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Feb 10th


Celebrating our successes; working together to achieve more

I am pleased to announce that for the first time in six years, Minneapolis Public Schools has made progress in narrowing the achievement gap between students of color and white students. We could not have hoped for more encouraging state test results. Significant across-the-board gains were made in reading for American Indian, African American, Asian and Hispanic students. The gap was also narrowed for all groups except American Indian students in math.

Minnesota School of Science celebrates start of inaugural school year

Minnesota School of Science celebrates start of inaugural school yearMinnesota School of Science celebrated the start of the first school year with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on September 16, 2011. The event shared the start of the new charter school with the community and general public.

Minnesota School of Science plans to be one of the top three charter schools in Minnesota in the next three years. The support of the community, as well as local educational institutions and businesses is crucial to achieving this goal.

Minneapolis Urban League provides SROI even in tough times

In this time of heightened economic uncertainty, rapidly shifting priorities, and fiscal cutbacks, the Minneapolis Urban League (as I am sure has been the case at countless other non-profits), has been continuously reevaluating its programs, processes, and performance management to make certain that our organization is operating efficiently and effectively.

A key area of this organizational reflection is examining social return-on-investment (SROI), program implementation efforts, and associated outcomes in comparison to program dollars received.  We evaluate these parameters on a daily basis. One of our core values is to be a good steward for all of the funding our organization receives.

College access program adds Park Center and Bloomington Kennedy high schools

College access program adds Park Center and Bloomington Kennedy high schoolsAdmission Possible, a nationally recognized non-profit founded in Minnesota making college admission and success possible for low-income students, has expanded into Bloomington and Brooklyn Park. Cohorts of juniors interested in earning a college degree are starting their journey toward higher education at both schools this fall. Historically, 98 percent of Admission Possible students have earned admission to college, and juniors have raised their ACT scores by more than 20 percent.

Forum explores “Racial Equity in Redistricting”

The Metropolitan State University Diversity Learning Task Force and the Center for Community-Based Learning will explore Racial Equity in Redistricting at its first 2011–2012 Hot Topic forum on Monday, Oct. 3, from 4–5:30 p.m. at the Saint Paul Campus, Library and Learning Center, Ecolab Room 302. 

Racial equity gap in educational achievement addressed

Racial equity gap in educational achievement addressedISAIAH, a faith-based community organization of congregations in the Twin Cities and St. Cloud regions working for racial and economic justice held a 300-person public meeting focused on the leadership needed to address both the racial equity gap in educational achievement and to create racially equitable schools on Saturday, September 17.  Joining ISAIAH was Minnesota Commissioner of Education Dr. Brenda Cassellius and superintendents or their representatives from 11 Minnesota urban, suburban, and Greater Minnesota school districts.

The HistoryMakers back to school program

The HistoryMakers back to school program

The HistoryMakers back to school program

As students across the country begin the new school year, Minnesota area HistoryMakers, Tuskegee Airman Joseph Gomer and civil rights activist, academic administrator, and political aide Josie Johnson will join more than 500 African American HistoryMakers nation-wide for the 2nd Annual Back to School With The HistoryMakers program on Friday, September 23, 2011.

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