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Our Fall Forums and a New Venue

We are truly pleased to announce our line-up of Achievement Gap forums for Fall, 2014.

Where?
Because of construction over by the U off M we are not able to use University Lutheran as a venue. So for the next year all of our forums will be at Mount Zion Temple, 1300 Summit Avenue in Saint Paul. They have a beautiful space, and ample off-street parking in their own lot across the street to the east, right behind Kowalski's Market.

When?
All of this Fall's forums will be on Tuesdays from noon until 1:30 pm. Coffee and water will be provided. Attendance is free.

What should you do right now?
Mark your calendar. Youll be able to register starting next week, and we'll send you specific announcments.

September 9: Foundation for Life: The Significance of Birth to Three

The importance the first three years for brain development. Dr. Gigi Chawla and Michael Troy from Children’s Hospital and Clinics, Minneapolis

October 14: Generation Next, an update

R. T. Rybak, executive director of Generation Next and former Minneapolis mayor, will offer an update on this effort to bring businesses, foundations, school districts, agencies and organizations together in the Twin Cities to improve educational outcomes for all our children.

October 28: Career and Technical Education - the AA Degree
Kristine Snyder, Dean of Academic Foundations for Minneapolis Community & Technical College, will discuss the new partnership with the Minneapolis Public Schools to offer Minneapolis public school students greater access to career and technical education that can lead to receiving an associate of arts degree at high school graduation or very soon thereafter.

November 18: Minneminds - an update

Drew Henry and Frank Forsberg from the MinneMinds Campaign to improve the quality of and access to early childhood education will update us on the campaigns progress and its agenda for the upcoming legislative session.

December 9: The Benefits of Language Immersion
Tara Fortune, an authority on immersion education at the Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquisition at the University of Minnesota, and Tina Maynor, the founding lead teacher for the Pierre Botineau French Immersion teacher-led school in north Minneapolis that is part of the Minneapolis Public Schools, will discuss immersion education and its proven value for low-income students of color.