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Oct 04th


The HistoryMakers back to school program

The HistoryMakers back to school program

The HistoryMakers back to school program

As students across the country begin the new school year, Minnesota area HistoryMakers, Tuskegee Airman Joseph Gomer and civil rights activist, academic administrator, and political aide Josie Johnson will join more than 500 African American HistoryMakers nation-wide for the 2nd Annual Back to School With The HistoryMakers program on Friday, September 23, 2011.


Minneapolis One Read for entire community

Minneapolis One Read for entire communityOne Minneapolis, One Read, the first citywide “read,” where the entire community is encouraged to read a single book and join in a community conversation was launched last week by Minneapolis City leaders.

The book selected, The Grace of Silence, was written by NPR host and Minneapolis native Michele Norris. The book is a memoir describing the experience of the Norrises as the first Black family on the block in a south Minneapolis neighborhood in the 1950s.

Harvest Prep Academy students far exceeds state averages in test scores

Harvest Prep Academy students far exceeds state averages in test scoresOne north Minneapolis charter school is proving “What you do most, is what you do best” by exceeding the state averages in the recent results of the Minnesota reading and math assessment tests. In fact, students from Harvest Prep, which serves African American students – 90 percent from low-income families, also are reversing the overall academic achievement disparity between white students and students of color.

Acting U.S. Commerce Secretary Rebecca Blank highlights key role of education in promoting racial and ethnic equality in STEM

WASHINGTON – Acting U.S. Commerce Secretary Rebecca Blank unveiled findings from the Economics and Statistics Administration’s (ESA) third and final report on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) jobs and education today at a Brookings Institution forum on advancing STEM education in the United States. Education Supports Racial and Ethnic Equality in STEM analyzes the demographic composition and educational background of STEM workers, looking at representation disparities within these critical fields that promote U.S. innovation and economic competitiveness. 

Celebrating excellence

Celebrating excellenceWE WIN Institute had an exciting summer with kindergarten, fifth and eighth grade students.  The organization strengthened the reading and writing skills of youth through studying about local and national leaders.  The program was funded by a grant from the Minneapolis Public Schools called ’WrapAround’.

Creating a culture of yes

As we begin the 2011-2012 school year, I am excited to see our students engaged in learning and achieving high results. Minneapolis Public Schools teachers and staff members are prepared to promote student success and accelerate student achievement. We have been working to strengthen our organization internally and externally with a specific goal in mind: “Creating a culture of yes.”

We are MPS and we are committed to our mission: We exist to ensure that all students learn. We are also committed to our vision: Every child college ready.

School administrator’s new book highlights the benefits of positive reinforcement

School administrator’s new book highlights the benefits of positive reinforcementFor decades, educational researchers have documented the benefits of teacher praise and attention in response to working with students who possess learning and behavior problems. Despite the documented benefits, many educators continue to under-utilize this simple method for achieving improved student performance and behavior.  The result of such compelled Dr. Marcus Jackson, a principal to write a children’s book about the topic.
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