Omaha Public Schools Foundation
Spotlight on the OSF
Welcome to the Omaha Public Schools Foundation website presenting our award winning programs and success stories. Founded in 1984 by the Omaha Board of Education, the Omaha Schools Foundation is a nonprofit 501 (C3) organization, governed by a Board of Directors (all residents of the Omaha School District), and incorporated under Nebraska Law as a nonprofit corporation. At the most basic level, the Omaha Schools Foundation exists to raise funds for projects and programs which cannot be funded by tax dollars.
We are excited to share our enthusiasm for the Omaha Public Schools amazing students, administrators, teachers and curriculums and encourage you to participate in supporting the many programs and scholarships which facilitate the success of our students.
Our accomplished Executive Director, Toba Cohen-Dunning has been elected to the National Schools Foundation's Board of Directors. Toba is a founding member of the Nebraska Schools Foundation Association, a state affiliate of the NSFA, created last year. The National SFA Board was looking for members who have a tested and accomplished business model as it is becoming more difficult to raise operational dollars for K-12 education foundations. The Foundation is very proud of Kids Club and grateful to every single donor who supports our mission.
The Omaha Public Schools Foundation is being recognized more frequently at a national level. On May 23rd, our director, Ms. Cohen-Dunning has been invited to present a webinar to the membership of the NSFA across the country on the Foundation's public/private partnership model. The Omaha Public Schools Foundation has raised $90m over the last 18 years through the efforts of Dave Van Metre to update/improve athletic facilities across the District. The work on these projects continues every day.
The Foundation is truly gratedul to the board and the staff of the Omaha Public Schools Foundation. It is through their continued advocacy for us in the community that we are able to continue our mission of supporting the students of this great District.
Susan Mayberger, the Coordinator of ESL and Migrant and Refugee Education, is retiring from the Omaha Public Schools. As coordinator, it was Susan's job to oversee the English as a Second Language program responding to the needs of English language learners in an effort to provide optimal educational opportunities.
· ESL teachers design lessons to foster students' ability to read, write, speak, and understand academic English.
· Students learn English language while learning academic content through sheltered instruction practices such as scaffolding and interaction.
· The ESL program promotes a culturally responsive learning environment where students' first language and cultural identity are nurtured.
Migrant children have educational needs that are different from those of other children. When migrant children move with their families, their education as well as their life is disrupted. The Migrant Education Program strives to provide services and materials to help migrant children succeed in school. They can earn a diploma, develop their skills, and expand their options for the future.
The OPS community is profoundly grateful for Susan't years of service. Join us in celebrating Susan Mayberger and her commitment to Omaha Public Schools.
Kristin Larson is reaching out to the community for funding to purchase two adaptive communication devices -- the GoTalk 4+ and the GoTalk 9+. These two communication devices are the first step for young children who need assistance to communicate their wants and needs. She currently has one of each to use in the classroom, but having a set of the GoTalks to lend to her students' families for use at home would be incredibly valuable to their language development.