Joe Nathan
Readers sometimes ask for advice about books to read over the summer. Here are four books that I think offer a mixture of encouragement, inspiration, passion, perspective, challenge and controversy. For people seeking inspiration and insight into the challenges and rewards of teaching, I’d suggest...Read More
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Three Minnesota state legislators deeply involved in education issues shared frank, sometimes surprising, views in a panel discussion on June 2. Gov. Mark Dayton and legislative leaders had not made final decisions when panelists spoke or when this column was written. But panelists provided importan...Read More
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Recently, I’ve heard and read some of the most powerful student essays I’ve encountered over more than 45 years of work with young people. Students presented them at a statewide conference attracting almost 300 students sponsored by the Minnesota Association of Alternative Programs. Quietly, wit...Read More
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“This collaboration is a win-win-win for students,” according to Katie Halcrow, director of community-based learning at Inver Hills Community College in Inver Grove Heights. She’s referring to the college’s collaboration with area middle schools, including schools in Burnsville-Eagan-Savage,...Read More
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Testing and, more broadly, learning have been disrupted in the past two weeks for thousands of Minnesota students. The Minnesota Department of Education says equipment failure and outside computer attacks on Pearson, the company hired to run our statewide tests, caused the problems. The problems bec...Read More
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Two St. Paul Harding Senior High School seniors recently did one of the hardest things in education: They retained the eager, rapt attention of more than 30 middle school students for 40 minutes. Ismael Kamara and Sheriden Groves, themselves Battle Creek Middle School alumni, spoke at Battle Creek...Read More
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Joe Nathan Education Columnist Two St. Paul Harding Senior High School seniors recently did one of the hardest things in education: They retained the eager, rapt attention of more than 30 middle school students for 40 minutes. Ismael Kamara and Sheriden Groves, themselves Battle Creek Middle School...Read More
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