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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 

Social justice activists make waves at Capitol on school, homeless issues

Advocates for social justice made waves at the State Capitol on Thursday, pushing to end racial disparities in school suspensions and to address the problem of homelessness in Minnesota. The day of social activism began with a coalition of African-American and religious leaders calling for an end to school suspensions and police officers in schools; later, advocates for the homeless asked the legislature to pass a $100 million bonding bill to prevent homelessness.

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Reading, writing, and speaking English go better with tea at St. Paul's Skyline Tower

Ali and Buie, two elder residents of Skyline Tower, work together in the Level 1 English class. (Photo courtesy of CommonBond)

It is 10:30 am on a Thursday morning and the eleven adult students in the Level 1 and 2 adult English class at Skyline Tower are making tea. Muhubo, seated near the front of the class and wearing wire-rimmed glasses, shakes back the sleeves of her bright orange hijab to unwrap a yellow Lipton tea bag. Udbi, seated next to her, stirs one, two, three spoonfuls of sugar into her cup of hot brew. As other students filter back into the classroom after their break, they stop by the tray of ceramic mugs before taking their seats.

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Booker Taliaferro Washington and me

As founder and president of Tuskegee Normal and Industrial Institute (now Tuskegee University), Booker T. Washington valued education and instilled in his students of African heritage values of hard work, creativity, and entrepreneurship. These values have touched my family members and me throughout our family’s ­history.

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Devonte Miller: Gordon Parks High School helped beat the odds

Devonte DeShawn Miller will be going to college this fall, at the University of Northern Iowa. That is where he is from, but that is not where he grew up. Devonte's path to college has, in fact, not been an easy one.

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Discipline: Finding a different way

I’ve been teaching after-school theater classes on and off for about seven years. It’s a fun, creative outlet for me and I enjoy imparting what I know to the elementary school kids that I teach.

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Dare to Dream: Immigrant students gather at Macalester

On March 1, Macalester’s Adelante! student group organized the Dare to Dream Committee and successfully put together the first Dare to Dream Conference for undocumented students. In partnership with Navigate MN, over 40 students and their families took part in the comprehensive event that included financial aid and MN Dream Act presentations, introduction to college life in a four-year institution, information for families and parents in Spanish, relevant mock-up classes, campus tours, and a student panel with undocu/DACAmented students from different institutions in the state of Minnesota.

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Roosevelt senior builds for future with Beat the Odds scholarship in Minneapolis

Ramiro Sanchez-Maldonado, the youngest of six children, was only four years old and living in Mexico when his mother died. The family moved almost immediately to the Twin Cities, but there were family problems – his father was drinking to excess and his brother started getting into trouble. “My brother was hanging out with the wrong people,” Ramiro said. So in 2002, only two years after moving to Minnesota, Ramiro and his brother were sent to live with his older sister in Arkansas. “My family though we’d have a better life in a small Arkansas town, away from bad things,” he said.

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Washington Technology student dreams big to beat the odds in St. Paul

“I should never set myself up for small dreams,” says St. Paul high school senior Yee Thao, describing his goal of going to college in the fall. “I have optimism, and I don’t want to live in poverty in the future.”

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COMMUNITY VOICES | The aftermath: An introspective look on the Unchain Our Children rally

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Christina Cerruti

On Wednesday, February 26th, NAACP St. Paul Youth and Collegiate Branch and students from Central High School hosted a youth organized protest and walk out against the school to prison pipeline. This was a project that stems from student concerns about the mistreatment of low income youth and youth of color within the school system. The “Unchain Our Children” movement was birthed out of a desire to bring more awareness to the systematic complexities and harms of the school to prison pipeline.

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OPINION | Lessons from Saint Paul teachers

The new St. Paul teacher contract agreement resulted from a process that began months before the two sides first sat down at the negotiating table. It’s perhaps the clearest example of teachers using the collective bargaining process to advance a wide-ranging, multi-faceted policy agenda.

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