Closing the gap Success stories

Want to strengthen our public schools but don’t know how to get involved? AchieveMpls, the nonprofit partner of the Minneapolis Public Schools, is holding its second monthly public education engagement series called Our City, Our Schools, designed to help the local community learn about hot topics in public education and ways to get engaged as volunteers, community partners, and advocates. Open to the public, the monthly series will be held in a variety of Minneapolis locations and delve into issues such as the achievement gap, education reform, education policy, and other current topics.  

“It takes an entire community to make sure that all of our students achieve academically and are ready for college and careers after graduation,” said Marika Pfefferkorn, Director of Community Engagement at AchieveMpls.  “Many community members want to get involved in our public schools but just don’t know how to connect their skills and talents with students’ needs. This new series will provide participants with critical information on specific education topics and ways they can engage in our schools.”

Our City, Our Schools’ topic for January is “Closing the Gap: Success Stories,” led by staff from AchieveMpls and guests from local schools that are beating the odds. The event will be held on Thursday, January 26 from 7:30-9 am at the Walker Art Center, 1750 Hennepin Ave South in Minneapolis. Come with your questions, your ideas, and your friends. Refreshments will be served. Please RSVP to Shoshana Daniels at 612/455-1535 or to reserve your spot today.


January 11, 2012
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