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Jul 07th

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Obama recognizes master teachers

Obama recognizes master teachers

WASHINGTON, DC -- The Obama Administration announced the President's plan for the creation of a new national Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Master Teacher Corps comprised of some of the nation's finest educators in STEM subjects.

The STEM Master Teacher Corps will begin with 50 STEM teachers established in 50 sites and will be expanded over four years to reach 10,000 Master Teachers. These selected teachers will make a multi-year commitment to the Corps and, in exchange for their expertise, leadership and service, will receive an annual stipend of up to $20,000 on top of their base salaries. The Administration will launch this Teacher Corps with the $1 billion from the President's 2013 budget request currently before Congress.

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Eco Education awarded Xcel Energy Foundation grant check for $10,000

Eco Education awarded Xcel Energy Foundation grant check for $10,000

The Xcel Energy Foundation recently awarded a grant check for $10,000 to Eco Education, a nonprofit organization that provides a variety of sustainability learning experiences for school children.

Pictured from left to right:  Elise Griffin, Eco Education program advisor; Paul Adelmann, Xcel Energy community relations manager; Lea Favor, executive director of Eco Education.

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Teaching literacy: Fulfilling, exciting

Teaching literacy: Fulfilling, exciting

I have spent the last ten months of my life in a flurry of excitement. I spent this past school year working with kids at Sheridan Global Arts and helping them learn. I have to admit, it's tough to sustain such a level of excitement when you know that your responsibility is to change lives. I watched children who could barely speak English on the first day of school grow to be successful readers by the end of the year. I helped kindergarteners with no experience with letters become readers. These things happened, in part, because I was there as a literacy tutor. I watched these kids grow daily, feeling so blessed that I could be a part of their growth and success. This flurry of excitement and amazement at the impact of being a literacy tutor wouldn't have happened without the Minnesota Reading Corps.

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Summit Academy partners with Minnesota DNR; builds camper cabins

Summit Academy partners with Minnesota DNR; builds camper cabins

The Camper Cabin Production in Red Wing, MN is now on the Summit Academy campus.

Hennepin County Sentencing to Service (STS) Homes and Summit Academy celebrated the first jointly built camper cabin for state parks.  An ice cream social was held at Summit Academy OIC, 935 Olson Memorial Highway, to celebrate completion of the first Department of Natural Resources (DNR) camper cabin built through a new partnership between the Hennepin County STS Homes Program and Summit Academy OIC.

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2012 NWSISD Step-Up Summit

2012 NWSISD Step-Up Summit

Pictured: 2012 Step-Up participating students

The second annual Northwest Suburban Integration School District Step-Up Summit for eighth grade boys was held June 18-22, 2012 at the University of St. Thomas downtown Minneapolis campus.  Approximately 45 students from five NWSISD member districts attended the summit.  The intensive educational experience helped prepare participants for high school by focusing on four key educational concepts: Aspirations, Expectations, Opportunities and Achievement.

Each day began with a keynote speaker that stressed the importance of education as a way of maintaining control over one’s future.  Participants then spent the morning participating in classroom activities focused on introspection, learning how culture shapes expectations, setting goals for the upcoming school year and creating plans that will assist them in accomplishing those goals. 

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Youth Development League motivates youth to excellence

Youth Development League motivates youth to excellence

Some people gain inspiration from their childhood difficulties and overcome their environments, subsequently reaching back to help others with similar backgrounds.

Such is the case of Joyce Lester, the executive director of the Youth Development League (YDL), a non-profit program of the Metro Education and Outreach Services (MEOS) agency, which seeks to cultivate youth by introducing them to their world of possibilities. Metro Education and Outreach Services is located in St. Paul at 245 N. Ruth St., Ste. 107.

Pictured: Instructor Kwame Collins, former YDL participant.

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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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