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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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Leadership forum hosts school board candidates

Leadership forum hosts school board candidates

The African American Leadership Forum (AALF) Education and Life-Long Work Group recently developed a strategy based on a series of achievement gaps that prevent low-income youth from succeeding in school. Co-chair of the AALF Education Workgroup, Karen Kelly-Ariwoola, and Assistant Director of the City of Minneapolis Department of Human Rights, Michael Browne, hosted candidates who are running for open seats on the Minneapolis School Board to discuss these issues and how we as a community have an obligation to ensure that the next generation is a competitive labor pool and will attract technology-forward companies. The forum was also attended by Carla Bates, Minneapolis School Board Member At-Large, who is up for reelection after her first term. The Education Work Group’s tactic for battling the achievement gap is based on five aspects that affect a child’s ability to succeed in school:

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