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Nov 29th


MPS assigns new principals at five schools

Dr. Bernadeia Johnson, superintendent of Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS), has announced principal assignments for the 2013-2014 school year. The roster includes new principals at five schools: Folwell School, Performing Arts Magnet; Lake Harriet Community School; Lyndale Community School; Sanford Middle School; and Stadium View Freedom School.

Sir Emeka Offor Foundation of Nigeria donates $600,000 to St. Paul-based Books for Africa; Largest donation ever

Sir Emeka Offor Foundation of Nigeria donates $600,000 to St. Paul-based Books for Africa; Largest donation everThe Nigeria-based Sir Emeka Offor Foundation has donated $600,000 to Books For Africa (BFA), which will support the shipment of more than a million books to the children of Nigeria and across Africa.

Tour introduces girls to Black colleges

Tour introduces girls to Black collegesIn partnership with more than 100 schools and community sites in Minnesota, Girl Scouts ConnectZ has brought the Girl Scout leadership program to more than 4,000 girls in underserved communities.

As part of the experience, girls in grades 9-12 have the opportunity to apply for the Beta Gamma Girl Scouts Historically Black College and University (HBCU) tour. The program is open to girls who are not currently Girl Scouts. Those interested in the tour can contact Roxanne Peyton at (800) 845-0787 or email her at

Another North Minneapolis school program kicked out of Cityview

Another North Minneapolis school program kicked out of CityviewFor the third year running, children attending school in North Minneapolis's Cityview building are being uprooted. Minneapolis Public Schools plans to evict the two-year-old Minnesota School of Science charter school in one month, leaving the future of at least 325 children uncertain.

Mayor Sharon Sayles Belton through the eyes of WE WIN students

Mayor Sharon Sayles Belton through the eyes of WE WIN studentsEven though Sharon Sayles Belton has made tremendous contributions to the city of Minneapolis and to the African-American community, many of our children have no idea who she is.

Helping students find their on ramp to science means letting them take wheel

"Teaching high school students was the best thing ever."

This isn't a statement often exclaimed by scientists with PhDs. We're groomed to do research and teach college level courses to mature, engaged students. I was completely on track to do just that, until I signed up for a special teaching assistantship while in graduate school – the Graduate STEM Fellows in K 12 Education funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF GK-12). Instead of teaching general biology labs to college freshmen and sophomores, I chose to co-teach general high school biology and environment sciences. I served a classroom resource scientist at an urban high school in St. Louis.

Student summit organizes for school discipline changes

Student summit organizes for school discipline changesAbout a hundred middle and high school students from the Twin Cities metro area gathered at the Solutions Not Suspensions summit at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs of the University of Minnesota on May 11. They came to share their experiences with discipline procedures in their classrooms and to discuss how they think disciplinary action should be in their schools.
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