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7 02, 2017

Building strong futures with hugs, handshakes and high-fives

By |February 7th, 2017|Feel accepted, Relationships that support mental, emotional, spiritual and physical well-being|

While students at Greenway High School have experienced tragedy and loss, they’ve responded with hope and hugs. Teachers and students alike find strength within each other and find support in various ways to cope and recover from loss. The H3 Initiative is one part of these support systems. Leading with the Heart Heart works to develop student’s positive association with [...]

4 10, 2015

A walk in Another’s Shoes

By |October 4th, 2015|Feel accepted, Supported inside and outside of school|

Editor's note:  This post is written by Parker Korpi, a Greenway High School Senior.  Parker founded the group, Rise for the Change, last year when he was a junior after witnessing bullying in his school.  Rise for the Change has between 10 to 15 members and meets once a week on Thursdays at Greenway High School.  It’s a place where group [...]

19 01, 2015

Reflections on MLK day — Are we including everyone’s voice?

By |January 19th, 2015|Feel accepted, Youth Voice|

Anna Carlson is an Americorp Promise Fellow working with the Itasca Area Initiative for Student Success.   She lives in Jacobson.   Americorps Fellow Anna Carlson is working with youth fro the Itasca area to assess the results from the Youth Voice Student Survey. With school out on Martin Luther King Day, many families have time for a [...]

23 09, 2014

New tools, resolve to deal with bullying problem

By |September 23rd, 2014|Feel accepted, Supported inside and outside of school|

The Pathway goals "Every student will feel accepted" and "Every student will be supported inside and outside of school" are core to this piece that appeared in the September 18 issue of the Scenic Range NewsForum. ... By Scott Stein     When the Minnesota legislature approved the Safe and Supportive Schools Act last April, many suggested that Minnesota went from [...]

25 04, 2014

Vandyke Elementary takes on bullying

By |April 25th, 2014|Feel accepted, Partner News, Supported inside and outside of school|

This piece by Nathan Bergstedt shows the positive outcomes that result when schools and community organizations work together. Read on to learn how the vital role of Cooperative Solutions in the Peer Mediator program at Vandyke Elementary, how it fits into a larger vision of "students assisting each other with their own problems to help contribute to a generation of [...]

10 03, 2014

Acceptance helps teens find path

By |March 10th, 2014|Feel accepted|

This is the fourth in a series of articles, written by Christina Brown, that show how community members are using the Pathway to Student Success. The Pathway was created and endorsed by local youth and adults as a guide to engage everyone in building strong community by supporting youth on their journey to becoming the next generation of skilled workers, [...]

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 [...]

12 11, 2013

November is Native American Heritage Month

By |November 12th, 2013|Feel accepted, Partner News|

November is Native American Heritage Month, and what better way to celebrate it than to learn something about the history and cultures of the first Americans? Carl Gawboy is the artist, historian, retired College of St. Scholastica instructor and member of the Bois Forte Band of Minnesota Ojibwe who scripted and directs The Great Hurt. According to Gawboy, the [...]

20 08, 2013

Still not forgotten

By |August 20th, 2013|Feel accepted|

Our community is fortunate to have Rachel Bledsoe, the passion behind Bullying - Be the Solution Not the Problem. What started as concern about her own child, has rippled into a new conversation in the Grand Rapids community about bullying, connecting our shared past to our shared present. Bullying - Be the Solution is currently fundraising for a memorial for [...]