All Hope is Not Lost: Getting Young Boys to Read

We’ve noticed a pattern in the students we serve at DIBS for Kids. You’ve probably noticed it too. Of course it’s not always the case, but generally boys are more likely than girls to shy away from reading. To get to the bottom of this, I spent time speaking with a single mother of two,…

What Got Us Here, Won’t Get Us There

A Message from our Founder I used to tell people I was a “social entrepreneur.” I think they thought I sold drugs. Equipped with this wisdom, let me try to more simply state exactly what it is I’ve been doing for the last six years. In 2011 I began designing what has since become the…

How Can We Help Houston?

As groups assess the damage and determine what they need, we may need to be patient. Like many of you out there, our team has been feeling the heartbreak the city of Houston and surrounding areas are experiencing right now, and wondering if there’s anything we can do to help those areas pull things back…

How do we know when technology is helpful or harmful?

As an educational program that relies on technology to function, the impact that our software has on students is something we, well, sometimes worry about. And for good reason. Research shows that certain interactions with tech devices raise dopamine levels significantly, and impact the frontal cortex – or part of the brain that helps control…

A soccer ball and a book: How we think about kids’ relationship with reading

Hi there, I’m Gina.

As an Omaha professional, mother, and dedicated volunteer to literacy efforts, I’ve spent the past several years championing literacy through the Literacy Center, which is focused on building literacy skills for adults. I recently started working with DIBS, so you’ll be hearing more from me later on.

A vitamin vs. a pain pill: Why do we wait for kids to fall behind?

In the late 1800s, Joseph Malins, an English activist, wrote a poem about a cliff, a fence and an ambulance. The gist: There’s a cliff that’s very pleasant to walk on, so many people in the town nearby venture close to its edge. Some slip and fall into the valley below, and the town decides something has to be done.

The Book Mirage: An illusion of endless reading opportunities for kids

Picture two 1st grade students. Their classroom is filled with books that line several different book shelves, which they will pick out and read independently. They spend the day going over sentence structures, they take a spelling test, they visit the library. Essentially, between 8:50 AM and 4:05 PM, both students had the same opportunities…

We are DIBS for Kids

The Hopefuls of Public Education in Omaha We aren’t defiant, we just aren’t convinced. We don’t have charter schools and we don’t have Teach for America, but that doesn’t mean Omaha, Nebraska doesn’t care about education. We’d argue that it means our city’s leaders are most passionate about tackling the underlying issue that has proven, time…