Educational Service Unit 2 and the Nebraska Department of Education are excited to announce a partnership that will provide the Canvas Learning Management System to public and non-public schools and districts across the state of Nebraska. Canvas is already widely used throughout the K-12 school system as well as in many state colleges and universities. This learning management system connects all the digital tools teachers use into one place and has seamless integration with Google for Education applications. With this partnership, public and non-public schools and districts will receive Canvas at just $3 per seat/user annually until 2023. All other fees such as implementation and Tier 1 support will be covered by the Nebraska Department of Education.
Canvas training will be provided by Shara Johnson of Educational Service Unit 2. She will be training ESU personnel across the state via Zoom, in-person, and through virtual course work to aid in the implementation and support of Canvas throughout Nebraska's public and non-public districts. Coaches will also be sent out to support districts with Canvas instruction and training.
We highly encourage everyone to participate and not miss out on this amazing opportunity. If you have any questions about the Canvas Consortium, please contact Heather or Shara at email@example.com.
Special Education Teacher’s Assistant
Educational Service Unit #2 is accepting applications for a full-time Teacher’s Assistant to serve K-12 students with behavioral issues.
Experience working with students with disabilities and/or behavior disabilities preferred.
Candidates must possess:
If interested, send letter of application and resume to:
Director of Student Services
PO Box 649
Fremont NE 68026
Application deadline available until filled
Compensation: Competitive salary and benefit package.
Employment Type: Full-Time. Start Date: August 1, 2020
Educational Service Unit 2 in Fremont, NE is searching for a qualified - Network and Systems Analyst -- to support schools in the ESU 2 area. To learn more about ESU 2 visit us at: www.esu2.org
Network and Systems Analyst Job Responsibilities:
System and network administration in an educational setting implementing requirements by defining and analyzing system and network related problems and then designing and testing standards and solutions.
Maintenance and troubleshooting of regional information technology that keeps technical aspects of K-12 schools in the ESU 2 area running smoothly.
Network and Systems Analyst Job Duties:
Multi-Platform Server Administration
Server hardware research and possible procurement for server upgrades.
Troubleshooting of all server-related issues.
Continued maintenance of network appliances
Administration of SaaS based services
Automate business processes though the use of scripting
Stay up to date on current network security trends, threats and techniques.
Multi-Platform end user desktop support
Collaborate with other statewide entities on the development of technical solutions
Ensure reliable operations by training client personnel and providing support.
Provide reference by writing clear documentation.
Update job knowledge by participating in educational opportunities and participating in professional organizations.
Other duties and responsibilities as needed
Preferred Job Experience
Strong organizational and communication skills are required.
A background in K-12 Education preferred
Strong networking background with an understanding of subnetting and VLANs
Management of Windows and / or Linux based OS in a virtualized environment
Experience with scripting languages such as PowerShell
Highly competitive salary and benefit package.
To apply please send letter of application and curriculum vitae to: firstname.lastname@example.org
EOE and Veterans Preference Apply.
Article supplied by the West Point News
Schools in the area aren’t the only ones adapting to new modes of educating children and their families during this time when buildings have been closed because of the cornonavirus.
The Early Development Network at Educational Service Unit #2 based in Fremont also continues to provide services to children from birth to age 3 who have developmental delays and/or health care needs.
Jenna Koperski-Bohn, ESU #2’s Services Coordinator for Cuming and Burt counties, said this week that she wants families to know that services continue year-round.
“We’re still providing services for our area,” she said. “We are working with families through Zoom meetings and phone calls and are providing them with resources. We’re doing everything we can to help. We want them to know we are still here for them.”
Families in need of the Early Development Network’s services, which are provided free, can call 402-727-4130 for more information.
There is also a Facebook page (Early Development Network-ESU#2) that families can visit to find activities to do with their children each day.
Five services coordinators currently cover the four-county area that ESU 2 serves. Those counties are Cuming, Burt, Dodge and Saunders.
Koperski-Bohn said her job is to follow up on referrals to the Early Development Network and connect the families to the services their children need. Those include physical therapy, speech therapy, occupational therapy and more.
A child is eligible for services if he or she is not developing typically, or has been diagnosed with a health condition that will affect his or her development.
