Nebraska Public School Advantage News

Nebraska Public School Advantage News

By Tyler Dahlgren It’s funny how fast something can come together in a small town, where word seems to spread at the speed of light and folks are somehow even quicker to lend a helping hand. One minute a YouTube ad plays on a treadmill screen at the local YMCA, and the next minute the famous creator of “Body by Jake” is in an elementary school on the foot of The Sandhills cutting ribbons and...Read More
By Tyler Dahlgren The streets of Odell are almost always quiet. As the sun set Tuesday night, silence echoed up and down the small village’s streets. I had my windows down, enjoying one of the first cool breezes of Autumn. It was a true joyride. An easy kind of peaceful. Completely still. Odell, I tell you, could have passed for a ghost town. But then I heard it. Climbing up Perry Street, still a...Read More
By Tyler Dahlgren I really should have listened to my wife. And my mom. And maybe my chiropractor, too. Next month marks six years that I’ve been travelling the state for Nebraska Public School Advantage, finding and telling stories that showcase the power of public education in our state and the remarkable human beings that bring our schools to life. I don’t break the fourth wall often on here...Read More
By Tyler Dahlgren It’s another morning in Ord, early enough for headlights that shine through a comfortably crisp air that signals the beginning of fall. It’s a Wednesday, “Hump Day” as it’s come to be known, but they don’t need clever sloganeering to manufacture enthusiasm at Ord Elementary, where toe-tapping, upbeat music greets students as they pile out of minivans, sedans and school buses...Read More
By Tyler Dahlgren It’s 10:30 in the morning on a Thursday in early September, 15 minutes into a panel discussion at ESU 10’s Principal Meeting, and my hand is teetering on the edge of an emergency-level cramp. NCSA Ambassador Dr. Cinde Wendell was invited to be a part of the conversation on school culture, so I figured I’d take some notes, shoot some photos and leave with a nice little blog post...Read More
By Tyler Dahlgren Oftentimes, it happens in the blink of an eye. Just like that. A Cross County teacher will pose a question with no direct route to the answer or present a problem with no one distinct solution, and their students, be them kindergarteners, fifth-graders or high school seniors, will feel their way to the correct answer. Oftentimes, this is when the lightbulb goes off, when a Cross...Read More
By Tyler Dahlgren Dr. Dee Acklie watched in awe as lightly-worn clothing items formed mountains on two cafeteria tables inside DC West Elementary School. Acklie is by no means tall, standing five-foot-three, but she soon found herself relying on tippy toes to see over the top of either peak. The nearby shoe rack was already jam-packed with all types of sneakers and donations were coming in by the...Read More
By Tyler Dahlgren Jeff Cole was teaching in New York City when he was tasked with developing an internship program in the high school he served. A young and hungry educator, Cole accepted the challenge and dove in. The implementation process left him with two fundamental beliefs. First off, when building that type of program from the ground up, The Big Apple is a good place to be. Possibilities...Read More
By Tyler Dahlgren Freeman Public Schools rolled out the red carpet to welcome students and families Tuesday night, a grand celebration to kick-start the school’s 25th year in operation. Attendees began spilling in at 5 p.m., as the school once again became the hub of its community. Most stopped for some delicious eats at one of the three food trucks parked near the school’s west entrance before...Read More
By Tyler Dahlgren Paul Pistulka was in his late 30s when he accepted the superintendent position with West Holt Public Schools and moved his family of five to Atkinson. Both he and his wife grew up in small Nebraska towns, cherished the experience and the memories and wished the same for their five children. Atkinson seemed to fit the bill, and though young in the scope of superintendency,...Read More

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