ESU 5 World Language Program continues to grow

In 2019-20 we started with one Spanish teacher serving two school districts and have added two teachers each year since. This year we are seven amazing educators serving sixteen school districts across the state. 

The ESU 5 World Language Program continues to grow.
Map of districts receiving DL Spanish


Picture of New Staff members
ESU 5 welcomes two new staff members to the World Language Department.

Joseba Moreno and Kim Ramirez will join Brittany Andrews teaching out of ESU 3.


The ESU 5 World Language Program growth is reflected in the percentage of total Distance Learning courses offered across the State eligible for incentive dollars (DEUs) through the Nebraska Legislature that is attributable to our program.

Our slice of that pie has increased from 4% in the 2018-19 academic year to 26% in 2021-22. This means one of every four Distance Learning Classes eligible for that program was provided by ESU 5 last year.

Chart of DEU eligible courses from ESU 5


At the beginning of the year, we communicate to students three core Program Belief Statements:

1.  We believe that all Students can learn Spanish
2.  We believe in a Positive Classroom Environment
3.  We believe in World Language Best Practices

Program Data suggests we are meeting those objectives.

This past year we administered the AAPPL test in all of Spanish 2 and Dual Credit Spanish 3/4 classes. The AAPPL test is a standardized proficiency test that measures student ability to communicate in the language. 96% of our students met or exceeded our program goal of Novice High!

Proficiency results on tests

Our program is dedicated to the continuous improvement process. We will continue to engage in reflective practices to ensure we are meeting our stakeholders’ needs.

Provided by:  Dr. Nick Ziegler

I am so grateful that the ESU had so many specialists to work with my son, because now I know what to do to help my child with autism. The speech pathologist and occupational therapist from the ESU have allowed him to gain more than I ever expected him to. I don’t know what I would have done without them.
The best part of working at ESU 5 is the people I work with!
ESU 5 Staff Member
ESU 5 is a wonderful place to work! My co-workers are helpful, friendly and supportive.
ESU 5 Staff Member