Thursday, 13 March 2014 12:12
John Michaelson, Minnesota News Connection
It's been four years since passage of the law requiring all Minnesota schools to include physical education, and lawmakers now want to know how it's working. According to State Rep. Kim Norton, the standards have been implemented by all districts, so today they'll introduce a bill asking for a report on the status.
Tuesday, 11 March 2014 13:37
Scott Gray, MUL President/CEO
For more than 40 years, the Minneapolis Urban League (MUL) has operated the Urban League Academy (ULA), an alternative high school serving students from Minneapolis. Each year, we serve about 100 students and help them finish needed credits or get re-acclimated to school when most have been unsuccessful elsewhere. Another 200 due to personal and academic challenges give up and simply quit or succumb to the lure of the streets. Throughout the years, without the resources and many times the support needed, we have been able to press forward and prepare our students with important foundational and life skills that help them to live meaningful lives and become productive citizens in our community.
What color is your parachute? "Yellow" students targeted for extra help in Minneapolis Spring Break Academy
Thursday, 06 March 2014 14:03
Sarah Lahm, TC Daily Planet
As part of its recently announced short-term intervention strategies, the district will offer a special Spring Break Academy. Host schools for these academies will be selected from among the thirteen sites that have been chosen as "lab schools" for the short-term intervention plan.
In Minneapolis, 'Shifting,' Saturday School and Spring Break Academy target test scores
Wednesday, 05 March 2014 16:15
Sarah Lahm, TC Daily Planet
Over the past year, Minneapolis Public Schools have announced a series of new initiatives. This article is the first in a short series describing some of these initiatives, and looking at how they relate to MCA test preparation, and what teachers, parents and the district have to say about the initiatives and the tests.
The White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities (WHIHBCU) announced its first class of HBCU All-Stars, recognizing 75 undergraduate, graduate and professional students for their accomplishments in academics, leadership and civic engagement. Currently enrolled at 62 HBCUs, the All-Stars were selected from 445 students who submitted completed applications that included a transcript, resume, essay and recommendation. The HBCU All-Stars will serve as ambassadors of the White House Initiative by providing outreach and communication with their fellow students about the value of education and the Initiative as a networking resource.
Spring Break Academy: MPS implements strategy to make up for lost learning time; district look at ways to redefine quality instructional time
Tuesday, 25 February 2014 15:09
Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS) will offer its first ever Spring Break Academy, one of several new strategies to reduce the learning gap and accelerate academic outcomes for students, Superintendent Dr. Bernadeia Johnson announced recently. The academy is especially critical this year because students missed an unprecedented five to seven days of school due to extreme weather conditions, which compounded the loss of learning.