Insight News

Tuesday
Jul 22nd

Education

Lessons on closing the achievment gap

Lessons on closing the achievment gapWhat began as Wendy Kopp’s senior college thesis has since evolved into a national force in education reform: Teach For America (TFA). This national nonprofit organization is dedicated to removing educational inequity by recruiting the nation’s top college graduates to commit two years to teach in urban and rural schools in low‐income communities.

Kopp, the TFA Founder and CEO, was in town last week for a special Minnesota Meeting at Twin Cities Public Television (TPT) studios in Saint Paul. Nearly 150 community and education leaders gathered to hear her chronicle the lessons she’s learned over the years about what it will take to close the achievement gap in her best‐selling book A Chance to Make History.
Read more...
 

Metropolitan State appoints academic internship coordinator

Metropolitan State appoints academic internship coordinatorVictor B. Cole, Minneapolis, was appointed academic internship coordinator for the Metropolitan State University Center for Community-Based Learning.  The three-quarter time appointment is effective April 18.  Cole replaced Jeannine Harff who retired earlier this year.
   
He is responsible for coordination and implementation of the university-wide academic internship program and works with individual students seeking study abroad opportunities.  He advises and assists students, coordinates internships with faculty members in each college, outreaches to communities, businesses and government agencies, and plans, promotes and evaluates the internship program.

   
Read more...

Poverty puts struggling readers in double jeopardy: A new study reveals

A longitudinal study by Donald J. Hernandez, released recently at the national Education Writers Association conference in New Orleans, confirms the link between third grade scores and high school graduation and, for the first time, breaks down the likelihood of graduation by different reading skill levels and poverty experiences.

Students who don’t read proficiently by third grade are four times more likely to leave high school without a diploma than proficient readers the study found.
Read more...

Metropolitan State spring commencement set for May 3

Metropolitan State University’s 88th commencement exercises are Tuesday, May 3, in the Minneapolis Convention Center Auditorium.  Approximately 965 students are receiving bachelor’s, master’s or doctoral degrees with 665 expected to participate in the ceremony.  Crystal L. Saric, Plymouth, College of Management outstanding graduate student, is the student speaker.
Read more...

Pell Grant reduction too costly to students

The proposed 15 percent decrease to the Pell Grant, a financial award to low-income students, will have significant impact on the more than 153 eligible students and families in Minnesota who desire access to college. Preserving the maximum level of Pell Grant funding is vitally important not only to maintain and raise the number of college graduates in Minnesota, but also for the health and growth of Minnesota’s economy. Without increasing the percentage of Americans who have a college degree or other postsecondary credential, the U.S. will have a labor market shortage of 23 million college-educated adults by 2025. In Minnesota alone, 70% of all jobs will require postsecondary education by 2018.
Read more...

Paola Riera to attend Harvard secondary school program

Paola Riera to attend Harvard secondary school programPaola Riera, an eleventh-grade student at Thomas Edison High School, will attend the Harvard College Secondary School Program in the summer of 2011. The program seeks mature, academically motivated students who expect to enter college in 2011, 2012 or 2013. Admission is based on each individual student’s interests, ambitions and background.

Riera was nominated for the program by Edison counselor Kris Baumgartner. “Paola is a highly motivated, charismatic, positive leader among her peers,” said Baumgartner. “She has the maturity and thoughtful determination to take advantage of the challenge and opportunities that the Harvard Secondary School Program provides.”
Read more...

Glaze “beats the odds”

Glaze “beats the odds”Southwest High School senior Alexander Glaze on March 11 was awarded a $4,000 “Beat the Odds” scholarship from Children’s Defense Fund (CDF) – Minnesota. Glaze not only ‘beat the odds’ tackling his high school assignments and tests over the past four years, but was also recently granted acceptance to Stanford University, which he plans to attend in fall 2011.
Read more...
Page 53 of 86

Recent Comments

Powered by Disqus



Facebook Twitter RSS Image Map

Latest show

  • July 15, 2014
    Pippi Ardenia, jazz vocalist, singer/songwriter and Andre Fischer, executive director for Twin Cities Mobile Jazz Project.

Business & Community Service Network