In December of 2018, the foundation awarded a one-year $200,000 general operating and capacity building grant to support the Metropolitan Omaha Education Consortium (MOEC).
MOEC is a collaborative organization dedicated to ensuring all public school students in the Omaha metro area receive the highest quality education – from cradle to career. The consortium first began meeting in 1988 as a forum for school districts to share best practices. In 2016, members recognized the organization had the right people around the table to make an even stronger impact on the state of education in the Omaha metro area.
Soon after, Martha Bruckner, former Council Bluffs Schools Superintendent, took the lead as executive director and was charged with guiding the organization through a transformation from an information-sharing group to one focused on collective impact. Under Martha’s leadership, the group developed a mission focused on all children receiving a great education, success metrics, and a strategic plan to dramatically improve regional education outcomes. The group also expanded to now include 12 school districts, two community colleges, and the University of Nebraska Omaha.