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Project-Based Social Justice: Reimagining Student Success at Patrick Henry August 15, 2018

Patrick Henry, a district high school in North Minneapolis that serves primarily low-income students and students of color, is part of a growing movement of public schools and districts around the country that are convening their local communities to create a Portrait of a Graduate—a “collective vision that articulates the community’s aspirations for all students”. This blog post will describe a new social justice themed project-based learning academy that will be launching this fall at Patrick Henry.

Minnesota Awards State’s First Alternative Teacher Preparation Grants August 8, 2018

This week, the Office of Higher Education announced the five recipients of the State’s first Alternative Teacher Preparation Grant Program. Read here to learn about the grant program, the five grant winners, as well as a refresher on what an alternative teacher preparation is.

The Perkins Act Has Finally Been Reauthorized. Here’s What’s In It and Why It Matters to MN August 1, 2018

The Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act, which provides $1.2 billion in funding for Career Technical Education (CTE) programs and job training for students, has been reauthorized. This post will cover the history of the legislation, what’s new in this version, and the CTE landscape in Minnesota.

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FAQ: Minnesota's Tiered Teacher Licensure System and PELSB Memo · August 2018

The new four-tiered teacher licensure system was created by the legislature during the 2017 legislative session. This FAQ covers the new system and the Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board.

Summaries of States' ESSA School Quality/Student Success Measures Memo · June 2018

The School Quality or Student Success (SQ/SS) indicator was one of the most talked about and biggest decisions that fell to the states in drafting their new ESSA accountability plans. This memo summarizes the chosen SQ/SS measures for each state, DC, and Puerto Rico.

Evidence for Student-Centered Learning Report · January 2018

The design of America’s schools needs to shift from adult-centered and standardized to student-centered and individualized. This report examines the academic and historical research that supports the need for the transition to student-centered learning.

2017 Innovation Zone Law FAQ Memo · June 2018

A 2017 law allows districts and charter schools in Minnesota to form an innovation zone in order to try new approaches to learning that will raise student acheivement. The law provides flexibility from state law and rule to try those innovations.

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