Elliot Tebbe was not a believer. Positive psychology, he thought, did not adequately consider a community he was familiar with, and in fact a part of—people who transitioned from their gender assigned at birth to the gender they most identify with. Positive psych was a field of research that gained momentum in the late 1990s focusing on human wellbeing and the strengths that allow people to thrive.
It all started with a visit to a gaming company in California. Now, Ron Nelson’s idea for an interdisciplinary Learning Technology Academy is coming to fruition with the formation of the student team that will work together to create learning technologies for children experiencing learning difficulties.
For over 25 years, paraprofessional educators across the state of Nebraska have been receiving training from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. The program got its start in the mid-90s in the former Teachers College. Professor Emeritus Stan Vasa and Al Steckelberg, associate professor of Teaching, Learning and Teacher Education, created the program with funding support from the U.S. Department of Education.
Already an accomplished entrepreneur, Jaclyn Tejeda wanted to improve her successful business. She was serving as a mentor to a new generation of entrepreneurs but thought she could provide more opportunities. So despite the demands of running a business and raising two young children, Tejeda decided to go back to school.
It can be lonely as a principal. Mary Beth Lehmanowsky and Kent Mann know this only too well. Both served for years in Nebraska public and private schools as principals. As professors of practice in the department of Educational Administration (EDAD), their familiarity with the challenges of school administration are being used to prepare a new generation of school leaders and to support those currently serving communities across the state.
The Ohio State University. The University of South Carolina. The University of California-Davis. Winona State University. What do these four institutions of higher learning have in common? Four talented teachers and researchers came from each this fall to join the University of Nebraska–Lincoln’s Department of Child, Youth and Family Studies (CYAF).
Helping another country enhance its dietetics training system was not on Linda Young’s radar. Young, associate professor of practice and director of the dietetic internship program in the Department of Nutrition and Health Sciences, was plenty busy preparing the next generation of registered dietitians right here in Nebraska. But she is also active in her professional organization, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
Earth, Wind and Fire made an appearance at the Department of Textiles, Merchandising & Fashion Design’s (TMFD) biennial runway fashion show on April 22 at the Nebraska Union. No, it wasn’t the hit band of the 1970s. With a shout out to environmental sustainability, the student organizers played off Earth Day (April 22) and named the 2016 show “Elements,” after the classical pre-scientific elements of the earth.
Most of us realize that the world has shrunk immeasurably in the last century. With the technology advancements of travel, communications and the internet, we are a much more connected world. But that doesn’t mean our connections are instantly easier. Differences in culture and language remain a barrier to better relationships and our ability to help others. That is why the Department of Child, Youth and Family Studies (CYAF) is dedicated to developing cultural and global competence in all its students.
Victory in America’s war on poverty continues to be elusive. The ongoing battle is waged on many fronts across the country, but the impact on children is especially concerning. The statistics are painfully clear that children who grow up in poverty often struggle to find success in school, and as a result, are economically challenged in their adult lives. It’s a pattern that is tough to break.