Educational Service Unit 18, affiliated with Lincoln Public Schools, is one of 17 ESUs in Nebraska. Educational Service Units were created by the Legislature in 1965 to provide services to enhance education. ESU 18 funds a variety of programs to support and enhance educational services.
Through ESU funding, LPS Library Media Services provide current, accurate, and reliable information databases, digital resources, and streaming video for students and staff throughout the school district.
ESU 18 provides a continuum of support for all LPS staff. Support begins with professional development during new teacher orientation, and continues responding to the needs of teachers. ESU 18 collaborates in the evaluation of a mentoring program. ESU 18 supports master teachers by providing support and materials for teachers working in their National Board Certification for Professional Teaching Standards.
Starting in 1994 with state legislation that required ESUs to provide access to the Internet, ESU 18 technology funds have brought new learning opportunities to LPS students.
ESU 18 provides assessment and evaluation services for Lincoln Public Schools. Services include expertise in the area of common formative assessments, district statistics, program evaluations, state assessments, surveys, and other standardized testing. The team provides statistical reporting, annual reporting, evaluation of LPS programs, principal appraisals and more.
ESU 18 funds services for students in grades 7—12 who are awaiting decisions from the court.
Thanks to ESU 18, every Lincoln Public Schools fourth grader spends one day at Heritage School, located at Pioneers Park, to experience what it was like to attend the one-room prairie schoolhouses of the 1800s.
Business as usual at Lincoln Public Schools has always been open and transparent. LPS protocol calls for posting these contracts on our website as attachments to the Lincoln Board of Education meetings when the contracts are considered and finalized. We also report the finalized contracts in additional documents posted on our website.