Nebraska Public School Advantage News

Nebraska Public School Advantage News

By Tyler Dahlgren The Eagle Eye News production team sat still, focused on their respective tasks when the countdown started at five and, among growing excitement, worked its way towards one. As silence swept the Shoemaker Elementary library, anchors Julissa Ramos and Dimitri Kerkman took simultaneous deep breaths, stared calmly into the cameras and, when given the signal by the directors,...Read More
By Tyler Dahlgren The play was zany enough to leave any spectator speechless, involving a missed shot, a fortuitous bounce off an opponent’s head, and the unlikeliest pair of points a basketball team will ever come by. Luckily for those tuning in on the Milford Striv channel, the broadcast team of eighth-grader Braden Soester and sixth-grader Zephyr Mowinkel aren’t known to mince words while in...Read More
By Tyler Dahlgren In typical years, Aurora holds a career day in October, sending its seniors off on college visits and job shadows while inviting representatives from area industries into the high school to talk with the underclassmen. With this year being far from typical, and with the career day bumped to the back of the pandemic’s long line of postponements, high school principal Doug Kittle...Read More
By Tyler Dahlgren Rebecca Dubs learned everything she needed to know about the character of the first-ever Chadron MIddle School Hope Squad by observing one intentionally impracticable group activity. In their hands, 31 students heldcards containing 31 different pictures, from pieces of furniture to colors to articles of clothing. Anything and everything. Categorically, some made sense. Others...Read More
By Tyler Dahlgren From the opening scene, the filmmakers at I Love Public Schools lift the audience from the comforts of wherever they’re viewing The Mind Inside: Episode Three and drop them into the middle of a different world. For educators, this world will feel heartbreakingly familiar. The film focuses on North Platte Public Schools, where more than half of the students in the district live...Read More
By Tyler Dahlgren *This is the second installment in the three-part “Conversations Around COVID”. This discussion occurred on November 16 for an article titled “Silver Linings (Without the Playbook),” which ran in the winter edition of the NCSA Today Magazine. Jerry Mack is principal at Chadron High School, and his podcast “Chadron Cardinal Cast”, which he records with school counselor Loni...Read More
By Tyler Dahlgren For school leaders, a deep examination of data can be a revealing and downright daunting experience. In the midst of a global pandemic, you’re safe to underline the latter part of that statement--maybe even twice. Immersing one’s self in data is exhausting yet worthwhile. Intimidating yet necessary. Participants in ESU 17’s Data Dig last Monday are certain the proof will come in...Read More
By Tyler Dahlgren After 10 minutes of calm following the day’s first bell, Freeman Public School sprang back to life early Friday morning, as excited packs of students spilled into its hallways and took off on a quest to find their Falcon Families. Flo Rida’s “My House” echoed from the PA system, only slightly muffling the sound of an enlivened blend of kindergartners through sixth-graders. After...Read More
By Tyler Dahlgren After 16 years spent working in Omaha Public Schools, Jack Bangert came home to Falls City with a clear idea of the culture he planned to foster at his new school. That’s not unique for principals entering a new district. Bangert’s model, however, is quite unique. In all the right ways. “Any principal, when they take a job, they want to create a culture,” Bangert, now in his...Read More
School districts throughout Nebraska plunged headfirst into an unprecedented pandemic in March of 2020. The world as we knew it was tipped upside down, but through it all, schools stood strong. Schools weathered the storm by showing remarkable flexibility, adaptability and, perhaps above all, courage. They were shoved, abruptly and without notice, into a world of impossibilities and used...Read More

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