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Professional Development Trainings 
2018 - 2019

** Denotes Doane Credit

 * Please note, your district will be charged if there is a 'no show' connected to a training that has a registration fee.

*  Any date changes or cancellations will be noted on this page as well as on our Facebook page.  

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ACT Prep in the Classroom 
November 15, 2018 - ELA @ Pizza Kitchen
November 16, 2018 - Math & Science @ ESU 6
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Registration fee:  $45
During a one-day (6-hour) workshop, teachers will be introduced to the ACT and learn everything from the ACT’s structure and content to the basic strategies that help students succeed on the test. Teachers will engage in activities and discussion that help them view the ACT through the eyes of a high school student. They will then participate in subject-specific breakout groups and gain insights into ACT-style questions with the goal of integrating basic ACT preparation into the classroom.  This professional development experience is designed for teachers in the core subjects of English/Language Arts OR Mathematics and the Sciences.  Mark Brahier presenting.  See flyer for more information.  Contact Megan Hammer at with questions.   



AdvancED:  eleot® Group Certification
January 24, 2019
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Registraiton Fee:  $10
Educators know intuitively what extensive research confirms: that effective classrooms engage students, and engaged students are successful learners. The eleot®, part of the eProve™ suite of continuous improvement resources from AdvancED, helps you to measure seven critical learning environments that are fundamental to student engagement in an objective and consistent way. 

All eleot® observations are conducted by certified observers for inter-reliability. As a member of the AdvancED Improvement Network institutions receive complimentary access to in-depth training that provides both text and video examples of the learning environments measured by eleot to ensure that you are well prepared to conduct valid and reliable observations.  Each institution should have a minimum of 3 training seats to harness the power of this tool. We will be hosting a group eleot® certification to enrich the experience of the certification training at ESU#6.  

We invite you to register and join us to enable your school to utilize this powerful tool. For additional information, please reach out to Shannon Vogler, Director of AdvancED

Assessment Literacy for School Improvement Teams - POSTPONED
January 31, 2019 @ Pizza Kitchen
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Registration Fee:  $45
DETAILS:  Contact Megan Hammer ( or Matt Heusman ( for more information.

BR Cohort Day
September 4, 2018 @ Shickley
January 7, 2019 @ McCool Junction
8:00 am – 2:00 pm 
Registration Fee:  None for the cohort districts
DETAILS:  We will begin registrations at 8:00 and begin promptly at 8:40 with Aaron Thomas as our keynote on September 4.  


BR Cohort Curriculum Leaders - Zoom meeting
September 2018 - Date TBD
January 9, 2019 - POSTPONED

9:00 am – 10:00 am
Registration Fee:  None for our cohort districts
DETAILS:   This meeting is for the Blue River Cohort Curriculum Leaders. The purpose will be to plan relevant activities for the upcoming common Professional Development day(s). 


Counselors’ Network @ Pizza Kitchen, Milford
November 2, 2018 w/Josh Schauer
January 22, 2019 - CANCELLED
9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Registration Fee:  $45/session
DETAILS:  The ESU 6 Counselors' Network is an opportunity to participate in professional development activities that enhance knowledge and skills through networking and collaboration. Training topics and discussion will be determined by network participants. Be sure to register for EACH network session you will be attending.


EIS 2018 - 2019
July 30, 2018 – Session 1 @ Seward Middle School
July 31, 2018 – Session 2 @ Seward Middle School
August 1, 2018 – Session 3 @ Seward Middle School
August 2, 2018 – Session 4 @ Seward Middle School
September 18, 2018 – Session 5 @ ESU 6
November 13, 2018 – Session 6 @ ESU 6
9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Registration fee:  None
DETAILS: (Stipend available Sessions 1 - 4 only):  This course is designed to provide information and skills to help prepare teachers for their first year of teaching in a district. Participants will study a range of important topics such as unit and lesson design, classroom routines and procedures, assessment and grading, and brain based instructional skills. Registration fees are waived for teachers of ESU 6 public school districts. There is a fee for ESU 6 parochial schools.  Lunch and amenities will be provided. For more information, please contact the Professional Development team at 1.800.327.0091 or 402.761.3341.


