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Oct 04th


Renowned scholar selected to lead UNCF’s reform efforts

 Renowned scholar selected to lead UNCF’s reform effortsDr. Chance W. Lewis, the newly appointed “Carolyn Grotnes Belk Distinguished Professor and Endowed Chair of Urban Education at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte”, has been selected by the United Negro College Fund (UNCF) to lead in the reform of teacher training programs at selected universities. Dr. Lewis’ expertise and extensive research in the areas of urban education and teacher training will serve as the foundation as the UNCF attempts to address the issue of student achievement or the lack thereof. The UNCF’s innovative approach to education reform extends beyond high stakes testing and school options in that it will examine and address those directly impacting the learning process, teachers.

MPS commencement ceremonies to be held June 2-7

Seniors from the Minneapolis Public School district’s high schools and alternative programs will be presented as the graduating class of 2011 during ceremonies June 2-7.

Graduation ceremonies for North, Patrick Henry, Roosevelt, South, Southwest, Thomas Edison and Washburn high schools will be held at the Minneapolis Convention Center, located at 1301 2nd Ave. S. Graduation for Broadway High School will be held at North High School, 1500 James Ave. N. Graduation for Wellstone International High School will be held at Roosevelt High School, 4029 28th Ave. S.

School matters: Can public schools really do more with less?

To answer that question, NAM education reporter Vivian Po spoke with Ulrich Boser, author of a recent report by the Center for American Progress: “Return on Educational Investment: A district-by-district evaluation of US educational productivity.” The report, the first attempt to evaluate the productivity of almost every major school district in the country, found that some districts have spent their dollars more wisely than others—and most schools can improve their efficiency, if they try.

MCTC partner with Boston Scientific to launch Math and Science initiatives for Minneapolis high school students

Minneapolis Community and Technical College (MCTC) announced a partnership with Boston Scientific Corporation as part of a multiple partner initiative to encourage more Minneapolis high school students to pursue science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) careers. The initiative is designed to create a pipeline of low-income students and students of color who are prepared for college-level math and science courses upon graduating from a Minneapolis charter or public high school.

Joan Franks named Minnesota’s 2011 National Distinguished Principal

Joan Franks named Minnesota’s 2011 National Distinguished PrincipalJoan Franks, principal of Armatage Montessori School in the Minneapolis Public Schools, and a member of the Minnesota Elementary School Principals’ Association (MESPA), is Minnesota’s 2011 National Distinguished Principal (NDP).  The U.S. Department of Education and the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP) present the prestigious award, which has corporate sponsorship from VALIC.

The NDP program was established in 1984 to honor exemplary elementary and middle school principals who set the pace, character, and quality of education children receive during their early school years. The program highlights the fundamental importance of the school principal in achieving educational excellence for pre-kindergarten through eighth grade students and reinforces their continued leadership in helping children develop a lifelong love of learning.

Afterschool alliance honors Minneapolis Mayor

Afterschool alliance honors Minneapolis MayorMinneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak was honored as an “Afterschool Champion” by the national Afterschool Alliance at a breakfast in Washington, D.C. on May 17. Mayor Rybak was honored for championing the Minneapolis Promise, engaging with the Minneapolis Youth Congress and spearheading Minneapolis’ Youth Violence Prevention initiative. He was one of just nine state champions from around the country honored for supporting and working on behalf of afterschool programs.

“Mayor Rybak has been a tireless and true champion for the city’s youth,” said Laura LaCroix-Dalluhn, Executive Director of Youth Community Connections: Minnesota’s Statewide Afterschool Alliance, who nominated Mayor Rybak for the Afterschool Champion honor. “He knows that we must work on multiple fronts to help ensure a righter future for young people and he has dedicated himself and the city to achieving that goal.”

School Zones Bill a Positive Step Forward

On Monday, members of the Minnesota House passed a bill, HF 563, which would expand the definition of locations that may be designated as the home for K-12 students riding the bus. The bill’s author, State Representative Rena Moran, believes this is a positive step forward in stabilizing attendance rates for students living in high-risk areas, while keeping these students engaged in positive activities.

“Passage of this bill is just another necessary step in providing equitable academic opportunities for all students,” said Rep. Moran. “Creating safe environments for students to learn is an integral part of ensuring better student outcomes.”
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