Learning and Teaching with Fire: Lessons from HBCUs and Tribal Colleges

    What lessons can K-12 education in Minnesota learn from Historically Black Colleges & Universities and Tribal Colleges & Universities? As is frequently noted, Minnesota has some of the nation’s largest gaps between student groups.   As public district and charter schools seek to close achievement gaps, what lessons can we learn from institutions that have(…)

Test results encourage rethinking / Joe Nathan’s column

by Joe Nathan This article originally appeared at www.hometownsource.com   Americans have complicated, conflicted feelings about how much to rely on statewide standardized tests, such as those whose scores were recently released. I think this year’s results suggest three changes. Minnesota should: –Make much more use of highly successful schools. –Share results sooner with teachers.(…)

Dr. Howard Fuller Speaks at MN Charter School Conference

  Dr. Howard Fuller was the distinguished keynote speaker at the 2nd Annual MN Charter School Conference last week.  Dr. Fuller addressed about 200 attendees on Tuesday, July 29th at the McNamara Alumni Center on the University of MN campus.  The conference was co-sponsored by Cargill, CliftonLarsonAllen and the Center for School Change. Dr. Fuller is(…)

Challenging and Complimenting Charter School Movement / Joe Nathan’s Column

by Joe Nathan This column originally appeared at www.hometownsource.com   Alia Jackson and Pierre Fulford are just two of the millions of youngsters who have gained from charter public schools. On July 29, they joined with former Milwaukee Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Howard Fuller and almost 200 Minnesota parents and educators to discuss what is(…)

Teachers: The Decisive Element (speech by 2014 National Teacher of the Year)

  The following is a speech made by the 2014 National Teacher of the Year, Sean McComb.  This speech was delivered at the National Education Association (NEA) conference in Denver, July 2014.     “Teachers: The Decisive Element”   Good afternoon.  Thank you.  So proud to be here. So thankful for your work across this country.  As(…)