Teach for America considers Minneapolis
A national organization that recruits recent college graduates to teach in public schools was considering expansion to Minneapolis in October.
Teach for America selected the Twin Cities as one of five regions across the country where it may expand its program in the 2009–2010 school year. The other finalists were Dallas, Boston, Milwaukee and Nashville.
Teach for America will make its selection by about mid-November.
Spokeswoman Kerci Stroud said Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS) agreed to place 10–15 members of Teach for America in its schools next fall. The organization was working on agreements with Brooklyn Park schools and Twin Cities charter schools to place up to 40 teachers, total, in the region, Stroud added.
Founded in 1990, Teach for America places college graduates from diverse academic backgrounds into low-income rural and urban communities, where they agree to teach for two years. The organization has about 6,200 members of its teacher corps working in 29 regions across the country this school year.
The more than 14,000 Teach for America alumni include Mike
Spangenberg, school leader of the new Knowledge is Power Program, or KIPP, academy that opened Downtown this summer.
Windom teacher awarded $1,000
WINDOM — A Windom Spanish Dual Immersion and Open School teacher was one of seven Minneapolis Public Schools teachers awarded $1,000 in classroom supplies in October.
Fifth-grade teacher Jessica Perez was one of nearly 1,300 teachers across the country selected to receive an award through the OfficeMax “A Day Made Better” program. The winners were revealed in surprise school visits Oct. 1.
Each teacher received basic classroom supplies like pens, pencils and notepads, as well as a new desk chair and a digital camera for use in the classroom.
The office supply company paired with Adopt-A-Classroom, a national organization that facilitates fundraising for teachers, to select mainly teachers from Title I schools to receive $1.5 million in supplies. Title I schools serve a significant number of students from low-income families.
OfficeMax reported that teachers spend nearly $1,200 of their own money every year to buy school supplies for their classrooms, according to a 2005 National Education Association survey.
Girl Scouts collecting used books
FULTON — Girls Scouts from Lake Harriet Upper School are collecting used books and magazines through Thursday, Nov. 6 for children living at People Serving People. The scouts of Troop 10443 were looking for “gently used” children’s books, comic books and current magazines for both children and adults. Donations can be dropped off in the school offices at the Lake Harriet Upper Campus, 4912 Vincent Ave. S., or Lower Campus, 4030 Chowen Ave. S.
The girls in Troop 10443 are 6th-graders from Southwest Minneapolis and mainly attend Lake Harriet.
People Serving People is a Minneapolis nonprofit organization that provides emergency housing and other services to children and families. The majority of residents in its Downtown shelter are younger than 18 years old.
Area C parents meeting Oct. 23
TANGLETOWN — Representatives to the District Parent Advisory Council [DPAC] will be elected at the Area C Parent Advisory Council meeting Oct. 23 at Washburn High School, 201 W. 49th St.
Council meetings are held monthly and are open to all parents from Area C, a region that includes all Southwest-area public schools. DPAC includes parent representatives from the district’s other two regions, A and B, and is a body that meets regularly with district staff and the superintendent to advise on school issues.
Also on the agenda for the Area C parent meeting is a discussion of class sizes led by Associate Superintendent Marianne Norris, a report from current DPAC representatives and a discussion of the schools issues on the Nov. 4 General Election ballot.