Moving from Equity to Excellence in High School Education PDF Print E-mail

 

 

Reducing Disparities by Reaching for Excellence

HOW PATRICK HENRY HIGH ACHIEVED

TOP MINNEAPOLIS GRADUATION RATE

 

 

Tuesday, March 15       6 p.m. Pizza Buffet and Social  (Free)        6:30 P.M.  Program


Brooklyn Park City Council Chambers, 5200 85th Avenue N

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silver best high schools 2Students in schools in low income and high minority neighborhoods often have lower scores in reading and math proficiency. Patrick Henry High School has been working to shrink this achievement gap. The school in North Minneapolis received a Silver Medal and ranked third highest in Minnesota on U.S. News and World Report's recent 2015 ranking of U.S. high schools. In 2015, the school had a minority enrollment of 89%, 43 percent of whom were Asian, 36% black, and 7 percent Hispanic. 90% of its students come from economically disadvantaged families. Yet in 2015, Patrick Henry High had the highest graduation rate of Minneapolis Public Schools at 87%.

 

Yusuf Abdullah - Principal, Patrick Henry High School

 

yusuf abdullahPrincipal Abdullah will explain what the school's Silver Medal means in terms of its students' achievements.  Among schools with high rates of poverty, Patrick Henry has been recognized as one of the top schools nationally by Newsweek and U.S. news for years. It is especially known for its engineering and International Baccalaureate programs.  Mr. Abdullah recently launched a school-wide strategic planning process to develop a 5-year vision and action plan for Patrick Henry. He will tell us how the school and community have worked together over the years to increase students' achievement and about its goals and plans for the future.

 

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Current Vision: Patrick Henry is a community where all stakeholders will work systematically to close educational and opportunity gaps to become to become a stronger, higher performing International Baccalaureate World school ensuring that all students are college, career, and life ready.


Sponsor: Think Again MN   Co-sponsors:
City of Brooklyn Park, and the Brookyn Park, Osseo, Maple Grove, and Brooklyn Center Chapter of the League of Women Voters.

 

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The Impact of Domestic Abuse on Children PDF Print E-mail

 

Weblinks to Videos related to February Think Again Brooklyns Topic

 

 

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Mike Tikkanen, Samuel Mwangi, Dr. Mike Troy

 

Three highly informed speakers alerted an attentive audience to the importance of giving attention to domestic abuse at the February Think Again Brooklyn forum on “The Impact of Domestic Abuse on Children.”  Mike Tikkanen, founder of Kids at Risk Action, author of Invisible Children spoke on his work with over fifty children in the County Child Protection System as a volunteer in the Guardian ad-Litem program as a court-appointed special advocate (CASA).  He emphasized that children in the Child Protection System are not kept safe and only half as many children reported as abused in MN were checked on in comparison to other states.  He noted that the children he worked with suffered very serious abuse and that the cost to society is huge in terms of disruption to classrooms and foster families, and health care costs that can run into the millions of dollars by the time a child reaches 18.  "We don't provide the services children need.  We use drugs instead.  It's cheaper."  If you missed the forum, see the two minute videos he showed during his talk:

 

Rich Gehrman, Founder of Safe Passage for Children, on Inadequacy of Child Protection Program

 

Overview Trailer for TPT Series on Neglect and Abuse of Children



Dr. Mike Troy, Medical Director of Behavioral Health Services at Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota, described the rapid development of child’s brain that begins before birth and continues during the child’s first five years.  He noted the big contribution that nurturing parents and others in the child’s life make to the child’s brain development and emphasized that a child born to a poor family can thrive if given the attention it needs.


If you missed the forum, listen to the presentations on early childhood development at Think Again MN's Achievement Gap Committee forum.  Click on the title:

 


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Setting the Pathway for a Lifetime

Dr. Pamela Gigi Chawla, MD

Senior Medical Director
Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota

Dr. Mike Troy

Medical Director of Behavioral Health Services

Associate Medical Director, Neuroscience Program
Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota
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Sam Mwangi, founder of the Global Fatherhood Foundation, presented his survey findings on domestic abuse in the West African diaspora.  Almost 70% of the 205 Africans in diaspora surveyed "either knew somebody going through gender violence or they're victims themselves."  68% of the survey respondents said that husbands were the main perpetrators of violence while 51% attributed the violence to wives.  Over 70% said that they stayed together in spite of the violence because of their children.

