Ed Proposals Good and Bad in the Unicam

Nebraska proposed legislative bills worth watching: LB 173: Giving "protected class" status to people based on their sexual behaviors and gender identity; this would quash the religious freedoms of the majority in workplaces such as schools to make the LGBT people...

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Don’t Hold Your Breath on Getting a Great New Supe in OPS

Wouldn't it be something if the largest school district in the State of Nebraska would take a page from what is happening nationally, and allow an OUTSIDER, with diverse leadership experience and ideas and methods that are new to public education, to take the reins of...

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A Challenge for Teacher Educators

I was honored to be asked to judge a contest for high school students who wish to become teachers. They worked for weeks to produce a storybook suitable for 3- and 4-year-olds, and then presented the story as a read-aloud experience for the judges. The students were...

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OPS Retirement Shortfall May Exceed Its Annual Spending

The kiddies got a snow day today and a good time was had by all. So here's an idea of how to have a good time with the current retirement funding crisis in the state's largest school district: let's give everybody the year off next year in the Omaha Public Schools....

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Go Big Ed’s Mission

Go Big Ed is dedicated to uniting Nebraskans around our children and our schools. We seek to bring out the best in them, and in each other. As friends and neighbors, we will continue to develop a K-12 educational system in Nebraska that by all indicators is No. 1 in the nation.

This is a nonprofit, grassroots, ad hoc, statewide effort designed to inform people and link them together in powerful new ways to advocate for what’s best for Nebraska’s schoolchildren.

Whether the education is taking place in an inner-city magnet school or a one-room country schoolhouse next to a cornfield . . . whether it’s in a large tax-funded public school district, a private school, a homeschool, a virtual academy, or some combination . . . whether parents are receiving education “free” in a public-school setting, or at their own expense in a homeschool or private school . . . this website is designed to bring understanding to everyone, and develop creative new ideas for solutions to our mutual problems.

Go Big Ed is for parents, grandparents, teachers, taxpayers, school administrators, school-board members, elected officials, school governance personnel, business people, volunteers, philanthropists, social-service professionals, health-care experts, criminal justice workers, and citizens from every corner of the state and all walks of life . . . everyone who cares about children, and wants to help make their future bright.

That future is in traditional school settings, both public and private. It is in flexible, privately-funded, market-based initiatives. It is in positive public policy that respects and celebrates all options, all backgrounds, all viewpoints, and all possibilities. Nebraska: the good life. We have it here. We really do. Our schools are excellent. But we can make them even better. Together, we can make them . . . No. 1.

All About Susan

Susan Darst Williams is a writer, speaker, creativity coach, and fun-loving mother of four. One of “those” kids who was a class clown, she grew up in the principal’s office, married her high school sweetheart, smartened up at the University of Missouri School of Journalism, and has been a word nerd ever since.

A former reporter for The Omaha World-Herald and the Midlands Business Journal, Susan also has been editor of RFD-TV The Magazine. She has written for a host of free-lancing clients, producing everything from books to articles to song parodies to greeting cards. Check out her sister site THE DAILY SUSAN.

Her No. 1 passion is using humor and inspiration to represent Jesus Christ to a world that often needs a smile and some hope. Another key interest is helping disadvantaged children do better in school by providing complementary education in the good old 3 R’s.  Susan also gives humorous, inspirational speeches for secular and Christian audiences, Making Hearts Clap

Susan Darst Williams is a writer, speaker, creativity coach, and fun-loving mother of four. One of “those” kids who was a class clown, she grew up in the principal’s office, married her high school sweetheart, smartened up at the University of Missouri School of Journalism, and has been a word nerd ever since.

A former reporter for The Omaha World-Herald and the Midlands Business Journal, Susan also has been editor of RFD-TV The Magazine. She has written for a host of free-lancing clients, producing everything from books to articles to song parodies to greeting cards. Check out her sister site at THE DAILY SUSAN!

Her No. 1 passion is using humor and inspiration to represent Jesus Christ to a world that often needs a smile and some hope. Another key interest is helping disadvantaged children do better in school by providing complementary education in the good old 3 R’s.  Susan also gives humorous, inspirational speeches for secular and Christian audiences, Making Hearts Clap

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