English Language Arts Day @ Pizza Kitchen, Milford
October 23, 2018 (gr. 3 - 8) 
October 25, 2018 (grade 11) - ACT Writing - POSTPONED
9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Registration Fee:  $45/session
DETAILS:  English Language Arts teachers are invited to attend these sessions to get NeSA updates, study data and use that information to continue to improve instruction for students. In addition, we will study recent research, pedagogy, and strategies directly related to language arts instruction. Each session will be customized for the grade levels included, a more detailed agenda will be provided a few weeks prior to the training dates. Please direct questions to Megan Hammer at 

Executive Functions @ Pizza Kitchen, Milford
November 29, 2018 
February 12, 2019 
April 4, 2019 
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Registration Fee:  $90/session
DETAILS:   Would you describe any of your students as distracted, unmotivated, lazy, forgetful, careless, impulsive, etc?  If so, then this workshop is for you!  We’ll learn how to get to the root of many academic and behavior problems.  We’ll study executive functions and how they help our students focus, solve problems, organize themselves, remember information, learn from mistakes, and manage impulses. Walk away with a better understanding of why this happens as well as strategies and tools to help you diagnose root causes and develop effective interventions for your students.  


Google Certified Educator
Level 1:  May 28 & 29, 2019
Level 2:  May 30 & 31, 2019
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Registration fee:  $45 (2-day course/per level)
DETAILS:  We are offering both Level 1 and 2 for graduate credit.  More details on the day of your trainings.  Both levels are 2 days each.  The registration fee of $45 will cover both days, per level training.  There will be additional cost for credit hours and each level test.  

Google Data Studio @ Pizza Kitchen
December 5, 2018
February 26, 2019
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Registraiton Fee:  $45
 Data Studio, a Google web application, turns data into informative easy to read, easy to share, and fully customizable dashboards and reports. Use Data Studio to:


 * Build custom charts, including line, bar, and pie charts, geo maps, area and bubble graphs, data tables, pivot tables, and more. Awesome right? But wait, there's more...
 * Make your reports interactive with viewer filters and date range controls. Yep. You can do that. If this hasn't captured your attention yet consider Data Studio has the power to...
 * Make dynamic infographics, with your own data, or any number of open data sources from across the web. Whaaaaat? And finally you can...
 *  Connect multiple data sources to one report. And best of all it works seamlessly with multiple data sources including of course G-Suite Tools. 


I know what you're thinking. Where do I sign up?!?! A workshop for anyone who loves working with or would like to learn more about using and visualizing data. Looking forward to geeking out with you.


HRS Academy, Session 3
September 7, 2018 @ ESU 6
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Registration Fee:  1-time fee/paid previously
DETAILS:  Dr. Phil Warrick will be presenting on Guaranteed and Viable Curriculum from the the level 3 surveys.  


Inspire Students & Teacher Wellness w/Dr. Tina Boogren
June 20, 2019
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Registration fee:  $150 (non-refundable)
DETAILS:  Join ESU 6 and Dr. Tina Boogren for a day of exploring a framework for understanding student motivation in the classroom to reach students’ minds as well as their hearts. Participants will learn how to create safe, welcoming environments that encourage students to be present and positive, discover specific strategies that address students’ deficient needs, and how to inspire students with strategies geared to help them grow into self-actualized individuals who are connected to something greater than themselves. This workshop is for all K-12 educators and school leaders. See flyer for more details.  

Instructional Coaches Network 
September 21, 2018 @ Pizza Kitchen, Milford
November 16, 2018 @ Pizza Kitchen, Milford
January 11, 2019 @ Pizza Kitchen, Milford
February 22, 2019 @ Pizza Kitchen, Milford
March 22, 2019 - Make up day if needed
9:30 am – 2:30 pm
Registration Fee:  $90/session
DETAILS:   The Instructional Coaches’ Training is an opportunity to collaborate with area coaches in order to develop a toolkit to improve teaching and learning. During each session, coaches will learn about the skills necessary to successfully coach their colleagues. In addition, they’ll spend ample time networking and sharing coaching ideas and experiences with others in the area. You won’t want to miss this unique training and networking opportunity.  See flyer for more details.  Please contact April Kelley with any questions.


