Avenue Scholars Foundation
7101 Mercy Road, Suite 240
Dr. Ken Bird assumed the position of President/CEO of Avenue Scholars Foundation, Omaha, NE, on June 1, 2008. This newly created Foundation provides graduation assistance and access to and completion of post secondary programs to Omaha area high school students who have academic promise and financial need. Dr. Bird retired as Superintendent of the Westside Community Schools in Omaha, Nebraska, after serving in that position for 16 years. He has received several professional awards including the 1998 Nebraska Superintendent of the Year; the Nebraska Council of School Administrators' Distinguished Service Award; University of Nebraska, Lincoln, Teachers College, David W. Hutcheson Award for Distinguished Service to Education; University of Nebraska at Omaha, Department of Education, Distinguished Alumni Award; Friend of the Horace Mann League Award; as well as being selected as an Expert Lecturer for a series of presentations at Huazhong University in Wuhan, China.
Dr. Bird was honored with the Educational Excellence in Leadership Award from Education Research & Development Institute, Inc. (ERDI). He also was the recipient of the Educational Achievement Award from the University of Nebraska Alumni Association, and has received the Children's Hospital Margre Henningson Durham Leadership Award. In addition, Dr. Bird was presented with the Literacy Alive! Award by the Literacy Center for the Midlands. This award honors an outstanding individual who advances the cause of literacy and promotes the value of education. The GWR Sunshine Foundation presented Bird its 2008 Help Is Hope Award for his efforts in pioneering education programs for children with autism. Bird exemplifies a commitment to advocacy for all children.
Dr. Bird was selected by eSchool News, a national newspaper, as a "2003 Tech-Savvy Superintendent Award" winner. He also received the American Association of School Administrators President's Technology Award, sponsored by Apple Computer Inc., in February 2003.
Dr. Bird has been active in numerous professional organizations including Educational Research & Development Institute; American Association of School Administrators; Horace Mann League; Suburban School Superintendents; National Center for Education, Research & Technology; and the National School Public Relations Association.
He is also very active in the community and throughout the state. Dr. Bird was appointed to the Nebraska Educational Telecommunications Commission. He currently serves on Boards of Children's Hospital Foundation; Conference for Inclusive Communities; Omaha Community Playhouse Foundation; Project Harmony; and Werner Enterprises. He has served as Past Chair of the Wellness Council of the Midlands, as well as Past Education Division Chair of the United Way of the Midlands/CHAD campaign. He is a member of Rotary Club of Omaha-West.
Dr. Bird and his wife, Annie, have served as honorary benefit chairs for the Children's Hospital Gala, Ronald McDonald House Charities, the UNMC Kicks for a Cure, and the Charles Drew Health Center Annual Dinner.