1 11, 2018

SPARK in action through Itasca Network’s for Youth

By |November 1st, 2018|High quality out-of-school programs and activities, Professional Development, Supported inside and outside of school, The School Years, Uncategorized|

Itasca Networks for Youth committed to continuous improvement of afterschool programs Across the nation, nearly one-fifth of children in the United States attend public schools in rural communities.  Youth-serving organizations that provide out-of-school time programming for these kids face many barriers. The vast geography of the county, the economic struggles, cultural differences and the varying school district sizes all create [...]

10 05, 2018

Itasca youth leaders spark innovation, receive award

By |May 10th, 2018|After High School, Meaningful Connections to the Community, Pathway, Spark, The School Years, Youth Voice|

Courtney Johnson (left), Becci Rasmussen (center) and Jennifer Alger were three of six U of M Extension youth staff from across the state who received the Associate Dean’s Award for Courage and Innovation. They are leading the way in changing youth programs in Warba, Grand Rapids, Deer River and Nashwauk. Three Itasca area youth development staff are delivering [...]

20 12, 2016

Grand Rapids High School 9th Graders SPARK Action

By |December 20th, 2016|Pathway, Spark, The School Years, Youth Voice|

What is possible if we unleash the creativity of our 9th graders to solve the issues that concern them?  Last week, the Grand Rapids High School Civics students began diving into that question. With the support of their social studies teachers, the Grand Rapids High School’s 9th graders are rolling up their sleeves and digging into the results of the [...]

15 09, 2016

Strengthening the positive and Sparking change

By |September 15th, 2016|Meaningful Connections to the Community, Partner News, Relationships that support mental, emotional, spiritual and physical well-being, The School Years|

Kim Geislinger, LADC, is a member of the SPARK Council.   Editor's Note:  This post was provided by Kim Geislinger, LADC, VP of Ross Resources.  Kim is the Itasca County Truancy Prevention Program Director and the Coordinator of the Itasca County Family Services Collaborative.  Kim was an active member of the Student Success Core Team and now serves on [...]

8 06, 2015

Youth Sports Gets the Ball Rolling

By |June 8th, 2015|Arts physical activity and healthy living, High quality out-of-school programs and activities, Spark, The School Years|

Isaac Meyer is the Community Engagement Manager for KOOTASCA Community Action. He is currently working with Grand Rapids Area Leaders to start a Boys and Girls Club in the area. Itasca area student success work marked a milestone in May: for the first time ever, coaches and organizers of youth sports met to discuss their work. Over the [...]

2 06, 2015

Using Youth Voices in Social Studies Classrooms

By |June 2nd, 2015|The School Years, Youth Voice|

A group of Itasca Area Social studies teachers gathered today in a retreat to discover ways to use the Youth Voices survey in social studies curriculum. They started their morning in a workshop lead by the Search Institute and spent much of the day developing curriculum so their students can work with the survey results in their classroom.       [...]

5 05, 2015

The measure of a student

By |May 5th, 2015|Demonstrate competency or mastery at current learning level, Spark, The School Years|

Data driven decision-making is a guiding principle of the Itasca Area Initiative for Student Success and for similar large-scale initiatives that are members of the Strive National Network. With the tsunami of data out there, the challenge becomes identifying which data to use, and for what purpose. The Student Success data team has wrestled with this, particularly with how to [...]

22 07, 2014

Enhancing learning with the ISD 318 iPad rollout

By |July 22nd, 2014|Demonstrate competency or mastery at current learning level, Develop skills to live, work and thrive in an ever changing world, Technology and the skills necessary to use it to achieve goals, The School Years|

“We are excited that with this 1:1 Initiative we are not only able to even the technology playing field and offer every child an incredible learning tool, but that we can also teach them how to use it effectively and productively. Students can use the devices in various ways for improved communication, collaboration and creativity,” Angie Carlisle, a teacher at [...]

20 08, 2013

Meet Nick Pretasky, new director of Northern Lights Community School

By |August 20th, 2013|Partner News, The School Years|

The IAISS welcomes Nick Pretasky and his family to Northern Minnesota, and to the Student Success Core Team table! Nick will be hosting an open house at Northern Lights Community School this Thursday, August. 22,  from 4 - 7 p.m.  Posted: Saturday, August 17, 2013 6:00 am By Nathan Bergstedt Herald-Review Nick Pretasky Following the retirement of Northern [...]