Math Trainings
September 12, 2018 - Procedural Fact Fluency @ ESU 6 - POSTPONED
 What Is It and How Can We Help Students Develop It:  
Teachers are working to help students learn their math facts.  Jo Boaler, Jennifer Bay-Williams and the           National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) define what students with fact fluency should be able to do.  They also have shared resources on how to build procedural fluency. We will spend the day looking at what we want students to be able to do along with games, apps and strategies and to build those skills. Teachers grades K-4.  

November 12, 2018 - STEM @ Pizza Kitchen, Milford
DETAILS:  Activities To Promote Creativity and Problem Solving:   Stomp rockets, robots, balloon rockets and more.  Students learn computational thinking and problem solving with activities that can be
incorporated in science, math, or STEM classes.  Shared activities provide opportunities for students to explore, invent, discover and work in teams to learn how to approach and solve problems they care about. Activities will give students high levels of enjoyment and engagement as they see connections between technology, science, and math. Target audience, math, science, and
STEM teachers in grades 4-8   
Many schools have STEM classes. Additionally math and science teachers are always looking for activities to create connections and a greater depth of learning.  Bring your favorite activity to share.

January 17, 2019 - Math Network @ Pizza Kitchen, Milford - CANCELLED
ESU 6 Math Network Develop Mathematical Understanding, Flexibility, Adaptability and a Growth Mindset  Teachers will participate in activities to promote student talk because the person
doing the talking learns the most. Alternatives to traditional homework assignments will be shared. We will discuss strategies to help students see that expending energy and making mistakes are a part of the learning process.  Some activities will center on helping students understand introductory probability and statistics concepts. Participants will learn strategies to engage students and keep them interesting in learning. Teachers grades 4-12
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Registration fee:  $45/session

Media Specialists’ Network
September 27, 2018 @ Pizza Kitchen, Milford
January 8, 2019 @ Pizza Kitchen, Milford
April 16, 2019 @ The Foundry / 211 N. 14th St. / Lincoln
9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Registration fee:  $45/session
DETAILS:  The ESU 6 Media Specialist Network is an opportunity to participate in professional development activities that enhance knowledge and skills through networking and collaboration. Training topics and discussion will be determined by network participants. Lunch provided.  *YOU MUST REGISTER FOR EACH NETWORK SESSION YOU WILL BE ATTENDING.


MTSS Implementation Support

See flyer for dates and training options

NebraskaREADS Overview & Planning
June 18, 2019
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Registration Fee:  0
DETAILS:  Marissa Pazant from NDE will share an overview of the NE Reading Improvement Act as well as field questions from the administrators.  There will be some time devoted to collaboration on how school districts plan to address the components of the Reading Improvement Act. Lunch will not be provided.

New Administrators @ ESU 6
August 3, 2018
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Registration Fee:  No fee for ESU 6 district new administrators
DETAILS:  Please join the Professional Development team for a meet and greet opportunity with your colleagues.  We will also review of what the new teacher program (EIS) covered, what services the ESU 6 provides, and much more!  

NWEA - MAP Growth @ Pizza Kitchen, Milford
October 9, 2018
October 30, 2018
November 27, 2018
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Registration fee:  $45
DETAILS:  See flyer formore information.  Contact Megan Hammer at with any questions. . 

September 20, 2018 - ESU 6
December 18, 2018 - Pizza Kitchen
February 7, 2019 - ZOOM only
9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Registration fee:  No fee for ESU 6 public school districts / $45 for non-ESU 6 public school districts
DETAILS:  The three meetings of the Professional Development Advisory Council (PDAC) provide the professional development staff valuable input and the opportunity to share the current service plan. PDAC consists of representatives from each of the 16 districts and provides guidance and input about professional development program offerings. Be sure to register for EACH session you are planning on attending.


