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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(…)

Leadership Academy 2014-2015 – Now accepting applications!

​Please consider applying to the 2014-2015 Leadership Academy, sponsored by the Center for School Change and the Carlson Family Foundation. The application form is below (.docx file). A PDF of the announcement and application can also be found below.​ Please share about this opportunity with others!   Application Form:  Leadership Academy 14-15 Application Leadership Academy 14-15(…)

A mother’s wise, joyful book about parenting

by Joe Nathan – originally published at www.hometownsource.com “Simple Choices” is one of the wisest, most humble and helpful books for parents that I’ve read in a long time. It’s written by Lisa Graham Keegan, a nationally recognized educator and political leader who has had to deal with her father’s desertion of the family, discovery that(…)

2014 Charter Essay Contest Winners Present on the State Capitol steps

The 10th annual Minnesota Charter Public Schools Essay Contest event was held on the South Steps of the MN State Capitol on Wednesday May 7th, 2014.  The windy and cool weather didn’t stop our amazing student writers from sharing their powerful, insightful, and sometimes funny, winning essays!  Thanks to all of the students, schools, and families who came(…)

Terrific new movie honors courageous, complex Cesar Chavez

This article originally appeared at: http://hometownsource.com/2014/04/03/joe-nathan-column-terrific-new-movie-honors-courageous-complex-cesar-chavez/ A terrific new movie describes Cesar Chavez, a remarkable American whose influence continues to help Americans – and Minnesotans. Having seen the movie, talked with people who knew Chavez and had a tiny role in his work, I strongly recommend the picture. The movie “Cesar Chavez” was released March 28(…)