAS OMITTED, but will be addressed by the strategists:
    • Alignment: How does our role within ESUPDO quantifiably support the four ESUCC Strategic Priorities? What can we do to demonstrate purposeful alignment, effectiveness, and efficiency regarding these goals?
      Virtual Gallery Walk:
      1. We will fully develop our ESU system 24/7 technology learning infrastructure to meet the present and emerging needs of Nebraska's schools.
        How can technology be leveraged to advance the mission of SDA? (The mission of SDA is to positively impact learning through statewide collaboration, leadership, best practices, and shared expertise.) How can we demonstrate effective use of technology in our work as staff developers? Where do we house resources that are collaboratively developed?
      2. We will increase and improve our collaboration/working relationship with key stakeholders.
        Who are our Key Stakeholders? What systematic processes need to be in place to improve collaboration and working relationships with stakeholders and other collaborative partners?
      3. We will improve our accountability and communication with and to each other and key stakeholders in the state.
        To whom are we accountable? How can communication be improved internally as well as with key stakeholders and other collaborative partners?
      4. Improve ESUCC Process and Identify additional Stakeholders (This is an 'ESUCC-only' priority; however, what recommendations do you have to improve ESU processes?)
  • Statewide Grant Activity Updates 9:30am
    • NMPDS (JaLena Slack) Jalena Slack provided an update of the Nebraska Math Professional Development Series. Deb Wragge presented a grateful thanks to Jalena for all her work and wishes for further success.
      • NMPDS Application Deadlines
        • Elementary Math Academy is June 1, 2012
        • Middle/High School Project is September 1, 2012
        • One final push before school dismisses for the summer
      • Summer workshops
        • Focus on LtoJ
        • Focus on LtoJ work days (Norfolk and Kearney)
        • Elementary Math Academy (2 consecutive days at each site)
      • Changes for next year
        • Lincoln site will move to Milford (ESU 6) for MS/HS
        • De Tonack will not be part of NMPDS as a Content Trainer
      • Thank you to the NE Math Cadre for their time and effort in promoting the NMPDS.
      • Elementary Math Academy Roster
      • Middle School/High School Roster
    • KICKS2 Sheree Person-Pandil provided a KICKS 2 update for for Deb Paulman
      • 135 participants in KICKS2 and LINKS
      • KICKS2 institutes are full…Thank you, thank you to ESUs for all their support promoting the project!!
      • Several ESU’s have yet to submit nominations for LINKS (check participant list on wiki)
      • LINKS info on the wiki
      • 2012 KICKS2 Roster
      • 2012 LINKS Invite
  • Request for Audience: Shannon Volger, Alliance for a Healthier Generation 9:45am
  • Break 10:00am
  • NDE Update 10:10am
    • Freida is in a good place and facilitated the NDE updates.
    • Mary Ann Losh and Nancy Rowch provided the following updates:
      • ELL
      • Rule 15 (LEP rule) which is ready for signature by Governor and will go into effect during the 12-13 year. The rule is on the NDE website, well as the implementation guide under the recent board meeting agenda.
      • Section 5 deals with staff and professional development: language instruction must be provided by a certified teacher. Those in the core curriculum must have annual professional development - which can be done through the normal PD channels. Nancy provided several options for professional development.
    • Donlynn Rice provided updates on the following:
      • Social Studies Standards DRAFT
        • ü December 2011 – Initial Large Writing Group (2 day)
        • ü January 2012 – Editing Group
        • ü February 2012 – 2nd Large Writing Group (2 day)
        • ü March 2012- State Board Subcommittee
        • ü March 2012 - Editing Group (2 day)
        • ü March 2012 – Elementary focus Groups
        • April 2012 – 3rd Large Writing Group
        • April - May 2012 – Citizen Panel
