Nebraska Talks

Nebraska TalksFull-Service Community Schools
September 10, 2021

3 Hours | 3 Conversations
8:00 CDT – 11:00 CDT

A free half-day virtual event designed to help school administrators, community partners and afterschool leaders learn about full-service community schools.  Participants will hear perspectives from Tony Smith, a national leader in community schools, Nebraska school administrators and the Nebraska Department of Education.  (Agenda)

Recognition that no one entity or system acting alone can realistically improve all outcomes, for all children, living and learning under all circumstances, is the first step toward adopting the Full-Service Community School (FSCS) approach. A Full-Service Community School is the product of intentional partnerships and shared leadership between the school, the community, students and families, all coming together to address the broad spectrum of needs presented.

Registration gives you access to all three conversations.  You will receive an email from Sherri Landis after you register that contains a link to join.

Join meetings in progress at any time.  All conversations will be recorded and posted on this page after the event.

8:00 AM: Join this conversation about seizing the moment and creating opportunities for students and families that are possible through ESSER III and related acts. This funding enables Nebraska school districts to promote safe school operations and equity-driven, sustainable, evidence-based programs to serve students, especially those who are the furthest from opportunity.

Dr. Tony Smith, former Superintendent of Schools for Oakland CA, Illinois State Superintendent of Education, and the CEO and founder of Whyspeople, supports school and community leaders working to create thriving communities. Tony is committed to creating healthy public systems that fully develop the whole child, whole school, and whole community.
Dr. Matthew L. Blomstedt is a native Nebraskan and the Nebraska Commissioner of Education. Commissioner Blomstedt’s priorities focus on local, regional, statewide, and national education issues. It is his vision to ensure that the Nebraska education system advances student-centered experiences.

9:00 AM: Join the Full-Service Community Schools Demonstration Project to discuss What I Wish I Knew Then. The team will talk with Tony Smith about the reality of this work and the lessons they have learned from experience. The team from Lincoln Public Schools includes

Nola Derby-Bennet, Director, Lincoln Community Learning Centers
Dayna Krannawitter, Arnold Elementary (Experienced School Community Coordinator)
Pam Hale, Norwood Park (Experienced CLC Principal)
Haroon Al Hayder, Lincoln High School (New School Community Coordinator)
Jason Shanahan, Mickle Middle School (New CLC Principal)

10:00 AM: Join this panel discussion as they talk with Tony Smith about the potential and the reality of full-service community schools in Nebraska.

Dr. Steve Joel, Superintendent, Lincoln Public Schools
Dr. Tawana Grover, Superintendent, Grand Island Public Schools
Kyle McGowan, Former Superintendent, Crete Public Schools
Mariella Resendiz Alvarado, State Coordinator, Full-Service Community Schools at the Nebraska Department of Education

Dr. Matthew BlomstedtDr. Matthew L. Blomstedt is a native Nebraskan and the Nebraska Commissioner of Education. Commissioner Blomstedt’s priorities focus on local, regional, statewide, and national education issues. It is his vision to ensure that the Nebraska education system advances student-centered experiences.

Dr. Tony SmithDr. Tony Smith, former Superintendent of Schools for Oakland CA, Illinois State Superintendent of Education, and the CEO and founder of Whyspeople, supports school and community leaders working to create thriving communities. Tony is committed to creating healthy public systems that fully develop the whole child, whole school, and whole community.

Haroon Al Hayder, Lincoln High School (New School Community Coordinator)

Nola-Derby BennetNola Derby-Bennet, Director, Lincoln Community Learning Centers

Pam HalePam Hale, Norwood Park (Experienced CLC Principal)

Dayna KrannawitterDayna Krannawitter, Arnold Elementary (Experienced School Community Coordinator)

Jason ShanahanJason Shanahan, Mickle Middle School (New CLC Principal).

Dr. Tawana GroverDr. Tawana Grover, Superintendent, Grand Island Public Schools

Dr. Steve JoelDr. Steve Joel, Superintendent, Lincoln Public Schools

Kyle McGowanKyle McGowan, Former Superintendent, Crete Public Schools

Mariella Resendiz AlvaradoMariella Resendiz Alvarado, State Coordinator, Full-Service Community Schools at the NDE

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Updated September 2, 2021 8:16am