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Students describe ‘triumph over tragedy’ / Joe Nathan’s Column

By Joe Nathan on May 14, 2015 at 8:23 am Recently I’ve heard and read some of the most powerful student essays I’ve encountered over more than 45 years of work with young people. Students presented them at a statewide conference attracting almost 300 students sponsored by the Minnesota Association of Alternative Programs. Quietly, with(…)

New bill offers teachers respect, families options / Joe Nathan’s Column

By Joe Nathan on April 8, 2015 at 4:43 pm The bill offers “startup” grants to district teachers to create “teacher-led schools.” Officials at Education Commission of the States, a national, nonpartisan research group that follows legislation, told me this week that they thought Minnesota would be the first to give money to groups of(…)

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.(…)

Triple Digit Gains & 82% Success Rate!

Check out our latest report on the Increasing College Readiness project. It shows that we have helped produce triple digit gains in the enrollment of urban (sometimes ‘alternative’) St. Paul students taking college level courses.  Additionally, students taking these courses for college credit have had an overall completion rate of 82%. See the new data, what district(…)

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(…)