 

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The Impact of Domestic Abuse on Children PDF Print E-mail

 

Tuesday, February 16

6 p.m. Pizza Buffet and Social             6:30 p.m. Program

Cafeteria, Hennepin Technical College
9000 Brooklyn Blvd, Brooklyn Park, MN 55428


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Chief Diversity and Affirmative Action Officer
Hennepin Technical College



So you thought you were born with an IQ? Think Again! Our speakers will address the long lasting impact of domestic abuse on children and the big boost parents and others can give to children's intellectual abilities.


mike tikkanenTHE INCALCULABLE TOLL OF CHILDHOOD TRAUMA ON SOCIETY with Mike Tikkanen - Founder, Kids At Risk Action (KARA); author, Invisible Children

Kids At Risk Action, a non-profit advocacy network focused on issues related to neglected and abused children, works to educate individuals and communities about the need to protect the rights of children:
http://www.invisiblechildren.org/

Mr. Tikkanen has been the keynote speaker at business, community, and religious organizations and has led a workshop addressing the rights of children at the United Nations in New York. He has worked with over fifty children in the County Child Protection System as a a volunteer in the Guardian ad-Litem program as a court-appointed special advocate (CASA).


mike troyBRAIN DEVELOPMENT IN EARLY CHILDHOOD AND THE EFFECTS OF TOXIC STRESS with Dr. Michael Troy - Medical Director, Behavioral Health Services and Associate Medical Director, Neuroscience Program, Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota

Dr. Troy's clinical and academic interests include diagnostic classification issues in developmental psychopathology, models of therapeutic assessment, and teaching child clinical psychology as part of hospital and community medical education programs. Dr. Troy is a top expert in children's brain development and how it can be enhanced by interaction with family members and other adults or impaired by stress. His explanations are clear and his insights are valuable to everyone who interacts with young children including family members, neighbors, teachers, social workers, and older children.


sam mwangiDOMESTIC ABUSE IN THE AFRICAN DIASPORA with Samuel Mwangi - Founder and Executive Director of the Global Fatherhood Foundation (GFF)

Mr. Mwangi has addressed issues which impact the African community in Diaspora by hosting events on topics such as the Global Challenges Which Men Go Through, the Next Generation Youth Program, and Domestic Violence in Diaspora. He spoke last January at a Civil Rights forum at Hennepin Technical College on "What to Do if the Police Stop you."

GFF mentors young fathers to help guide and support them with their transition to their new role as fathers. The mentor serves as a a role model who offers guidance, support to increase self esteem, and counsel on the benefits of completing high school, and continuing with education.


Question and Answer Session


Hennepin Technical College is located on the north side of Brooklyn Blvd, at the stoplight west of Boone, just east of Highway 169.

Parking is free: Drive along right side of college to Lot 4 in back.
Enter Door J2, the first building on the left. The cafeteria will be to your right.



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Kids at Risk Action (KARA) PDF Print E-mail

 

KIDS AT RISK ACTION (KARA) is a 501(c)3 non-profit.

OUR MISSION is to be a passionate and unapologetic advocate for the welfare of abused and neglected children supporting the people, policies and programs that improve their lives.

OUR INITIATIVES include raising awareness of at-risk children by:
    •    Civic involvement is the solution to America’s At Risk Youth problem.
    •    Advance the reach of KARA’s Community Forums
    •    Conduct outreach, grant-writing and fundraising
    •    Research, speaking and writing about child abuse and child protection issues

- See more at: http://www.invisiblechildren.org/about/#sthash.VEFebhOV.dpuf

 

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Mental Health Shortages, Sheriffs & Children PDF Print E-mail
Written by Mike Tikkanen   


mike tikkanenI attended Syl Jone's play BECAUSE at the Mixed Blood Theatre last week. It's a moving piece that explores living with mental health issues from multiple perspectives leaving the audience with a personal sense of what it's like to be this person, live with this person and understand this person. Syl is now the Resident Fellow for Narrative Health at HCMC (I think every hospital should have such a position - how else can these stories be told?) I asked Syl at the play if he would consider writing about the mental health issues of children in child protective services, he seemed interested. If you know Syl Jones, please let him know how important this topic is. Back to Sheriffs and Children (the title). At the end of the play, Syl Jones & a panel (moderated by Eduardo Colon, the new Psychiatry Chief at HCMC) of professionals & one very articulate person living with serious mental health issues further explored the realities of mental health and mental health services in our community.  Read more.

