Insight News

Oct 06th


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.

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.

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.

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.

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?

House passes education reform to reduce achievement gap

The Minnesota House of Representatives passed an education reform bill Thursday, March 3, which creates an alternative pathway to teacher licensure. The bill aims to reduce the achievement gap between white students and students of color and is likely to be signed into law by Gov. Dayton. African American legislators supported the bill, calling it a positive first step to increasing teacher diversity and education outcomes for African American students.

Making the grade 

While most New York City kids enjoyed their winter recess from school, a group of students in Harlem continued their learning process at the North Harlem Kumon Learning Center, where the learning never stops.

For many of uptown kids, getting the educational edge is always a challenge and it bears out in the statistics.  Recenty, for example, the New York Amsterdam News reported the release by the city of a report that shows a crisis in the number of Black and Latino students attending specialized high schools in New York City.
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