        • May 2012 – Editing Group
        • June – July 2012 External Validation Process
        • July – 2012 Editing Group
        • July – September 2012 – Public Input
        • September - 2012 – State Board Subcommittee
        • October 2012 – Initial Draft to State Board
        • Comments are cut off on May 15
      • Teacher/Principal Evaluation
        • Rhonda, Denise and Joni are working on this project
        • Schools may adopt or adapt after the work is completed - the product will not be mandated
        • Currently studying models in other states
        • This will be about a year long process
    • Don Loseke provided updates on the school improvement external reveiws
    • Valorie Foy introduced herself and addressed the group
      • Introduction to SDA (will replace Pat Roschewski upon retirement) will join in July
      • Jeremy Henneger will join in July as the assistant director
    • Pat provided an update:
      • Cut scores will be coming out
      • DRC will be the partner for one more year until it goes out to bid
      • A security audit was conducted and things went well
    • Ann Masters provided an update on:
      • Malaika Foundation - provide workshops in the area of global education using technology. Kevin and Katie Morrow will be providing the training. Opportunity for ESUs to host half day training on Saturdays. The training costs, meals, mileage and meals will be provided.
    • Freida Lange provided an update on the following:
      • Rule 84 the AG has it and it should be going to the Governor - it is across the street right now.
      • June 6 another hearing for Rule 10 - very narrow focus on whether the pledge should be a mandatory part of Rule 10 at 10:00 AM CDT
      • SIP workshops - dates have been sent.
        • Sep 20-21 Holiday Inn Express North Platte
        • Oct 8-9 ESU #10 Kearney
        • Oct 25-26 Lifelong Learning Center Norfolk
        • Oct 29-30 DC Center Omaha
      • Day one - a large group related to leadership, standards, resources from the toolkit, and collaboration
      • Day two - four sections
        • Technical assistance
        • AdvancED schools - ASSIST and hosting a visit
        • Framework schools - hosting a visit
        • Nuts and bolts of continuous improvement
          • Morning on the Guidebook
          • Afternoon working with NDE trainers working with data displays
      • July 24 -
        • 1:30 Guidebook/CIP training - working on a location
        • 5:00- 7:00 NDE/ESU session at ESU 10
    • Teach in Nebraska - feel free to disseminate to schools
  • Announcements
    • Bucket Team Time Overview
      • This is an opportunity to get organized. This format will, in essence, replace our needs assessment 'event' and reflects a more embedded process. A strategist has been designated to chair each bucket team. Points to guide your effort:
        • Bucket Team leadership will rotate (as strategists change)
        • Bucket Team membership will remain flexible AND you are encouraged to commit to no more than one Bucket
        • Bucket Team meetings will be scheduled on SDA Business Meeting dates; additional meetings may be scheduled as needed
        • The goal of the Bucket Team process is to identify, propose, and plan SDA professional development opportunities that support the Mission of SDA through collaborative, collegial conversations. (see next)
        • The mission of SDA is to positively impact learning through statewide collaboration, leadership, and shared expertise.
        • The intent is for each bucket area (curriculum, instruction, assessment, leadership, school improvement) to be addressed at least once every 2-3 years; this process will remain flexible based on current educational trends and mandates.
      • For today, please identify:
        • What's Your Bucket?
        • What are your needs?
        • What ideas do you have?
        • What are your next steps?
        • Record your notes on the wiki.
    • Additional Items
  • Bucket Team Time Working Lunch 11:10am
  • Debrief 12:10pm
  • Closing Activity Everest video 14m 12:15pm
  • Adjournment motion by Kim Elder, second by all; motion carried. Adjourn at 12:39.

