2010-2011 Events

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

James Havelka, retired North Bend Superintendent and Coordinator of the NE Task Force on "Teacher and Administrator Standards" will facilitate a session on the "draft standards" and obtain your input. This important work will guide the improvement of teaching and learning for NE as an overall state initiative which will be finalized this September by the NE Dept. of Education.

This is our last activity for 2010-11 which includes a social and light meal at Toast, an Irish Café/Pub, 5:00-6:00. The 6:00-7:30 activity is at the Concordia College (Lincoln-site), Fallbrook Campus, 570 Fallbrook Blvd. which is directly beside “Toast”.

Please refer to the flyer for further details.

The UNL Phi Delta Kappa Chapter is holding this special event on Tuesday, June 7th that will complete our 2010-11 activities and focus on proficiencies. At 5:00, the registration, social, beverages and meal (three types of European sandwiches, appetizers, and dessert) will be held at “Toast”, a café and replicated pub, www.gettoasty.com. A wide variety of microbrews and beverages will be available. The cost is $9.00 ($11.00 for non-members). The onsite cost is $13.00. Check out pdk.unl.edu for background information and joining PDK.

At 6:00, James Havelka, retired North Bend Superintendent and Coordinator of the NE Task Force on "Teacher and Administrator Standards" will facilitate a session on the "draft standards" and obtain your input. This important work will guide the improvement of teaching and learning for NE as an overall state initiative which will be finalized this September by the NE Dept. of Education.

Pease - Outstanding Educational Leader Award*If you are an honored member with 5-55 years of PDK membership, we have a “special treat” for you beginning after James’ facilitation. By June 3rd, briefly share with Loretta Sweet, wsheets@radiks.net, who encouraged you to join PDK and provide one PDK memory or how PDK has impacted your professional growth. In addition, our reestablished Research Committee will announce the first “Ron Joekel Research Scholarship” and winner. We will briefly present our top awards, undergraduate scholarship, complete our initiation, and recognize our leaders. Our cumulative raffle prize, iTouch (generation four) will be awarded.

Please RSVP and send your check by June 3rd to Loretta Sheets, PDK Executive Board member, wsheets@radiks.net, 6710 Marcia Lane, Lincoln, NE 68505 or call 402.466.9040. Confirmed attendees are responsible for registration cost if not able to attend after previously confirming. Forty-five spots are available on a “first-come, first-served” basis. We look forward to seeing you and celebrating your successes towards growing as life-long educators.

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-PPT of the Teacher and Administrator Standards (Draft May 2011)

-Overview of the Teacher and Administrator Standards (Draft May 2011)

Tuesday-Wednesday, April 18-20, 2011
Norris High School
Do you desire to learn strategies to deal with information overload? If so please read on to participate in a collaborate activity by Phi Delta Kappa and Norris on April 18-19th.

You are invited to a unique opportunity on Monday, April 18th, 3:30-6:30, at the Norris High School Auditorium (Firth, NE). Joan Richardson, PDK Kappan editor and former writer for one of the leading, national staff development organizations (National Staff Development Council) www.learningforward.org will present and lead interactive sessions on “Transforming Education and the Role of Social Media With Stakeholders.” Please refer to the attachment for her biography.

We will learn effective steps to help address the overwhelming venues of information sharing, processing, and dialogue in the age of “disruptive learning.” In the December/January 2011 edition of the Kappan, www.kappanmagazine.org/content/92/4.toc Joan wrote,

“Exponential change…and new inventions…are making educators rethink their roles as ad-vances in teaching machines allow lessons to be customized. What is taught is changing because students, educators, and the greater community increasingly need to communicate using multimedia skills. In “Disrupting Class”, she notes that disruptive innovations simplify a product or purpose so that they become affordable for a mass market and can be used easily. The public adopts these innovations because the innovations do a job that needs to be done. As more people adopt the innovation, the quality improves (yet the) balance with information overload can be overwhelming.”

Norris is co-sponsoring this collaborative evening with PDK and provides a forum for Joan’s “tools at work.” The event is free for PDK members and Norris educators and is the first, national “Scholar-in-Residence” that is developed by the International PDK with UNL and Norris. The activities are also open to non-PDK members, fellow educators, administrators, and costs $6.00. *Norris employees are not required to pay or be PDK members in order to attend but will receive information from Dr. John Skretta, Norris Superintendent.

4:00-5:00---Joan’s presentation
5:00-6:30---light supper and rotating, hands-on sessions by administrators,
educators,and Joan on technology tools from her presentation so you
have "take-aways" to immediately utilize.

RSVP by April 14th to Loretta Sheets, PDK Executive Board member, call 402.466.9040 or email wsheets@radiks.net Limited spots are available. If pertinent, send a check ($1.00 is applied to the scholarship fund) to her @ 6710 Marcia Lane, Lincoln, NE 68505. Questions, please contact Dr. Mike McDonald, PDK President, #402.314.1571; or Dr. John Skretta (if affiliated with Norris).

