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Aug 01st

Education

MPS and Way to Grow announce “Great by 8”

The Minneapolis Public Schools and Way to Grow, an early learning program serving children from prenatal through kindergarten age, announce “Great by 8,” a pilot program that increases Way to Grow’s services to include children from kindergarten to third grade or age 8.

The partnership expands a long-term existing collaboration between MPS and Way to Grow. The Minneapolis Public Schools provide School Readiness funding and Early Childhood Family Education services to Way to Grow, which has been one of the preeminent early learning programs in the Twin Cities for over 20 years. In addition, Way to Grow has been an active member of the Minneapolis School Readiness Collaborative and is working with MPS and other community partners to develop the Northside Achievement Zone (NAZ).
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"The Power of a Women's College" teen conference

"The Power of a Women's College Conference on Saturday, October 30, 2010 on the beautiful Campus of St. Catherine's University.   The conference will take place at Whitby Hall on 2004 Randolph Avenue, St. Paul, MN.  Girls in Motion, MN Inc. encourages young ladies as they prepare for their college career, to consider the choice? The choice to attend a women’s college!
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Minneapolis Board of Education approves

The Minneapolis Board of Education on October 12 voted to authorize agreements with Mortenson/Legacy Development and UrbanWorks Architecture to develop and construct a new Educational Service Center (ESC) at 1250 West Broadway. This vote follows the board’s approval of the project in May 2010 and funding for the design of the building in June.

Moving to a new ESC will provide the school district with cost savings in the near term and long term. The annual operating costs of the new ESC will be almost two million dollars less than the annual operating costs of the four existing administrative buildings. Over thirty years, the building will provide MPS with savings totaling $20 million.
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More community dialogue needed on drastic plan to close North High

State Rep. Bobby Champion (DFL – Minneapolis) and State Rep. Jeff Hayden (DFL – Minneapolis) recently responded to Minneapolis Superintendent Bernadeia Johnson’s plan to close Minneapolis North High School. Champion, a graduate of North High, said closing the cities most storied high school sends the wrong message to the people of North Minneapolis. 

“I am not ready to give up on our future, but that appears to be what some people think we should do,” said Champion. “This is my home and this is our community. We need to stand together for our schools, for our children, and for our community. Now is not the time to cut and run.”
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Report: Outdoor time boosts academic performance for MN kids


Back-to-school has traditionally meant less outdoor time for children, and a new report from the National Wildlife Federation (NWF) shows that's not in Minnesota kids' best interest when it comes to school performance and behavior. 



Kevin Coyle, vice president of education and training with NWF, makes the case for schools to reinstate regular recesses, as well as adding school gardens and outside adventures.


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Back 2 School Bash event for families

Back 2 School Bash event for familiesMerrick Community Services’ East Side Heritage Project presented its first Back 2 School Bash for families on September 24, 2010 at Merrick Community Center in St. Paul.

The goal of this event was to promote an awareness of services, activities and community resources available for families on the East Side. Vendors participating in this event were from schools, banks, and other community groups along with the St. Paul Fire and Police Department. These activities were organized by Jennifer Watson.
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Mike Favor, Principal Extraordinaire

Mike Favor, Principal ExtraordinaireConsidered by many to be the best principal that North High School ever had, the Northside community of Minneapolis was shocked when Mike Favor announced that he was leaving to become principal of Cooper High School in the Robbinsdale School District. Favor is credited for turning a plethora of North’s failures into successes.

With the beginning of his fourth year in Robbinsdale, Mike Favor has used his same magic at Cooper. At a school where many students lacked discipline and struggled academicslly, Favor came to demonstrate that all children could be successful in school.

Favor is a former offensive lineman, who has been called the greatest player in North Dakota State football (1985-1988). Mike Favor played in three national championship victories. He graduated from North Dakota State in 1989 with a degree in social work. He also earned a Master's degree in Education from Hamline University. Favor was a teacher and administrator at St. Louis Park High School and then assistant principal at Minneapolis North High before being promoted to principal.
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