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Feb 13th


Teaching the importance of goal setting

Teaching the importance of goal settingStudents from eight northwest metro school districts participated in a new education initiative designed to reduce the achievement gap.  Northwest Suburban Integration School District (NWSISD) presented the 2011 Step-Up Summit for males of color on June 20–24.  All sessions were held at the University of St. Thomas downtown campus from 9 am–2 pm, except for the Thursday, June 23 session which was held at YMCA Camp Ihduhapi, located in Loretto, MN. 

Drop-out rates for Black and Latino students begin to increase in comparison to their White peers in 9th grade.  The 2011 Step-Up Summit brought together fifty 8th grade male students of color for a research-based experience that sought to prepare them for success in 9th grade and decrease the drop-out rate.  Participating students are offered additional mentorship and support throughout the school year. 

Education and Employment Access Day:

Developing skills and increasing opportunities for all

Please join Healthy Together Northwest and Rasmussen College, Brooklyn Park for an event dedicated to helping community members increase their access to area educational opportunities as well as develop essential employment and job-seeking skills.  The event is July 21st from 9:45am-2:30pm at the Rasmussen College, Brooklyn Park: 8301 93rd Ave. N. Brooklyn Park, MN 55445.

Hale Elementary math students place top in nation

Students from Hale Elementary School on June 14 were recognized by the Minneapolis Board of Education for their achievements in the “First in Math” online learning program. Hale placed first out of all grades in the state of Minnesota and 21st in the nation. In addition, a third-grade class taught by Josh Bliss finished 30th in the nation for all grades and first in the nation for third grade.

Two students in Bliss’s class were individually honored for placing in the top 100 in the nation. Mandie Flint placed 30th for all grades, fifth for all third-graders in the nation and first overall for the state of Minnesota. Emma Haugstad ranked 66th in the country for all grades, 11th for all third graders in the nation and second in the state for all grades.

Emerson and Windom students experience ultimate immersion in Puerto Rico

Emerson and Windom students experience ultimate immersion in Puerto RicoFourth- and fifth-graders from Windom Dual Immersion School and Emerson Spanish Immersion Learning Center in early June embarked on an immersion experience, spending a week in Puerto Rico to study Spanish and learn about the island’s culture.

“The best way to learn about another culture is to totally immerse yourself,” said Windom teacher Jim Clark. “We work hard to create authentic Spanish-speaking environments in our schools, but of course they are not entirely real. These students experienced a new culture firsthand and had an incredible opportunity to practice their Spanish and make new friends.”

Hopkins Public Schools hosts three-day Equity Symposium

Hopkins Public Schools hosts three-day Equity Symposium Hopkins Public Schools hosted an Equity Symposium on June 7, 8 and 9. Each day was devoted to a different topic around equity and education. About 60 people attended each session, which was open to equity specialists, equity team members, principals, master teachers, and school board members. Three facilitators led the symposium. The lineup is listed below:

•    June 7 – “Undoing whiteness: calling out the wizard behind the curtain.” Led by Dr. Heather Hackman.
•    June 8 – “Teaching BeBe’s kids: methodology for teaching ‘hard to teach’ students.” Led by Dr. Lucian Yates, III.
•    June 9 – “Race matters when teaching and reaching African American students.” Led by Dr. Mack Hines, III.

Minnesota state colleges will remain open

Minnesota state colleges will remain openThe Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system will remain open this summer even if other parts of state government shut down July 1, according to system officials.

Gov. Mark Dayton’s office notified officials that the system will receive the support needed from Minnesota Management and Budget to continue operations on July 1, even if other parts of state government shut down.

It’s Good Being a Girl

 It’s Good Being a GirlGirls Inc. inspires girls to be smart, strong, and bold through their informal education which includes Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math—STEM. Girls Inc.’s roots go back to 1864 New England, and in Minnesota at the YWCA of Minneapolis it has been alive and well since the 1970s and was officially affiliated in 2007. Their goal, besides giving girls a safe environment, is to help them gain education in ways they might not be able to in a school setting.
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