Jan 11 2012

SDA Business Meeting Agenda and Annual Needs Assessment
ESU #10 Kearney
12pm-3:30pm

SDA Business Meeting
  • Working Lunch/Opening Activity 12:01 PM by Jeff McQuistan
    • Everyone: Share a highlight or interesting story from the recent holidays.
    • Jeff led the group on the following activity:
      • Select a recorder for your table group.
      • The recorder can use this link to document the conversation at each table.
      • Drill down: At our November SDA Business Meeting, the following topics received the highest number of responses in the
      • Bucket List activity regarding future training needs for SDA members. The recorder is charged with capturing the specific needsexpressed within each of these two topics:
        • Curriculum: Common Core Standards
        • Instruction: Student Engagement and Motivation
    • Additionally: What types of instructional models are currently in use within your ESU? (This is not part of the formal Needs Assessment process, but will be explained during the 1:00 Delegations section of today's agenda.)
    • Other Thoughts: What other ideas generated during your working lunch conversation would warrant future consideration?
  • Call to Order & Welcome The meeting was called to order at 12:38.
  • Dan Henderson - NWEA - conducted a webinar on the following items:
    • NWEA Regional Meetings
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    • Curriculum Ladder Project - create a set of curriculum/data ladders in which we would set up work groups to create the documents and post the ladders statewide. The common set of data ladders would make data ladder training sessions more efficient.
    • NWEA training proposal for SDA
      • A certified training program that would train folks to deliver the training sessions in order to develop capacity.
      • Currently 175 schools in Nebraska using MAP
      • Utilize the ESU system to implement the training program.
      • Turn a series of foundational workshop over to certified ESU trainers to include:
        • Stepping stones to using data
        • Climbing the data ladder
        • Growth and goals.
      • Current cost about $3,200 and need about 4 weeks lead time. Down- side - cost.
      • Proposal is to train folks that can deliver an unlimited number of workshops
      • Candidate training (one time cost)
        • 2 people for two workshops @ $10,000
        • 4 people for 4 workshops @ $20,000
          • Do this in increments of 2 people
      • Solo and shadow events are also part of the training
      • Assess an annual feed (ongoing)
        • Cost of one workshop per year per ESU
        • $3,200 oer ESU
        • ESUs can charge participants to recover the cost
      • Process - January - August
        • Execute an agreement in January or February
        • Identify Certification Candidates
        • Set training dates in March
        • Conduct shadow or solo events - March to July
        • Final approval/evaluation by August
        • Fall of 2012 - plan PD events for schools
      • Dan answered questions posted on the Webinar by Bob
  • Announcements
    • Jeff provided the following:
      • Introductions
        • Dick Meyer, CIA Director, Kearney Public Schools
        • Those invited but not in attendance at the time included:
          • Don Loseke, Accreditation and School Improvement Management Consultant, NDE
          • Carol Rempp, Multicultural/Diversity Education Program Coordinator, NDE
          • John Moon, NeSA Project Manager, NDE
    • Mission/Norms Review
    • Lenny VerMaas moved and Suzanne Whisler seconded the motion to accept the November minutes. Motion carried.
    • November 14 Minutes
    • Agenda Review - no additional items were added.
    • Begin with the End in Mind - to be completed at the end of the meeting to get feedback from the group.
  • Delegations 1:00
    • Debbie Schrader provided an LC Report
    • Amy Hill provided a Strategist Report
    • Strategist Report (Amy Hill)
    • Jeff McQuistan provided an update about the April 25 Training
      • The above link provides detailed information about Travis Allen booked for April 25 and the draft schedule
    • Jeff Hallstrom and Toby Boss profided Marzano Research Laboratory (MRL) Opportunities
    • Toby Boss discussed Instructional Models
  • Action Items 1:25
    • Kate hatch provided an update about the 2011-2012 SDA Directory Review
      • If your information is not yet included or you would like to submit a revised version, use this link
    • Invitation to Early Childhood Coordinators (Kate Hatch) - seven housed at various ESUs are invited to our meetings.
    • Debbie Schrader led a discussion on summer Write Tools Training at ESU 3 and whether there would be interest in doing it statewide similar to Crisis Team training. Action was tabled pending further discussion.
  • Statewide Grant Activity Updates 1:35
  • Jeff called for a break at 2:00
  • Action Items
    • SDA Training--the VISION (Toby Boss) Toby lit the candle. Discussion of organizing our work around different buckets to move forward with long term planning. Asked for 4-6 people to create a committee with each bucket group to help determine a 2-3 year training need plan.
  • NDE Update 2:20
  • Announcements 3:00
    • ESU #1 Data Process (Rhonda Jindra & Amy Hill)
    • Amy Hill and Rhonda Jindra provided an partnership opportunity and is seeking a letter of support from SDA. It was moved by Toby Boss and seconded by Julie Barger to provide said letter. Motion carried.
  • Closing Activity 3:05
    • Share Session: AdvancED/NCA Accreditation for ESAs (Education Service Agencies)
  • Adjournment
  • Motion to adjourn by Amy Hill, seconded by Kim Elder. Meeting adjourned at 3:19 PM
  • Debrief

