Insight News

Oct 09th


Strong Schools Strong Communities: Addressing St. Paul's achievement gap

We face a crisis in education today. Much of the dialogue surrounding it has centered on the national achievement gap. Despite Minnesota's hard-earned reputation as one of the top education states, we are not exempt from the crisis here — Saint Paul has one of the largest achievement gaps in the nation. Simply put, our current system is not meeting the needs of today's students.

However clichéd the phrase, our children really are the future. Today's students are tomorrow's workforce, tomorrow's taxpayers, and tomorrow's parents, which means solving this problem is critical — not just to individual kids and families, but to the future of our entire city.

Grow your own teachers

Grow your own teachersAll in the digital learning community family

Beautiful little towns in out-state Minnesota often have difficulty recruiting and holding teachers in their rural schools.  Bemidji State University’s DLiTE (Distributed Learning in Teacher Education) designed a solution over a decade ago and has trained teachers to find employment in their own small towns across Minnesota.  How did Bemidji provide a teacher licensure opportunity for teacher candidates living in small remote towns hundreds of miles from a university?

House passes education reform to reduce achievement gap

The Minnesota House of Representatives passed an education reform bill Thursday, March 3, which creates an alternative pathway to teacher licensure. The bill aims to reduce the achievement gap between white students and students of color and is likely to be signed into law by Gov. Dayton. African American legislators supported the bill, calling it a positive first step to increasing teacher diversity and education outcomes for African American students.

Making the grade 

While most New York City kids enjoyed their winter recess from school, a group of students in Harlem continued their learning process at the North Harlem Kumon Learning Center, where the learning never stops.

For many of uptown kids, getting the educational edge is always a challenge and it bears out in the statistics.  Recenty, for example, the New York Amsterdam News reported the release by the city of a report that shows a crisis in the number of Black and Latino students attending specialized high schools in New York City.

AARP scholarship opportunities for women 40 and older

AARP Women's Scholarship Program is about creating chances, fostering opportunities and, ultimately, changing lives. Since 2007, The Women's Scholarship Program awarded scholarships to help over 500 women.

An applicant for the Women's Scholarship Program must be:
•    Woman, age 40 and older
•    Low-income
•    Pursuing a technical or vocational education, an associates degree, or a first bachelor's degree
•    Scholarship recipients who wish to reapply for a second year of assistance
•    Enrolled in a U.S. Department of education accredited school or technical program within 6 months of the scholarship award date

Friendship Academy Wax Museum

Friendship Academy Wax MuseumStudents from Friendship Academy of Fine Arts Charter School have taken a new approach to learning facts about Black History.

In celebration of Black History Month, last month more than 100 students from Friendship Academy of Fine Arts Charter School in South Minneapolis created their own wax museum of historical Black personalities. The students prepared speeches and created costumes for all of the featured Historical Black Personalities. The students then presented their speeches to fellow classmates, community and family members with the push of a button launching the first ever interactive Wax Museum. One of the featured personalities was our very own Al McFarlane.

Students study history makers

Students study history makersWE WIN Institute makes a difference in the lives of all children. Whether they are African, Asian, European or Indian, WE WIN creates successes with them. The organization’s Afrocentric curriculum teaches all the students served about the great accomplishments of people of African descent. Not just Black children need to know about the triumphs of African people, all students need to know the great feats of Africans including how they built the pyramids, how Africans started the first universities, created astronomy, mathematics, farming, irrigation systems and even developed the ironing board. Elizabeth Varavang, who is of Asian descent, and Deratu (African Ethiopian descent), share their understanding of Garrett Morgan and Granville Woods.
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