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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

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.

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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.

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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.”

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'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.

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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.

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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.

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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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School choice and special education

Special education has been sparking conversation again. Locally, MinnPost has produced two pieces digging into a report on the state of special education [PDF] in the Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS). Nationally, Education Next has run an online forum discussing charter schools and special education. Some key themes connect these writings.

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OPINION | Community input key to school success in Minneapolis

A conflict over the appointment of a principal at one Minneapolis K-8 school highlights a tension between an increasingly corporate management style in the Minneapolis Public Schools and the desire of parents to maintain the public schools as a space for democratic participation.

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Minneapolis school board candidate Don Samuels ready to take on the achievement gap

Photo courtesy Don Samuels

After giving up his Minneapolis city council seat, which he had held since 2003, to run for mayor last year with an ambitious education platform, Don Samuels now throws his name into the ring for at-large school board member. He hopes to bring his deep connections within local and state government to support the superintendent’s agenda in fighting the achievement gap. “I’ve been staring this monster in the face forever with two hands tied behind me,” Samuels said of education issues. “I’ve been on the sidelines of this thing for a long time, and I just want to be in the middle of it.”

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