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Jul 22nd

Education

Getting education right from the beginning

Getting education right from the beginning[We found that] if we created the right wraparound programs, the right preschool programs that were strong enough and rigorous enough, that fed into a rigorous pre-K through 3 program that fed into a middle school and a high school that actually works and inspired as well as prepared the child, you could have marvelous things happening . . . It all starts in the first 720 days—pre-K, K, 1, and 2. If you don’t get those right, the last 720 days—grades 9, 10, 11, 12—won’t be right.” 
–Superintendent Jerry Weast
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A unified district vision guides our new strategic planning process

A unified district vision guides our new strategic planning processRobbinsdale Area Schools is currently updating our strategic plan for achieving our mission to inspire and educate all learners to discover their potential and positively contribute to their community. Over the past few months, we have assembled an outstanding team of community members, parents, students and staff to participate in a community planning initiative to build a plan that delivers our vision of every student graduating career and college ready. 
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Minneapolis Public Schools and University of Minnesota partner to advance the development of early childhood education centers in Minneapolis

Minneapolis Public Schools and University of Minnesota partner to advance the development of early childhood education centers in MinneapolisTo expand access to early childhood education to Minneapolis children and families, Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS) and the University of Minnesota formalized a new partnership. The goal is to improve the overall quantity and quality of services by working together and with community partners to establish new early childhood education centers in the City of Minneapolis, beginning in North Minneapolis and eventually expanding to a second center during the next several years.
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Metropolitan State University President Sue Hammersmith announces retirement

Metropolitan State University President Sue Hammersmith announces retirementSue Hammersmith, president of Metropolitan State University, has announced that she will retire at the end of her current contract on June 30, 2014. She has been president of Metropolitan State since 2008.
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13 schools recognized by MDE for positive gains

13 schools recognized by MDE for positive gainsThe Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) released its Multiple Measurement Ratings (MMRs) this week and several Minneapolis public schools show progress in academic growth. Thirteen schools are highlighted for positive gains.
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Nearly $9.2 million awarded in grants to support campus-based child care services for low-income students

Nearly $9.2 million awarded in grants to support campus-based child care services for low-income studentsU.S. Department of Education awards nearly $9.2 million in grants to support campus-based child care services for low-income students
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Fall forums address achievement gap

Fall forums address achievement gapFormer Minneapolis Mayor and U. S. Representative Don Fraser started what has become the Minnesota Achievement Gap Committee in 2005. Since then the Committee has organized six to ten forums a year on either good work being done to eliminate the achievement/opportunity/culture gap or on critical issues that affect the educational outcomes of our children in Minnesota. You can learn more about the committee and see videos of many of our archived forums on our website, www.mnachievementgap.org.
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