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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.(…)

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(…)

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(…)