[caption id="attachment_24128" align="alignleft"]2015 HBCU Girl Tour: First Row: Bre’Anna, Zoya, Rosalind, Sydnee, Sabrina (the adult is a staff member we met on campus) Middle Row: Dalila, Sabrina, Acingoth, Korman, Ayantu, Kyesha, Keiaria, Tamika Back Row: Deanna, Triana, Tia, Tatiana, Jesnasha, Kiara, Chatovanaya, Paony, Yamen, Amare, Monique, JaRae[/caption]A spring break bus tour to North Carolina for Minnesota Girl Scouts charted the next step in their young lives. Twenty-eight high school students in the Girl Scouts River Valleys ConnectZ initiative left the first week of April for North Carolina where they visited five public and private historically black colleges and universities. During their visits, the Girl Scouts also had an opportunity to interview with admissions counselors and apply to the schools. The majority of the students will be the first in their families to pursue post-secondary education.
Metropolitan State University launches new urban education master’s program. The Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Board of Trustees and Minnesota Board of Teaching approved the program on Feb. 18.
Two student athletes from Armstrong High School recently signed National Letters of Intent to play for colleges in Minnesota and Wisconsin.
[caption id="attachment_24050" align="alignleft"]Shaunece Smith[/caption]Students in WE WIN’s Women and Men of Distinction program at Robbinsdale Middle School (RMS) studied and interviewed their assistant principal, Shaunece Smith.
Terrence Price, a third grade teacher at the Mastery School in north Minneapolis, has been named one of 10 finalists for Minnesota Teacher of the Year. He has been at the Harvest Network of Schools for 10 years and is the only charter school teacher ever named a finalist.
High school students take historic civil rights pilgrimage sponsored by Robbinsdale Area Schools (RAS) and the West Metro Education Program (WMEP)
[caption id="attachment_24045" align="alignleft"]Students meet with civil rights activist and politician Charles Evers, brother of Medgar Evers. Medgar Evers was an African-American civil rights activist from Mississippi involved in efforts to overturn segregation at the University of Mississippi. He was shot and killed on his driveway in 1963. A member of the local White Citizens’ Council was later convicted for his murder.[/caption]Fifty-two west metro high school students spent their spring break immersed in history and life-changing experiences.
Cameron Downey, a tenth grade student from The Blake School in Minneapolis, was recently named the winner of the Minnesota Poetry Out Loud Recitation Contest. She will now represent the state at the organization’s tenth annual national contest, which will take place April 27-29 in Washington, D.C.
[caption id="attachment_23981" align="alignleft"]cse.umn.edu[/caption]The University of Minnesota is establishing the region’s first dedicated research hub and portal for information about achievement gaps, President Eric Kaler announced April 2 in his State of the University address.
[caption id="attachment_23975" align="alignleft"]“My Soul and other Broken Things” by Sarah Dewhirst[/caption]Metropolitan State University has received the national award for Outstanding Production of a New Work for “My Soul and other Broken Things” from the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival (KCACTF), a national event involving 18,000 students from U.S. colleges and universities. The Kennedy Center is presenting Metropolitan State’s award in Washington D.C. on April 18 at the Kennedy Center.