Thank You

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.

Principal Leadership Report

Given the impact of leadership on school performance[1][2][3][4], Building Bright Futures commissioned a project to gather information on the factors that contribute to effective principal leadership in order to identify possible programs to enhance the leadership capacity of principals of high-poverty schools in the Omaha area. In an effort to gain both global and local perspectives on principal effectiveness, the project consisted of two strands:

  1. Literature reviews regarding the qualities and behaviors of effective principals, principal assessment, and principal training programs; and
  2. Discussions with Omaha-area principals, teachers, and students regarding the factors that contribute to principal effectiveness in high-poverty schools across the community.

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.

Report Summary Full Report

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  1. Hallinger, P, and R. H. Heck. "Exploring the principal's contribution to school effectiveness: 1980-1995." School Effectiveness and School Improvement 9.2 (1998): 157-191. Print.
  2. Leithwood, K, K. Louis, S. Anderson, and K. Wahlstrom. How Leadership Influences Student Learning. The Wallace Foundation, 2004. Web. Sept.
  3. Marzano, Robert J, Timothy Waters, and Brian A. McNulty. School Leadership That Works: From Research to Results. Alexandria, Va: Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, 2005. Print.
  4. Waters, T, B. McNulty, and R. Marzano. .Balanced Leadership_: What 30 Years of Research Tells Us about the Effect of Leadership on Student Achievement. McCREL, 2003. Print.