Nebraska Public School Advantage News

Nebraska Public School Advantage News

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
By Tyler Dahlgren Out of a year unlike any before it came an unbelievable number of inspiring, uplifting and heartwarming stories unlike any before them. There's no way around it, 2020 was tough. Most reading this would likely be fine without running that one back, but we would be remiss not to reminisce on the remarkable things that took place in public schools across Nebraska in the face of the...Read More
By Tyler Dahlgren While sitting in class one day not too long ago, eighth-grader Dayna Sharp’s mind wandered where minds often wander this time of year. “I was thinking about Christmas trees,” Dayna said. “I know, it’s kind of odd.” She thought of the holiday season and the cheer we’re so used to spreading as the calendar turns to December and Christmas music starts to take over radio waves. She...Read More
By Tyler Dahlgren Kearney’s One-Act team learned over the course of a peculiar 2020 season to appreciate each and every opportunity to grace a stage. Their path to performance was, after all, cluttered with obstacles. Quarantines and illnesses that sporadically separated cast and crew, and periods of time where it became uncertain if the curtain would again draw. On the first night of December,...Read More
News Release Scottsbluff, NE. – Educational Service Unit 13 (ESU 13) recently opened the doors of its new Panhandle Beginnings Day Treatment Center, located at the Carpenter Center, 116 Terry Boulevard, Gering, NE. ESU 13, with funding from Sherwood Foundation Grant, completed construction of the Day Treatment center in August 2020. On Nov. 5th, ESU 13 received notice that it was awarded a $5,500...Read More
By Tyler Dahlgren Not a whole lot rattles Jeff Schwartz at his day job. Considering he’s the principal of Axtell Community School, a PK-12 building, that’s saying something. Where does Schwartz’s resolve come from? Well, ask him about his night job. “It’s kind of funny,” he tells co-workers who compliment his calm composure. “I leave my regular job and go to a place where fans yell at me, and I...Read More

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