- Early positive reports on Culler digital learning pilot – For more information: Gary Czapla, email@example.com
Members of the Lincoln Board of Education recently were provided with an update on the Digital Learning project at Culler Middle School – where staff members are instructing students through digital curriculum delivered online, and providing a tablet for each student.
Culler Principal Gary Czapla said it “is pretty amazing that only four weeks ago we handed out 650 digital devices to students…and saw the smiles on their faces and the smiles on their parents’ faces. Czapla noted some wonderful early observations:
- Staff rallying around each other with collaborative efforts.
- Good instruction was happening at Culler prior to this year – but the digital devices are enhancing instruction: “The level of engagement is amazing.”
- There are fewer behavioral issues among students, and much cooperation among students: students helping students.
- Connectivity in the building is excellent – when there might be 600-plus student devices and teacher devices operating pretty seamlessly.
- Staff has had amazing support and professional development.
- Naming new schools – For more information: Mary Kay Roth, firstname.lastname@example.org
More than 300 people have already submitted possible names for the school district’s two new schools – one elementary and one middle school – as well as one renovated facility on South 40th street. The deadline to submit your suggested names is Friday, Sept. 19. Go to the front of the LPS website, or: http://www.lps.org/nameit/2014-08/index.html
LPS is asking for names for:
- New elementary school at South 61st Street and Blanchard Blvd.
- New middle school at southeast corner near 84th Street and Yankee Hill Road
- Renovated facility at 1801 S. 40th St.
- Students across LPS volunteer to do good deeds – For more information: Zachary Baehr, email@example.com
Student Serve – a student-led, district-wide initiative committed to instilling civic responsibility and preserving democratic ideology in students – happened throughout LPS the week of Sept. 8. Students in elementary schools helped conduct volunteer service at their own schools, while middle and high school students volunteered across the community.
- Learning Lunches begin anew – For more information: Mary Kay Roth, firstname.lastname@example.org
Come hear a few of the “Untold Stories” of Lincoln Public Schools in the second annual series of bring-your-own-lunch presentations, Learning Lunches – beginning with a program at noon on Tuesday, Sept. 16. Lunch programs begin at 12:15 p.m. in the Board Room at LPS District Office, 5905 O St. This year’s schedule begins with: Glass Plate Photos of Early Lincoln/More treasures from the LPS Archives – presented by Ed Zimmer, Lincoln’s historic preservation planner and a member of the Lincoln Board of Education.
- Vision of technology and learning – For more information: Kirk Langer, email@example.com.
The Lincoln Board of Education held a Work Session in September to discuss the vision and operational plan for technology-aided instruction in the school district – especially in light of two pilot programs this year at Culler Middle School and Riley Elementary School exploring the use of digital instruction. The Lincoln Public Schools Technology/Instruction plan – called CLASS (Connected Learning Achievement Students Staff) – embraces a five-year initiative that includes both the equipment and hardware necessary for the plan as well as the necessary staff training and professional development, and connected classrooms and digital curriculum for students.
Kirk Langer, director of Technology at LPS, explained that the technology plan is beginning with the necessary infrastructure added to schools throughout the district, funded by the recent bond issue. Langer urged the Board to consider a plan for fiscal sustainability for this plan.