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Announcements

3 / 23 / 21: State approves TNTP's Teach MN—a huge victory for aspiring teachers of color!

 

Teach MN is on track to be among Minnesota's first alternative teacher preparation providers; TNTP is slated to launch the elementary and special education teacher prep program for fall 2022.

 

3 / 19 / 21: Stop Asian hate

We here at Great MN Schools are deeply saddened and devastated by the mass shooting in Georgia this week, where a white gunman shot and killed eight people at three different Asian businesses in the Atlanta area. Six of the eight people killed were Asian, and all but one identified as female: Delaina Yaun, Paul Andre Michels, Xiaojie Tan, Daoyou Feng, Soon C. Park, Hyun J. Grant, Suncha Kim, and Yong A. Yue. We believe it is important for us to know their names. And we continue to grieve with the families, loved ones of the victims, and communities affected by this loss.

While this attack occurred far away from Minneapolis, the issues of racism and hate are also found right here at home.

10 / 15 / 20: Announcing our core community partners

We are honored to announce the partnerships of our core community partners to support families in K-12 educational decision making. Our community partners have long-standing roots in the Minneapolis and Twin Cities community, serving over 5000 households with their programs. Great MN Schools partners with them to ensure 2500 of the families they serve receive direct support in navigating the education system, such as finding a best-fit school, determining if their child is on grade-level, best communicating with their child's teacher, & more!

9 / 10 / 20: Issue brief: Equitable enrollment practices

The Minneapolis district is taking on critical work to revise enrollment practices. And as we strive for all students, especially those underserved, to access high-quality schools, we spent this summer learning how several major U.S. districts have championed equitable enrollment practices. Our issue brief captures what we learned, and articulates a set of recommendations we advocate the district implement in this coming year.

8 / 5 / 20: MPLS school leaders on planning for the school year

A new school year is upon us, and school teams have spent the summer scenario planning. We recently convened a few local school leaders to share how they're thinking through the challenges and opportunities with returning to learning—and we thought you might like to hear their insights and the factors guiding their approach and decision-making.

7 / 1 / 20: Meet Karn Engelsgjerd + team transitions

We'd like to officially introduce you to the newest member of the Great MN Schools team:  Karn Engelsgjerd, director of development. Karn comes to Great MN Schools with more than 20 years of K-12 education experience, ranging from teaching fourth grade—she was awarded Teacher of the Year at Forest Heights Elementary in Baton Rouge, La.—to supporting strong classroom instruction as ANet's vice president of networks.

6 / 17 / 20: Apply to be a Minneapolis Education Ambassador

We're inviting local leaders—be it in faith communities, neighborhood associations, professional groups, or online community forums—who are interested in learning more about the educational inequities and how to fix them. Apply by August 1.

5 / 29 / 20: With you and our community—a statement on the killing of George Floyd

Strengthening community is central to our mission and our commitment to Minneapolis. And the circumstances of the past several days exemplify the lived experiences that students of color face and bring into the classroom all too often.

5 / 5 / 20: Thank you, educators

As Teacher Appreciate Week wraps up, these extraordinary times have highlighted what we have always known to be true—our educators are heroes and their efforts to provide every student with a great education, no matter the circumstances, should be celebrated every week of the year.

3 / 13 / 20: School performance frameworks—event recap and resources

150-plus advocates, funders, and educators joined us to learn how other cities have used school performance frameworks as an important component of their efforts to effectively close opportunity gaps. These frameworks empower communities to define, measure, and manage school quality, together, as educators and policymakers, families and advocates.

3 / 26 / 20: COVID-19 response

We're helping school communities access critical information and resources (including our COVID-19 technology fund), and curating resources for community partners that can support families with distance learning.

1 / 8 / 20: 25 changing-the-odds schools

In Minneapolis, high-performing schools serving low-income students post 2x the growth and nearly 4x the proficiency rates of low-performing schools. They're a bridge to college and careers and promote community vitality. Explore the 4th edition of Minneapolis School Finder, including schools that are changing the odds for students.