2 04, 2013

Bullying – Be The Solution – Not The Problem

By |April 2nd, 2013|Feel accepted|

According to stopbullying.gov, bullying is defined as unwanted, aggressive behavior among school aged children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. The behavior is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated, over time. Both kids who are bullied and who bully others may have serious, lasting problems. The Pathway to Student Success includes the goal - all students [...]

15 03, 2013

High School teams from throughout northern Minnesota gather for Native American Language Quiz Bowl

By |March 15th, 2013|Develop skills to live, work and thrive in an ever changing world, Feel accepted, High quality out-of-school programs and activities, The School Years|

Thanks to Student Success Core Team member Harold Annette for the invitation to attend last week's Ojibwe Language and Culture Quiz Bowl. It was both fun and a great learning experience. Congratulations to all the students who participated and to the winning teams! by Nathan Bergstedt, Grand Rapids Herald-Review “When you speak another language or play music, your cognition process [...]

5 03, 2013

True friends

By |March 5th, 2013|Feel accepted, Youth Voice|

It's with a touch of sadness that I post Izzie's last story for the Student Success blog. I don't know that she realizes how much she's taught me over these last few months and how much I've come to admire her. All of us at the Student Success Initiative and the Blandin Foundation wish you well, Izzie! Elizabeth “Izzie” [...]

19 02, 2013

What it’s like to live with Asperger’s

By |February 19th, 2013|Feel accepted|

I know several people who have kids "on the spectrum" and that the expression "trying to fit a square peg in a round hole" is often used when talking about the challenges faced by  kids, parents and teachers alike. In her "Communities at WashingtonTimes.com" story, Autism: Finding a place to be "not even wrong", writer and mother of an autistic [...]

29 01, 2013

Bullying takes centerstage at the Greenway High School Auditorium

By |January 29th, 2013|Feel accepted|

Jamie Nobozny will be speaking Wed. Jan. 30th at the Greenway High School Auditorium at 7:00 p.m. This event is free and open to the public. Bullying has reached epidemic levels around the US. It's an issue here in the Itasca area and a reoccurring topic here on the Itasca Area Initiative for Student Success blog. Our student blogger, [...]

14 01, 2013

Ground Floor offers youth acceptance

By |January 14th, 2013|Feel accepted, High quality out-of-school programs and activities, Partner News|

Among the goals on the Pathway to Student Success is one that reads "Every student will feel accepted". The Ground Floor fills that need for the students who walk through their door. This story, written by Amanda Dosen Windorski, originally appeared in the 2012 "At Home" report, distributed to residents of the Grand Rapids area. The Ground Floor offers [...]

4 12, 2012

Kids these days can face challenges with courage

By |December 4th, 2012|Feel accepted, Youth Voice|

Elizabeth Olson delivering her talk, "Kids these days can face challenges with courage" on the TEDxYouth@1000Lakes stage. Elizabeth "Izzie" Olson reflects on her recent experience as a speaker for TEDxYouth@1000Lakes in her monthly column for the Student Success Blog. This month I had the opportunity to participate in TEDxYouth@1000Lakes at the Reif Center in Grand Rapids. This is [...]

27 11, 2012

TEDxYouth@1000Lakes “Kids These Days” videos and images are up!

By |November 27th, 2012|Feel accepted, Youth Voice|

Chances are good that if you are over 18 and don't attend an Itasca area high school you were not in the audience at last week's TEDxYouth@1000Lakes Kids These Days. This was the first TEDxYouth event in our area, and was organized by youth for youth. I am unabashedly biased in saying that it was an outstanding example of student [...]

30 10, 2012

The End of Bullying Begins with Me

By |October 30th, 2012|Feel accepted, Youth Voice|

Elizabeth “Izzie” Olson is a student, poet, singer, writer, future nurse practitioner and a monthly contributor to the Student Success blog. Izzie Olson takes the topic of bullying from the abstract to the concrete in her monthly column for the Student Success Blog. I recently had the opportunity to interview three of my fellow students who attend Greenway [...]