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Education & Poverty
Not everyone realizes it requires the about same basic reading, writing and math proficiencies to enter a two-year skilled trade program, as it does t… MORE

Oct
06
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Early Childhood
Educators nationwide are starting to understand. We need to involve families in their child’s early learning to have results that last. MORE

Sep
24
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Teaching Quality
We expect new teachers to start their first day meeting all the responsibilities of experienced teachers, but the time they have had to practice with … MORE

Sep
17
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Early Childhood
I enjoy speaking in the community – neighborhood associations, service clubs and employer groups – to people interested in how early childhood educati… MORE

Sep
02
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Early Childhood
The votes are in. A new national poll shows strong public support for increased early childhood education across all political parties. MORE

Aug
24
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Teaching Quality
With school starting, it is a good time to remember what parents and researchers already know – a great teacher makes all the difference. MORE

Aug
06
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Education & Poverty
A country with severe poverty teaches educators around the globe. A new university study confirms early childhood education helps kids living in pover… MORE

Jul
21
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Education & Poverty
We know growing up in the harshness of poverty can interfere with learning in and out of the classroom. The fact is this: Education comes second when … MORE

Jul
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Early Childhood
Research is clear – spending time reading as a family is one of the best things a parent can do for their young children's educational future. MORE

Jun
30
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Teaching Quality
I’ve written before about poverty growing at a faster rate. Knowing this, we need more teachers prepared to meet the educational needs of children and… MORE

May
05
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Family Literacy
I watched our first class of parents graduate from Family Literacy classes at the Learning Community Center of South Omaha (LCCSO) recently. These par… MORE

Apr
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Teaching Quality
The Federal government’s use of accountability as the primary lever for improving performance began in the Clinton administration and accelerated migh… MORE

Mar
31
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Early Childhood
Early learning makes a big difference. However, about half of children in the U.S. start school behind in learning. We need to do more for young child… MORE

Mar
19
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Early Childhood
If you think the jury is still out on the potential for early childhood programs to help kids do well in school, I encourage you to reconsider. MORE

Mar
04
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Early Childhood
Despite increasing research showing quality early childhood education helps children do better in school, some taxpayers may be asking why state doll… MORE

Feb
24
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Education & Poverty
The United States is in the middle of a divisive, confusing conversation about the government’s role in healthcare. Educators need to pay attention be… MORE

Feb
10
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Education & Poverty
This article, which first appeared in The Washington Post’s Answer Sheet blog, provides great perspective on changing cultures in our nation’s publi… MORE

Jan
16
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Achievement Gap
Compared to other developed countries, U.S. students rank about the same as years past - about average. The latest Program for International Student A… MORE

Jan
03
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Early Childhood
We are fortunate to have a talented community of educators working with families in poverty throughout the greater Omaha metro area. Still, only 63 pe… MORE

Dec
20
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Education & Poverty
Whatever your opinion on “income distribution,” the number of families in poverty is growing faster than our ability to handle it. And with that growt… MORE

Dec
13
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Early Childhood
Don't be lulled into thinking we're anywhere close to where we need to be. Minority students are doing better in our public schools, according to the … MORE

Dec
06
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Early Childhood
Most educators have seen the evidence on early childhood and are starting to buy in. For children in poverty, early childhood education means working … MORE

Oct
18
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Family Literacy
We’ve reached an important milestone. After years of planning and hard work, the Learning Community Center of South Omaha is open. With Family Lite… MORE

Sep
19
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Education & Poverty
This study from the National Academy of Sciences proves it: Home visits work. By visiting with families in their home setting, parents connect with… MORE

Aug
29
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Early Childhood
With the Coordinating Council vote to move forward with design and construction of the new Learning Community Center of North Omaha, we take a bold st… MORE

Aug
16
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Early Childhood
If we want children in poverty to do better in school, we need to support the people who care about them most. That’s the message in the latest video … MORE

Jul
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Education & Poverty
Advances are being made to integrate digital games as a supplemental tool to regular classroom lessons. MORE

Jul
16
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Achievement Gap
A new study by the Council on Foreign Affairs shows how education allows the U.S. to compete economically and also gives a new angle on the effects of… MORE

Jul
10
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Teaching Quality
A 2008 study, co-authored by Margaret Burchinal, has been a great resource for the Learning Community here in Omaha. The CLASS tool is used to evaluat… MORE

Jun
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Early Childhood
Early Childhood education matters because kids are the future to our local and national economies. MORE

May
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Performance Indicators
As the Learning Community works towards improving education for metro-area children living in poverty, I want to weigh in on what should be common gro… MORE

May
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Performance Indicators
Teachers, school districts, and more recently, states and now the nation, have always quietly struggled with what is supposed to be taught in our clas… MORE

May
14
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Achievement Gap
Recently, The New York Times published a column by Stanford University education and sociology researcher, Sean Reardon, about achievement disparities… MORE

May
06
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Early Childhood
With poverty increasing, we should be concerned about engaging parents of newborns and helping them shape brain development in simple, positive ways a… MORE

May
01
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Early Childhood
The United States is behind on developing a culture of caring for children at birth; the U.S. is slow on embracing early childhood education. MORE

Apr
04
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Performance Indicators
In order to hold our educators, administrators and legislators accountable, we need “indicators.” At the state level, it is important to pick a handfu… MORE

Mar
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Teaching Quality
For the last few years, “accountability” has been a central term in policy conversations regarding improving education outcomes. But accountability in… MORE

Jan
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Teaching Quality
Much of education current reform misses the mark because it does not include a profound respect for teaching. Reforms often attempt changes in school … MORE

Jan
10
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The purpose of this blog is to post some reflections on our education system, so we may join the national discussion. My posts won’t always be related… MORE

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Ted Stilwill,

Learning Community CEO, leads the development of evidence-based programs to challenge the impact of poverty in the Omaha metro area. From his days as a classroom teacher and high-level administrator, Ted knows exploring student performance data leads to meaningful innovation. FULL BIO