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Nov 14 2011

SDA Business Meeting Agenda
ESU #3 LaVista
1pm-4pm

SDA Business Meeting
  • Call to Order & Welcome
    • Jeff McQuistan called the meeting to order.
  • Pat Roschewski - Assessment Pat shared three things:
    • An update on check for learning
      • The development process was outlined
      • Usage sessions begin in December
    • Nebraska Performance Accountability System (NePAS) was outlined to be operational in 2012. This will be the state accountability system - separate from NeSA - which will use the 2012 data. This will be an item at the December board meeting.
    • Q and A on NeSA - this is the third year of operation with reading, two years with math, and one of science. Pat took questions -
      • When will DRS have 2011 NeSA? In the next week or two the one year data will be available - long range comparability will be later.
      • When will science practice tests be available? TODAY!!
  • Announcements
    • Introductions:
      • Freida introduced:
        • Ted Larson, Donlynn Rice, Pat Rowchewski and Marilyn Peterson introduced Dr. Sameano Porchea (replacing Marilyn in December in the area of data)
      • Susan Johnston - Westside, representing NACIANebraska Administrators of Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment
      • New Members - Kathy VanDamme was introduced by Penny Businga remotely from ESU 13
      • Mike Dulaney & Dan Ernst from NCSA
    • Mission/Norms were reviewed
    • Jeff asked for Changes/Additions to the Agenda - none were presented.
    • Minutes from Sep 13 2011 SDA Business Meeting
      • Suzanne Whisler moved to approve, second by Eileen Barks. Motion carried
    • Begin with the End in Mind - these questions were asked as a culminating activity at the end of the meeting:
      • This was a productive meeting and worth my time. (SA A D SD)
      • What went well? What engaged you?
      • What lingering questions do you have regarding updates and/or actions taken?
      • How could your needs have been better met today?
  • Opening Activity Goal Share
    • All members/attendees shared at their tables one current personal or professional goal
  • Delegations
    • Crisis Team Training Report (Dave Perkins, Denise O'Brien, Deb Paulman, Amy Schultz) met via technology on October 25 to discuss a statewide initiative. The big ideas were
      • Offer various levels each year at rotating sites:
      • Crisis team support by ESUs after the training was discussed
      • How to manage the billing and payment was discussed - would ESUCC take this on - or would one district become the fiscal agent. No stipends, sub pay or mileage was included in the plan. Most likely the cost would run around $100 per participant.
      • Feedback was provided by the group - consensus was support and appreciation for the committee report.
    • Strategist Report Denise O’Brien reported on the strategist meeting from 9:00 - 1:00 and highlighted the following:Leadership Committee Report (Debbie Schraeder)
      • Discussion on the book Switch
      • Planned the SDA business meeting
      • Freida reported on School Improvement workshops
      • Discussion of format for goal setting
    • ESUCC Strategy Session - Goals (Debbie Schraeder & Toby Boss)
      • ED Camp tomorrow - folks need to determine if they are going to the online vendor showcase or to sessions.
    • Review ESUCC Goal Theme Areas:
      • We will fully develop our ESU system 24/7 technology learning infrastructure to meet the present and emerging needs of Nebraska’s schools.
      • We will increase and improve our collaboration/working relationship with key stakeholders.
      • We will improve our accountability and communication with and to each other and key stakeholders in the state.
      • Improve our ESUCC processes.
    • Toby reported members of the Leadership Committee attended the ESUCC meeting October 24. Ron Fielder facilitated the meeting. Representatives from NDE were also in attendance. ESUCC is a young organization and do no have a lot of processes in place.
      • Session was a discussion of what type of action plans ESUCC would have in regards to these Goal Theme Areas
      • Start of more collaboration
      • Rule 84
        • 2 annual meetings between NDE and ESUCC
        • Used to help establish priorities and initiatives across the state
  • Action Item Direction
    • Membership brainstorming session: making SDA connections/extensions
      • Toby discussed foundational pieces that need to take place before we can discuss needs assessment
    • Our Structure
      • Intentional and more strategic about what we are doing
      • Discussion to build a system to take set number of things “buckets” that we would intentionally develop training and expertise
    • Buckets: Curriculum, Instruction, Assessment, Continuous Improvement, Leadership
      • Technology would be included in all “bucket” areas
      • Themed areas that we could be expand upon
      • Create a framework
      • Next step: go to the SDA Wikispace
