A gift of hope

One of the greatest gifts we receive as educators is when our kids do and create something amazing. As we officially unveiled the new Student Serve initiative for Lincoln Public Schools today I had the opportunity to speak about the powerful leadership of Hope Edwards – a senior at Lincoln …

Tests, football and good-byes

The 2011-12 school year is in full swing. The release of the most recent Nebraska-wide reading and math testing results (NeSA or Nebraska State Accountability) started off this week in grand fashion. The aggregate scores are quite impressive as are the individual buildings and grade levels. We scored well above …

Steadfast and strong

While the week didn’t start off very well in light of the announcement of the arrest related to the fire at LPS District Offices, it sure felt like a great week in our classrooms. Each member of the executive team visited about a dozen schools. I had a chance to …

The Sound of Music

The morning sound of music coming from a high school football field is a good indicator that school is soon to begin. Thursday morning, I began my day on the fields with the Southeast Marching Band where I had an opportunity to begin the school fight song with a couple …

One for Two Wasn’t Bad

This last weekend, I was feeling a bit sorry for myself that the summer indeed was coming to a close (as defined by educators: August ), and that I really hadn’t had an opportunity to truly get away. I thought about the last two months and the amazing work that …

Grateful to live in Lincoln

Tonight the Lincoln Board of Education will put the finishing touches on a strategic plan to guide our work next year and into the future. It is a testament to a caring community and committed staff that this document will reflect the work and input of more than 400 voices. …

Fireworks, independence and resolve

My first Fourth of July in Lincoln was memorable. It is amazing to watch the investments that people make in celebrating independence, and how fast those things go up in smoke. I also thought of the spirit and resolve of those in 1776 who had to build an entire country …

Wednesday, June 22

This has sure seemed like a full week and it is only Wednesday.   We are definitely back into the swing of things and it is great to have Dr. Marilyn Moore back from her trip to China full of stories and tales of wonderful experiences. Monday night was our first budget work …

A Bit More Normal

I think this is the week that the work becomes a bit more normal for many of us.   The Celerion building is feeling like home and we have developed our traffic strategies to get from our office – to all the places where we need to be.   For me, the …

June 16, 2011

Several of us have made the move to the Celerion building. Our new digs are comfortable and definitely convenient. I have enjoyed being able to have quick access to my colleagues who are just a few offices away. Of course, I don’t get to burn all the calories I used …