Let’s RESET Education

resetThis month The Minneapolis Foundation is introducing Let’s RESET Education: a public awareness campaign and event series focused on closing the achievement gap.

The campaign is built on five strategies for creating public schools where every student succeeds:

  • Real-time Use of Data: Continually monitor student progress and use the data to shape instruction.
  • Expectations Not Excuses: Expect every child will excel and do whatever it takes to deliver—accept no less.
  • Strong Leadership: Empower school leaders to shape staffing, resources and culture and hold them accountable for student, teacher and school success.
  • Effective Teaching: Consider teaching effective when students master the material, not just receive it.
  • Time on Task: Have students spend more time in the classroom and make every minute count.

You can get much more information on the strategies, including a video on each, on the Let’s RESET Education website.

By promoting what works, the foundation aims to raise expectations for what’s possible and help realize a brighter future for our community.

Let’s RESET Education is also hosting a number of experts to speak in detail on education reform at Minnesota Meetings.

Grammy award-winner and education reform advocate John Legend will join school principal and CNN contributor Dr. Steve Perry and graduate school Dean Mayme Hostetter as the featured speakers at the Minnesota Meeting RESET Education series in April, May and June at the Fitzgerald Theater in downtown St. Paul.

The current schedule includes:

  • Dr. Steve Perry, April 22, 7 p.m., $25
  • John Legend, May 22,7 p.m., $40
  • Dean Mayme Hostetter June 17, 7 p.m., $25

Tickets go on sale this Tuesday, March 26, to the general public at the Fitzgerald Theater/MPR Box Office and through Ticketmaster.  Tickets for all three events are $75.

Visit www.fitzgeraldtheater.org to purchase tickets.

If you’re not sure what the achievement gap is or how bad it is in Minnesota, check Sandra L. Vargas’s article in the Star Tribune from earlier this week.

- Susan Stehling, MCF communications associate

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