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Dec 26th

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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.
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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.”
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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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Innovative summer school program engages students of all levels

Hands-on experiments and activities provide out-of-the-box learning techniques

The Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS) summer school program strives to effectively engage students of all levels in rigorous academic work, enhancing the basic curriculum by incorporating hands-on learning techniques with the help of local organizations:
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Seeking better trained teachers for region

Seeking better trained teachers for region The Bush Foundation and The Network for Excellence and Teaching recently announced an initiative to hire more better trained teachers in Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota.  Peter Hutchinson, president of the Bush Foundation, explained the initiative on the May 3rd broadcast of “Conversations with Al McFarlane” which airs each week on KFAI 90.3FM. 

The Network for Excellence in Teaching (NEXT), an innovative partnership between the Bush Foundation and 14 higher education institutions in the upper Midwest, has created the “Make Your Mark” television and Internet advertising campaign to attract more teachers to the classroom, Hutchinson said.

On May 10, two television ads began airing in Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota. The 30-second spots offer poignant reminders of the profound and lifelong impact teachers have on the lives of people, and ask viewers if they’re ready to become a teacher and “make their mark” on people’s lives.
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National Equity Project selected to provide equity, diversity, inclusion consulting and training services for Minneapolis Public Schools

Minneapolis Public Schools selected National Equity Project to assist in developing a long-term equity, diversity and inclusion strategy. The organization will provide leadership in the development, design and delivery of comprehensive consulting and evaluation services in the areas of equity, diversity and inclusion. Key elements of the work include leadership development, training, plan development and a listening campaign that will seek out potentially silenced voices to contribute to a dialogue about the impact and influence of race, class, and culture on disparate educational outcomes.
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Keep kids' minds sharp over summer vacation

Keep kids' minds sharp over summer vacation There's nothing kids look forward to more than summer vacation. But summer can also be a prime time for the summer slide -- when grade school students forget some of the reading and math skills they learned during the school year, according to the National Center for Family Literacy (NCFL). 

That learning gap forces teachers to play catch-up when school starts again in the fall. 

"Parents can play critical roles in ensuring children maintain their academic skills in reading and other subjects over the summer," says Emily Kirkpatrick, vice president of NCFL. "The key is to associate learning with fun activities."
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