On October 21, leaders from across Nebraska gathered on UNL’s City Campus for an all-day policy summit focused on building broader support for Expanded Learning Opportunities (ELOs) in our state. Welcomed by Extension Dean Chuck Hibberd, this group of approximately 45 policy makers and ELO stakeholder spent the day hearing about emerging trends in education and how policy can support more, high-quality ELOs serving youth from our state’s most challenging educational environments.
NU Regent Bob Whitehouse facilitated a morning panel discussion that included State Senator Rick Kolowski, State School Board member Pat Timm, NDE Commissioner Matt Blomstedt and NDE Chief of Staff Brian Halstead. The afternoon session, facilitated by NDE Commissioner Emeritas Doug Christensen, featured world café sessions that yielded recommendations about funding and policy steps to enhance ELO programs in Nebraska.
We will be using the insights gained through this policy forum and through conversations with other interested stakeholders from across the state to develop policy priorities to drive our work in the upcoming months. Keep reading newsletters for updates and calls to action.