Building My House – Reflecting on 2014

I started as the eLearning Specialist & School Library Liaison at the Nebraska Department of Education in June 2013. This was a new position on a new team – Network, Education, and Technology (NEaT) – and I got to create it as I went. The first couple of months were really rough because no one…

Connections

Connections. I have used this word so many times this past month. But it really comes down to the connections. This month has been full of travel in my own state and out. When I reflect on the month as a whole, I can’t help but think about the people that I got to meet…

CoffeeEDU Nebraska

Nothing makes my heart more happy than to see educators getting together for a cup of coffee and some conversation about education…especially when these educators do so at 6:30 AM! Nebraska had its very first CoffeeEDU on Wednesday, September 17 in Omaha and people actually came! 12, in fact. This meetup is a new model…

Moral Imperative to Share

As part of the NeBooks Project, I have been working with Westside High School and the Institute for Holocaust Education to develop several iBooks of Holocaust survivors that reside in Nebraska. The survivors are continuing to age, and it is the goal to capture their stories in a way that will continue with future generations. Throughout…

Impromptu Session

The Nebraska English Language Arts standards have been revised and are open for public comment. You can read through them here: http://goo.gl/mUWiix This is the time for ALL Nebraska educators to have their say in the standards…even you content-area teachers that don’t think you teach English Language Arts! The Nebraska Director of English Language Arts,…

Another EdCampOmaha Post

Reading through each of the EdCampOmaha posts and thinking about my own, I felt like my contribution would simply be another summary of the day or a rant about its amazingness and my frustration with the fact that more people don’t come/don’t know about it. So I have avoided this post for five days now. Thankfully Karl…

Empowered to Stop Being Comfortable

“Speak for the silent, and stand for the broken.” These words that were spoken by Mike Smith from Skate for Change are still resonating with me at this very moment. I understand the importance of this phrase and feel the call to action, as well. The Omaha Young Professional Summit’s theme this year was “Empower”…