Nebraska Public School Advantage News

Nebraska Public School Advantage News

By Tyler Dahlgren The story behind how Aurora junior Elena Kuehner became involved in band is altogether simple and symbolic. Elena’s mother had a flute, and, even as a young kid, she had her sights set on one day playing said flute. The rest, as they say, is history. Elena is a junior drum major and plays, you guessed it, the flute in her school’s tradition-rich marching band. Prophecy fulfilled...Read More
By Tyler Dahlgren On more days than not, Jess Bland supervises recess at Oakland-Craig Elementary School, where she’s in her seventh-year serving as principal in a Burt County community of just over a thousand that instantly felt a whole lot like home. Come to think of it, outside of the town where Bland grew up and graduated high school in, this place is the first she’s ever labelled as such...Read More
By Tyler Dahlgren The first step Jen McNally took in her new partnership with Millard Public Schools was on to a stage to present on the importance of self care and mental wellness in front of the district’s administration. This was pre-pandemic, an engagement sparked by a session McNally had led at the State Education Conference earlier that fall. Following the session, several MPS...Read More
Half of Nebraska teachers responded in a 2018 survey that they did not know how to manage concussions in the classroom and the same amount noticed an academic decline from students after sustaining a concussion or head injury. But finding a way to offer differentiated instruction to a student can be a challenge, especially with full classrooms and limited free time in a teacher’s schedule. Most...Read More
By Tyler Dahlgren For 25 years, Laura Schroer has taught science in Alliance, Nebraska, a Panhandle town of about 8,000 people plotted in the vicinity of marvelous topography and breathtaking landscapes. “We have wonderful laboratories just outside of the door,” said Schroer, who throughout her years has instructed a wide range of high school science courses, from earth science to biology. “We...Read More
By Tyler Dahlgren The Andy Griffith Show’s unmistakable theme song rang out from the Piezo buzzer on Diana Hanzlick’s Arduino board as four fellow students gathered around the Arapahoe-Holbrook senior. The iconic jingle never missed a beat. In the background, Daniel Schaben’s classroom bustled with normal Wednesday morning operations. For his 10 RoboMath students, the best way to learn is to do...Read More
By Tyler Dahlgren *This five-part article was originally published in the summer edition of the NCSA Today magazine. Part One: Initial Response “Talk about a whirlwind.” Superintendent Dr. Travis Miller and the administrative team at Bayard Public Schools had been keeping an eye on international news, and first dove into the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s flu pandemic guidelines in...Read More
By Tyler Dahlgren John Lennon’s eyes were hidden behind those iconic sunglasses when Joselyn Andreasen put the finishing touches on the legend’s famous talisman necklace with her paint brush and took a step back. There she was, a 2020 Blair High School graduate, standing in the most-traveled hallway of her alma-mater. More than nine months in the making, her mural was finally finished. Lennon was...Read More
By Tyler Dahlgren Jill Bates admits that this is an interesting way to end a memorable career at Educational Service Unit 8--one that spanned 37 years--occupying one of six squares on the screen of a virtual web conference in the middle of a historic pandemic. This setting has grown almost too familiar since mid-March, when COVID-19 forced school closures across the globe. Bates, ESU 8’s...Read More
By Tyler Dahlgren Adhering to the one-word action plan made famous by best-selling author Jon Gordon, Drew Harris’s selection last summer before his first year as ESU 9 Administrator ended up being not only remarkably fitting, but absolutely necessary. “My guiding word was opportunity , and I picked that at the start of the school year,” said Harris, who assumed his new role at the service unit...Read More

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