New book urges going back to basics to close achievement gap
As a group, African American students continue to score among the lowest of all racial groups on standardized K-12 and college entrance exams. Whether right or wrong, fair or unfair, standardized test scores are used to determine which students are accepted into gifted programs and the university of choice—and which students are placed in special education and remedial programs.
The monthly Hawthorne Huddle meeting, held from 7:30-8:45am Thursday, November 3 at 601 29th Ave. N. revisited September’s topic of Academic Achievement, focusing on two innovative efforts to educate youth in North Minneapolis.
Key presenters were Eric Mahmoud, founder and CEO of Harvest Preparatory and Best Academy Schools, and Angela Chang, principal of Minneapolis College Preparatory School.
The Minnesota Jaycees recently named University of St. Thomas School of Law Associate Professor Nekima Levy-Pounds to the list of the 2011 Ten Outstanding Young Minnesotans. Levy-Pounds is among 11 honorees who were recognized at a special awards celebration held on December 3rd.
Peter Christensen is the third principle in a three-year period to head North Community High School.
“There is something to be said about consistent leadership,” Christensen said. “There are statistical studies that say students do better when they stay in one place. What I have been asked to do is to stay on board this year, and the next three years with the students here until they graduate,” he said.