A description of over $150 worth of educational resources and scholarships are listed on the attached flyer.

2---On April 19-20th at UNL, UNO and other districts, Joan will also share on complimentary topics (i.e., best practice, research, writing for professional journals) related to her experiences at the National Staff Development Council and the Kappan. Further information will be provided at the March 30th event. To join PDK, gain resources, and learn more information, go to the Spring 2011 newsletter at pdk.unl.edu

3---Please refer to our attachment for details regarding our last event of 2010-2011. The International Director of PDK will join us to discuss...

We look forward to involving you and fostering learning communities. See you April 18th and 19th.

The UNL PDK Executive Board
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Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Mahoney State Park
On Wednesday, March 30, 5:30 PM at Mahoney State Park, Kathy Andreson, President-Elect of Phi Delta Kappa International will address the annual, joint activity of the UNO and UNL Phi Delta Kappa Chapters. She will discuss “Charter Schools—Strengths and Concerns—from a National Perspective.”

Kathy represents Chapter #1608, New Mexico. She will provide her perspective on the changing dynamics of school systems, cultures, and how innovation can positively impact students’ learning. She stated “I will discuss the history of charter schools, the current landscape, and my work with the configuration of schools. The setting will be open so we can discuss the latest research.” Go to www.pdkintl.org to learn more about the international trends and resources of PDK.

This year, UNO is the host chapter for the annual activity with UNL. You are encouraged to register early as the 75 spots generally fill for the March 30th event at the Kiewit Lodge, Mahoney State Park, Red Oak Room, second level. Initiation for new UNO members, 5-5:25; Social hour with cash bar, 5:30 p.m.; Dinner, 6:30 PM; and the recognition of Dr. Kevin Riley (Gretna Superintendent) and other significant educators. Kathy Andreson’s presentation will begin after the dinner.

Costs---The $22.00 buffet includes: brisket and fried chicken, corn on the cob, other vegetables, and dessert. Rolls, coffee and iced tea will also be provided.

Over $150 worth of educational resources and raffle prizes will also be provided including a free iTouch (to be awarded at the June 7th activity).

Register by March 23rd with Loretta Sheets, Programming, PDK Executive Board, at #402.466.9040 or wsheets@radiks.net. You are responsible for the cost of the meal and may pay at the door (if rsvp) or send a check to Loretta Sheets, 6710 Marcia Lane, Lincoln, NE 68505. Questions, please contact Loretta or Dr. Mike McDonald, PDK President, #402.314.1571.

*A gift certificate will be awarded to the PDK member who brings the most guests (more than one) whom join PDK.

2---Refer to the attachment for further details regarding an innovative activity w/Norris Public Schools regarding “Transforming Education and the Role of Social Media With Stakeholders” on April 18th and our last activity for 2010-2011, on June 7th with the PDK International Executive Director, Bill Bushaw.
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Tuesday, February 1, 2011 Event Cancelled Due to Weather
If you pre-paid for Febr. 1, let us know if you would like to apply your $ toward the "Future Educator Scholarship" or toward the March 30 registration (approximately $20 (total) or return your $ by mail. Contact Loretta Sheets, wsheets@radiks.net, or Mike McDonald, mcdonald1.mike@gmail.com by Febr. 7th.

Nebraska Wesleyan University
Showcase of Teaching, Learning, and Administration
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Join the UNL Phi Delta Kappa Chapter on Tuesday, February 1st for an interactive evening of learning and sharing led by seven showcase presenters, nominated by the PDK Executive Board. These teachers and administrators include the Lincoln Public Schools Superintendent; a Freedom Writers graduate and trainer; teachers and consultants working to enhance K-12 instructional effectiveness and decrease the achievement gap; and the Superintendent and Curriculum/Assessment Director from Wahoo. You will discuss developmental assets to enhance the motivation and quality of work by students, teachers, and administrators.

We will also introduce at least $2,000 worth of scholarships for high seniors, undergraduates, teachers, and administrators pursuing educational course-work.
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Tuesday, November 16, 2010
Hyvee Community Room, 84th and Holdrege
“Our Model for Developing Proficiencies in Teachers, Administrators, Students and Building Dialogue with the Educational Community”, Elkhorn Public Schools.

Dr. Cindy Gray, Darin Kelberlau & Melissa Simons shared a presentation to the UNL Phi Delta Kappa community of learners. Click here for a slideshow of this presentation
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Tuesday, October 12, 2010
5:30-7:30, Greet Gateau, 330 S. 10th Street
Kick-off Social, Wine Tasting, Ron Joekel recognition, roundtable discussion of the 42nd Kappan Poll, and application to NE led by facilitators from school districts: Elkhorn, Fremont, Lincoln, Millard, Norris, Omaha, Raymond Central, Wahoo, and Waverly (tentative).
Photos from the event.
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