- Planting seeds of innovation – For more information: Jane Stavem, firstname.lastname@example.org
The Lincoln Board of Education recently considered a proposed Nebraska Department of Education grant to support implementation of key innovative strategies meant to redesign middle schools. The grant application request would include approximately $2 million over a three-year period. The grant would fund an LPS project called Planting the Seeds of Innovation in Middle School, which seeks to increase engagement and achievement among middle school students through a three-pronged strategy: (1) a schoolwide shift to design-based learning and an innovation mindset, (2) a transformation in design and function of learning environments, and (3) schoolwide professional development with innovative industry leaders in STEM and education fields.
If awarded, the project will initially target Goodrich and Moore middle schools—among the oldest and newest of LPS middle schools—to pilot these strategies. This will be followed by a phasing in of the remaining 10 middle schools over the three-year period, being mindful of the need for equitable distribution of resources throughout the district. The Board will vote final approval at the Dec. 13 meeting.
2. 25-year milestone – For more information: Eric Weber, email@example.com
The Lincoln Public School District recently celebrated the 25-year milestone for more than 80 LPS employees, recognizing their professional service to the youth of Lincoln and the school district. For a list of those who were recognized: http://www.lps.org/post/detail.cfm?id=11440
3. School choice at LPS alive and well – For more information: Pat Hunter-Pirtle, firstname.lastname@example.org
School choice within Lincoln is strong and growing, as Lincoln Public Schools showcased at a recent LPS Learning Lunch. “One key to making school choice work is to be flexible with students and put the focus on the students,” said Pat Hunter-Pirtle, director of Secondary Education.
LPS offers open enrollment throughout its six high schools, and the Lincoln community also has various parochial schools and homeschool options for others. Bus transportation is provided from the students’ home high schools to the Science Focus Program, Arts & Humanities Focus Program and The Career Academy. The International Baccalaureate program is at Lincoln High School, and the Air Force Junior ROTC has a program at Lincoln Northeast High School. The programs are generally open to all students, unless a student needs additional support that can’t be met at a certain program. For more information: http://www.lps.org/post/detail.cfm?id=114524.
4. Voices for the Future – For more information: John Neal, email@example.com
Currently Lincoln Public Schools has engaged more than 37,000 community voices through the ongoing strategic planning initiative – with the initial data collecting phase scheduled through November and December. The goal of the strategic planning process is 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. Please consider participating in this initiative by taking the strategic planning survey at: http://www.lps.org/strategicplan/
5. From horse carriages to school buses – For more information: Bill McCoy, firstname.lastname@example.org
Since early times when we started delivering children to school, the school bus has served as the first and last classroom of the day. Bill McCoy, director of transportation for Lincoln Public Schools, provided an overview of busing at a recent Lincoln Public Schools Learning Lunch event.
School buses evolved over time, adding yellow as the primary color of the vehicle in the late 1800s. In the early 1900s, buses started to take similar shape to what we would recognize today, but the shape and design took even more changes in the 1960s. Frank Cyr is considered the ‘father’ of the yellow school bus with black lettering. Cyr is a native of Nebraska, and a former superintendent of schools.
For more about the presentation: http://www.lps.org/post/detail.cfm?id=11445