Staff Columns
What a great way to end a high school career! Recently I had a chance to participate in portfolio presentations at St Paul’s Harding High School. For 20-25 minutes, each graduating senior presented information about what she or he had done in high school, covering grades, extra-curricular activiti...Read More
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Remarkably, as Minnesota families rightly are concerned about college costs, Minnesota legislators are debating whether to allow colleges and universities to inform families that they can save dollars by having high school students take courses on postsecondary campuses.  The Minnesota House and Se...Read More
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Listening to and learning from educators like Megan Hall, Steve Allen and Bill Wilson reminded me last week of two important things. First, they have so much to offer, not only to youngsters, but also to other educators and those learning to be educators. Second, their skills, insights, experience a...Read More
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Joe Nathan’s weekly columns published by this newspaper are making a difference, potentially helping save families of college-bound students millions of dollars while helping improve public schools. ECM Publishers is proud to publish Nathan’s columns. His messages are shaking up content on state...Read More
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A Minnesota group calling itself “Better Ed” should “know better” than to distribute misleading statistics. Perhaps even worse than the original act of distributing a postcard with inaccurate statistics is an email acknowledgement that these folks know the statistics are not accurate! Here...Read More
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Can the Minnesota Business Partnership, which focuses on making the best possible use of existing funds, and Parents United, which urges that more money be spent on Minnesota’s public schools, find things they agree on? Can the African American Leadership Forum, which represents more than a thousa...Read More
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by Don Heinzman Sun Thisweek Dakota County Tribune Suburban voters hold the key on what party will control the governorship and the Legislature in 2014. The Republican Party has an uphill climb among suburban voters because, by and large, suburban interests, namely the education package, have been p...Read More
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“I think it is vitally important to have the ‘Getting Prepared’ report updated in 2014, given the push we did this legislative session to advance early college opportunities for all secondary students.” That’s what Rep. Carlos Mariani, DFL-St. Paul and chair of the Minnesota House K-12 Edu...Read More
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by Don Heinzman Sun Thisweek Dakota County Tribune A Forest Lake High School student is giving a gift to every student with a learning disability by campaigning to end the use of the R word (retarded) in her high school. Clint Riese, editor of the Forest Lake Times, covered this story that deserves ...Read More
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by Joe Nathan Sun Thisweek Dakota County Tribune 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 studen...Read More
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