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I attended Syl Jone’s play BECAUSE at the Mixed Blood Theatre last week.  It’s a moving piece that explores living with mental health issues from multiple perspectives leaving the audience with a personal sense of what it’s like to be this person, live with this person and understand this person.   Syl is now the Resident Fellow for Narrative Health at HCMC (I think every hospital should have such a position – how else can these stories be told?)

I asked Syl at the play if he would consider writing about the mental health issues of children in child protective services, he seemed interested.  If you know Syl Jones, please let him know how important this topic is.

Back to Sheriffs and Children (the title).

At the end of the play, Syl Jones & a panel (moderated by Eduardo Colon, the new Psychiatry Chief at HCMC)  of professionals & one very articulate person living with serious mental health, issues further explored the realities of mental health and mental health services in our community.

- See more at: http://www.invisiblechildren.org/2016/01/29/mental-health-shortages-sheriffs-children/#sthash.FQonTLVF.dpuf

I attended Syl Jone’s play BECAUSE at the Mixed Blood Theatre last week.  It’s a moving piece that explores living with mental health issues from multiple perspectives leaving the audience with a personal sense of what it’s like to be this person, live with this person and understand this person.   Syl is now the Resident Fellow for Narrative Health at HCMC (I think every hospital should have such a position – how else can these stories be told?)

I asked Syl at the play if he would consider writing about the mental health issues of children in child protective services, he seemed interested.  If you know Syl Jones, please let him know how important this topic is.

Back to Sheriffs and Children (the title).

At the end of the play, Syl Jones & a panel (moderated by Eduardo Colon, the new Psychiatry Chief at HCMC)  of professionals & one very articulate person living with serious mental health, issues further explored the realities of mental health and mental health services in our community.

- See more at: http://www.invisiblechildren.org/2016/01/29/mental-health-shortages-sheriffs-children/#sthash.FQonTLVF.dpuf
 
MN's Open Electoral Process and Leading Election System PDF Print E-mail


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Secretary of State Steve Simon speaking on MN's Leading Election System at the January 19th Think Again Brooklyns forum.  He commented on MN's longstanding same day registration which has made it possible for more Minnesotans to vote and has been adopted by many other states.  He noted recent improvements that make voting easier such as online registration, registering when changing a driver's license, and no excuse absentee voting and explained there were further improvements MN could make such as allowing felons on probation who have completed their prison sentences to vote, automatic registration of 16 and 17 year olds, and early voting.  Mohamud Noor described the process a candidate goes through to become endorsed by a political party.  "It starts with talking with one's family," he emphasized.  Benjamin Kruse explained the political organization of MN, the sequence of caucuses and conventions that begins March 1, and the purpose of each one.

 

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In Honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Secretary of State Steve Simon to Speak on

 

MN'S OPEN ELECTORAL PROCESS  
AND LEADING ELECTION SYSTEM

 

 

Tuesday, January 19          
6 p.m.  Light Supper and Social            6:30 P.M.  Program



Cafeteria, Hennepin Technical College, 9000 Brooklyn Blvd, Brooklyn Park, Map

 

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President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act of 1965 into law, calling the day ‘‘a triumph for freedom as huge as any victory that has ever been won on any battlefield’’ (Johnson, ‘‘Remarks in the Capitol Rotunda). The law came seven months after Martin Luther King launched a campaign based in Selma, Alabama, with the aim of pressuring Congress to pass such legislation.  In contrast to many states, Minnesota has continued to follow the spirit of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 through laws that make it easy for its citizens to vote and a process for endorsing candidates and developing party platforms that is open to all MN residents eligible to vote in the November 2016 elections.

