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Jul 02nd


Summer Enrichment Fair offers opportunities to avoid summer learning loss

 Summer Enrichment Fair offers opportunities to avoid summer learning lossAdmission Possible partnered with LearningWorks and the Minnesota Minority Education Partnership to put on the third annual Summer Enrichment Fair on March 6. The fair offered low-income students from the Twin Cities metro area access to summer programs to keep them learning over the long break from classroom activities.

Northside preschool launches project to promote Montessori early education in low-income communities

Bright Water Montessori School (BWMS) will lead an outreach program in North Minneapolis to educate community members about the benefits of Montessori pre-school education and to promote the start-up of new programs.  BWMS will also provide technical assistance to interested organizations or individuals as they navigate the complex process of starting a new preschool program.  The project will provide high-quality early education to as many as 200 preschool students each year as well as 40 new jobs that will stay in the community for the long term.

Education Spotlight: Faruq Abdul Sabur

Education Spotlight: Faruq Abdul Sabur  In the words of his Washburn High School colleague, William A. Holden, Washburn High School colleague: “Faruq Abdul Sabur teaches Chemistry and AP Chemistry at Washburn High School. He also coordinates the Black Student Association Connections class and runs the ALC after school credit recovery program. He tutors students after school and on weekends. He is often asked by the senior class to give the commencement address and rumor has it he has been voted in for this June's ceremony.

Carlson launches Beyond School Walls Mentoring Program with Big Brothers Big Sisters and KIPP Stand Academy

Carlson launches Beyond School Walls Mentoring Program with Big Brothers Big Sisters and KIPP Stand AcademyCarlson has partnered with Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Twin Cities and KIPP: Stand Academy in Minneapolis to launch Beyond School Walls, a program where fifth- and sixth-graders are matched with company employees for one-to-one mentoring.

Minneapolis Board of Education selects Bernadeia Johnson as next superintendent

Minneapolis Board of Education selects Bernadeia Johnson as next superintendentThe Minneapolis Board of Education at its meeting on February 9 selected Bernadeia Johnson, current deputy superintendent of the Minneapolis Public Schools, as next Superintendent of Schools. Her selection comes at the end of a process that began in July 2009, when current Superintendent Bill Green announced his decision not to seek renewal of his contract when his term concludes on June 30, 2010.

National Urban League advances economic development opportunities during historic mission to China

BEIJING (Feb. 9, 2010) – A National Urban League delegation of more than 40 prominent businesspeople, educators, public officials and community leaders, led by Urban League President and CEO Marc H. Morial and Blair Taylor, president and CEO of the Los Angeles Urban League, took part in a historic cultural and trade mission to Beijing that not only opened the door for future investment and business opportunities between African-Americans and China, but secured two education partnerships before the trip was even over.

Students ready for college but need more industry support to grow programs

To help more African Americans enter the information technology (IT) workforce, the CompTIA Educational Foundation provided 239 African Americans with free IT training and certification last year, and another 19 received merit award scholarships to help them further their educational goals.
African Americans are finding new tech career success, although they are still somewhat under-represented in the IT workforce.The Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2008 calculated that approximately 574,000 African Americans worked in IT and related fields. African Americans make up roughly 12.5 percent of the entire U.S. population, compared to only 8.6 percent of the IT workforce.
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