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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Explore our 2018 annual report!

We hope that the stories and strategies in our 2018 annual report leave you inspired to deepen your service to Minneapolis’ schools, students and families. For insight on progress, check out pages 16-21. And learn about our key initiatives for the current school year!        

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On the path to 10,000 (key initiatives)

Last week’s annual meeting signaled real momentum that so many partners, like you, bring to the critical work of more great schools. We’re indeed “growing better, together” with empowered schools, communities and parents. Consider, 4,383 underserved students now attend a high-performing school – a 42% increase from 2016.   Learning about other cities, such as New…

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