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21 02, 2017

Grand Rapids 9th graders SPARK continued action.

By |February 21st, 2017|Develop skills to live, work and thrive in an ever changing world, Partner News, Uncategorized|

In December we reported on the efforts in Grand Rapids High School 9th grade class rooms to take learning from the Youth Voices survey data and move forward project they care about.  You can read more about that event here.   From District #318: Students analyzed data about our community gathered in the 2014 Itasca Area Youth Survey. They chose a [...]

31 03, 2016

Nine graders put civics lessons into action

By |March 31st, 2016|Develop skills to live, work and thrive in an ever changing world|

About 20 Ninth graders from Grand Rapids High School, Deer River High School and Northern Lights Community School attended Youth Day at the Capitol on March 29.  The morning session included presentations from Secretary of State Steve Simon and Representative Mariani. As part of the social studies curriculum, these young people spent a few weeks understanding their community through the [...]

6 07, 2015

Itasca Community College Developing a new 21st Century Advanced Manufacturing and Industrial Technician Program

By |July 6th, 2015|After High School, Develop skills to live, work and thrive in an ever changing world, Enroll in and complete a degree, certification or other training after high school, Partner News|

Bart Johnson, Dean of Academic Affairs at Itasca Community College is a member of the governance council for the initiative.  In this post, he reports on an effort led by Itasca Community college in the development of an advanced industrial technical program.   Itasca Community College (ICC) is developing a new advanced industrial technical program to respond to the changing needs [...]

12 08, 2014

Nurturing the next generation from cradle-to-career

By |August 12th, 2014|Develop skills to live, work and thrive in an ever changing world, Early Career, Spark|

Bernadine Joselyn, Core Team member and Director of Public Policy and Engagement at the Blandin Foundation, penned this post for Outposts about some of the things that caught her attention and imagination at last week's Educating for the 21st Forum. Yesterday I had the chance to attend Day One of the “Educating for the 21st Century” forum held at the Carlson School [...]

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 [...]

2 05, 2014

Future Workers Learn the Importance of Committed Connections

By |May 2nd, 2014|Develop skills to live, work and thrive in an ever changing world|

From the Blandin Foundation Outposts Blog... Future Workers Learn the Importance of Committed Connections Project from Future Workers who visited Blandin Foundation This week more than 600 ninth graders from seven Itasca County schools traded their sneakers in for a comfy set of loafers, putting themselves in the shoes of local business men and women for a day. As part [...]

19 04, 2014

Preparing Students for A Changing World

By |April 19th, 2014|After High School, Develop skills to live, work and thrive in an ever changing world|

This is the last 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, [...]

25 11, 2013

An Hour of Code – Sign up now students of all ages!

By |November 25th, 2013|Develop skills to live, work and thrive in an ever changing world, High quality out-of-school programs and activities, Partner News, Technology and the skills necessary to use it to achieve goals|

Did you know that software jobs outnumber students 3-to-1? Anyone can learn the basics, starting in elementary school, but fewer than 10% of students (and just 4% of female students, 3% of students of color) take computer science classes. An Hour of Code, coming up December 9-15 during Computer Science Education Week, is getting some good promotion. Locally I hear [...]

28 05, 2013

Grand Rapids High School receives the 2013 Top AFS School Award

By |May 28th, 2013|Develop skills to live, work and thrive in an ever changing world|

Congratulations to Grand Rapids High School for receiving this award. The ability to navigate across a variety of cultures is a critical skill needed by the students of today, and shows up on the Pathway to Student Success in the goal, "Every student will develop the skills to live, work and thrive in an ever-changing world." Pictured above are [...]