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Education, Poverty and the Achievement Gap

Lincoln Public Schools has consistently reported Nebraska’s high graduation rates throughout the past decade.

So, why do we have such a wide achievement gap?

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Prevention Begins with Connection: Looking Back at the Get Connected 2019 Nebraska Afterschool Conference

Prevention begins with connection. In place of problems, community leaders start solving issues by stopping them. Kids and youth need to feel connected to each other, their community, and their passions to stay out of trouble and remain motivated. And

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Why ELOs matter: The 6,000-Hour Learning Gap

An Expanded Learning Opportunity—or ELO—is a high-quality afterschool or summer educational experience that takes place outside the context of the regular school day. These hands-on, experiential, enriching chances to learn that build on, but don’t duplicate, what students are learning during the

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ELOs: Looking outside the school day for a transformation in education

What if the biggest opportunity for improvement in education happens outside of the school day? National Education reform discussions focus on a search for an elusive magic bullet that will somehow transform the traditional 8am–3pm school day—and eliminate our educational achievement gaps. Decades of experience

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Senator Kolowski Honored as an Afterschool Champion at Special Event in Nation’s Capital

Republished from Afterschool Alliance Press Release WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Afterschool Alliance last week recognized State Senator Rick Kolowski for his exemplary support for afterschool programs and the youth who participate in them. Sen. Kolowski was named a State Afterschool Champion at

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Expanded Learning Opportunities Week in Nebraska

By Jeff Cole, Beyond School Bells Network Lead At a ceremony in the Capitol last Thursday, Governor Heineman signed a proclamation  identifying the week of January 20 – 24th as Expanded Learning Opportunity Awareness week across Nebraska.  At the ceremony,

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