It’s that time of year in Minnesota when everyone has cabin fever. Every conversation is about the weather. Will it be above freezing from here on out or are we due for another plunge into the polar vortex? Is this year really the worst winter we’ve ever had? It sure feels like it. Meteorologists have developed a way to measure how bad a winter really feels: the Winter Misery Index. Read More.
Breakfast has long been known as “the most important meal of the day.” This is not without reason. A healthy breakfast not only provides a kick of energy to start the day, it has been found to help with weight control, lower cholesterol, provide more strength and endurance to engage in physical activity and also improve concentration and performance whether you’re on the job or in the classroom.
Today, Education Commissioner Brenda Cassellius joined Hunger-Free Minnesota and the Children’s Defense Fund at Adams Elementary in Coon Rapids to launch the 2014-2015 School Breakfast Challenge. Read More.
This weekend, two Minnesota students will get a taste of what it’s like to hold one of the highest elected offices in the country: that of a US Senator. High School Seniors Tim Bergeland and Priyanka Narayan will fly out Washington DC this weekend to participate in the 2014 United States Senate Youth Program. Read more.
There has been a lot of talk about the importance of investing in early education opportunities. Last session Governor Mark Dayton and the Legislature passed bills that allow every district in the state to implement all-day Kindergarten and allocated $40 million for early education scholarships, ensuring every child has access to a great start to their education.
During those conversations, focus was often placed on experts who could present data and research about the return on investment and other long term benefits. Last week, Education Commissioner Brenda Cassellius was able to visit a preschool program in Winona and see firsthand the impact the Governor and Legislature’s investments are having on children and families throughout Minnesota. Read More.
February is Black History Month, but honoring the individuals who have left a legacy of achievement, service, and inspiration can—and should—take place year-round. Let's end the month by remembering two very remarkable individuals with Minnesota connections, Roy Wilkins and Clarence Wesley Wigington.
Roy Wilkins was born in St. Louis, Missouri and following his mother's death in 1901, he and his siblings were raised by an aunt and uncle in St. Paul, Minnesota. A graduate of the University of Minnesota, Wilkins earned a degree in sociology in 1923. An articulate speaker and skilled writer, he began his career as a journalist at our very own Minnesota Daily! Read more.
Black History Month is a month set aside every year to learn, honor and celebrate the contributions that black men and women have made throughout history. Every year the United States president declares the month of February as Black History Month. Find out about the origins of Black History Month.
Minnesota is home to a wealth of people who have dedicated their lives to strengthening education. These selfless individuals strive every day to give each and every child the best education possible. While some of these people work in the traditional school or district setting, others perform more behind the scenes duties.
Meet Amanda Varley. Amanda is an Early Childhood Education Specialist at the Minnesota Department of Education and was recently recognized by Hamline University with a 2013 Rising Star Award. Read More.
Looking back, 2013 was really a monumental year for education in Minnesota. It was a year that saw tremendous investment in our schools, nearly $500 million, as well as a payback of the state’s longstanding I.O.U. to districts, also known as the school shift.
Minnesota’s youngest learners will benefit from new funding that provides access to pre-kindergarten options through state scholarships for low income families as well as all-day, optional, kindergarten for every single child. Read more about A New Blog for a New Year.