Tag Archives | student engagement

Teacher-parent partnerships begin at home

Anthony Lonetree, Star Tribune, August 24, 2013 – The girls just returned from a trip to Maine, and now they were in the living room of their St. Paul home, listening as a teacher asked them and their parents a few friendly questions. What’d they been up to this summer? Having fun? Learning anything? The girls smiled. They […]

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Personal relationships help close the achievement gap

Dane Smith, Community Voices, MinnPost, August 22, 2013 – Shanell McCoy, 19, and Paris Carruthers, 22, are emerging Twin Cities leaders  who have been researching what youth actually think about their education system and an adult society that constantly worries about the achievement gap but too seldom listens carefully to  those on the other side of […]

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Minnesota’s ‘Dream Act’ law makes college possible for immigrant students

Jenna Ross, Star Tribune, August 20, 2013 – Alex Gonzalez has long known that he wants to finish his college career at the University of Minnesota. But despite living in the Twin Cities area since he was 6 years old, he didn’t expect to pay the U’s in-state price. That’s because Gonzalez, now 18, was born […]

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Rock Stories: Why we need field trips and fossils

Anne Brataas, MinnPost, May 30, 2013 – The end of the school year signals the start of high field-trip season for teachers like me. I have eight field trips in 10 days with fourth- through sixth-graders at the end of June — and I planned this field intensity. Why? Because I have spent my learning life […]

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Edison High innovator engages kids, reaches finals in Teach-Off

Beth Hawkins, MinnPost, April 3, 2013 – Impressed by the number of his students who loved working with their hands, last year Chris Pennington tried a modest experiment. A life skills teacher at Minneapolis’ Edison High School, he told an assistant principal he wanted to teach woodworking. Specifically, Pennington asked if he could carve some space out of one […]

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School district seeks more relevance in classrooms

These Kennedy Middle School educators attended a conference at USC Aiken this week on the essential need to teach content in a way that students can relate to the real world. Pictured, from left, are teacher Kaye McNeil, assistant principal Jamie Byrne, teacher Margo Gore and Principal Kyle Smith. STAFF PHOTO BY ROB NOVIT Editor’s note: […]

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