        • Bucket list hyperlink
        • Collect feedback on the wiki using the discussion tab at the top
  • Statewide Grant Activity Updates
    • NMPDS (JaLena Slack/Carol Jessen)
      • Elementary Math Academy
        • Deb Romanek, NDE, presented "Family Math" at all Day 4 sessions in October. She was very well-received. Deb distributed the "Family Math" book, vocabulary strategies, and various other useful math materials to all participants.
        • Day 5 sessions are being held this month at the four sites. This will complete the 2011 Elementary Math Academy.
      • Middle/High School Project
        • The TLM training and September kick-off went smoothly. New participants, as well as "seasoned" participants, enjoyed the day.
        • 123 participants and staff from NMPDS were in attendance at the NATM (Nebraska Association of Teachers of Mathematics) Fall Conference in Kearney. This was held the Monday after the Middle/High School Project Kick-off in September.
        • Session 2 sessions were held in October and Session 3 sessions will be held this month the week before and after Thanksgiving.
      • Miscellaneous
        • Thank you to all of the Project Staff and the Nebraska Math Cadre for your continued support to this phenomenal program. Your dedication of time and effort does not go unnoticed.
        • NMPDS can now be found on Facebook!
        • The NMPDS Overview pdf is available for Math Cadre members as a FAQ sheet. Please feel free to distribute to those who are interested.
    • KICKS2 (Deb Paulman)
      • Currently doing preliminary planning
        • identifying locations and dates for summer 2012 Kicks2 institutes
        • hope to have settled out by end of November so can start recruiting in Dec
      • Would like to be able to visit each of the ESU’s again this year during supt. And principals mtgs, science teachers mtgs, any event that you have on your calendar that it would make sense for us to talk to.
      • Deb introduced Jim Houston from UNL
      • CSI/UNL and Kicks2 collaboration
      • KICKS2 2011-2012 Participants
  • NCSA Update
    • Mike Dulaney and Dan Ernst provided a legislative issues update.
      • Retirement - we have a great system with a defined benefit. This plan is expensive with costs growing and is funded at 86% - which is healthy. The state has to make up the rest - $16-17 million. There is talk of changing the plan for future hires. NCSA, NSEA and NASB are working together to preserve this system.
      • Dan thanked the SDA members for their support and shared upcoming events:
        • Nov. 30 - Emerging superintendents
        • Principal evaluations by Perry Law firm
        • Jan 21, 28 Emerging Administrators
        • Administrator Boot Camps
        • March 28 ESU 10, March 29 Westside Conference Center - Fierce Conversations with Larry Dlugosh.
        • July 25- 27 Admin Days.
  • Break
  • Action Item Bylaws Proposals
    • Suzanne Whisler and Susan Evans reported on Mission and Purpose Bylaws Proposals
      • Article I, Sections 2 and 3 via the bylaws wiki
    • Jeff highlighted the changes to the following appendices:Motion by Denise O’Brien to accept bylaws changes, second by Deb Paulman. Motion carried.
      • Appendices A, F, G
      • Discussion followed
  • NDE Update
    • Donlynn Rice provided the following updates
      • Social Studies Standards revision - Larry Starr retired in October and will be involved. Ted Larson will serve as the content revision expert. The revision will begin in December and will follow a process similar to the other areas. Donlynn requested names of folks to serve - particularly elementary and middle school teachers. People can email her at donlynn.rice@nebraska.gov
      • Educator Framework (formerly Educator Standards, now accepted by the State Board of Education). The outcomes are called performance expectations rather than standards and represent what teachers and principals should know and be able to do. Donlynn reviewed the material in the document. NDE will need to hear from districts before they develop a model of supervision.
    • Freida Lange provided the following updates
      • CIP Workshop Report and Thank You - Freida extended her appreciation to the SDA for their assistance with the workshops and reported that over 700 attended. More information will follow.
      • AdvancED update.
      • ASSIST (SIP modules for AdvancED schools) - they are not ready yet and Freida will provide some training after the first of the year. Schools with a visit in 2012-13 will be required to use the modules.
  • Announcements
    • Joni Runge provided an update on events at the Homestead National Monument.
    • Jamie Garner reminded the group that the Rule 15 hearing will be Friday at the state office building.
    • Jeff and Debbie provided additional information about the ESU PDO training on November 15.
  • Motion to adjourn by Eileen Barks, second by Joni Runge - motion carried.
  • Debrief - the group provide feedback via an online survey.
  • Adjournment


