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Julie Dierberger

Julie Dierberger

Julie Dierberger, P-16 Coordinator for the Service Learning Academy at UNO, has been developing service learning experiences in various professional capacities at UNL, Midland Lutheran College, and in her current position at UNO. She provides service learning curriculum development workshops for PK-12 teachers and UNO faculty members twice a year. Julie received her M.A. in Educational Administration and B.A. in English from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

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P-16 Initiative.

The P-16 Initiative aims at connecting the P-12 bbflogo
and UNO curriculum through the development of collaborative academic service learning experiences. These experiences connect learning outcomes with community identified needs while meeting curriculum and course standards.
The UNO P-16 Initiative works in partnership with Building Bright Futures.


Service Learning is a method of teaching that connects learning outcomes to identified community needs. As a metropolitan institution, UNO values community partnerships that come together from P-12, higher education, as well as nonprofit and government agencies to provide meaningful opportunities to serve and learn in the community. By developing academic service learning experiences with all three entities, the opportunity to deepen academic learning, provide real life experiences, and build relationships, allows learning that continues throughout a lifetime.

Student Benefits

- Become active in addressing real community issues through coursework.
- Develop civic engagement and citizenship skills necessary for career and individual development.
- “See” textbook learning come to life.
- Break down the four walls of the classroom.
- Develop relationships with K-12 and higher education students as well as teachers in community agencies.

Instructor Benefits

- Provide meaningful opportunities for critical thought and upper level learning.
- Engage students actively in their learning.
- Students achieve at higher levels.

Community Benefits

- Address real agency needs through classroom learning.
- Act as co-teacher in the classroom.
- Impact youth as a valuable asset in the community.
- Interact with youth and families.


Service learning implementation can begin with and idea, need, course learning outcome, or conversation. However it starts, the Service Learning Academy can assist in the development of the curriculum that implements this style of teaching in a quality way. Using the K-12 Quality Service Learning Standards and other supportive materials, support is available in many ways.

Means of Support

- Training for P-12, UNO faculty, and community partners on quality service learning development during Service Learning Seminars. (sign up now)

- Graduate assistant support for service learning implementation and planning.

- Funding for service learning curriculum including project materials, transportation, and food.

- Customizable training and support for schools, departments, after school programs, groups, etc. that are interested in developing service learning programs.


Spring 2011 P-16 Project Examples

CultureFest 2011

CultureFest brought together the International/Global Studies Magnet Schools of Crestridge Elementary, Beveridge Middle, and Omaha South High with UNO courses in International Studies and Latino Studies to create a multi-faceted community learning experience.

Latino Migration & Integration

Together the students created informational materials about the Intercultural Senior Center as well as current immigration policy.

Chemistry Club

UNO Chemistry students and a group of UNO "7-Days-of-Service" volunteers spent the day showing the 9 and 10-year-old age group of Girls Incorporated of Omaha that the field of chemistry can be fun. Under the guidance of the UNO students, the girls performed scientific experiments to uncover the author of the "unsigned letter."

Urban Farm

In conjunction with the teacher involved with the School Sprouts project at King Science, these students collaborated to support the garden and increase the school's capacity for growing produce via lead testing of the soil on the school grounds.

Fall 2010 P-16 Project Examples

Food for Thought

Students in the Culinary Arts Program at Blackburn Alternative Program created healthy meals weekly to be served to the older adults at Adams Park Community Center. The UNO Gerontology students explored ways to best serve minority elderly by interviewing the Blackburn students and older adults present at the Center on Wednesdays when lunch was served.

School Sprouts

King Science Middle School, Nathan Hale Middle School, and Lewis and Clark Middle School worked with UNO social work students to develop a survey implemented at the school to identify the types of produce to be grown in their new gardens, and brainstorm as a community how gardens will be maintained year round.