Appendix A — Mission Review

The SDA Mission (Article I, Section 3) is formally reviewed at the September SDA Business Meeting in years that are evenly divisible by five.

Appendix B — Organizational Norms:

  1. Contact other ESUs when working with their schools.
  2. Share information, knowledge, and expertise.
  3. Network with neighboring ESUs.
  4. Serve as a partner with NDE and other agencies.

Appendix C — Meeting Norms: Meetings are conducted according to the following norms, which are reviewed annually:

  1. Engage in open and honest dialogue.
  2. Honor diversity of ideas and practices.
  3. Share information, knowledge, and expertise.
  4. Exhibit professional behavior, such as limiting sidebar conversations and turning off electronic equipment that may cause interruptions.

Appendix D — Strategist Selection Criteria:

The strategists will consider the following criteria when selecting new strategists, including regular annual appointments and openings that result due to attrition:
  • Leadership qualities
  • Participation and involvement in ESUPDO and SDA
  • Areas of expertise
  • Willingness and availability to serve
  • Geographic balance

Appendix E — Networking: Information-sharing occurs through these primary channels:

  1. SDA electronic mailing list: esusda@lists.k12.ne.us. Members can subscribe by accessing the webiste (http://lists.k12.ne.us/wws/info/esusda) or by contacting the ESUCC executive assistant. The SDA electronic mailing list is primarily used to communicate information of importance to the membership and as a venue in which to post questions.
  2. ESUPDO website: esupdo.org. Members must request an account through the website in order to register online for statewide meetings and trainings and to access resources.
  3. myElearning.org website (unique web addresses exist per ESU domain). This website serves as a repository of collaborative SDA work.
  4. An SDA directory is shared with the membership following the first SDA Business Meeting of the year.

Appendix F — Foundational Goals:

SDA has a proud history as an effective, productive, and caring team. In order to maintain and enhance this legacy in a time of great change and growth, an ad hoc committee formed at the request of the Affiliate leadership. During the 1999-2000 year, the following target goals and actions were created, which focus on team-building and skill-building for the membership.
Goal One: SDA members will know each member’s name, place of work, and something of significance about each person.
Related Activities/Actions:
  • Wear nametags at meetings
  • Do introductory activities at each meeting
  • Collect demographic information about our membership

Goal Two: SDA members will learn new skills from our peers.
Related Activities/Actions:
  • Continue to share successful practices
  • Create a mentoring structure for supporting new and experienced members

Goal Three: SDA members will find strengths in our differences as professionals and friends.
Suggested Activities/Actions:
  • Use an assessment tool to identify individual strengths
  • Take a NEW friend to lunch at one meeting this year

Goal Four: SDA members will be contributing members of the ESUPDO affiliate.

Goal Five: SDA will provide a network of support through structured mentoring and communication.

Appendix G — Professional Learning Standards (Learning Forward)
Learning Communities: Professional learning that increases educator effectiveness and results for all students occurs within learning communities committed to continuous improvement, collective responsibility, and goal alignment.

Leadership: Professional learning that increases educator effectiveness and results for all students requires skillful leaders who develop capacity, advocate, and create support systems for professional learning.

Resources: Professional learning that increases educator effectiveness and results for all students requires prioritizing, monitoring, and coordinating resources for educator learning.

Data: Professional learning that increases educator effectiveness and results for all students uses a variety of sources and types of student, educator, and system data to plan, assess, and evaluate professional learning.

Learning Designs: Professional learning that increases educator effectiveness and results for all students integrates theories, research, and models of human learning to achieve its intended outcomes.

Implementation: Professional learning that increases educator effectiveness and results for all students applies research on change and sustains support for implementation of professional learning for long term change.

Outcomes: Professional learning that increases educator effectiveness and results for all students aligns its outcomes with educator performance and student curriculum standards.

Appendix H — Member Recognition:

  • SDA acknowledges retiring members.
  • The SDA chair and any non-returning members are recognized by members.

Appendix I - New Member Mentoring Program
Prior to the first regular SDA Business Meeting, new members are assigned mentors from the current membership. In order to encourage networking, mentors are not from the same ESU as the new members to whom they are assigned. The reporter and representative serve as coordinators.