 

   jean maierhoferModerator - Jean Maierhofer                  

 

Chief Diversity and Affirmative Action Officer                     
Hennepin Technical College   
                       
 
 

MN'S OPEN ELECTORAL PROCESS invites all its voters to participate in endorsing their political parties' candidates and policies. Let our speakers introduce you to how it's done.

benjamin kruse 2015An Overview:  How MN is Politically Organized

The Roadmap to MN's Caucuses and Conventions

With Benjamin Kruse
Founder and Principal Consultant, The Citizen Lobbyist
Former MN Senator, Senate District 47

 

mohamud noorThe Candidate's View - How Candidates Can Gain a Following

The Importance of Supporters Attending the Caucuses

With Mohamud Noor, Executive Director
The Confederation of Somali Community in Minnesota
2014 Candidate for MN House of Representatives in 60B


 

MN'S LEADING ELECTION SYSTEM - Did you know that MN is recognized by research foundations and nations worldwide as having an outstanding Election System?
  
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MN Secretary of State Steve Simon will explain what MN does to most frequently achieve the highest turnout in the nation, how it maintains its highly accurate voter database, and why all citizens eligible to vote should be voters. As a state representative, Steve Simon served as the chair of the House Elections Committee in 2013 and 2014 and played a lead role in many of the election reforms that Minnesota has embraced over the last several years.
  

 
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OPPORTUNITIES FOR LEADERSHIP - You will have an opportunity to sign up to receive notices on ways you can continue Dr. Martin Luther King's legacy by taking a leadership role in your community. Brooklyn Park City Clerk Devin Montero will explain how you can become an Election Judge and why immigrant and minority Election Judges are especially needed.  Kirsten Kjome, Co-President of the local chapter of the League of Women Voters, will describe its new training on how to organize and moderate a candidate forum that addresses questions important to your own Community. Affirmative Action Officer Hollies Winston will explain why it's important to attend your party's precinct caucus on March 1.

 

Question and Answer Session

Everyone is welcome. Note that this forum is being held at the Cafeteria of Hennepin Technical College, not our usual location. The college is located on Brooklyn Blvd., just east of Highway 169. Drive along the right side of the college to the back and park in Student Lot 4. Enter Door J2. The cafeteria will be to your right. Map 


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The Bridge to Life-Long Success

 

 

Tuesday, November 17            6 p.m.  Pizza Buffet and Social            6;30 P.M.  Program

 

Brooklyn Park City Council Chambers, 5200 85th Avenue N

 

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Remember the days when they gave us IQ tests, and we thought we were born with an IQ - a high one if we were lucky, and not so high if we were not so lucky. In recent years, research has found that IQ is not set at birth. It is developed during the first five years of life when the brain grows very rapidly. Those with lots of learning opportunities from family, the neighbor next door, or a high quality learning program end up with higher IQ's that help them throughout their years of education and life.

At this forum, parents, grandparents, and pals of the young will find out how they can help develop the brain power of the little ones around them. The forum is presented in collaboration with Health Equity for the Homeless (HeP). Before and after the forum view HeP's display of artwork that raises awareness and improves healthcare outcomes for homesless families and youth.


wanda walkerWanda Walker - Director of Program Excellence, Jeremiah Program

Wanda Walker will speak on the developmental assets children need to acquire in early childhood, 3 to 5 years old.

The Jeremiah Program provides support for a career-track college education for young women who are single parents and quality early childhood education for their children on a campus with safe and affordable housing. The Jeremiah Program has two campuses, one in St. Paul and one in Minneapolis, each for about 40 single parent families.

 


beth yokomBeth Yokum - Assistant Manager for Early Childhood Education and School Readiness, Anoka-Hennepin School District

 

 

Beth will speak on the community education programs available for pre-school age children and their parents.

Parents, and often grandparents, are the most important teachers for their children. Hear about the Early Childhood programs at a school near you that provide the tips and methods you can use to start your child or grandchild on a successful path to life-long learning and an opportunity to share ideas with other families with young children.

 

The Osseo School District will provide printed materials on its programs.

Please come, especially if you have young children in your life.

