Mankato students walk 100 miles for higher education

Walking 100 Miles for Higher Ed

As lawmakers present their respective proposals for higher education funding, students representing a handful of Minnesota State universities, from Mankato to Moorhead to Bemidji, completed a 100-mile walk Wednesday.

Michael Walker

Black Boys Will Achieve When Teachers Believe In Them

“My job is not to fix black boys,” says Michael Walker, the man who is in charge of the relatively new office of Black Male Student Achievement in Minneapolis schools. “It is our job to change how we think and what we believe black boys are capable of.”

EDTalks: A Little Girl in the Segregated South

Dr. Bernadeia Johnson shares what it was like to grow up in the segregated south and how our society faces some of the same issues today. Dr. Johnson served as Superintendent of Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS) from 2010-2015, overseeing a district of 35,000 students and 7,000 staff and working diligently to improve education outcomes and close the city’s wide achievement gap. She grew up during the civil rights era in Selma, Alabama, spending summers with her grandparents in Minnesota. A National Board Certified Teacher, she has also served as MPS Deputy Superintendent and a principal, assistant principal and teacher in both Minneapolis and St. Paul.

EDTalks: Knowing Where We Come From Determines Where We’re Going

Peggy Flanagan joined Children’s Defense Fund-Minnesota as its executive director in 2013. A citizen of the White Earth Nation of Ojibwe, Peggy was the first Native American and youngest person ever elected to serve on the Minneapolis Board of Education (2005-2009). She co-chairs Mayor Betsy Hodges’ Cradle to K Cabinet and has served on Governor Mark Dayton’s Task Force on Child Protection. A nationally-recognized expert on civic engagement, Peggy was chosen by Campaigns & Elections magazine as one of the top 100 most influential people in Minnesota politics. 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.

Rev. Paul Slack

Parents Cheer As Minneapolis Schools Back Off On Suspensions

Parents and religious groups are cheering a policy change putting a moratorium on suspensions in Minneapolis elementary schools for non-violent behavior. African American children are disproportionately the ones who have been suspended.

"People's Board" Meets In St. Paul

St. Paul Teachers Turn Up Heat On School Board With “People’s Board”

St. Paul’s school board has decided to no longer televisethe portion of its meeting where the public offers comments. So on Tuesday, the St. Paul Federation of Teachers decided to give the public its own televised forum to comment while the school board was meeting.