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Oct 31st

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Sylvia Booker Little: Unsung She-ro

Sylvia Booker Little: Unsung She-roSo many children are unaware of the examples of great leadership, knowledge and sacrifice that so many men and women have made in Minneapolis’ African American communities. Every week WE WIN Institute brings in a new African leader from the Twin Cities to teach the children about what they do and how they have made a difference in the world. Children had the opportunity to learn about Sylvia Booker Little who is an opera singer, mother and advocate for children and seniors. Students read a biography of Little, answered questions and drew pictures of her.

Little talked about her life, experiences as an opera singer, and her mission in life, which is to help feed the hungry and assist youth in realizing their dreams. She offered any child in the program who helps with training their voices or needed extra help learning the piano that she would be willing to work with them. Children listened to music and watched a video of Little in concert.

Children had an abundance of questions to ask her including, “What do you like most about music?” and, “Was it hard to learn how to play the piano at such a young age?” Little had a great time answering questions and telling the children more exciting facts about herself. Two students, Karriona Drain and Devante Moore shared what they learned about Sylvia B. Little.
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Preparing to make the 2010-11 school year a great year

Preparing to make the 2010-11 school year a great year We are busy preparing to welcome students in grades 1-12 back to school on August 30 and welcome our new kindergarten students on September 1.

Families often ask me what they can do to help their children do their very best. Families play a critical role in their child’s academic progress. You can help your child prepare to learn each day.

• Help your child get ready in the morning so he or she arrives on time and ready to learn.
• Ask your child what he or she learns in school each day.
• Set aside time each night to help your child with his or her homework.
• Visit the open house at your child’s school before the first day. Your child will come to school confident and eager to succeed.

We are working hard to make every school a great school. That means every classroom has an effective teacher, every school has a strong principal and every staff member shares the same high expectations for all students. How will we make that happen? We have a plan to deliver on this promise and it starts with clear priorities.
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Celebration time – c’mon! The back to school season has begun

Celebration time – c’mon! The back to school season has begunIt’s time for my favorite annual holiday – which technically isn’t an “official” day, but actually several weeks leading up to one BIG day. YOUR day may not be the same as mine. But trust me, it’s the one holiday most seasoned parents look forward to more than all the others combined. It’s the Back to School Season, and yes, I am so glad it’s finally HERE! I’ve got my Mardi Gras beads on, I’ve hung celebratory colored lights on the bushes and trees outside my front door; and I have prepared a monumental feast with all the trimmings that we’ll still be talking about come Thanksgiving. All in celebration of the fact that my son goes BACK TO SCHOOL (also commonly referred to as the “I Survived a Summer with a Teenager in the House” holiday).

One of the great things about working for The Nielsen Company, the world’s largest market research company which provides measurement services for industries like media, online, mobile and consumer packaged goods, is that we conduct all types of great studies. Nielsen recently released a Back To School Forecast based on more than 110,000 UPCs in the school supply category, and more than 400 million school supply transactions at U.S. food, drug, mass merchandiser stores (including Walmart), dollar, club stores and online sales. We forecasted a modest increase in dollar sales on Back to School items, up 1.7 percent to $2.6 billion. The Forecast makes a few relevant observations including this one:
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MPS Student Placement Services Center to extend registration hours

If you are new to Minneapolis or have recently moved, the Minneapolis Public Schools Student Placement Services Center will help you find the school that is right for your child. Student Placement Services is located at 1250 W. Broadway in the lower level of Broadway School.

Families whose first language is not English should visit the New Families Center for help with school placement. The New Families Center is located at 3345 Chicago Ave. S.

Service hours at both sites are as follows:
•    Regular hours: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
•    Extended hours: August 23-31, 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Seats are still available, so register your child today.

The first day of school is August 30 for students in grades 1-12 and September 1 for high five and kindergarten students.

September Technology programs at Hennepin County Library

Back-to-lifelong-learning programs for all ages are scheduled in September at Hennepin County libraries, including storytimes, computer classes, job and small business programs, multicultural programs, author talks, programs for aspiring writers, and other events.  All programs are free.

Hennepin County Library offers access to about 5 million books, CDs, DVDs, electronic resources, and other items in more than 40 languages, plus 1,775 public computers. 

The following technology programs are scheduled in September at local libraries.  For Hennepin County Library's complete program schedule, go online to www.hclib.org

Hennepin County Library - East Lake
2727 E. Lake St., Minneapolis, 952-847-8425

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Local and National Parent and Community Coalitions urge Congress to support new plan for “Turnaround” schools

Coalition plan details successful, sustainable reform that will strengthen America’s schools

Minnesota Neighborhoods Organizing for Change (NOC) recently joined with Communities for Excellent Public Schools (CEPS), a new national coalition of community-based organizations composed of parents and students in low-income communities from across the country, to unveil a new comprehensive plan for successful, sustainable reform of the nation’s chronically underperforming schools and a report on schools that are eligible for federal turnaround intervention.

With the release of the coalition’s Sustainable School Transformation Plan and the report, “Our Communities Left Behind,” NOC members called for replacing the Administration’s proposals with the coalition’s research-based best practices to help transform underperforming schools in the Twin Cities.
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Stedman’s steps to success

Stedman’s steps to successStedman Graham - The “Athletes Against Drugs” Interview

Stedman Graham was born on March 6, 1951, in Whitesboro, NJ, a community founded in 1901 by a group of prominent African Americans which included Booker T. Washington and Paul Laurence Dunbar. Stedman attended Middle Township High School where the 6’6” phenom starred on the varsity basketball team. After earning a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Hardin-Simmons University, he played professionally in Europe for a few years before returning to the U.S. to work on his Master’s in Education from Ball State.

An enduring, high-profile relationship with Oprah Winfrey has, perhaps, overshadowed the long list of business and charitable accomplishments accumulated over the course of Graham’s impressive career as Chairman and CEO of S. Graham & Associates, a management and marketing consulting firm specializing in the corporate and educational fields. A prolific writer, he is also the author of ten books, two of which became NY Times bestsellers. And he has taught at several colleges, including a course on leadership at the University of Illinois and one on strategic management at Northwestern.
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