Building Bright Futures (BBF) is proud of its accomplishments and efforts since 2006 to improve educational outcomes for children living in poverty and their families in the Omaha metro area. The BBF Board is currently in a visioning and planning mode.
Moving forward, Building Bright Futures will be re-structured to include a Board of Advisors that will provide recommendations to the Board of Directors. The BBF Board is committed to supporting existing programs through short and long-term efforts. Program commitments for this fiscal year that address support for youth living in poverty will be honored. Those programs currently receiving funds from Building Bright Futures may wish to approach Omaha area foundations including the foundations of individual BBF Board members with requests for funding.
BBF will keep you posted on organizational changes as they evolve. The school children of Omaha deserve the best efforts of all of us, and BBF is moving forward with this in mind.
Given the impact of leadership on school performance, Building Bright Futures commissioned a project to gather information on the factors that contribute to effective principal leadership for the purpose of identifying possible programs to enhance the leadership capacity of principals of high-poverty schools in the Omaha area. In an effort to gain both a global and a local perspective on principal effectiveness, the project consisted of two strands:
The project was led by Dr. Keith Bigsby, former principal of Central High School in Omaha, and Dr. Chuck Chevalier, former superintendent of Springfield Platteview Community Schools. An advisory committee comprised of current and former educators from across the Omaha area assisted in governing the project while also providing insight into the topic at hand. The project report contains the findings from each of component of the project, along with recommendations regarding the development of a principals’ leadership academy. The full report and executive summary are available below.