- First snow day of season – For more information: Mary Kay Roth, email@example.com
Lincoln Public Schools called the first snow day of the season with no classes on Tuesday, Jan. 17. However, District Office remains open.
2. Third year of tech plan – For more information: Jane Stavem, firstname.lastname@example.org
The Lincoln Board of Education will pave the way for Lincoln Public Schools to move into the third phase of the Instructional Technology Plan with the consideration of a purchase that will mean all LPS students grades 3-12 will have access to individual Chromebooks – and in the future, potentially the addition of second graders. The purchase discussed at a recent Board meeting – with final approval set for Jan. 24 – would cover Chromebooks for more than 3,000 sixth graders as well as for more than 8,300 students at the four remaining high schools where students do not have Chromebooks (Lincoln High, Lincoln East, Lincoln North Star and Lincoln Southwest).
The original Instructional Technology Plan called for providing Chromebooks to students grades 3-12, but Board members discussed the possibility of providing the gadgets to second graders as well. Funding for addition of one more grade could be provided by extending the original three-year plan into a four-year plan.
A January 2017 purchase of Chromebooks for distribution to secondary students in fall of 2017 would allow the school district to save $8 per device (a total of $66,904) and ensure all students are using the same device model
For more information: http://www.lps.org/post/detail.cfm?id=11562
3. Strategic Plan update – For more information: John Neal, email@example.com
The Board of Education received an update recently about the progress and next steps involved with “Voices for the Future,” the school district’s strategic planning process.
Over the last few months, LPS has reached out to more than 37,500 people – and collected responses from more than 3,800 citizens. The collected data is now being reviewed and analyzed: categorizing responses, recognizing key themes and identifying representative quotations. Then that data will go to a Community Study Team later this month, a team that will develop and create proposed action steps.
A reminder: Lincoln Public Schools is seeking to engage citizens throughout the community to help refresh and develop a strategic plan to chart the course for the school district over the next five years. The strategic planning process involves gathering community voices through civic, school and community meetings, as well as through social media and online surveys – encouraging our citizens to dream big, imagine new ideas, help identify creative, innovative goals – necessary to write the story of our future. Our mission is to ensure LPS students experience a world-class education in preparation for college, career and life
4. Grant submissions approved – For more information: Jane Stavem, firstname.lastname@example.org
The Board of Education has approved submission of two grants:
- A proposal to United Way of Lincoln and Lancaster County to support the Two Generation Family Literacy Program in the amount of approximately $30,000 for a one-year funding cycle. The evidence-based Family Literacy model followed by LPS includes the following four components: Adult Education Instruction—provided through high quality ESL classes; Children’s Education—teaching literacy through a viable district curriculum; Parent and Child Together Time; and Parenting Classes.
- A five-year, $352,00 State 21st Century Community Learning Center grant that will bring necessary resources and support to establish Campbell Elementary School as a CLC school. The federally-funded grant application is submitted to the Nebraska Department of Education.
5. Say thanks to your teachers – For more information: Mary Kay Roth, email@example.com
Please take time this month to nominate your favorite teacher for the annual Lincoln Public Schools Thank You Teacher event. In honor of Nebraska Teacher Recognition Day – Tuesday, March 7 – Lincoln Public Schools and KFOR/KFRX Radio are again collaborating to thank our educators with the annual Thank You Teacher contest. Nominations can be made in five categories and should be postmarked or sent by Friday, Feb. 10 – go to the LPS website for more information. The event is part of Nebraska Teacher Recognition activities.