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May 27th

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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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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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