EDTalks: Globally Competent Teaching

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.

EDTalks: A Hmong Perspective of Public Education

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.

Amen: “Prophetic Voters” Aim To Change Minnesota’s Politics

An announcement that 15,000 people of faith are going to vote together in Minnesota’s November election could carry some serious political clout, if the religious leaders organizing a massive “Prophetic Voter” drive can really pull it off.

No Recess & No Band: Test Score Focus Hurts Kids, Says New Report

Did you take band, theater, phy-ed, or business class when you were in school? Then you may have got to do something most kids can’t do or don’t have time to do these days because of changes in Minnesota school budgets — take an “enrichment” course.

Rally For Anti-Bullying Bill Draws Hundreds To Capitol

Hundreds of mostly young people rally at the Capitol in support of a bill that strengthens Minnesota’s anti-bullying laws in schools. More than 11 percent of Minnesota students report they are bullied weekly, says the bill’s chief author, Sen. Scott Dibble (DFL-Minneapolis).

“School-To-Prison Pipeline” Sparks Protest, School Walkout

About sixty students from St. Paul’s Central High School walked out of their classes Wednesday (Feb. 26) as a statement against the “school-to-prison pipeline.” The students joined more than 100 protesters — many of them college students and other community members — who gathered outside the school before marching to the nearby St. Paul Reformation Lutheran Church for a program-cum-protest.

Controversial Education Maven Michelle Rhee Riles Up Minnesota

Controversial education expert Michelle Rhee, founder of Students First and former chancellor of the Washington, D.C. public school system, brought her combative education reform rhetoric to Minnesota last week, drawing a vocal protest from opponents and challenging state educators to alter teacher seniority systems that Rhee said contribute to the achievement gap between white students and students of color.

School Reformers’ Choir: Minneapolis Mayoral Candidates All Sing From Same Hymnal

Editor’s Note: Earlier this week, The UpTake live-streamed a Minneapolis Mayoral debate on education. The candidates seemed remarkably similar in their stances, considering the intensity of the debate surrounding public schools. So we asked Rob Levine, a critic of the school reform movement, to give us his take on this important issue. Guest commentary for The UpTake from Rob Levine

“That sounded like a sermon -– wow!” So enthused Nekima Levy-Pounds, moderator of Monday’s Minneapolis Mayoral Education Forum at the Mill City Museum at the conclusion of candidate Don Samuels’ rousing remarks.

Invest in American Workers by Raising the Minimum Wage

Keith Ellison, who co-chairs the Progressive Caucus in the House, is pushing legislation to raise the minimum wage from $7.25 to $9.80 an hour, over the next three years, so that this country doesn’t just create jobs, but jobs that generate a living wage.