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Apr 01st

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General Mills Foundation awards $500,000 in grants

The General Mills Foundation announced 50 grants of $10,000 each to nonprofit organizations across the Twin Cities with programs designed to improve the lives of people within the communities of color. The grant recipients were selected for the wide range of individuals they serve including children, youth and adults, and for the innovative services they provide including resources for immigrant families, food shelf support, community gardens, early childhood care and education, and programs for at-risk youth.

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Undersecretary Martha Kanter touts Twin Cities as model for reform in education

Undersecretary Martha Kanter touts Twin Cities as model for reform in education

Undersecretary of Education, Martha Kanter (far right) discusses ways to better the quality of education in the Twin Cities. Also pictured are (from left to right) the Rev. Brenda Girton-Mitchell, Maxfield Elementary principal, Nancy Stachel, educator, Maren Gelle, Dr. Donald Easton-Brooks, assoc. dean at Hamline Univ. and Greater Twin Cities United Way CEO, Sarah Caruso.

Though the area has one of the worst achievement gaps in education for students of color, U.S. Undersecretary of Education Martha Kanter believes schools here are headed in the right direction.

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African-American reading tutors needed in our schools

Like anyone who works with young children, I have had my fair share of surprising comments from kids who haven’t yet learned societal taboos.

But one of the most striking encounters I had was with a kindergartener who has one Black parent and one white parent. As we were walking down the hall to meet with one of my fellow tutors, my student asked me, “Are they (the other tutors) dark or light?”

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New Mastery School schedules open house

New Mastery School schedules open house

On Saturday, June 9, 2012 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. the new Mastery School will be having an open house at 1300 Olson Memorial Highway, Minneapolis, Minnesota  55411 (Home of Harvest Prep and Best Academy).

Pictured: Students Courtney Crump and Billy Cook

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Resources for pregnant and parenting teens

Resources for pregnant and parenting teens

Broadway High School, 3017 E. 31st Street, Minneapolis, has been providing resources for pregnant and parenting teens in the Minneapolis school district since 2000, through a personalized learning model and childcare facilities.

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Creating a generation of readers

Creating a generation of readers

Some Minnesota students learned that their school's library was selected by Target for a School Library Makeover. At Best Academy and Harvest Prep and Marcy Open School -- both in Minneapolis -- and American Indian Magnet School and World Cultures Middle School in St. Paul, students will soon see their library renovated, updated, and outfitted with new computers, iPads, and thousands of new books.

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Bulgarian delegation visits Roy Wilkins institute

Bulgarian delegation visits Roy Wilkins institute

From left to right: Blanca Monter, Research Specialist - Roy Wilkins Center for Human Relations and Social Justice; Dr. Josie Johnson, Former University of Minnesota Regent; RoseAnn Zimbro, Director of Programs - Roy Wilkins Center for Human Relations and Social Justice; Al McFarlane, Editor-In-Chief, Insight News; Eric Schwartz, Dean, Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs; Liliya Savkova Makaveeva, Executive Director, Integro Association; Rositsa Zhivkova Ivanova, Secretary at the National Council on Inter-Ethnic Affairs; Daniela Kostadinova Nikkolova, Expert, National Council on Inter-Ethnic Affairs; Ahavni Sarkis Topakbachian, State Expert, National Council on Inter-Ethnic Affairs; Desislava Dimitrova Zamfirova, Chief of Deputy Prime Minister's Cabinet; Hon. Judge Lajune Thomas Lange; Georgi Nikolaev Krastev, Advisor to the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior.

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