Two principals from schools that are beating the odds by coaxing higher-than-average test scores out of their low-income and non-white students spoke at AchieveMpls’s Our City, Our Schools community forum, a new monthly event that engages community members in conversations around public schools.
Radio interview by Lee Valsvik, Twin Cities Insight
Sun January 29, 2012
Hashim Yonis, STEP-UP Achieve alumnus, and Lucien Justin, a STEP-UP Achieve supervisor at US Bank, talk about their experience with the summer jobs program, which has made Minneapolis one of the nation's leaders in youth employment and work-force readiness and was recently recognized by the White House at a summit on youth employment.
South High, which draws many middle class students to its open and liberal arts programs, led the city in 2010 figures with 70 percent of students entering college the fall after graduation. It also had help from an award-winning counseling staff, including AchieveMpls Career & College Coordinator Anne Erickson.
That sudden shift in the barometric pressure you might have felt at about 11:37 this morning? That was the achievement gap narrowing perceptibly in one swift moment. In Minnesota to talk college and career readiness, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan hosted a town hall meeting at Minneapolis' South High School.
In 2005, only 45 percent of graduates of the MPS district's seven traditional high schools entered college the following fall. Last year, the district raised that figure to 58 percent. The figure jumps to 71 percent for the share of grads entering college within two years of graduation. That has happened because of new college and career planning rooms in each high school, new scholarship incentives from public universities and a big dose of mayoral cheerleading, according to school and civic leaders.
MPS is one of the first K-12 school districts to design and place multi-language information kiosks in high-traffic areas of our city, giving families the opportunity to interact with MPS on a regular basis. Families can access a range of information including school lunch menus, calendars and videos. They can also submit school request cards, subscribe to electronic newsletters and link to parent and student resources on the MPS website.
Over 20 representatives from Historically Black Colleges and Universities were at St. Peter’s AME Church in Minneapolis on Martin Luther Jr. King Holiday for the 3rd annual HBCU College Fair, co-sponsored by St. Peter's, AchieveMpls, Minneapolis Public Schools, and other organizations. The fair is designed to help high school students and families explore college options.
Many black students are intrigued by the idea of going to a majority-black school. That's part of the draw for the local Historically Black Colleges and Universities fair, sponsored by St. Peter's AME Church in Minneapolis in partnership with AchieveMpls, Minneapolis Public Schools and other organizations on January 16 from 3-6 pm at St. Peter's
School Matters is a monthly TV show highlighting all the great things happening in the Minneapolis Public Schools. Produced by iDream.tv in partnership with the MPS Office of Communications, the show is available in English, Español, Lus Hmoob and Soomaali.