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EDTalks: Globally Competent Teaching

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Dana Mortenson is co-founder of World Savvy, which has reached more than 375,000 students and 2,200 educators from three offices nationwide. Dana serves as advisor and board member to a range of nonprofits focused on youth development, international education and social entrepreneurship. She is a 2011 Ashoka Fellow and was named one of The New Leaders Council’s 40 Under 40 Progressive American Leaders in 2010. EDTalks is presented by AchieveMpls and The Citizens League in partnership with Young Education Professionals – Twin Cities, Young Professionals of Minneapolis, Bush Foundation and the Minnesota Spokesman Recorder. This EDTalks was presented on April 6, 2015. Continue Reading →

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EDTalks: A Hmong Perspective of Public Education

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Kao Kalia Yang shares stories of family and her educational experience as a Hmong girl growing and learning in the Minnesota school system. Now a teacher, public speaker, writer and author of the award-winning book, The Latehomecomer: A Hmong Family Memoir (Coffee House Press, 2008) and the forthcoming book, The Song Poet (Metropolitan Books, 2016), Kao Kalia Yang reminds us why teachers teach. Born in Thailand’s Ban Vinai Refugee Camp, she is a member of the Hmong ethnic minority and is now an American citizen. She is a graduate of Carleton College and Columbia University’s School of the Arts. EDTalks is presented by AchieveMpls and The Citizens League in partnership with Young Education Professionals – Twin Cities, Young Professionals of Minneapolis, Bush Foundation and the Minnesota Spokesman Recorder. Continue Reading →

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Sharp Differences In St. Cloud Legislative Candidates Debate – Full Video

Rep. Zachary Dorholt is the DFL candidate in 14B. He is running against Republican challenger Jim Knoblach.

Rep. Zachary Dorholt is a speck of blue in the sea of red that is Congresswoman Michele Bachmann’s district. He is the only Democrat in Minnesota’s legislature from that conservative area. As you might expect, he and his Republican opponent Jim Knobloch differ on many issues. But will Dorholt win a second term in conservative land? Continue Reading →

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Social Justice Activists Make Waves At Capitol on School, Homeless Issues

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The day of social activism began with a coalition of African-American and religious leaders calling for an end to school suspensions and police officers in schools; later, advocates for the homeless asked the legislature to pass a $100 million bonding bill to prevent homelessness. Continue Reading →

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Milwaukee School Supporters Rally to Fight Funding Cuts, Privitization

MIlwaukee School Supporters Rally. Click photo to watch video.

As the national debate over the direction of education rages, Milwaukee appears to be ground zero for the school choice movement, cuts in public education and expansion of charter schools that many public education advocates believe are detrimental to students and schools in the city. Continue Reading →

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MN School Trust Lands: Contemplating the Golden Goose

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With the Minnesota budget crunch, there is pressure in the legislature to increase revenues from School Trust Lands. To some in the legislature there is concern that the DNR management protects the environment rather than extracting the maximum short term gains from the lands. Continue Reading →

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