Every child deserves stable housing & a great school

Neighbors and partners:  Every child should have stable housing and every child should have access to a high-quality school in Minneapolis. Stable housing is important but should not be a pre-requisite for access to a great school. Stemming from recent coverage of Minneapolis’ new “Stable Homes, Stable Schools” pilot, the narrative that we have to…

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Action alert: Keep great teachers in our classrooms!

After years of progress toward a teacher licensure system that has helped more high-quality candidates of color access teaching positions, legislation has been introduced that would make it difficult for schools to hire them – pushing many teachers of color out and leaving students in our community to miss out on a great classroom experience. …

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News Release: New-and-improved Minneapolis School Finder website and 27 “changing-the-odds” schools

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 19, 2019     CONTACT:Nicholas Banovetz, (651) 815-5999, nbanovetz@mncomeback.org Brian McClung, (612) 965-2729, brian@mzacompany.com Minneapolis School Finder provides parents access to objective information about every school in the city Third edition of book and online resource respond to interest in understanding school options for Minneapolis families; includes information on 27 “changing-the-odds” schools Minneapolis — The third edition…

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Resources from our coalition convening with TNTP

Thank you to the educators, advocates and philanthropists who attended our coalition convening featuring TNTP’s report, ‘The Opportunity Myth’! Our discussion surrounded students – especially those underserved, of color – spending most of their time in school without access to four key resources: 1. Grade-appropriate assignments2. Strong instruction3. Deep engagement 4. Teachers with high expectations  And,…

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New poll: MPLS parents are vocal on school quality

What does a “high-quality” school mean for the parents of Minneapolis kids (and the general public, for that matter)? That’s exactly what we unpacked in our recent poll. Here’s what we learned, working in partnership with the local research group Morris Leatherman… In response to an open-ended question, “When you hear someone say a school…

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2019 policy goals – the year for parent voice

Ask any parent and they’ll tell you they want more for their child. And not just more, but better. While high-performing schools enrolling kids from underserved neighborhoods have 2x the growth and almost 4x the proficiency rates of low-performing schools, there’s too few of them. 2019 offers an opportunity to further fix policy barriers that keep…

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Get Minneapolis School Finder copies on 2/7!

For the first time in recent years, enrollment at high-performing schools is rising while that of low-performing schools has declined by nearly 1,000 students. It’s news that has us eager to release our 3rd edition of ‘Minneapolis School Finder’ in the coming weeks; a tool we hope will help that trend continue. Register for our Feb. 7…

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Great teaching and learning

We support school leaders in ensuring their systems and practices are all focused on providing teachers with the skill development, resources, materials and feedback necessary for strong instructional practices to thrive in every classroom. Current investments in this critical area include: Achievement Network: The program works alongside school leadership teams to strengthen their school-wide practice…

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Learn from student experience on Feb 7…

A tree is 14 feet tall. How tall is the tree in inches? As discussed in this post by our friends at EdNavigator, this question is not one many 4th graders can answer. (Here in Minnesota, 4 out of 10 can’t answer it correctly.) Join fellow community leaders, advocates, families and educators to understand why: What: …

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Connecting educators and increasing retention

Teaching can feel isolating, especially for educators of color in our community since the demographics of our educator workforce does not currently mirror our community as a whole. Fortunately, many stakeholders are working to advance needed progress to retain and attract racially and ethnically diverse teachers and leaders for our students. The Coalition to Increase…

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