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26 11, 2018

Civics students are change-makers

By |November 26th, 2018|Demonstrate competency or mastery at current learning level, Meaningful Connections to the Community, Uncategorized, Youth Voice|

As we start to gear up for the release of the 2018 Youth Voice survey data (reports for this survey will be available in December – stay tuned!), we wanted to take a closer look at how the data from the 2014 survey has been analyzed and used by students. A key priority identified in the 2014 survey was the [...]

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 [...]

7 10, 2014

Keewatin Elementary named ‘school of excellence’

By |October 7th, 2014|Demonstrate competency or mastery at current learning level, Partner News|

Congratulations to Keewatin Elementary! Read below, the story that appeared in last week's Scenic Range NewsForum... Keewatin Elementary School has been named as a Minnesota School of Excellence by the Minnesota Elementary School Principals’ Association (MESPA). This honor was awarded to the school for its commitment to 21st century teaching and learning.     The Minnesota School of Excellence Program promotes [...]

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 [...]

22 01, 2014

Northland Districts Pilot New Teacher Evaluation System

By |January 22nd, 2014|Demonstrate competency or mastery at current learning level|

Yesterday, while students in the Greenway and Nashwauk-Keewatin school districts were observing Martin Luther King Jr. Day, their teachers were at the Timberlake Lodge, rolling up their sleeves and working on a new evaluation system, the Marzano Teacher Evaluation Model. According to the Marzano website, ..."a district can transform its teacher evaluation system from an exercise in compliance into an [...]

18 12, 2013

Improving education for Native American students

By |December 18th, 2013|Demonstrate competency or mastery at current learning level, Feel accepted|

Last week Dane Smith from Growth and Justice was in the Itasca area for the Student Success Core Team's year-end celebration. (Which, by the way,  was super fun thanks to a visit from the Theater for Public Policy. Here's a glimpse of the group in action) He left me his December 4 copy of Education Week because of its focus [...]

25 11, 2013

Keewatin Elementary celebrates its achievement

By |November 25th, 2013|Demonstrate competency or mastery at current learning level|

Thanks to Beth Bily of the Scenic Range News Forum for sharing this story with us. Congratulations to Keewatin for its Minnesota Reward School designation as #1 in the state!!  “Look at all that orange out there!” Keewatin Elementary Principal Peter Hardy said welcoming visitors to last Friday’s “Reward School” celebration. The event was well-attended by students and staff – [...]

23 09, 2013

MinnCAN in Itasca County

By |September 23rd, 2013|Demonstrate competency or mastery at current learning level|

This is a follow up to last week's post, MinnCAN coming to the IASC area... Nathan Bergstedt Herald Review photo by Nathan Bergstedt A couple schools in Itasca County received a visit on Wednesday, Sept. 18, from the state-wide educational organization MinnCAN because of their continuing efforts to close the achievement gap. King Elementary in Deer River and [...]

18 09, 2013

Technology Making a Difference in Minnesota Schools

By |September 18th, 2013|Demonstrate competency or mastery at current learning level, Partner News|

Matt Grose is chair of the Itasca Area Schools Collaborative, Superintendent of Deer River Schools, a Blandin Broadband Strategy Board member,  on the Governor's Broadband Task Force and very much admired member of the Itasca Area Initiative for Student Success. Connect Minnesota's Wil Payton recently interviewed Matt for their Education Month blog post. Read about how Deer River Schools are [...]