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Sep 13 2011

SDA Business Meeting Agenda
NECC Norfolk
1pm-4pm

  • Call to Order & Welcome Meeting called to order at 1:03 PM by Jeff McQuistan
  • Announcements
    • Introductions: new members; no Curriculum Directors were present.
    • Mission/Norms were reviewed
    • Changes/Additions to the Agenda - Three additions were made to the agenda.
      • Crisis Team Training
      • Digital Walkthrough Training
      • C4L
    • Minutes from May 5 2011 SDA Business Meeting
      • Suzanne Whisler moved to approve the minutes, seconded by Susan Evans - motion carried.
  • Opening Activity Who's That? - that was fun!
  • Delegations
    • Courtesy Fund (Carol Jessen)
      • Carol provided background on the courtesy fund - established to recognize members who have either retired or have served in leadership positions. The current balance is $103. Members are invited (but not required) to donate $5 or whatever they would like by giving the money directly to Carol.
    • Mentoring (Kate Hatch)
      • Kate Hatch provided an update on the mentoring activities. There is one new member; second year mentors are encouraged to make connections with their mentee from last year.
    • Strategist Report (Amy Hill)
      • The group is reading the book Switch: How to Change Things When Change is Hard
      • The group is moving to using technology to organize the work of the strategists.
      • Members provided various updates
      • Determined agenda for today
      • Drafted an agenda for October 5
    • Leadership Committee Report (Debbie Schraeder)
      • The LC theme is Learner Engagement
      • The NDE Superday was an opportunity to share with NDE staff about all the ESU affiliates.
  • Action Item
  • Mission and Purpose - Debbie Schraeder led the group through a protocol to review the Mission and Purpose of SDA. Members worked in table groups to review the mission and purpose. Members reviewed the protocol and are to provide e-mail responses to Jeff McQuistan at jmcquistan@esu17.org. Members were invited to volunteer to serve on an ad hoc committee to draft a recommendation to the strategists and present proposed changes a the November SDA meeting at ESU 3
  • Activity Updates
    • NMPDS JaLena Slack provided an update that included:
      • Middle/High School project is beginning on Sunday in Kearney
      • Attendance is up 40 folks
    • KICKS2 Deb Paulman provided an update that included
      • 102 folks from over 50 schools were trained this summer
      • Appreciation for the work of the ESU staff on sites
      • Planning a follow-up at NATS
      • Two additional follow-ups are planned for the spring.
      • Leadership Institute was held at ESU 3 to compare the science and language arts standards
      • LINKS participants are expected to provide professional development in their home ESUs

  • Action Item Bylaws Proposals
    • Jeff McQuistan provided an update on the following by laws revisions brought to the group for considerations:
      • Article I - involving language describing the name of the organziation.
      • Article IV
        • Strategist duties
        • Number of strategists - limit the number so the term is not 7 years.
        • Eliminate the strategist three position and the Past Past chair
        • moved by Lenny VerMaas seconded by Deb Wragge to approve the bylaws proposals as presented.
        • Voting Aye: 27
        • Voting Nay: 0
        • Motion carried
        • Toby said some nice things about Jeff
      • Appendices F, G, H
  • Action Item Training
  • Break
  • NDE Update
    • Eleanor Kirkland Head Start Early Childhood Systems Director, NDE and Terry Rohrenprovided an early childhood update that included:
      • Race to the Top: Early Learning Challenge
      • Nebraska Core Competencies for Early Childhood Professionals and booklet was provided.
    • Freida Lange Accreditation and School Improvement Administrator, NDE provided an update relative to school improvement efforts that included the following information.
      • CIP Workshop Update Invitation to ESUs Registration Form
        • Asking that ESU staff developers are present with their schools - even if they are not presenting. The registration fee is $15.
        • First day focus is on the Standards for Quality Schools (the current 7 are transitioning to 5). Schools must use the 7 this year only.
        • Day Two: Strand One will feature ESUs presenting on The Nuts and Bolts of School Improvement: Profile in the morning and on Action Plans in the afternoon. ESU staff are also encouraged to work with area schools in the second strand - technical assistance.
      • External Visitation Schedule
        • Can be located on the NDE website, but in case the link has not been updated, Freida also shared this hardcopy version.
        • All chairs and co-chairs have been assigned, but teams are still forming for the school visits.
      • AdvancED Update
        • This year (2011-2012), all visits will continue to be centered on the 7 Standards
        • North West Association has joined AdvancED, bringing in seven more states under the umbrella of AdvancED.
        • ESA Standards have been drafted with 5 standards as well. Accreditation for 2011-12 will use the 7 standards with new standards to be used in subsequent years.
        • The ASSIST modules were highlighted.
        • QAR training will take place in the spring - one west and one east - using the 5 standards and the ASSIST Modules.
        • The AdvancED Conference structure is changed to a summit on a theme. The conference will be held in Washington DC in June. This will be more of a policy session - staff may look to other opportunities for professional development relative to continuous improvement.
  • Additional Agenda Items
      • Crisis Team Training - discussion was held relative to SDA organizing training in the future. We will send out a Google Form asking for Crisis team training
        • Ad Hoc committee: Dave Perkins, Denise O'Brien, Deb Paulman, Amy Schultz.
      • Digital Walkthrough Training was discussed.
      • People shared how they are supporting Checks for Learning (C4L)
  • Debrief NDE Reports
  • Closing Activity Honoring Circle
  • Adjournment
  • Motion by Debbie Schraeder, Second by Lenny VerMaas to adjourn.
  • Motion carried. Meeting adjourned at 4:20 PM.

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