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Making Inroads: MPS Reform Efforts to Close the Achievement Gap
Monday, April 16, 2012 7:00 PM

Panel discussion free and open to the public. Monday, April 16, 7:00 PM, Plymouth Congregational Church, 1900 Nicollet Ave South.
Minneapolis has the largest educational achievement gap in the state, and Minnesota has the second largest achievement gap in the country behind Alabama. Under the leadership of Superintendent Dr. Bernadeia Johnson, Minneapolis Public Schools is responding to research over the past 15 years showing that an effective teacher in a supportive environment with strong principal leadership can make significant educational progress with children, even those who are poor and not school-ready.

Speakers at this provocative discussion are:

  • Karen-Kelly Ariwoola, Former Vice President of Community Philanthropy at The Minneapolis Foundation
  • Eric Mahmoud, CEO/ Founder, Seed Academy & Harvest Preparatory School and Best Academy
  • Sara Paul, Director of New Schools, MPS
  • Mark Bonine, Associate Superintendent for Turnaround Schools, MPS
  • Lynn Nordgren, President, Minneapolis Federation of Teachers.

Hosted by the League of Women Voters of Minneapolis and co- sponsored by Achieve Minneapolis, African American Leadership Forum and Don Fraser’s Committee on the Achievement Gap. More information available at (612) 333-6319 or contact Jennifer Bennett at