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A volunteer citizen organization in Lincoln seeks to support the public, private and parochial schools in Lincoln as they work to infuse innovation in education.

During March and early April, the group is sponsoring viewings of the video “Most Likely to Succeed,” a documentary about a future-oriented school; and on April 23, group members have arranged a public conversation that includes leaders of education in Nebraska, Google, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and the Gallup Organization.

Labeled “Learn for Tomorrow,” the group's members feel that the future of life and work will be very different than what it is today. Education must evolve to prepare today’s children to function in the future. Learn for Tomorrow is an endeavor organized to help the citizens of our community light the fire of learning for the children in our community so they’ll be prepared for tomorrow.

The fact-filled, knowledge-based approach to education served us well in the industrial age. It filled the minds of students with facts necessary to function during that time. Today, those facts are available through searches on our computers, our smart phones, even the smart speakers that are in so many homes today.

The Learn for Tomorrow group seeks to help spark interest among the public, especially parents with children in school, as our professional educators mold and shape our system to help our students prepare for the future.

Group members include Nick Cusick, founder and owner of Bison Sports Equipment; Wendy Van, president of the Foundation for Lincoln Public Schools; Cleve Reeves, an architect specializing in educational facilities with BVH; Mick Hale, executive director of Leadership Lincoln; Darin Hanigan, a project coordinator at BVH; Rich Claussen, one of the ambassadors with Prosper Lincoln; and Randy Bretz, retired Nelnet administrator and current curator of TEDxLincoln, Leadership Lincoln staff member and Nebraska Wesleyan faculty member.

Learn for Tomorrow focuses on creating a dialogue about the evolution of education in Lincoln, across Nebraska and around the world. Our local schools have started engaging in some new methods of learning. We are grateful to have progressive educators, and look forward to watching them implement more with the community’s assistance.

Pay a virtual visit to an innovative school at one of these free screenings in Lincoln:

March 27, 6 p.m. at The Career Academy;

April 4, 7 p.m. at the UNL City Union;

April 12, 6 p.m. at Pius X High School;

April 16, 6 p.m. at Firespring.

Register online at Facebook: LNKLearnforTomorrow.

The public is also invited to participate in a conversation about the future of education Monday evening, April 23, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Nebraska Innovation Campus. The event will include a panel of future-thinking experts from Google, Gallup, Lincoln Public Schools, the University of Nebraska and the State of Nebraska to light the fire of discussion. As the evening unfolds, attendees will be invited to join the conversation with those present and the members of the panel:

Jamie Casap, Google education evangelist;

Dr. Matt Blomstedt, Nebraska commissioner of education;

Megan Elliott, director of the UNL Johnny Carson Center for Emerging Media;

Dr. Steve Joel, superintendent of Lincoln Public Schools; and

Tim Hodges, Gallup Education Practice Research director.

Interested parents and others in the community are encouraged to register for the free community conversation to help the organizers plan for the evening. Register on Facebook at LNKLearnforTomorrow.

For more details, contact Randy Bretz at rgbretz@gmail.com or 402-304-1229.

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