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8 05, 2015

Local action + strengthened relationships = collective change

By |May 8th, 2015|Spark|

Since the Youth Voices Convening, much of the Student Success initiative work has is happening in our local communities. Teams of people have seen and absorbed the Youth Voice survey data. They’ve identified gaps and are taking action. In doing so, relationships are strengthening, new relationships are beginning, and the Itasca area is moving closer to its aspiration that all [...]

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 [...]

23 04, 2015

Meet the Spark Council: Kelly Chandler

By |April 23rd, 2015|Spark|

The IAISS governance council began its work in early 2015, bringing together just over a dozen community members to guide work on the Pathway to Student Success. Periodically, council members will be featured here on the blog – beginning with Kelly Chandler, division manager of public health for Itasca County.  Kelly Chandler serves the Itasca Area Initiative for Student [...]

13 04, 2015

Are we strong enough to follow our youth in new directions?

By |April 13th, 2015|Spark, Youth Voice|

Editors Note:  This is Anna's final post as an AmeriCorp member with our initiative.  She is taking new position in our community and we wish her well.     Americorps Fellow Anna Carlson is working with youth fro the Itasca area to assess the results from the Youth Voice Student Survey. For those that know me, they know weightlifting is [...]

10 03, 2015

Youth Voices make meaning from the Youth Voices Survey

By |March 10th, 2015|Spark, Youth Voice|

Groups around the Itasca area are working with Youth Voice data in a number of different ways. In Deer River, a group of adults and young people recently planned and then facilitated a conversation with other teens in Deer River.  They hoped to dig deeper into their survey results and to plan for action that addresses what they learned from [...]

10 02, 2015

Listening to Youth — for a hopeful future

By |February 10th, 2015|Spark, Youth Voice|

Today’s post comes from Judy Lundquist. Judy works as youth Job Counselor with the Northeast Minnesota Office of Job Training and is a member of the Governance Council for the Itasca Area Initiative for Student Success.  Judy shares what she’s learning from the Youth Voice Survey.      Watching the Super Bowl Game last weekend, I laughed at the commercial [...]

12 01, 2015

Going North

By |January 12th, 2015|High quality out-of-school programs and activities, Partner News, Spark, Supported inside and outside of school, Youth Voice|

Today's post come from Deb DeMuth.  Deb is the Executive Director of Bridges Kinship Mentoring. Bridges' mission is to help children and adolescents achieve their greatest selves by connecting them with positive role models who can befriend, inspire, encourage and guide them.  January is National Mentoring Month, if you want to learn more about mentoring, contact Deb at 218-326-4700. [...]

1 01, 2015

Listening to Youth in 2015

By |January 1st, 2015|Spark, Youth Voice|

Anna Carlson is an Americorp Promise Fellow working with the Itasca Area Initiative for Student Success.  Americorps Fellow Anna Carlson is working with youth from the Itasca area to assess the results from the Youth Voice Student Survey.            As the holidays come to a close and a new year begins, many of you [...]

8 12, 2014

Introducing Promise Fellow Anna Carlson

By |December 8th, 2014|Spark|

Americorps Fellow Anna Carlson is working with youth fro the Itasca area to assess the results from the Youth Voice Student Survey. Growing up in Jacobson, I have always felt a deep connection to rural Minnesota. It’s the place I call home, despite spending the last five years in the Twin Cities. Last December when I had the [...]