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Sunday, May 15, 2011

Special Education - May 16, 2011

Monday Memo
Courageously leading a dynamic revolution in Education!

May 16, 2011
The last week of school...

"Love what you have. Want what you need. Accept what you receive. Give what you can. Forgive what you can't. Bless what you see." - Unknown
Deadlines and Calendar Events:

Lesson Reflections #2 were due Friday, April 15th. Do I have yours? Turn them in when we meet, if you haven't already...
Wednesday, May 18 - Graduation at the Learning Center, 1:00 p.m.

Friday, May 20th... End of the Year "Debriefing" at Ellen's House! 
(200 S. 21st Street, Nebraska City) 5:00 p.m. -- ??? 
BYFS... Bring your favorite snack! 
(And perhaps your own beverage if you have some pretty wild tastes!)
RSVP Please... I gotta make sure I have enough chairs! (Ha!) 

"My attitude is that if you push me towards something that you think is a weakness,
then I will turn that perceived weakness into a strength. " ~Michael Jordan 

Neb-Mac Time Study - Should be Complete!... I need to know when each person is done entering their information; I will finalize the study! Thanks!

  • P - persist no matter what
  • E - endure discomfort
  • R - request help
  • S - steadfastly hold on to your beliefs and values
  • E - envision triumph
  • V - very consistently keep at it
  • E - embrace adversity as your teacher
  • R - refuse to give up
  • E - enjoy and celebrate every tiny bit of progress!
Leadership Behavior Results... Remember that self assessment form I gave to staff at the March staff meeting? I also asked the staff who were not in attendance at the meeting to evaluate my leadership skills. The results are posted under the ESU 4 Director of Special Education tab of this website. Have you completed your self-assessment of your leadership skills?

Go for it
Run toward it
Dive in head first
Live life with no regrets
Put your heart out there
...Don't be scared you might get hurt, but its all worth it in the end... THE BEST IS YET TO COME
Staff Development...
 - Writing Measurable Goals... WEBINAR Series Recordings are all posted on the "ILCD" page of the Special Education Website/blog. 

ASD/Transition Cadre Meeting - Monday, June 13, 2011
ESU 4 Learning Center
9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
How to Facilitate a Productive Meeting
What to Say and How to Say It
It's all about the Relationships! 
Presenters: Ellen Stokebrand, ESU 4
Melissa Trautman, SE-ASD Coordinator 
Aimee Daily, ESU 4
Sign up via the ESU 4 Registration Website! Look for "ASD Cadre Meeting."
Questions? Contact Ellen (

 QOE (Quality Observation and Evaluation...  
**Observation (Evaluation) Schedules... All observations that were scheduled have been completed! You should have received your 1 page comments concerning the observation event. Remember to schedule your end of the year/summative conversation! Dates are posted below...

I will need the following forms and documentation from the following people.
     Self Evaluation (originally due 9/10)  - Kathy Novak
     Goals and Individual Development Plan (originally due 9/10) - Kathy Novak
     Lesson Reflection (originally due 11/19/10) - Kathy Novak, Joel Halpine

Lesson Reflection #2... due by FRIDAY, April 15th. 
End of the Year Self Evaluation... due at our "End of the Year" Conversation. 

Available Dates/Times for the Conversation
***(subject to change at district request)***
NOTE: We will need an hour for each conversation. Please plan accordingly.
  • Wednesday, April 20th (a.m. only)
  • Monday, April 25th (all day... I know that this is generally a day off but the Learning Center is in session and I will be available.)
    • Gail Palmer - 9:15 a.m. 
    • Christy Tanner - 11:30 a.m.
    • Amy Jobe - 1:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, April 26th (any time)
    • Julinne Moore - 10:00 a.m.
    • Aimee Daily - 11:15 a.m.
  • Thursday, May 12th (p.m. only)
  • Wednesday, May 18th (a.m. only)
  • Thursday, May 19th (anytime)
    • Kathy Jones - 8:30 a.m.
    • Suzanne Hinrichs - 2:30 p.m. - Need to Reschedule
    • Deb Pounders - 3:15 p.m. - Need to Reschedule
  • Friday, May 20th (anytime)
    • Denise Buethe - 10:00 a.m. 
    • Ellen Cain - 1:00 p.m. 
    • Jodie McConnaughey - 2:00 p.m. 
  • Note that I'm also willing to meet after May 20th... contact me if you need to schedule after the 20th.
Please contact me to schedule our conversation. If you are watching, you will notice that the schedule is changing due to end of the year meetings at districts. This will take patience! However, I think it's totally worth it. It is one of my favorite activities each year. Thanks! -Ellen

IEP meetings, busy schedules and technology... Please don't hesitate to work with districts using technology as you schedule IEP meetings into your busy schedules. I'd like to be able to reduce the amount of travel; it's always my goal that once you get to a district/school, you stay there throughout the day as much as possible. Skype, iChat, and Distance Learning are all great ways to participate in meetings...

End of the Year Assignments and Inventory... I would like to have all speech tests and psych tests returned to the ESU at the conclusion of the school year, for the purposes of inventory and preparing orders for the next school year. I realize that some of the speech tests will be needed throughout the summer; with your help, we will work quickly to get the inventory complete.

What does it mean to be a leader at ESU 4? (Activity: Define "Leadership" in 10 words or less.)
  • It means... "Guiding and empowering with respect, understand and integrity."
  • It means... "Building and empowering relationships through trust, respect and knowledge."

According to the New York Times, there is no scientific research that proves that life is serious.
So... Lighten up!!! 

Time Management 101... In the interest of trying to support some of you who are still working on the resolution to be better organized in 2011, I found this article from the Harvard Business Review booklet by way of the "Marshall Memo" that is sent to ESUs every couple of weeks. CEO Peter Bregman recommends a 4 step-process each day... 
1) Plan for the day (5 minutes)... before you even turn on the computer! Make your list; similar to decide which "frog" you're going to eat. 
2) Calendar the day... take out your calendar and schedule your top priorities into specific time slots, putting the hardest and most important items earlier in the day. (Sound familiar, frog fans?)
3) Refocus for one minute every hour... set your phone, watch, computer to ring every hour. When it rings, stop what you're doing, take a deep breath, look at your list and ask if your last hour was productive. Then, look at your calendar and recommit yourself to how you're going to use the next hour.
4) Review (5 minutes)... At the end of the day, shut off your computer and look back on the day. What worked? Did you get distracted? What can you do better tomorrow?
Try this and see how it works... report back on all your success!!! 
(You can report back by 'commenting' on this blog page below! Try it out! Just once! Just hit 'post a comment'... come on! You know you want to!!)

When is it a great day to be a Husker fan????
The correct answer is... ALWAYS!!!

Never stop playing the game!
Educational Service Unit #4, Auburn, Nebraska

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