Apply for TNTP’s Teach MN pathway

We’re committed to improving how children experience school. We know every child’s talents are nurtured when they have a great teacher and all kids benefit from an educator workforce that reflects the rich diversity of our community.  But school leaders struggle to hire enough teachers, particularly those of color. While one-third of Minnesota students come from…

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We’re merging to advance shared priorities & maximize impact

We’re thrilled to announce that MN Comeback and Great MN Schools plan to merge on Jan. 1, 2020. During our strategic planning process, we identified shared priorities for the next three years. We will focus on support for parents, growing our school portfolio and citywide alignment. Both boards agreed:  The important work ahead demands the…

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Beating the odds

Last week the Star Tribune published its annual story on schools “beating the odds.” These schools are doing significantly better than predicted, closing belief and achievement gaps to prepare kids for any post-secondary pathway.  Absent school quality transparency from our city or state, we applaud efforts that empower families with accessible, contextualized information. Kudos to those making the list:…

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Parents are engaged. K-12 campaigns attest to that.

We just wrapped up another year—one of growth (partnerships, lessons learned, work implemented) and progress toward more schools that work.   When we met Kadija from Cristo Rey (pictured above and featured in a video at our annual meeting), she spoke about how these schools “give us a chance in life.” I wanted to share two…

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TNTP secures approval as a teacher prep program!

It’s with great excitement that I get to help share the historic vote the Minnesota Professional Licensing and Standards Board made today when they voted unanimously to approve TNTP as a teacher certification provider in our state. MN Comeback’s interest in bringing TNTP’s teacher training to our state stemmed from the need voiced by school…

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Our zine—‘Schools That Work’

Hello Families, Students, Fellow Advocates and Educators!  No matter their neighborhood in Minneapolis, every child and family should benefit from schools that work—where rigorous academics and relevant experiences go hand-in-hand. And the time has come for families to know more because they insist on better information. We’ve heard enough stories of students left behind and pushed out.…

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News release: In spite of Minneapolis’ nation-leading disparities, ‘Schools That Work’ showcases schools that do well by all kids

–Schools that work deviate from the norm; they engage all families and ensure equity in access to learning and high expectations– –Parents articulate vision and expectations for all schools to work for students underserved– For immediate release Media contact: Nicholas Banovetz, 651-815-5999/nbanovetz@mncomeback.org Minneapolis – May 28, 2019 – Minnesota Comeback—a broad coalition of advocates, families,…

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News release: Minneapolis schools demonstrating success with underserved children have space to enroll more students for the upcoming school year

Low-performing schools’ enrollment is declining as more families opt for better options For immediate release Media contact: Nicholas Banovetz (651) 815-5999; nbanovetz@mncomeback.org   Minneapolis – May 22, 2019 – Minnesota Comeback today announced that multiple district, charter and independent schools demonstrating strong results for children from low-income backgrounds have space to enroll more students for the 2019-20 school year.…

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Statement on the MPS ‘Comprehensive District Design’

Dear Minneapolis Board of Education Directors: Our organizations serve and represent thousands of Minneapolis families—of color, from underserved neighborhoods, and/or historically ignored or silenced. We request with utmost urgency that the Minneapolis Public Schools’ new strategic plan center on parent engagement and student learning—in addition to prioritizing operations and transportation. District staff has led the…

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