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Elkhorn Board of Education

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  • Scot M. Ringenberg
    (R)

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    Reagan Rosenberg
    (D)

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    Jennifer Shatel
    (R)

  • Renee Vokt
    (R)

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How can schools use technology to foster better equity and educational outcomes?

What can be done to ensure the safety of students and teachers in our schools?

What role, if any, should charter schools have in the Nebraska educational system?

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Education B.S., Nebraska Wesleyan M.S., Survey Research and Methodology, University of Nebraska Lincoln Ed.S School Psychology
Volunteer experience Girl Scout Leader, Volunteer coach - YMCA, Destination Imagination Team Manager, Spring Ridge PTO, Nebraska Wesleyan Alumni
This year has taught us more than ever before the importance of technology in schools. When all students have access to devices and the internet, we start with an equal playing field. Beyond equipment and access, we need to continue developing dynamic ways that teachers can work through technology to meet each student's needs. Positive educational outcomes happen when teachers are able to meet a child's individual needs. Technology is a tool for our teachers.
Safety always has to be a top priority. Physical safety needs to be maintained and practiced by students and staff, through drills and instruction. Students also need to be safe from bullying and discrimination. The social emotional needs of our students must continue to be addressed through curriculum that our teachers and counselors teach.
Charter schools are not good for Nebraska. Charter schools, unlike private schools, take public education funds away from public schools. Charter schools do not have the proper oversight to ensure that the tax dollars being given to them are being used wisely to educate their students.
Education UNL graduate - Journalism. Valley High School.
Volunteer experience Celebration of Giving - Mitten Tree coordinator 3 years and Family Fun Night planner - 2 years for Spring Ridge. Concession stand chair and honor roll display assistant at ERMS. Team mom and photog - girls BB at ESHS. Chair of my church council.
Today’s technology is one of the tools schools can use to educate our students, along with face to face teaching, textbooks, group projects and experiments/labs. Access to technology can help keep education moving forward when in-person classes are not possible, and keep students who opt for distance learning connected with their teachers and classmates. Ensuring all students have access to this technology is a top priority. Today’s students need to know how best to use the current technology.
Locked doors, security cameras, and safety plans are great tools to help keep our schools safe. The anonymous reporting system EPS unveiled recently is also a great tool - allowing students to report possible threats they may overhear or see. The motto - see something, say something - should be taught and encouraged. The presence of uniformed school resource officers may also be a deterent to school violence.
I believe Nebraska public and private schools offer excellent educational opportunities for our students. I believe parental involvement within the current schools is key and should be encouraged within schools that are struggling.
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