Attend Policy and a Pint: The State of Education

Join host Steve Seel and guests Sondra Samuels of the Northside Achievement Zone, Kerry Muse of Venture Academy in Minneapolis and Michelle Walker, CEO of St. Paul Public Schools for an evening presentation on the state of Minnesota education.

We know Minnesota is changing fast. The jobs of the future will be different, and our workforce will be more diverse than ever. So how are Minnesota’s schools making sure the students of today and tomorrow will be ready? Our State of the State series continues with a look at education at the next Policy and a Pint. Many of Minnesota’s youngest students of color fall behind before they’ve even attended their first day of school. What needs to happen to not only get these children ready to learn, but ready to lead?

Doors open at 5:30 and the presentation starts at 6:00 pm.  For additional information and to purchase tickets:

Attend the 2014 Children & Youth Issues Briefing

From the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits:

Date: Jan 9, 2014

Time: 9 am – noon

Location: The Crowne Plaza Riverfront Hotel

Join hundreds of advocates at the highly anticipated 2014 Children & Youth Issues Briefing, which convenes each year prior to the start of the legislative session. This year’s programming will focus on innovative initiatives and emerging legislative issues expected to significantly impact our state’s children and youth. Hear from experts and leaders across the state, and engage in panel discussions to learn what’s on the horizon for Minnesota’s children and youth through the lens of policy and systems change.

The session also offers the unique opportunity to hear from a youth roundtable, engaging young college and high school students in an in-depth discussion about challenges and opportunities found within educational systems.

Programming highlights will include presentations by:

  • Dr. Eric Kaler, President, University of Minnesota
  • R.T. Rybak, Executive Director, Generation Next
  • Melvin Carter III, Director, Minnesota Office of Early Learning
  • Dr. Brenda Cassellius, Commissioner, Minnesota Department of Education
  • Dr. Edward Ehlinger, Commissioner, Minnesota Department of Health
  • Cindy Jesson, Commissioner, Minnesota Department of Human Services

Register early, seating is limited.

RSVP Online

Your Vote Needed! Target School Giving Campaign

Help Target donate up to $5 million to K – 12 schools through their Give With Target campaign.  Select your favorite school (including any schools supported by JLM initiatives) from a list of eligible schools & vote for it weekly until September 21st or until the $5 million goal has been awarded.

It only takes 25 votes to start a campaign at your school; after that, Target will donate $25 to your school and $1 for each additional vote up to $10,000.

Vote Now! 

Event: An evening discussing leaderships needs to create good schools

Event: The Leadership Factor with Dr. Steve Perry
Dr. Perry is one of the most exciting and outspoken leaders in education today. The author of Push Has Come to Shove: Getting Our Kids the Education They Deserve, Dr. Perry pulls no punches as he calls us all— leaders, teachers, parents, and students—to do what works to give every child an excellent education.

Monday, April 22
Fitzgerald Theater
St. Paul, MN

For more information on this event, click here.

About RESET Education:

Reset Education is a public awareness campaign and event series focused on closing the achievement gap. There are five proven strategies for creating public schools where every student succeeds. By promoting what works, we can raise expectations for what’s possible and help realize a brighter future for our community.

Advocacy Webinar: How a Bill Becomes a Law

Minnesota Council of NonprofitsJoin the Minnesota Council of NonProfits each month for an engaging topic related to nonprofit advocacy rules, strategies and outcomes. Learn from various nonprofit leaders with expertise in state budget issues, grassroots and direct lobbying strategies and civic engagement writ large! Each hour-long webinar is free and can be accessed from anywhere around the state.

This month (January 30th), learn how to take your “great idea” and make it a legislative reality. This webinar will discuss the legislative process, including finding a bill author, bill drafting, testifying in committee and tips for successful implementation once passed.

Click here for more information and to register.

Meet the Newly Elected MPS School Board Members

Wednesday, November 28 / 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm 
Thomas Edison High School Media Center
700 22nd Avenue North, Minneapolis 

What do the newly elected Minneapolis Public School Board members hope to accomplish in their new term? And what will that mean for you?

Newly elected board members Tracine Asberry, Carla Bates, Kim Ellison and Josh Reimnitz will speak about how they view the role of an MPS board member, what skills and experience they bring to the board, and their priorities for the new term.

Community members will have a chance to speak with each school board member to pose their questions, express their concerns, and relate the issues most important to them this school year. Come prepared to ask your specific questions about the members’ plans for the new MPS school board term.

Click here to register for the event!

College Application Week: Help Underrepresented Students with the College App Process

What a great opportunity to volunteer! November 12th – 16th

Last year, Governor Mark Dayton proclaimed the second week of November Minnesota College Application Week. This week will provide a framework for high schools and postsecondary institutions to collaborate in a concentrated effort to engage and inform underrepresented (first generation college students, students of color, and low-income) students about the college application process and to highlight college and career readiness efforts occurring throughout the state. Over 100 high schools across the state are registered sites this year. They include high schools, charter and public, in the Twin Cities as well as cities and towns throughout greater Minnesota.

Volunteer opportunities:

  • assist students with the completion of college applications
  • speak to student or parent groups
  • share information about the college application process
  • share personal stories about your college journey
  • share about your area of expertise (financial aid, diversity, college preparation, essay writing, etc.)
  •  greet and sign-in students

To find out more and to sign up head to:

Parents United: Educating Children to High Level of Excellence

Ever wonder how Finland built their highly regarded school program? Hear Pasi Sahlberg, author of Finnish Lessons, as he talks about success Finns have had in educating their children to high levels of excellence. This opportunity  is free and open to the public.
Date: Thursday, October 18th
Time: 2-4pm
Sponsored by: Parents United for Public Schools

Can’t make the event, check out this article on the education success’ Finland has achieved.

What happens to the Minnesota political landscape after the election?

Due to a large number of retirements and redistricting, we know the 2013 Minnesota legislature will look very different.  Join Minnesota Council of Nonprofits and get a first look at the political makeup of the 88th Session of the Minnesota Legislature.

Date: Nov 7, 2012
Time: 09:00 AM to 10:30 AM                                                                                         Where: Wilder Center Community Meeting Space                                                                           451 Lexington Parkway N, St. Paul, MN

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New Media and School Excellence

What if there were strategies to improve public schools without leaving your desk chair? Parents United and the Twin Cities Media Alliance are partnering to host a conversation on how to use new media tools to be an advocate for excellence in public schools.

Achieving excellence in public schools is a mission that takes many hands and many voices. With so many issues of concern and so many ways to voice those opinions, it is essential to know how to effectively take action.
  • When:  Monday, October 1, 6:30-8 pm
  • Where:  Roseville Library Community Room, 2180 Hamline Ave. N., Roseville, MN  55113
Light desserts will be served. This event is free, but space is limited so please RSVP.