13 Nebraska Schools Aid ‘Big Vision’

TrueSchool Plan: Teachers as Leaders of Design, Innovation

A truly “big vision” has been put forth by the professional learning organization TrueSchool: to launch, by 2023, a nationwide fellowship for educator-led innovation to develop knowledge, skills and mindsets of 25,000 educators as leaders of school design and innovation.

That vision is being piloted in North Carolina and 13 Nebraska schools.

The selection of states was based on evidence of vision-aligned leadership at the district level; momentum around improving early literacy achievement; a climate conducive to innovation; the opportunity to achieve significant impact; and the potential of the state to serve as a model of education innovation.

Teams from selected schools have worked on innovations that will serve as models. Schools created a team of 4-6 members, including the principal and three or more teacher leaders, to focus on designing innovative models to improve early literacy in grades pre-k to 3. Team members hold formal or informal leadership roles at their school. The teams serve a student population that is 55 percent federal free or reduced lunch qualified, with 42 percent of the students of color. The Nebraska schools are:

  • A.B. Newell Elementary, Grand Island.
  • Betz Elementary, Bellevue.
  • Chapman Elementary, Chapman.
  • Engleman Elementary, Grand Island.
  • Ezra Millard Elementary, Omaha.
  • Gates Elementary, Grand Island.
  • Humboldt Table Rock Steinauer Elementary, Humboldt.
  • Knickrehm Elementary, Grand Island.
  • Rohwer Elementary, Omaha.
  • Twin Ridge Elementary, Bellevue.
  • Two Springs Elementary, Bellevue.
  • Wheeler Elementary, Omaha.
  • Willowdale Elementary, Omaha.

The program is funded by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and is equivalent to $15,000 per school. TrueSchool will recruit schools in Nebraska for the 2019-20 TrueSchool Innovation Fellowship year this summer. For details and to sign up for the 2019-20 application, go to: www.trueschool.org