Tuesday, 11 March 2014 13:37
Scott Gray, MUL President/CEO
For more than 40 years, the Minneapolis Urban League (MUL) has operated the Urban League Academy (ULA), an alternative high school serving students from Minneapolis. Each year, we serve about 100 students and help them finish needed credits or get re-acclimated to school when most have been unsuccessful elsewhere. Another 200 due to personal and academic challenges give up and simply quit or succumb to the lure of the streets. Throughout the years, without the resources and many times the support needed, we have been able to press forward and prepare our students with important foundational and life skills that help them to live meaningful lives and become productive citizens in our community.
What color is your parachute? "Yellow" students targeted for extra help in Minneapolis Spring Break Academy
Thursday, 06 March 2014 14:03
Sarah Lahm, TC Daily Planet
As part of its recently announced short-term intervention strategies, the district will offer a special Spring Break Academy. Host schools for these academies will be selected from among the thirteen sites that have been chosen as "lab schools" for the short-term intervention plan.
In Minneapolis, 'Shifting,' Saturday School and Spring Break Academy target test scores
Wednesday, 05 March 2014 16:15
Sarah Lahm, TC Daily Planet
Over the past year, Minneapolis Public Schools have announced a series of new initiatives. This article is the first in a short series describing some of these initiatives, and looking at how they relate to MCA test preparation, and what teachers, parents and the district have to say about the initiatives and the tests.
The White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities (WHIHBCU) announced its first class of HBCU All-Stars, recognizing 75 undergraduate, graduate and professional students for their accomplishments in academics, leadership and civic engagement. Currently enrolled at 62 HBCUs, the All-Stars were selected from 445 students who submitted completed applications that included a transcript, resume, essay and recommendation. The HBCU All-Stars will serve as ambassadors of the White House Initiative by providing outreach and communication with their fellow students about the value of education and the Initiative as a networking resource.
Spring Break Academy: MPS implements strategy to make up for lost learning time; district look at ways to redefine quality instructional time
Tuesday, 25 February 2014 15:09
Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS) will offer its first ever Spring Break Academy, one of several new strategies to reduce the learning gap and accelerate academic outcomes for students, Superintendent Dr. Bernadeia Johnson announced recently. The academy is especially critical this year because students missed an unprecedented five to seven days of school due to extreme weather conditions, which compounded the loss of learning.
Majority of Minnesota fourth-graders struggle with reading; Proficiency rates worse for kids of low-income families
Thursday, 06 February 2014 13:31
John Michaelson, Minnesota News Connection
Reading is the cornerstone of a good education and future success, but in Minnesota and across the country, more young children than not are struggling with it. A new report finds that 59 percent of kids in the state are not proficient in reading when they reach fourth grade. That figure balloons to 77 percent for children from low-income families, according to Peggy Flanagan, executive director of Children's Defense Fund-Minnesota.