joe nathan

Local field trips for students are common, but not so much for teachers. But a Minnesota school recently took its teachers around neighborhoods they serve to help them understand more about their students and families. The ultimate goal is more student success. Many of the students at Academia Cesar Chavez, or their parents, come from [...]

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Their important accomplishments, a historical coincidence and public fascination with major anniversaries recently produced attention to Presidents Abraham Lincoln and John Kennedy. Within the span of one week, we recognized the 150th anniversary of Lincoln’s “Gettysburg Address” and the 50th anniversary of Kennedy’s assassination. Leading up to the anniversaries, I thought: How can we help [...]

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Congratulations to the many parents, community members and educators who produced a record approval rate of local district referendums. This was a huge amount of work, especially in an economy that is challenging for many Minnesotans. According to the Minnesota School Boards Association, 51 of 59 operating levies were approved. That’s 86.4 percent, higher than [...]

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