Staff Columns

Here’s a suggestion for the summer. If you care about learning, teaching, schools or parenting, get a copy of “Teaching with Heart,” edited by educator Sam M. Intrator and writer Megan Scribner. The book has 90 brief, one-page essays by educators, explaining and describing a poem that has inspired them. The book contains some of [...]

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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 activities, community service, honors and awards, reference letters, [...]

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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 Senate have taken different approaches, which they now need to reconcile. Some Minnesota [...]

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Six high school students spoke out last week, and legislators listened. As college costs rise, families are looking for ways to help students be better prepared and earn college credits while still in high school. Richfield High School students Sam Petrov, Beisite Wang, Henry Hoang, Wendy Hughes, Michelle Nguyen and Cherish Kovach – most of [...]

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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 and knowledge are dramatically underused. More [...]

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