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• Who's Teaching in Minnesota? - licensure, certification, demographics
• Focus on Teaching - curriculum, standards, testing, Common Core, Focused Instruction, Aligned Learning
• GED and Adult Education - programs, students, teachers
Minneapolis Five-Year Enrollment Plan
Achievement Gap 

School Discipline

The rainbow school system has arrived

This coming school year, the United States will, for the first time, have more students of color than white students in its public schools. American Indian enrollment has stayed largely flat, Asian American enrollment has increased slightly, black enrollment has ticked slightly downward, and Hispanic enrollment has steadily increased to nearly one in four students countrywide.


As EdTech grows, concern about corporate influence

Last April, when New York governor Andrew Cuomo was deciding how to allocate $2 billion for classroom technology, he turned to a three person council for advice. One of the advisors he selected was Google chairman Eric Schmidt, prompting criticism about a potential conflict of interest. Would Schmidt recommend Google-favorable learning technology? This controversy illustrates a larger concern with the growing acceptance and adoption with educational technology: how much of a role should corporations be allowed to play in our education system?


Iris Altamirano brings organizing background to Minneapolis school board campaign

“Most people identify me as a janitor’s daughter that went to Cornell,” said school board candidate Iris Altamirano. A woman who beat the odds in her own life, Altamirano decided to run because, as a mother of two young children, she’s concerned about the opportunity gap. She believes she has the skills from her career as an organizer to make the district better for all students, especially from marginalized communities. “Minneapolis is a great city and we do a lot of great things and we are leaders in the country on a lot of amazing things,” she said. “I just think the opportunity gap should not be one of them.”


E-DEMOCRACY | Playing the blame game in education

Tom Goldstein posted at 8:10pm, Jul 05:

I think the most significant problem in education right now is that no one is willing to take ultimate responsibility for the welfare of all children. Teachers blame parents or kids... while parents, some politicians, and administrators blame teachers. Teachers in turn blame administrators--or school board members. School board members blame the state or the federal government for a lack of funds or onerous expectations or whatever, while the state or federal government mandates an ever-changing patchwork of rules and regulations--and the cycle just perpetuates itself. Rarely, if ever, do you hear anybody willing to take responsibility or be held accountable, except in ways where there are no real consequences.


Normandale appoints third Black woman to lead a Minnesota college

(l-r) Incoming Normandale President Dr. Joyce Ester and outgoing president Joe Opatz (Photo courtesy of Normandale Community College)

Nearly a quarter of U.S. college presidents are women, but according to the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AACU) data, the number of female college leaders of color peaked at 14 percent in 2006 and is now at 12 percent.


An isolated existence: Autistic teens battle hidden demons

“Call me crazy, but I hear things that torture me on an unrelenting basis that never, ever, ever shut up. And they’re basically the same voices that I was surrounded by in class that were whispering about me.”


'Partnership for Early Learning' targets North Minneapolis for new center

Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS) and University of Minnesota officials point out that additional slots for early childhood learning, especially on Minneapolis’ North Side, are needed more than ever because the number of children and families are increasing. U of M Educational Psychology Professor Scott McConnell told the MSR last week that last year, after the state legislature allocated funds for early children education and “promised to focus on high-poverty communities,” he and another faculty member looked into North Minneapolis.


Summit Academy students, Will Steger break ground on cabin-building initiative in BWCA

This summer, students will get real-life construction experience using recycled materials, while replacing a cabin at the center that burned down three years ago. (Photo by John Ratzloff)

William Moreland experienced a lot of firsts as he wrapped up his studies at Summit Academy OIC, a community-based vocational training and job placement program in North Minneapolis.


St. Paul's Open World Learning Center: An innovative case study

Getting on the High Impact Learning Practices train is imperative to success. Here’s the proof.


Hamline's adjunct union raises skepticism for some

David Weiss hasn’t seen his salary increase in about nine years. Since he began teaching as an adjunct faculty member at Hamline University, he said he’s made about $4,000 per course.

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