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Summary of October 25, 2017 Meeting

Posted in Meeting Summaries by on October 27th, 2017

SUPERINTENDENT’S TEACHER ADVISORY COUNCIL
Highlights:  October 25, 5 p.m. 

Remaining Teacher Advisory Council meetings,

5-6:30 p.m. in the Board Room at LPS District Office:

  • Wednesday, Jan. 24
  • Wednesday, April 25

Lincoln Public Schools Superintendent Steve Joel Wednesday welcomed members of the Superintendent’s Teacher Advisory Council – one teacher per school – to their first meeting of the school year. Read the rest of this entry »

Summary of April 26, 2017 Meeting

Posted in Meeting Summaries by on May 1st, 2017

Superintendent Steve Joel update

“One advantage we have in Lincoln, people in this community love Lincoln Public Schools and they understand the importance of public education,” LPS Superintendent Steve Joel told the Superintendent’s Teacher Advisory Council.

“A large part of that is because we are doing tremendous work with teaching and learning at the school level…Every time I visit a school, I walk away convinced that what we are doing is the highest professional quality. Teaching is hard work, and it never gets easier. Kids are coming to us with more and more needs…And at the end of the day, you are dedicated professionals who are making a difference in lives.” Read the rest of this entry »

Summary of January 25, 2017 Meeting

Posted in Meeting Summaries by on January 31st, 2017

Lincoln Public Schools Superintendent Update

LPS Superintendent Steve Joel started the meeting with a school district update for the Teacher Advisory Council. Read the rest of this entry »

Summary of October 26, 2016 Meeting

Posted in Meeting Summaries by on January 11th, 2017

The first Superintendent’s Teacher Advisory Council of the 2016-17 school year met Wednesday, Oct. 26. The group – formed when LPS Superintendent Steve Joel first came to Lincoln Public Schools – has these goals:

  • To offer a bridge between the Lincoln Public Schools Superintendent and LPS teachers.
  • To provide valuable school district information to Council members.
  • To open up a discussion of challenges, issues, questions and successes in the school district.
  • To give the superintendent a sense of the major issues and concerns in the school district.

LPS Superintendent Steve Joel welcomed everyone to the group Wednesday, thanked them for their time – and encouraged Council members to talk with other educators in their building for questions and feedback from these meetings. Read the rest of this entry »

Summary of April 13, 2016 Meeting

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SUPERINTENDENT’S TEACHER ADVISORY COUNCIL

Summary/Highlights for April 13, 2016  

Lincoln Public Schools Superintendent Update

LPS Superintendent Steve Joel started the meeting with a school district update for the Teacher Advisory Council. Read the rest of this entry »

Summary of October 28, 2015 Meeting

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Lincoln Public Schools Superintendent Introduction

LPS Superintendent Steve Joel started the meeting with an explanation of the goals and mission of the Teacher Advisory Council.

“We spend a lot of time at LPS thinking about the future, working with data… considering how we need to budget our priorities…When I started here as superintendent I wanted to recognize a voice that is so critical to the work we are doing – the work in classroom – and one voice I wasn’t hearing was from teachers. You are the ones doing the miracle work.

“So this is my group. I want to hear what you are hearing. When you go back to your buildings, ask about possible issues, discussion points, topics, let us know and we’d be happy to prepare for that. We would like you to be the conduit between us and your buildings.” Read the rest of this entry »

Summary of April 8, 2015 Meeting

Posted in Meeting Summaries by on April 10th, 2015

Lincoln Public Schools Superintendent Update:
Superintendent Steve Joel

Social media, interesting year, perception survey

Lincoln Public Schools Superintendent Steve Joel talked about the growing challenges that emerged this year:

  • Dealing with the various ways parents communicate and engage these days – when they have questions or concerns about school issues – and immediately jump to social media before contacting their children’s schools.
  • Dealing with serious issues of suicide.
  • Dealing with second-hand accounts that teachers do not feel they have a voice.

Joel asked Council members to complete a simple perception survey with four questions about LPS educator engagement.   He explained:  “We would really like to know how you are feeling, we would like to hear your suggestions of what we ought to be looking at.” Read the rest of this entry »

Summary of January 21, 2015 Meeting

Posted in Meeting Summaries by on January 26th, 2015

Superintendent Update

Technology: The Lincoln Board of Education has passed a resolution that better defines the Lincoln Public Schools intention for curriculum development, professional support and purpose for technology in the coming years, LPS Superintendent Steve Joel told the LPS Teacher Advisory Council on Jan. 21. The Board of Education will finalize a sustainable plan this spring to ensure all LPS students will have access to technology-supported curriculum and instruction.

  • Question: Culler Middle School and Riley Elementary School served as pilot programs this year for technology – which schools will be next?
  • Answer: We will definitely need to decide soon, because we know that wherever we go we need to make sure we have professional development and coaches…We’ve learned that those are important factors from our experiences at Culler and Riley.

