• We are very fortunate in LPS to have a Foundation that shares in our mission and intent. With more than 42,000 students enrolled that represent close to 50% eligible for free and reduced lunches (poverty factors), our ability to meet the needs of all of our students is beyond our resource capacity. Whether the need is for a family in crisis or a teacher that is seeking a teaching tool or activity (Fund a Need), the Foundation seeks ways to support. Whenever I am presented with a request for help and assistance my first call is to our Foundation.

  • “The most creative act you will ever undertake is the act of creating yourself.” ~Deepak Chopra

    As a child you loved it—making something out of anything.

    Whatever the medium, you were all over it and had a blast. Being creative came naturally to you.

  • David Juiliano’s path to the classroom wasn’t straight, not a college-to-diploma-to-teacher sort of trajectory.

    He earned an environmental economics degree from a small liberal arts college in California, then held a number of jobs not necessarily related to environmental economics, including one in Omaha, where he met his future wife.

  • Did you know that the Foundation for Lincoln Public Schools was ranked as the seventh best K-12 educational foundation in the nation this year (2018)? Moving up from number 13 last year, the Foundation reached the Top 10 for the first time in the four-year history of the report. Nearly 200 school foundations were reviewed. Caruthers’ “Stepping Up” report looks at eight key performance categories to determine the ranking: annual revenues, revenues per student, total assets, assets per student, investment income, total program expenses, expenses per student, and human capital (volunteers).

  • In 2018, The Career Academy is opening more pathways for students who have expressed interest in careers not yet supported at TCA. The two that start next fall are Criminal Justice (at The Career Academy) and Automotive Tech (at Lincoln High & Northeast). There is considerable interest for both pathways with 64 signing up for Criminal Justice and 19 for Automotive Tech so far. As with all Career Academy pathways, students will be able to earn dual credit with discounted tuition through Southeast Community College and can qualify for certification.

  • The first time Dawes Middle School Principal Angie Plugge heard about a possibility for the national engineering program “Lead The Way” to find a home at Dawes Middle School, she knew she would fight to make it happen. “Programs like these change the lives of students,” said Plugge. “Students are not only hearing, ‘Yes you can do this,’ they are gaining the experience to be confident in their abilities, knowledge, and skills. They have opportunities to see how to use these skills in the real world.”

  • Student dress code is the first step to success for students turning around their school behavior. Dress code creates an environment where students are part of a group that works together to succeed, giving them a more even playing field. Students earn status as they make good choices, support their peers, and show sensitivity and respect. They begin to stand out based on their positive behavior, not on their attire.

  • It takes a certain set of talents and skills to become a builder of ideas, businesses and communities. Gallup’s new BP 10 (Builder’s Profile) assessment helps reveal just that. If you take “Gallup’s StrengthsFinder for Entrepreneurs,” you will quickly understand the core foundation in Lincoln’s Future Builders Challenge.

  • A volunteer citizen organization in Lincoln seeks to support the public, private and parochial schools in Lincoln as they work to infuse innovation in education.

    During March and early April, the group is sponsoring viewings of the video “Most Likely to Succeed,” a documentary about a future-oriented school; and on April 23, group members have arranged a public conversation that includes leaders of education in Nebraska, Google, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and the Gallup Organization.

  • “I can’t do this,” Sarah breathed in frustration. There she sat, in my office, staring desperately at her homework assignment. While some students may have chosen to fake their efforts, simply wanting to be free of an educator’s presence, Sarah was completely frozen. She had been sitting there for an hour, occasionally tapping a few keyboard keys or perusing various research sources. She seemed to be working slowly, but I assumed she may just have needed more time than the rest. As she proclaimed her frustration, I went to her and inquired about her progress. She revealed her worksheet with one answered question and declared with confidence that she was simply incapable of completing the assignment.

  • After another round of holidays, it's safe to assume, a lot of children have been diving into media more than usual. They may have received new electronic toys and gadgets or downloaded new apps and games. Managing all that bleeping and buzzing activity causes anxiety in many parents. Here's a roundup of some of the latest research, combined with some of our previous reporting, to help guide your decision-making around family screen use.

  • Silicon Prairie, anyone? These unexpected regions are emerging as America's brightest — not to mention affordable and inclusive — tech hubs.

  • As play-write, Meredith Willson, said — “You pile up enough tomorrows, and you’ll find you are left with nothing but a lot of empty yesterdays.”