Referrals can come from doctors, parents who have used the services before, schools and other sources. The family must give permission for the referral to be made.
Prior to the coronavirus, services coordinators visited the families in their homes and were sometimes accompanied by a therapist. In other cases, arrangements are made to connect the families with therapists in the school district or local hospital.
Koperski-Bohn said a lot of the services are moving to a “coaching model” based on the premise that the parents know their children best.
“We find out what the child needs, what they are doing and what the child is having difficulty doing,” she said.
For example, she said if a young child is having trouble walking the services coordinator and therapist will show them something to try. The parent then is encouraged to work with the child and come up with more strategies on their own.
The developmental delays children have vary, KoperskiBohn said, as is each child’s rate of development. One child may be able to walk earlier than another, and others might talk later than others their age.
“We don’t know the exact reason for the delay, but we work to help them overcome it,” Koperski-Bohn said. “We see a variety of developmental delays. A lot of time they don’t need the services anymore by the time they reach preschool.”
That’s why early intervention is important, she added. “Kids grow and change so much at that age,” she said. “Our goal is to address what is going on early in their life. A lot of time, by the time they go to school the child – and their parents – feel comfortable with that new setting.” Koperski-Bohn has been involved with early child development for 10 years and says “it’s the best program ever.”
“It’s cool to see children develop over the years,” she said. “I’ve met children when they were babies and to see them develop and grow and head off to preschool is rewarding.”
After age 3, the child’s needs are provided by the school district in which they live. Special education services are required for children from birth (or date of diagnosis) to age 21.
All credit for this article goes to the North Bend Eagle
Reporter | Mary Le Arneal
North Bend Eagle
All children in Nebraska are entitled to educational benefits from birth to age 21. Nicole Bose work with the youngest ones as a services coordinator with the Early Development Network out of Educational Service Unit 2 in Fremont. She works with children age birth to 3 years old who have developmental delays or a medical diagnosis that would benefit from outside services.
Bose, a 2009 graduate of North Bend Central, graduated from Wayne State College with a degree in human services counseling. She worked at the Department of Health and Human Services before coming to EDN in August 2018.
“The Early Development Network services are voluntary and free,” Bose said. “We support parents and other caregivers of children on ways to help their child learn during everyday activities.”
Research shows that the first three years are the most important time for learning in a child’s life. Early intervention, providing developmental supports and services early improves a child’s ability to develop and learn. The help may prevent or decrease the need for special help later. The goal of early intervention in Nebraska is to “open a window of opportunity” for families to help their children with special needs develop to their full potential.
“As a services coordinator, I provide families with support and resources,” Bose said. “Typically when I go into homes I am checking in with families to see how services are going and to see if they need any other supports. I work with a team of early intervention providers that support families in meeting their child's goals. The role of the provider is to coach parents in working with their child to best meet the goals they have set.”
EDN services are designed “to meet the developmental needs of an infant or toddler with a disability and the needs of the family to assist appropriately in the infant’s or toddler’s development” as outlined in state law.
The EDN provides services coordination, occupational therapy, physical therapy, speech-language therapy, vision services, audiology services, and early childhood teacher. For children age birth-3 years, all services are provided at the home year around. If services are still needed once the child turns 3, they would be eligible to receive services through an Individualized Education Plan.
Parents, school or medical personnel may refer a child to EDN. To see if a child is eligible for services, call 402-727-4130 or by make an online referral at ESU2.org.
ESU2 Early Development Network provides services to families that reside in North Bend school district and 15 other school districts from Wisner-Pilger to Ashland-Greenwood. Bose covers the North Bend, Cedar Bluffs, Wahoo, Mead, Yutan and Oakland-Craig school districts.
Bose says the personal aspect of the job is what she likes most.
“I love seeing the progress that each child has from the time we begin services to the time that they transition to an Individualized Education Plan or no longer need services,” she said. “I also love getting to know the families and being there to support them in any way that they need.”
Bose said that the EDN is still accepting new referrals during the COVID-19 pandemic
“Services will look different during this time as we are not able to go into family homes,” Bose said. “Currently we are meeting with families virtually with tele-conferencing or over the phone.”
On behalf of the U.S. Census Bureau:
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