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Summary of October 15, 2014 Meeting

Posted in Meeting Summaries by on October 28th, 2014

Superintendent Update

Superintendent Steve Joel gave some highlights of the school year to date:

  • He noted major growth in student enrollment at LPS this year: More than 39,000 students for the 2014-15 school year with a record 1,222 more students than last year. The recent bond issue means that LPS will have a new high school career academy in the fall of 2015, a new elementary school in the fall of 2016, and a new middle school in the fall of 2017. “But if we keep growing a thousand students a year…that won’t cover it. We’re seeing growth throughout Lincoln – in all four corners of the community…and the middle of the city.”
  • He thanked teachers for their support in the 2014 bond issue, resulting in a 68 percent affirmative vote. “Those kinds of election numbers just don’t happen nationally and we feel really proud.”
  • He also noted we “hired a great freshman class of more than 400 new teachers this year.”
  • Joel said that LPS did well with state aid to education this year in the Nebraska Legislature: “That meant we had resources for more teachers…and for things we’ve identified as priorities such as technology…keeping down average class size.”
  • Joel noted the 87 percent LPS high school graduation rate – and said the goal of increasing that number will mean reaching students who are facing challenges in their lives: “Our school district has students coming into our system today with mental health challenges…kids with unbelievable stories…and you’re just trying to keep their heads in the game.”

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Summary of April 2, 2014 Meeting

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The final meeting of the 2013-14 school year for the Superintendent’s Teacher Advisory Council – called together by Superintendent Steve Joel – was held at Lincoln Public Schools District Office on April 2. Here is a summary of the highlights. Read the rest of this entry »

Summary of January 8, 2014 meeting

Posted in Meeting Summaries by on January 10th, 2014

The 2013-14 Superintendent’s Teacher Advisory Council – called together by Superintendent Steve Joel – met on Jan. 8 and here is a summary of the highlights.  The last 2013-14 meeting will be held at LPS District Office: April 2. Read the rest of this entry »

Summary of January 8, 2014 meeting

Posted in Meeting Summaries by on January 10th, 2014

The 2013-14 Superintendent’s Teacher Advisory Council – called together by Superintendent Steve Joel – met on Jan. 8 and here is a summary of the highlights.  The last 2013-14 meeting will be held at LPS District Office: April 2. Read the rest of this entry »

Summary of October 2, 2013 meeting

Posted in Uncategorized by on October 7th, 2013

The first meeting of the 2013-14 school year for the Superintendent’s Teacher Advisory Council – called together by Superintendent Steve Joel – was held at Lincoln Public Schools District Office on Oct. 2. Here is a summary of the highlights.   The two remaining meetings will be held at LPS District Office: Jan. 8 and April 2.  Read the rest of this entry »

Summary of October 2, 2013 meeting

Posted in Uncategorized by on October 7th, 2013

The first meeting of the 2013-14 school year for the Superintendent’s Teacher Advisory Council – called together by Superintendent Steve Joel – was held at Lincoln Public Schools District Office on Oct. 2. Here is a summary of the highlights.   The two remaining meetings will be held at LPS District Office: Jan. 8 and April 2.  Read the rest of this entry »

Summary of May 14, 2013 Meeting

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The 2012-13 Superintendent’s Teacher Advisory Council met on Wednesday, May 14 – the last meeting of the school year. The group will reconvene next school year. Here are a few highlights of the 5-14 meeting. Read the rest of this entry »

Summary of March 20, 2013 Meeting

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LPS Superintendent’s Teacher Advisory Council: Summary of 3/20 meeting

The 2012-13 Superintendent’s Teacher Advisory Council met on Wednesday, March 20 – called together by Superintendent Steve Joel – held at Lincoln High School. Here are a few highlights. Read the rest of this entry »

Summary of October 17, 2012 Meeting

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The second meeting of the 2012-13 Superintendent’s Teacher Advisory Council – called together by Superintendent Steve Joel – was held at Lincoln High School on Wednesday, Oct. 17. Read the rest of this entry »

Summary of September 24, 2012 meeting

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The first meeting of the 2012-13 Superintendent’s Teacher Advisory Council – called together by Superintendent Steve Joel – was held at Lincoln High School on Monday, Sept. 24. Read the rest of this entry »

Summary of May 2, 2012 meeting

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LPS Superintendent’s Teacher Advisory Council:  Summary of 5/2/12 meeting

The fifth and final meeting of the school year for the Superintendent’s Teacher Advisory Council – called together by Superintendent Steve Joel – was held at Lincoln High School on Wednesday, May 2.  Here is a summary of the highlights.   Read the rest of this entry »

Summary of March 28, 2012 meeting

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LPS Superintendent’s Teacher Advisory Council:  Summary of 3/28/12 meeting

The fourth meeting of the Superintendent’s Teacher Advisory Council – called together by Superintendent Steve Joel – was held at Lincoln High School on Wednesday, 

March 28.  Here is a summary of the highlights.  

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What is the Superintendent’s Teacher Advisory Council?

To offer a bridge between the Lincoln Public Schools Superintendent and LPS teachers; to provide valuable school district information to Council members; to open up a discussion of challenges, issues, questions and successes in the school district and to give the superintendent a sense of the major issues and concerns in the school district.

2017–2018 Meetings

  • October 25
  • January 24
  • April 25

All meetings happen from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m. in the Board Room at the Lincoln Public Schools District Office.