 

 

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Cities' Contribution to a Clean Energy Future - Think Again Brooklyns PDF Print E-mail

 

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Tuesday, October 20

6:00 p.m. - Pizza Buffet & Social                6:30 p.m. - Program


City Council Chambers, 
Brooklyn Park City Hall, 5200 85th Avenue N

 

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With Philipp Muessig - GreenStep Cities Coordinator

Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) and

 

Jeff Alger, Community Development Assistant and

GreenStep Coordinator, New Hope

 

Sarah Zarrin - Vice Chair, Edina Energy and Environment Commission

 

Josie Shardlow - Brooklyn Park Community Engagement Coordinator

 

 

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Moderator:  Wayne Doe - Minnesota Department of Human Services

MN Sure Health Care Eligibility and Access

 

St. Petersberg Mining Institute and Technical University - M.S. Geology/Mining Engineering

 

 

philipp muessigPhilipp Muessig's background is in community development and science.He coordinates the MPCA's GreenStep Cities program, a challenge, assistance and recognition program to help cities achieve their sustainability goals by using 28 best practices. Philipp will give an overview of the Minnesota GreenStep Cities program and describe the services and resources that the program offers to cities.jeff alger

 

Jeff Alger will first explain what motivated the New Hope City Council to authorize the City to participate in the GreenStep Cities program. Then he will describe what projects the city has already completed to become a Step 2 City and the steps it is currently taking to become a Step 3 City. Finally, he will tell us how the city and its residents have benefited from being a Green-Step City, and what the financial costs and savings to the city have been. 

 

sarah zarrin 2Sarah Zarrin, current Vice Chair and upcoming Chair of the Edina Energy and Environment Commission will join us to explain how the Commission works with the Edina City Council to advance sustainability and reduce carbon emissions in the city.  Ms. Zarrin supported and worked with the City to set goals and plans for both city operations and the overall city of Edina.  The Commission has led Edina toward greater use of solar energy panels on both public and private buildings, green building codes, and improvements in water quality.  A big part of its activities is educating the residents and businesses on energy and environmental issues.

 

 

josie shardlowJosie Shardlow will discuss Brooklyn Park energy and environmental projects completed in recent years and those currenty underway and in the planning process.
 
Find out what the GreenStep Cities program offers, how the GreenStep Cities program has worked in nearby  cities, and how an Energy and Environment Commission keeps a city on the forefront of sustainability.

 

 

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The Dynamic Contribution of MN Immigrants - Think Again Brooklyns PDF Print E-mail
Written by Linda Freemon   

 

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Great turnout at September's Think Again Brooklyns forum on

The Dynamic Contributions of MN Immigrants!

 

Twenty percent of Brooklyn Park residents are immigrants. Dr. Bruce Corrie shared that BP immigrants' consumer power is $304 million and they pay $35 million in taxes. He and the panelists encouraged the community to think about immigrants as assets and focus on the opportunities they offer in terms of their entrepreneurship, global networks, cultural traditions and more.

 

Oduwa Aganmwonyi:   I wish more people heard we what did tonight from Dr. Corrie. The message was powerful and so timely. I encourage all immigrants to hold their heads up. Someone knows your pain and lack of recognition. God knows!

Sam Mwangi:  Yes, inspite of this massive economic contribution there is still a big wage inequality along the racial disparity line. However, the meeting was an eye opener, and wished so many immigrants had shown up. It was very engaging and we need to work together. Thanks Think Again Brooklyns.

 

If you missed the forum, you can get key information by using the following resources:

Northwest Community TV Channel 12 Newsclip on the forum

Dr. Bruce Corrie's one minute animated survey
on the major findings of his research on MN's immigrants
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Minorities Transforming MN through Success in Business.  See Bruce P. Corrie's 1.5 minute video on the latest data on minority businesses in Minnesota.

 

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Sun Post article on the forum.

 

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MN's Leading Election System

With Secretary of State Steve Simon

 

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Listen to Secretary of State Steve Simon's excellent presentation on MN's outstanding election system emulated by many other states at the Think Again Brooklyns forum January 19, 2016.  Secretary Simon includes ways in which it can be improved, and he explains why it is important to vote.  He concludes with a quote from a tee shirt:  "Failure to vote is not an act of rebellion.  It is an act of surrender."

Get details on how to vote at http://mnvotes.org

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How Oregon Became the Easiest Place to Vote in the US

By Lornet Turnbull
YES! Magazine
October 8, 2016

 


In January, Oregon became the first state in the country to begin automatically registering eligible citizens to vote when they obtain or renew their driver's licenses or state IDs, completely shifting the burden of voter registration from the individual to the government. 

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