Dual credit and career/tech help raise graduation rates

New data from the Minnesota Department of Education shows a side-by-side comparison of high school graduation rates for various student groups across Minnesota.  The chart below shows 4-year high school graduation rates overall for students, for those who took 2-3 career and technical courses, and those who took at least 1 concurrent enrollment or PSEO course.(…)

New ideas, attitudes, opportunities for students / Joe Nathan’s Column

This article originally appeared at: http://hometownsource.com/2015/02/11/joe-nathan-column-new-ideas-attitudes-opportunities-for-students/ By Joe Nathan on February 11, 2015 New ideas, attitudes and opportunities are coming for Minnesota students. That was a central theme at the Feb. 6 “Pathways to Postsecondary” conference, cosponsored by the Minnesota Department of Education and Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system. If things work out as state(…)

Three Wise Women who are helping youngsters / Joe Nathan’s Column

Originally published at: http://hometownsource.com/2014/12/03/joe-nathan-column-three-wise-women-who-are-helping-youngsters/ By Joe Nathan on December 3, 2014 at 3:04 pm     Three Wise Women who are helping youngsters   Jeanne Krile, Angie Johnson and Lisa Gale are three wise women who are helping students and their families. Gale is a mother who asked important questions about Minnesota’s Postsecondary Enrollment Options. Johnson(…)

Geeky glasses, Dumbo ears and a great teacher / Joe Nathan’s Column

By Joe Nathan on November 19, 2014 at 12:33 pm Originally published at: www.hometownsource.com One of my saddest and happiest days in school was the first day I wore my glasses, in the third grade. I already disliked my ears, which stuck out, and now I was the only kid with glasses. I felt super(…)

House, Senate education leaders share several priorities / Joe Nathan’s Column

By Joe Nathan on November 12, 2014 at 2:32 pm Originally published at: www.hometownsource.com Here’s some good news, looking ahead to the 2015 Minnesota Legislature’s discussions about improving public schools. Two leading Minnesota Senate Democrats described several of their priorities as similar to those described last week by leading House Republicans. While this doesn’t ensure(…)