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There is no more important issue to the future of Nebraska than education. Education is the foundation on which our state’s civic life, economic prosperity, and future decisions are built.  Preparing young people for the challenge of citizenship is a responsibility that generations of Nebraskans, have embraced and nurtured. Despite the continuity in commitment, "The times," as they say, "are a changin’."

Today’s teachers are being asked to do more to keep their students competitive in a global society while meeting the challenges of the growing number of students living in poverty, students with disabilities and English Language Learners. How do we maintain time-honored and proven, quality instruction methods while at the same time embracing new approaches to ensure that all students, especially those from the most challenging educational  environments, enjoy the same opportunities to thrive that Nebraska students have enjoyed for decades?

"On a daily basis, many of Nebraska’s teachers face challenges that most of us cannot imagine. As our society has changed and grown more complex, we have placed so many additional expectations on the backs of teachers. Yet teachers and schools have adapted, and as record high graduation rates suggest, Nebraskans should be proud of the committed professionals that work day in and out to prepare the next generation of Nebraska youth for the responsibilities of citizenship in a changing world."

               — Jeff Cole, Vice President for School–Community partnerships
                   at Nebraska Children and Families Foundation

 


 

ADDITIONAL VIDEO


Conversation with Ferial Pearson

Highlights of a conversation with Ferial Pearson
from THE STATE OF EDUCATION IN NEBRASKA's
Success Starts with Teachers by NElovesPS.

Conversation with Dr. Richard Ingersoll

Highlights of a conversation with Dr. Richard Ingersoll
from THE STATE OF EDUCATION IN NEBRASKA's
Building Better Teachers.

 


 

PANELISTS

John Baylor
Program Moderator, John Baylor Test Prep CEO
Kristi Bundy
Ashland-Greenwood Middle School Sixth Grade Science Teacher, 2014 NE Teacher of the Year
Anna Crenshaw
Grand Island Senior High School Deaf & Hearing Impaired Specialist
      
Rosita Force
Omaha's Miller Park Elementary School Second Grade Teacher
Michael Fryda
Omaha's Westside High School Science Teacher, 2010 NE Teacher of the Year
Jim Glenn-Hash Lincoln's Prescott Elementary School Second Grade Teacher
      
Zachary Mapes
Crete Middle/High School ELL Teacher
Christopher Wiley
Omaha's North High Magnet School Counselor

 


 

PARTNERS

NET Learning Services
Nebraska Children and Families Foundation
Nebraska Loves Public Schools
First Five Nebraska
America’s Promise Alliance Grad Nation
Avenue Scholars Foundation
Beyond School Bells
Buffett Early Childhood Fund

Center on Children, Families, and the Law
Coalition for Community Schools
Lincoln Community Foundation
Nebraska Department of Education
Nebraska Trucking Association
Urban League of Nebraska
United Way of Lincoln and Lancaster County

United Way Readers, Tutors, and Mentors

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American Graduate is funded in part by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting in partnership with America's Promise Alliance, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.