Principals’ Network
August 28, 2018 @ ESU 6
September 27, 2018 / ZOOM (Dr. Tina Boogren)
October 29, 2018 / ZOOM
December 12, 2018 / ZOOM (Dr. Tina Boogren)
January 10, 2019 / ZOOM
February 11, 2019 / ZOOM
March 26, 2019 / ZOOM 
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Registration fee:  No fee for ESU 6 public school districts / $45 for non-ESU 6 public school districts per session
DETAILS:  Attend our new and improved ESU 6 Principals’ Network!  This year we will have a repeating agenda for each network that includes:  a hot topic roundtable discussion, principal evaluation design, coaching techniques, take-aways, open forum, and brief staff updates.  This network is made up of both elementary and secondary district principals.  Please register for EACH network you will be attending.


Principals' Retreat 2019
June 13, 2019
8:30 am - 3:00 pm
Registration fee:  $150 non-refundable/fully transferable
Embassy Suites - Lincoln
DETAILS:  See flyer for more information!


School Improvement Workday
November 19, 2018 @ Pizza Kitchen

9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Registration Fee:  $15
 Building a school profile is an important step in the school improvement process. However, finding time to work on it as a team at your school can seem like a nearly impossible task. Join ESU 6 staff members for a day devoted to sharing ideas for school profile content, best practices is profile layout and design, examples of other districts efforts, and ample time for your team to build or refine your school improvement profile. ESU 6 staff members will be on hand to offer support and answer questions. Please be sure to have access to your district data and information you may want to include in your profile. We look forward to seeing you.  Contact Megan Hammer at or Matt Heusman at with questions.  We look forward to seeing you there!


Science Network 
November 8 & 9, 2018 @ SCC Continuing Ed Building
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Registration Fee:  $30
** More details coming soon!
March 20, 2019 @ Pizza Kitchen, Milford 
9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Registration Fee:  $45/session
DETAILS:  ESU 6 Science Network is hosting Sara Cooper, NDE Science Education Specialist, on March 20th. 



Support Staff Tech Day @ ESU 6
June 21, 2019
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Registration fee:  $45
DETAILS:  We're cooking up some tech fun for school support staff again this summer!  Join tech chefs Lynne and Jackie to choose from a Googley menu of new tech 'recipes' and family favorites that have stood the test of time.  Choose among the quick tips and tricks appetizers or dive into a main course.  For more information, please contact Lynne Herr at 


TIS @ Pizza Kitchen, Milford
October 18, 2018
April 2, 2019
January 14, 2019 @ Catalyst in Lincoln
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Registration fee:  Registration fee waived for ESU 6 district representatives.
DETAILS:  Open to all ESU 6 district area educators who serve as a district tech integration specialists on a full or part-time basis, this group will provide ongoing professional development in technology, instructional design and coaching and personal growth as it relates to your varied roles.  Contact Lynne Herr at for more information. 

Title I Network @ Pizza Kitchen, Milford
October 11, 2018
February 14, 2019
9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Registration Fee:  $90/session
DETAILS: The ESU 6 Title 1 Network is an opportunity to collaborate with area Title 1 teachers in order to develop a toolkit to coach colleagues, explore effective practices and interventions, learn new instructional strategies to use with students, ask questions, and work together to complete the required Title 1 paperwork.  We'll spend ample time networking and sharing ideas and experiences.  You won't want to miss this unique opportunity!  See flyer for more details.  Contact April Kelley at for more information. 


September 11, 2018 @ ESU 6
November 6, 2018 @ Pizza Kitchen
January 24, 2019 @ Pizza Kitchen - CANCELLED due to illness
February 12, 2019 @ ESU 6
May 6, 2019 @ Pizza Kitchen - make up day - CANCELLED
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Registration fee:  Registration fee waived for (2) ESU 6 district representatives.  If you send more than 2 from your district, it will be a $45 fee per session/per additional person.
  ESU 6 is offering a collaborative opportunity to integrate technology resources into the local curriculum. The Technology Integration Cadre (TLC) will be comprised of representatives from each of the 16 school districts. Content for the series will include the opportunity to more fully integrate technology into the classroom. *YOU MUST REGISTER FOR ALL TLC SESSIONS YOU ARE ATTENDING.


World Language Day @ Pizza Kitchen, Milford
October 2, 2018
March 5, 2019
9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Registration Fee:  $45 
DETAILS:  Please contact Megan Hammer at with any questions.  

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