Nebraska Public School Advantage News

Nebraska Public School Advantage News

By Tyler Dahlgren After 22 years of efforts in attracting, training and mobilizing distance learning teachers, BJ Peters woke up one morning in mid-March and, voilà!, there they were. “I spent two decades trying to recruit distance learning teachers, and I had a thousand of them dropped into my lap all at once,” Peters says in half-jest. Peters was hired on at ESU 13 in the late 1990s after the...Read More
By Tyler Dahlgren Nathan, like many nine-year-olds, isn’t one to spend his summers cooped up inside idling on neutral. He loves animals and playing under the sun. If given the chance, he’ll run, run, run until his legs give out. And then he’ll run some more. His personality is big, happy, and just plain fun. “He’s the kind of kid that just sparks a fire when you spend time with him,” said his mom...Read More
By Tyler Dahlgren To be proactive or reactive? With COVID-19 cases spiking and spreading further west from Nebraska’s main metropolitan areas and east from Colorado’s, the answer was a no-brainer for ESU 16’s administrative team. “We were getting squeezed in the middle as the virus progressed,” said ESU 16 Administrator Deb Paulman. “It became apparent that we needed to reach out to our districts...Read More
By Tyler Dahlgren At the end of each conversation Raymond Central superintendent Derrick Joel shared with his staff in the two weeks following his school district’s closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic lived an unwavering goal. “We had to find out what was going to work to support all of our families and all of our students,” said Joel, in his fourth year at RC. Through all of the collaboration...Read More
By Tyler Dahlgren This isn't exactly the type of May the Class of 2020 had in mind. The last leg of the journey through high school is supposed to be spent together. Memories are supposed to be made in bunches. Standing on the final peak of a course that was surely filled with its share of ups-and-downs. "The situation with the pandemic and school closures has really heightened the fact that our...Read More
By Tyler Dahlgren For all the places senior year has taken Sydney Erickson, from Capitol Hill to sunny southern California and Dallas, Texas, her high school days are winding down with a morning walk around a quiet lake in her hometown. While she misses the normalcy of school, her teachers and her friends and the building excitement around prom and graduation from Pierce High School, this walk is...Read More
By Tyler Dahlgren Born out of a BlendEd pilot program established by a committee comprised of the Educational Service Unit Coordinating Council (ESUCC), professionals from select ESUs and the Nebraska Council of School Administrators (NCSA), the Digital Age Pedagogy site initially existed as a hub for resources illustrating best practices in blending online and offline instruction to enhance...Read More
By Tyler Dahlgren In more ways than one, leadership served as the locomotive that led Adams Central’s Drake Vorderstrasse down the scenic railway to a place called Opportunity . There were plenty of memorable pit stops along the way, more than one visit to Washington D.C. and several chances to meet peers from the Republic of China, Puerto Rico and across the United States, too. He’s spoken in...Read More
By Tyler Dahlgren Natalie Reed’s glass is half-full, and she likes to keep it that way. The Holdrege senior has a hard time describing how she felt when her school, and every school in the state and across the country, went into lockdown in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Sure, there was sadness and disbelief and, admittedly, a few tears. Frustration and confusion, too. But through all of...Read More
By Tyler Dahlgren For seniors in the Class of 2020, reality hits in waves. It’s April now, a month and some change until graduation, and they’re missing out on what was supposed to be a countdown filled with memories. Take today, for example. Fullerton senior Gracie Knopik should be among the thousands of students swarming the streets of Lincoln for the State FFA Convention. Instead, she’s trying...Read More

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