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Sep 18th

Education

FAFSA, college affordability and early college program focus of town halls

U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan was in Minneapolis on Friday, Jan. 20, hosting two town halls: one focusing on higher education, specifically FAFSA—the Free Application for Federal Student Aid—and college affordability; and the other on creating a world-class cradle to college and career education system.
 

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Being culturally conscious when teaching history

Being culturally conscious when teaching history

Traditionally, the month of February has been honored as Black History Month. Schools make a deliberate effort to highlight the achievement and accomplishments of African Americans. As a young student, the month of February became a source of discomfort and low self-esteem for me.

Beginning in elementary school during the month of February, our teachers would dust off the Civil Rights tapes and "shock" the rest of the class with the brutality and inhumane acts of white police officers toward Blacks, without any explanations from the teacher.

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Nellie Stone Johnson scholarship application process open

Applications for the 2012-2013 academic year are now being accepted.  The Nellie Stone Johnson Scholarship is available to minority students from Union families attending or planning to attend a college or university in the Minnesota State Colleges and University’s system.

To be eligible an applicant must be a racial minority and a union member or the child, grandchild, or spouse of a union member.  The Scholarships are for first time applicants   who will be attending a MNSCU college or university. They may also be renewed by current recipients who will remain a MNSCU student for the 2012-13 academic year.

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Bryn Mawr students’ paralympic experience

Bryn Mawr students’ paralympic experience

“Skiers take your marks…. TWEET!” the whistle blew and the kids were off- however they weren’t skiing- they were scooting.  Without any snow- the youth at Bryn Mawr Elementary school have gotten creative for cross-country skiing practice- and today they were pretending to be Paralympic cross-country skiing athletes.

The Nordic Ski Foundation runs cross-country ski programs in six North Minneapolis elementary schools.  In a typical winter, the Nordic Ski Foundation, working collaboratively with the physical education instructors, facilitate eight weeks of cross-country skiing instruction with fourth and fifth grade students.  The Foundation provides skis, poles and boots that live on site at the schools, and the kids wrap up the season by participating in the Minne-Loppet- a children’s ski race that is part of the City of Lakes Cross-Country Ski Festival.   The program also includes a nutrition component where the students learn how to healthily fuel active skiing bodies. 

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Gevonee Ford: Champion of change

Gevonee Ford: Champion of change

Gevonee Ford, January 12in Washington, DC was recognized as a Champion of Change. 

 

In the early 1990’s, Ford directed an initiative called the Cultural Beginnings Project, which looked at the early childhood development of Black children. It was a collaborative partnership between parents, childcare workers, youth, government agency representatives, and community elders. Through this inquiry we began to understand the importance of African culture and identity development in our children as they were being prepared to venture out into the world. Out of our work in Cultural Beginnings there began to emerge a community vision of the cultural education our children would need to not only be successful, but also to be community minded as they grew. Gevonee emerged as a guardian of this vision; someone who would consistently remind our community of what we wanted for our children.

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Closing the gap Success stories

Want to strengthen our public schools but don’t know how to get involved? AchieveMpls, the nonprofit partner of the Minneapolis Public Schools, is holding its second monthly public education engagement series called Our City, Our Schools, designed to help the local community learn about hot topics in public education and ways to get engaged as volunteers, community partners, and advocates. Open to the public, the monthly series will be held in a variety of Minneapolis locations and delve into issues such as the achievement gap, education reform, education policy, and other current topics.  

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Summit Academy, Hennepin County partnership helps offenders reintegrate

A new partnership between Summit Academy OIC and Hennepin County STS Homes is helping ex-offenders become educated, learn a certified skill and secure employment so that they can become positive influences in their homes and communities.

The Residential Rehabilitation Technician Program provides individuals living in Hennepin County with the ability to earn a pre-apprentice carpentry certification. Hennepin County and Summit Academy OIC recruit at-risk populations, including probation clients, as part of the partnership.

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