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Oct 09th


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.

Monster Jam back-to-school drive helps families affected by May 22 tornado

Monster Jam back-to-school drive helps families affected by May 22 tornadoThe producers of Monster Jam on August 19 conducted a back-to-school supply drive in an effort to assist families with school-aged children in the area of north Minneapolis affected by the May 22 tornado.

Lucy Craft Laney Elementary School Principal David Branch, as well as members of the school’s student council and other civic leaders welcomed the Monster Jam representatives and drivers of two Monster Jam’s premier trucks, Grave Digger and Grinder, parked in the lot of Lucy Craft Laney School located at 3333 Penn Ave. N.

Metropolitan State appoints affirmative action officer

Truly Webb, Minneapolis, was appointed affirmative action officer by President Sue K. Hammersmith.  The appointment was effective July 20.

Webb is responsible for developing the university’s affirmative action plan; for monitoring compliance within all aspects of university work; and for investigating student or employee complaints of discrimination, harassment and retaliation brought under the Minnesota State College’s and University’s 1B.1 policy.  She also works with the Human Resources Office in the administration and monitoring of hiring practices and provides training and professional development related to nondiscrimination, equal employment opportunity and affirmative action.
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