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Mar 30th


The perils of leadership in higher education

The perils of leadership in higher education


For the last few months, we have been inundated by scandals at universities that range from allegations of child abuse and molestation to deadly hazing rituals.  In each case, the president of the institution has come under tremendous criticism and fire for failing to act, even when it’s not clear that they were aware of the incidents.  In two instances, the president has been terminated (Penn State) or asked to resign or “step aside” (FAMU).  And while it is true that the buck literally stops with the president of a college or university, the circumstances are not nearly as black and white as they are sometimes portrayed.


Minnesota Neighborhoods Organizing for Change (NOC) and the Center for Education Organizing (CEO) survey report, view here:

Instant stress-reduction techniques help us manage stressful world

Minnesota’s unemployment rate is still unacceptably high.  So is the number of home foreclosures.  Ditto for personal bankruptcies.

Add in the holiday season and perhaps it’s no surprise that people are visiting counselors to address rising stress levels.  That’s certainly the case at Metropolitan State University, where students dropping in at university’s Counseling and Career Services Office in Saint Paul often are stressed because of short- and long-term concerns, says Vesna Hampel-Kozar, the university’s counseling and career services director. Short-term, students struggle to balance many demands, including work, home, school and relationships.  Long-term, students often communicate a host of issues, many financially related.


Minneapolis Public Schools names new chief information

Superintendent Bernadeia Johnson has announced the selection of David Mayor as chief information officer for Minneapolis Public Schools.

The chief information officer will provide vision and leadership in the development and implementation of information technology and ensure that technology, information and data are planned, implemented and maintained to support and enhance business operations and student instruction. This selection is effective January 1, 2012.


New study recommends strategies to address bullying in schools

WASHINGTON – The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) today released Bullying in Schools: An Overview, the first of five bulletins examining bullying in schools and support schools can provide bullying victims.  Bullying is a complex social and emotional problem impacting children and schools.  In extreme cases, victims face shooting, physical assaults or other harassment that may cause them to turn to suicide.


WE CARE helps children impacted by the North Minneapolis tornado


On May 22, 2011 a tornado struck North Minneapolis, leaving many families homeless and children in need of basic living provisions, essential back-to-school supplies, and books. In response to this need, the WE CARE Community Reinvestment Initiative was created with the primary goal of ensuring that every child who was directly impacted by the North Minneapolis tornado (approximately 1,000 children), would start and complete the new 2011/2012 school year with the tools and resources needed for academic success.


Education's STEAM in the 21st century

Education's STEAM in the 21st century

It’s a very exciting time to be in Robbinsdale Area Schools.  On December 5, 2011, the School Board approved a Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM) magnet for K-5 elementary students, set to open fall of 2012.  This STEAM magnet will have traditional components found in exemplary Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education; we added an arts focus as well because of the influence arts has on education, and also because Robbinsdale Area Schools has a long and successful history in arts education.  District staff are working hard on the creation of this magnet, and other staff are working on enrollment policies that will help to ensure that the students who attend this magnet are reflective of the beautiful diversity of the district.  Infusing the arts into STEM education can enhance engagement and creativity, help to preserve and honor culture and tradition, and unlock creative thinking and the potential for partnerships. 

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