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Samuels seeks at-large school board seat

Samuels seeks at-large school board seatAfter giving up his Minneapolis city council seat, which he had held since 2003, to run for mayor last year with an ambitious education platform, Don Samuels now throws his name into the ring for at-large school board member. He hopes to bring his deep connections within local and state government to support the superintendent's agenda in fighting the achievement gap. "I've been staring this monster in the face forever with two hands tied behind me," Samuels said of education issues. "I've been on the sidelines of this thing for a long time, and I just want to be in the middle of it."
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Superintendent Sicoli receives National Urban Alliance Award for Equity and Social Justice

Superintendent Sicoli receives National Urban Alliance Award for Equity and Social JusticeRobbinsdale Area Schools' superintendent Dr. Aldo Sicoli on July 7 received the National Urban Alliance (NUA) for Effective Education's most distinguished award during its annual Summer Academy that is being held in Minnetonka. Sicoli was presented with the "Leadership Award for Promoting Equity and Social Justice" in front of dozens of educators during the opening session.
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All students benefit from minority teachers

All students benefit from minority teachersWASHINGTON (NNPA) – Despite the cry from people of color for more teachers who look like them, both whites and Blacks benefit from a more diverse teaching force, according to a study by Center of American Progress.
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Have Black girls been overlooked: Why are 40 percent of Black females dropping out?

Have Black girls been overlooked: Why are 40 percent of Black females dropping out?Why has America and the Black community been silent about this epidemic? We hear so much about the 47 percent dropout rate among Black males, but I believe a 40 percent dropout rate among Black females is outrageous and unacceptable. Black males may be on life support, but Black females are in critical condition.
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Robbinsdale's Aldo Sicoli gets Alliance's award for equity and social justice

Robbinsdale's Aldo Sicoli gets Alliance's award for equity and social justiceSYOSSET, NY – June 25, 2014 – The National Urban Alliance (NUA) for Effective Education will give Dr. Aldo Sicoli, superintendent of Robbinsdale Area Schools, the "Leadership Award for Promoting Equity and Social Justice" on July 7 in Minneapolis during its Summer Academy.
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Empowering youth through digital involvement in North Minneapolis

Empowering youth through digital involvement in North MinneapolisDr. Lanise Block believes that digital applications and digital instructions are powerful tools to engage students to learn. As the founder of Digital Empowerment Academy and an educator for 18 years, Block works with students, especially in North Minneapolis, to share digital tools and learning.
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African American parents want school board to 'double down' their efforts

African American parents want school board to 'double down' their effortsMembers of the Parents of African American Students Advisory Council (PAASAC) met in Saint Paul Public Schools (SPPS) district headquarters Thursday, June 12, for a listening session with three school board members about issues they hoped to address with the board. Attended by about 18 people, including board members Keith Hardy, Mary Doran and John Broderick, as well as Chief Executive Officer Michelle Walker, the listening session focused on a need for more African American-focused curriculum, more African American and teachers of color, and stronger steps toward ending the achievement gap.
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