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Apr 24th

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Reading and Math Corps looking for tutors for 2011 - 2012

Responding to an increasing need to help Minnesota children with reading and math, two AmeriCorps programs are recruiting more than 900 tutors across the state – their largest effort ever. One out of every four Minnesota third graders does not read at grade level, and more than 40 percent of the state’s eighth graders do not meet math proficiency standards.
 
In response, Minnesota Reading Corps, one of the largest AmeriCorps programs in the country, is about to get even larger as it works to recruit more than 800 tutors  for the 2011-2012 school year, up from 670 this year. Minnesota Math Corps, now in its third year, is set to double in size, from 50 to 100.
 
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Minneapolis GED student defies the odds

Minneapolis GED student defies the oddsSomeone once shared this anonymous saying with me; “A bend in the road is not the end of the road... unless you fail to make the turn.” Marie Bounds, Minneapolis GED student, reminds me often that she did not fail to make the turn. Marie first enrolled in the Minneapolis Northside Adult Basic Education program in November 2010. She has attended class almost every day since.

Marie is a high school dropout. When asked why she dropped out, she ponders for a moment and then explains, “You know, I didn’t receive any support from my family. I was busy babysitting for cousins and helping in other ways during the day. No one bothered to come to events at school. I became discouraged. I simply lost the will to try.” Twenty-eight years later, the pain of not graduating is still visible on Marie’s face.
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Authentic engagement guides North High planning

Authentic engagement guides North High planningI am incredibly proud and deeply enthused by the partnership that has been cultivated between the community and the district in our first steps to realizing a new North High School. I continue to hear from those in the community that we all have engaged in a transparent process that has resulted in authentic community engagement and a strong partnership that has brought our best thinking to the forefront. Everything from selecting the interview questions for the consultants to organizing the community Q and A session with the consultants was done in collaboration. I am humbled by my experiences in this process and truly believe that we may be turning a new leaf by building trust and a stronger relationship with community members on the North side.
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Low-income Students Apply Now for Free College Access Program

Low-income Students Apply Now for Free College Access ProgramAdmission Possible, a nonprofit organization providing free college access programming to low-income high school students, is recruiting now through April for sophomores interested in earning a college degree. Applications are being accepted from eligible sophomores by Admission Possible staff at their office at each of the program’s Twin Cities’ partner high schools.
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Strong Schools, Strong Communities strategic plan is approved

The Saint Paul Public Schools (SPPS) Board of Education approved the District's Strong Schools, Strong Communities strategic plan for improving student achievement. The sweeping plan, which was approved at the Board's regular Board of Education meeting Tuesday night, will provide equitable and predictable academic programs and services to all of the District's students.
 
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Strong Schools Strong Communities: Addressing St. Paul's achievement gap

We face a crisis in education today. Much of the dialogue surrounding it has centered on the national achievement gap. Despite Minnesota's hard-earned reputation as one of the top education states, we are not exempt from the crisis here — Saint Paul has one of the largest achievement gaps in the nation. Simply put, our current system is not meeting the needs of today's students.

However clichéd the phrase, our children really are the future. Today's students are tomorrow's workforce, tomorrow's taxpayers, and tomorrow's parents, which means solving this problem is critical — not just to individual kids and families, but to the future of our entire city.
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Grow your own teachers

Grow your own teachersAll in the digital learning community family

Beautiful little towns in out-state Minnesota often have difficulty recruiting and holding teachers in their rural schools.  Bemidji State University’s DLiTE (Distributed Learning in Teacher Education) designed a solution over a decade ago and has trained teachers to find employment in their own small towns across Minnesota.  How did Bemidji provide a teacher licensure opportunity for teacher candidates living in small remote towns hundreds of miles from a university?
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