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 December

Recruitment and Retention of Talent in LPS

Eric Weber, LPS associate superintendent for human resources presents for december's learning lunch

Lincoln Public Schools is filled with thousands of talented staff and educators – so what does it take to recruit and retain these employees who are so vital to the education of our children?

That was the topic of the Dec. 11 LPS Learning Lunch, “Recruitment and Retention of Talent in LPS,” presented by Eric Weber, LPS associate superintendent for human resources.

Recent numbers illustrate the size of the challenge. LPS hired 446 new teachers prior to this school year and 2,020 during the last five years. Also this year, LPS hired 70 new employees in leadership positions, such as principals, associate principals and supervisors.

“Anywhere between 85 to 95 percent of our budget at any given point has something to do with people, so people are our greatest asset,” Weber said. “Our investment in people is very important, in terms of getting the very best and keeping the very best.”

Weber highlighted the multiple strategies and initiatives in place to recruit and retain the very best to LPS. All of this work is guided by the LPS Strategic Plan for 2017-2022, approved by the Lincoln Board of Education.

One of the pillars of this five-year plan is “Support for Educators,” which includes the following goal: “Research and implement strategies to recruit, hire, develop, support and retain the highest quality and diverse staff.” Within that goal are four action steps, which Weber touched upon during his presentation with examples of the work being done:

  • Recruit a staff reflective of student diversity. LPS has increased its number of diverse hires in recent years, thanks to enhanced efforts to identify potential employees as early as high school through The Career Academy and, once they are hired, making them feel comfortable in their new positions through events such as the Multicultural Dinner Reception.
  • Expand leadership development and continuity planning. Leadership LPS, now in its second year, is a rigorous, 18-month program for employees who aspire to be principals. It’s highly selective, with about 18 employees chosen annually. It falls under the “grown your own” philosophy that creates a pipeline of future leaders.
  • Review and enhance mentor program for new educators and teachers in new environments. Newly hired teachers now benefit from an assigned mentor for their first three years on the job; a Google+ site where they can interact with fellow new teachers and other LPS departments; an expansive mentoring handbook; and observation times when they learn from “master teachers.”
  • Review and enhance support systems for educators. LPS has now turned its attention to this final action step, with plans in the works for the upcoming year.

With all of these efforts to recruit and retain talent, Weber said, it’s always important to remember the purpose behind it all.

“The work we do is for them,” Weber said, pointing to a photo of students on the screen behind him.

Coming Up - January 15

VOICE at LPS: Readiness for Resumes, Rent and Recreation

Tonya Jolley, coordinator of VOICE (Vocational Opportunity in Community Experience)

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