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Mar 30th


Henry, Washburn robotics teams to compete at championship

Students from Minneapolis Patrick Henry and Washburn high schools on April 27-30 will compete at the international FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Championship in St. Louis, MO. The event will bring together 352 qualifying teams made up of 8,800 high school students from Australia, Canada, Israel, Mexico and the United States.

North High Redesign: A 14-Member Advisory Committee Announced

The selection of 9 dedicated community members completes the creation of a strong, committed advisory committee that will help inform and guide the work of the Institute for Student Achievement (ISA) and Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS) in the North High School redesign process. 

Of the 23 community members who submitted applications, 4 were selected by the joint district-community interview team, and 5 others were elected by the community at a public meeting last Thursday. The process for selection included community members nominated each other or themselves to serve on the committee. Each candidate gave a brief statement and then those present at the meeting voted for up to four candidates.

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.

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.


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.

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.

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.
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