Appendix J — Governance History:

2015-2016
Past Chair: Denise O'Brien
Chair: Kate Hatch
Recorder: Janet Foss
Strategist 1: Suzanne Whisler
Strategist 2: Julie Downing

2014-2015
Past Chair: Amy Hill
Chair: Denise O’Brien
Recorder: Kate Hatch
Strategist 1: Janet Foss
Strategist 2: Suzanne Whisler

2013-2014
Past Chair: Toby Boss
Chair: Amy Hill
Recorder: Denise O’Brien
Strategist 1: Kate Hatch
Strategist 2: Janet Foss

2012-2013
Past Chair: Jeff McQuistan
Chair: Toby Boss
Recorder: Amy Hill
Strategist 1: Denise O’Brien
Strategist 2: Kate Hatch

2011-2012
Past Co-Chair ESUPDO: Julie Barger
Past Chair: Debbie Schraeder (Co-Chair of ESUPDO)
Chair: Jeff McQuistan
Recorder: Toby Boss
Strategist 1: Amy Hill
Strategist 2: Denise O’Brien
Strategist 3: Kate Hatch

2010-2011
Past Co-Chair ESUPDO: Mitzi Hoback
Past Chair: Julie Barger (Co-Chair of ESUPDO)
Chair: Debbie Schraeder
Recorder: Jeff McQuistan
Strategist 1: Toby Boss
Strategist 2: Amy Hill
Strategist 3: Denise O’Brien

2009-2010
Past Co-Chair ESUPDO: Rhonda Jindra
Past Chair: Mitzi Hoback (Co-Chair of ESUPDO)
Chair: Julie Barger
Recorder: Debbie Schraeder
Strategist 1: Jeff McQuistan
Strategist 2: Toby Boss
Strategist 3: Amy Hill

2008-2009
Past Co-Chair ESUPDO: Lisa Smith
Past Chair: Rhonda Jindra (Co-Chair of ESUPDO)
Chair: Mitzi Hoback
Recorder: Julie Barger
Strategist 1: Debbie Schraeder
Strategist 2: Jeff McQuistan
Strategist 3: Toby Boss (appointed)

2007-2008
Past Co-Chair ESUPDO: Bob Lungrin
Past Chair: Lisa Smith (Co-Chair of ESUPDO)
Chair: Rhonda Jindra
Recorder: Mitzi Hoback
Strategist 1: Julie Barger (appointed)
Strategist 2: Debbie Schraeder
Strategist 3: Chad Dumas

2006-2007
Past Co-Chair ESUPDO: Carol Jessen
Past Chair: Bob Lungrin (Co-Chair of ESUPDO)
Chair: Lisa Muff
Recorder: Michelle Lembke
Strategist 1: Rhonda Jindra (appointed)
Strategist 2: Mitzi Hoback (appointed)

2005-2006
Past Co-Chair ESUPDO: Penny Businga
Past Chair: Carol Jessen (Co-Chair of ESUPDO)
Chair: Bob Lungrin
Recorder: Tammy Heflebower
Strategist 1: Lisa Muff
Strategist 2: Michelle Lembke

2004-2005
Past Co-Chair ESUPDO: Lynette Block (not available for meetings)
Past Chair: Penny Businga (Co-Chair of ESUPDO)
President: Carol Jessen
Recorder: Bob Lungrin (appointed)
Strategist 1: Tammy Heflebower (appointed)
Strategist 2: Lisa Muff (appointed)

2003-2004
Past Co-Chair ESUPDO: Freida Lange
Past Chair: Lynette Block (Co-Chair of ESUPDO)
Chair: Penny Businga
Recorder: Jody Riibe
Strategist 1: Carol Jessen
Strategist 2: Barb Elliot

2002-2003
Past Co-Chair ESUPDO: Elaine Specht
Past Chair: Freida Lange (Co-Chair of ESUPDO)
Chair: Lynette Block
Recorder: Penny Businga
Strategist 1: Jody Riibe
Strategist 2: Carol Jessen

2001-2002
Past Co-Chair ESUPDO: Margaret McInteer
Past Chair: Elaine Specht (Co-Chair of ESUPDO)
Chair: Freida Lange
Recorder: Lynette Block
Strategist 1: Penny Businga
Strategist 2: Jody Riibe

2000-2001
Past Chair: Margaret McInteer (Co-Chair of ESUPDO)
Chair: Elaine Specht
Recorder: Freida Lange
Strategist 1: Lynette Block
Strategist 2: Penny Businga

Appendix J — ESU Organizational Structure:


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