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Dec 17th

Education

What color is your parachute? "Yellow" students targeted for extra help in Minneapolis Spring Break Academy

What color is your parachute? 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.
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In Minneapolis, 'Shifting,' Saturday School and Spring Break Academy target test scores

In Minneapolis, 'Shifting,' Saturday School and Spring Break Academy target test scoresOver 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.
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White House names HBCU all-stars

White House names HBCU all-starsThe 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.
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Spring Break Academy: MPS implements strategy to make up for lost learning time; district look at ways to redefine quality instructional time

Spring Break Academy: MPS implements strategy to make up for lost learning time; district look at ways to redefine quality instructional timeMinneapolis 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.
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Majority of Minnesota fourth-graders struggle with reading; Proficiency rates worse for kids of low-income families

Majority of Minnesota fourth-graders struggle with reading; Proficiency rates worse for kids of low-income familiesReading is the cornerstone of a good education and future success, but in Minnesota and across the country, more young children than not are struggling with it. A new report finds that 59 percent of kids in the state are not proficient in reading when they reach fourth grade. That figure balloons to 77 percent for children from low-income families, according to Peggy Flanagan, executive director of Children's Defense Fund-Minnesota.
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Minnesota parents urged to start school search for 2014-2015 school year right now

If Minnesota parents want to choose new schools for their children for the upcoming (2014-2015) school year, they need to start researching the schooling options available to their children right away. That's the message from organizers of National School Choice Week, which this week featured 90 events across the North Star State and a history-making 5,500 events nationwide.
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Obama honors Michael Wallus

Obama honors Michael WallusPresident Obama recently named Michael Wallus, elementary math coordinator at Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS), a recipient of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST).

Wallus is among 102 awardees of the 2012 PAEMST, an annual award that recognizes outstanding K-12 math and science teachers across the country. Wallus is the only teacher from Minnesota to win the 2012 PAEMST.
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