Developing Relationships

Building the Team: Creating a culture within faculty of support and excellence through the shaping of school climate

Lloyd McIntyre and Mark Otte

A  school faculty is a collection of individuals united behind a common mission, to educate.  The individuals  on the faculty must possess a diversity of skills, knowledge, and personalities to reach and teach every student at the school in all the areas that education occurs.

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Freshmen Leadership Initiative: A Framework for Developing Self-Leadership

Kelly Verkamp and Matt Wrenholt

Do we believe that every student can be a leader?  Is leadership for everyone?   Yes.


This freshmen leadership project is based on the leadership beliefs established by the Kellogg Foundation (2000):

1. Every student has the potential to be a leader

2. Leadership cannot be separated from values

3. Leadership skills must be taught

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Hope, Well-being, and Engagement: Increasing Hope, Well-being and Engagement using the 40 Developmental Assets

Shayna Cook and Lindsey Luly

Being in middle school is no easy task.  From the outside it seems that a simple life is all that is required.  However, The Gallup Student Poll on hope, well-being, and engagement unearthed that Schoo Middle School’s students were facing factors that impacted their school day.  Over the last 3 years over 40% of incoming students consistently did not have hope for their future, 3

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Improving Teacher Retention Rates through New Teacher Support Strategies

Zach Gould

Research has shown that the first five years of a new teachers career are the most critical time for leaving the profession. Combine this with the fact that replacing a teacher generally cost between $5,000 and $20,000 depending on district size, it should be standard practice to support new teachers for their first five years of teaching. However, many districts only give direct support to new teachers for one year.

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Maximizing Positive Behavior Interventions & Supports (PBiS)

Shannon Hall-Schmeckpeper, Amy Maschka, David Bollish

Academic, behavioral, and motivational concerns for students plague our schools today.  Educators are looking for ways to increase academic accountability, decrease behavioral concerns, and increase student motivation.  Contextual factors, such as the overall climate of the school, influence how teachers respond to behavioral concerns.

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Strategies for Effective Early Childhood Programs

Lindsey Keller and Me-Anne Del Rosario

In the White House paper entitled, Knowledge and Skills for the Jobs of the Future (2013), it stated that the expanding access to high quality early childhood education is among the smartest investments that the government can make.

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Utilizing Parent Liaisons to Build Trust with Diverse Language Communities

Melissa Hernández
Eda Prudente

Language diversity is continuing to grow in the state of Nebraska. Research shows that there is a disconnect or a state of mistrust between schools and families that speak a language other than English at home. We believe that the implementation of a parent liaison would help our communities to become more connected with our schools and improve student achievement.

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Developing and Promoting Positive Learning Climates

Mandy Nickolite
Demetra Simmons
Jennifer Wagner

How can we develop and promote positive learning climates to increase student learning? Creating a positive learning climate shows positive effects on both teachers and students.

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