At the intersection of race, poverty, and language

Growing up with the toxic stress and other harmful effects of poverty is tough. So is growing up when the language at home is different from the language at school. Both at once is obviously even tougher, although students who can hold onto their home language while becoming fluent in English will have a leg up as adults. That’s the main thrust of a recent Pioneer Press piece investigating the need for, and development of, more teaching aimed at bilingual students and those still learning English.

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Minneapolis Public Schools aims for new level of Black student achievement in 2014-15, mentors, new programs part of plan to 'normalize success'

Approximately 80 local Black men met with Black male students on Friday, April 11 at Patrick Henry High school as part of the 100 Strong Who Care mentoring program. (Photos by Charles Hallman)

An estimated 80 local Black men met with Black male students last Friday morning as part of the 100 Strong Who Care mentoring program that Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS) Equity Director James Burroughs started about five years ago. He told the students before they met with the men in small groups, “We want to let the world and Minneapolis know that Black men do care about our young Black men.”

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Redlining: Twin Cities banks still restricting home loans in "non-white" areas

Members of Neighborhoods Organizing for Change (NOC), ISAIAH, and Minnesotans for a Fair Economy stood together outside Minneapolis City Hall to accuse banks of continuing to “red-line” communities of color and refusing to refinance sub-prime mortgages from 2009-2012. Accompanying the activists and researchers were three Minneapolis City Council members — Blong Yang, Elizabeth Glidden and Cam Gordon, all of whom called for something to be done.

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Where has all the music gone?

Sometimes I plan courses I would like to teach if I were still an adjunct or a high school teacher.

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In the spotlight with Hmong Youth Leadership Group counselor Jennifer Thao

I had the great pleasure to sit down with recent University of Minnesota CEHD graduate and new CHAT Youth Leadership Group Counselor, Jennifer Thao at the charming picturesque Nina’s Coffee Cafe, located in Cathedral Hill of St Paul. As a Board member and arts lover, I must say I am proud that CHAT has a bright and talented young leader guiding the Youth Leadership Group (YLG).

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In the spotlight with Tou Yia Xiong, 'Tree Top Adventure' creator

Tou Yia Xiong is an illustrator and designer who recently designed a toy which was featured on ABCs daytime talk show The View during their Best of 2014 New York Toy Fair segment. Tou Yia’s toy design, called Tree Top Adventures, is an elevated four quadrant wooden activity center that includes 6 bead tracks and 6 gliding tracks.

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Huge gap in pollution exposure by race surprises University of Minnesota researchers

By now you probably know that people of color nationwide have, among other things, higher rates of unemployment, poverty and educational disparity compared to white people.

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"Kill the lazy vermin": Genocide and the Dakota people of Minnesota

Jane Gray Swisshelm was a progressive woman in her day. She edited a newspaper in St. Cloud in the 1850s and '60s and fought for women's rights and against slavery. But according to a story on Minnesota Public Radio on September 26, 2002, she also called for the extermination of all Dakota Indians following the Dakota-U.S. War of 1862.

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Redlining is hurting the Twin Cities

When asked to explain structural racism, there are few historical examples that more effectively illustrate the concept than redlining.

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