Learning Lunch Speaker Series

The 2018–19 lineup for the annual Lincoln Public Schools Learning Lunches series offers more “Untold Stories of our Schools” with Learning Lunches open to LPS staff and the Lincoln community.

Lunches are generally held during the school year on the last Tuesday of the month in the Board Room at LPS District Office, 5905 O St.  Doors to the Board Room open at 11:45 a.m., the program begins at noon, questions-and-answers happen at 12:30 p.m. Please bring your own lunch — we’ll provide dessert.

From February

Learning Lunch gives audience a taste of budget process

The crafting of the Lincoln Public Schools budget is a complex, year-round process. It’s filled with difficult decisions every step of the way. At the most recent LPS Learning Lunch, those in attendance got a small taste of what it’s like to make those decisions.

LPS Associate Superintendent of Business Affairs Liz Standish offered an overview of the budget and the budget-making process, then asked audience members to participate in a hands-on activity with others at their table. They were tasked with prioritizing more than a dozen budget items, such as elementary school teachers, counselors, utilities, deferred maintenance and instructional supplies.

All groups reported at the end of the activity that they struggled to make such decisions. It’s the same balancing act for the Lincoln Board of Education and LPS administrators, Standish said.

“I think that’s what’s great about Lincoln. We care about serving students well – we also care about having great places for students to learn and for employees to work,” she said.

Learning Lunches are scheduled for noon in the boardroom at LPS District Office, 5905 O St. They’re open to the public, as well as LPS staff. Doors open at 11:45 a.m., with the half-hour program starting at noon. Feel free to bring your own lunch – we’ll provide dessert. 

The rest of the LPS Learning Lunch schedule for the 2018-19 season:

Tuesday, March 19: Twenty-five years of student-built houses, Bob Freese, Lincoln Northeast High School teacher

Tuesday, April 16: LPS Student Debate, Mindy Murphy, curriculum specialist for English language arts for secondary education

Tuesday, May 14: Aprenda mientras toma su almuerzo con los Mariachis de las Ciudad Estrella! (Learn while you have your lunch with The Star City Mariachi Ensemble), Lance Nielsen, curriculum specialist for music at LPS

Coming Up - March 19

Twenty-five years of student-built houses

Bob Freese, Lincoln Northeast High School teacher

What’s in a name at Lincoln Public Schools? Plenty of history and stories – and you’ll hear a few of those stories at the Tuesday, Sept. 18 LPS Learning Lunch

Coming Up

The 2019–2020 Season!

Thanks for your support of our presenters this past school year. We can’t wait to see you again next fall!

The 2018-19 Season

August 21

Managing generational differences
Kay Byers, retired supervisor of LPS Elementary Personnel Services (and Baby Boomer); Nicole Regan, supervisor of LPS Secondary Personnel Services (and Gen X-er); and Robbie Seybert, director of LPS Employee Relations and Personnel (and Millennial)

September 18

What’s in a Name, Stories Behind our School Names
Ed Zimmer, Historic Preservation Planner for the Lincoln Planning Department

October 9

Informed Citizenship in Action: Student Vote
Jaci Kellison, curriculum specialist for Social Studies, and students with a passion for Student Vote.

November 20

Welcome Center: Opening doors into our community for families from around the world
Laura Salem, supervisor, English Language Learner program

December 11

Recruitment and Retention of Talent in LPS
Eric Weber, associate superintendent for Human Resources at LPS

January 15

VOICE at LPS: Readiness for Resumes, Rent and Recreation
Tonya Jolley, coordinator of VOICE (Vocational Opportunity in Community Experience)

February 26

Budget Development in LPS
Liz Standish, associate superintendent for Business Affairs at LPS

March 19

Twenty-five years of student-built houses
Bob Freese, Lincoln Northeast High School teacher

April 16

LPS Student Debate
Mindy Murphy, curriculum specialist for English Language Arts for secondary education

May 14

Aprenda mientras toma su almuerzo con los Mariachis de las Ciudad Estrella!
(Learn while you have your lunch with The Star City Mariachi Ensemble), Lance Nielsen, curriculum specialist for Music at LPS