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Helping students find their on ramp to science means letting them take wheel

"Teaching high school students was the best thing ever."

This isn't a statement often exclaimed by scientists with PhDs. We're groomed to do research and teach college level courses to mature, engaged students. I was completely on track to do just that, until I signed up for a special teaching assistantship while in graduate school – the Graduate STEM Fellows in K 12 Education funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF GK-12). Instead of teaching general biology labs to college freshmen and sophomores, I chose to co-teach general high school biology and environment sciences. I served a classroom resource scientist at an urban high school in St. Louis.
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Student summit organizes for school discipline changes

Student summit organizes for school discipline changesAbout a hundred middle and high school students from the Twin Cities metro area gathered at the Solutions Not Suspensions summit at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs of the University of Minnesota on May 11. They came to share their experiences with discipline procedures in their classrooms and to discuss how they think disciplinary action should be in their schools.
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Dr. Brenda Cassellius, servant of the community

Dr. Brenda Cassellius, servant of the communityDr. Brenda Cassellius made history when she became the first African American Commissioner for Education for the state of Minnesota. She went through many struggles before she earned the top honor of the highest educational position in the state. She went through poverty, racial discrimination, and was even a single mother. Through it all, she believed and proved that with a good education, everything is possible.
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Students of WE WIN Institute were recently treated to the gift of living history

Students of WE WIN Institute were recently treated to the gift of living historyChildren kindergarten through 2nd grade learned about the incredible life of Dr. Josie Robinson Johnson, who has given and sacrificed her all in the benefit of African-American people.
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College Possible year-end celebration

College Possible year-end celebrationLast weekend, College Possible held its annual Year-End Graduation Celebration. Over 1,200 low-income students showed up to the Great Hall of the Coffman Memorial Union on the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities campus.
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One-hundred percent of Cristo Rey Jesuit High School seniors accepted to college

 One-hundred percent of Cristo Rey Jesuit High School seniors accepted to collegeOn Saturday, June 8, seniors from Cristo Rey Jesuit High School will walk the stage and accept their diplomas.
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Veteran philanthropic executive, community leader Karen Kelley-Ariwoola join Seed, Inc. and the Harvest Network of Schools as Chief Officer of Strategic Alliances

Veteran philanthropic executive, community leader Karen Kelley-Ariwoola join Seed, Inc. and the Harvest Network of Schools as Chief Officer of Strategic AlliancesKaren Kelley-Ariwoola, veteran philanthropic executive and community leader joins Seed, Inc. and the Harvest Network of Schools* as Chief Officer of Strategic Alliances, effective July 1, 2013. Kelley-Ariwoola most recently held the position of Vice President, Community Philanthropy at The Minneapolis Foundation where she served for 18 years prior to her departure in 2012.
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