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Apr 02nd

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What Black parents must do this summer

What Black parents must do this summer

There is a 3 year gap between Black and white students. Many people love to believe it’s due to income, fatherlessness, educational attainment of the parent and lack of parental involvement. I believe that a major reason for the gap is that we continue to close school for the summer - as if we were an agrarian economy. And I doubt that many Black youth will be farming this summer. If you multiply 3 months by 12 years you will see the 3 year gap. It is my opinion that Black youth would have fewer academic challenges if their schools remained open during the summer and/or their parents kept them academically engaged.

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Bill Cosby supports charter school movement at national conference

Bill Cosby supports charter school movement at national conference

Educators from around the country descended upon Minneapolis this past week to celebrate 20 years of charter schools in the United States.

Pictured: Deborah Kenny, founder of Harlem Villages Academies talks with Dr. Bill Cosby about improving education through charter schools. 

The National Alliance for Public Charter Schools (NAPCS) held its four-day conference in the city with aims on improving education and learning strategies for the nation’s children.

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STEP-UP program employs 1,850 youths this summer

STEP-UP program employs 1,850 youths this summer


Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak visited six STEP-UP interns today who are gaining in-depth skills and experience at Agosto, an international high-tech firm based in the city.

Pictured: Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak visits STEP-UP Achieve Minneapolis Interns at Agosto. Back row, left to right: Agosto CEO Aric Bandy, Intern Eros, Mayor Rybak, STEP UP Achieve Minneapolis Director Jeremiah Brown, Agosto SVP Sales and Co-Founder Rick Erickson, Minneapolis City Council Member Don Samuels. Front row, left to right: Intern Claire, Intern Erica, Intern Hafsa.

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NdCAD receives large gift from unlikely donor

NdCAD receives large gift from unlikely donor

Gevonee Ford, the executive director of the Network for the Development of Children of African Descent (NdCAD) was recently surprised by a tall, lanky high school senior who said that he had a rare opportunity to give a gift to the Network.

The young man introduced himself as DaKarai Davison from St. Agnes High School. He did not say he was the same DaKarai Davison who wears basketball jersey Number 33, averaging 16 points and nine rebounds per game as guard for the Aggies. No, the 6’3” Davison simply said he had researched NdCAD and was very impressed with all NdCAD has in place for youth of African descent and their families including tutoring, workshops, Saturday STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics)School, free books and passion for children.

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National history day competition

National history day competition

Research about the Civil Rights Movement, the political revolutions of 19th century Japan, and the development of anesthesia helped three Minnesota entries be selected as national champions at the 2012 National History Day competition. In addition, one student earned a full scholarship to Case Western Reserve University, one of only three scholarships available. 

Image: Medal winner Jennifer Lor, with teacher Susanne Hollingsworth, Open World Learning Community, St. Paul.  Lor received medal for senior individual documentary, "The Highlander Folk School."  This video explained how the school was an influential training ground for Civil Rights leaders like Rosa Parks. Lor’s entry also received one of four $5,000 HISTORY™ Awards.

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Clarence Hightower elected Chair of the Board of Trustees for Minnesota State Colleges and Universities

Clarence Hightower elected Chair of the Board of Trustees for Minnesota State Colleges and Universities

The Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Board of Trustees Wednesday elected Clarence Hightower as Board Chair and Thomas Renier as Vice Chair. Their one-year terms begin July 1.

“I am honored by my colleagues’ confidence in me,” Hightower said. “I look forward to our continuing efforts to advance the board’s Strategic Framework and to improve Minnesota State Colleges and Universities’ contribution to Minnesota’s economic prosperity.”

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Looking forward to what comes next

Each spring, our preschool students visit kindergarten classrooms to get a sense of what they can expect from the coming year’s big transition. They embrace their day-long challenge with a blend of trepidation and excitement, understanding on some intrinsic level that they are getting a glimpse of their future, seeing that it is close enough to touch. Although they may not have a full grasp of what is to come, they know that their lives are about to change.

Each spring, our graduating seniors prepare for their own big transition. With college and career on the horizon, they savor the last milestones of high school and proudly ready themselves to accept diplomas in front of family and friends. And as they look out across the crowd, they too know that their future draws nearer by the moment.

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