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All kids need an IEP

Aug 4, 2013 by

By Joe Nathan – Powerful, personal and passionate. That’s how I’d describe more than 20 responses to last week’s column...

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Generation Next should be more...

Jul 19, 2013 by

If the Twin Cities is going to make substantial, long-term progress on reducing achievement gaps, we need to make better use of “beat...

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“Now he has hope, and we have ...

Apr 5, 2013 by

Joe Nathan – Today, two stories help illustrate why there’s no single best school for all students. First, a parent speaks, then a...

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Compliments and possible chang...

Jan 25, 2013 by

Joe Nathan Column – Gov. Mark Dayton and Education Commissioner Brenda Cassellius have been listening to many parents, educators and...

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Powerful possibilities of publ...

Jan 3, 2013 by

Joe Nathan – In some ways, Penny, Pete and Paul were very different. Penny was a blonde, blue-eyed teenager who grew up on a...

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Petting horses, but not a poli...

Nov 29, 2012 by

Let’s start today with Tina the tiny horse.  Well, perhaps not tiny.  But small, and injured when kicked by another horse shortly...

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Unique collaboration promotes ...

Nov 21, 2012 by

The Lee family, shown above at St. Paul City Charter School, represents more than 1,200 families in Minneapolis and St. Paul who have...

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Minnesota Education Leaders su...

Nov 18, 2012 by

Joe Nathan – What should the top educational priority be for Congress and the Obama Administration?  Twenty-seven Minnesota...

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Helping youngsters think about...

Oct 30, 2012 by

By Joe Nathan – How can we help young people think thoughtfully about this year’s vigorous, sometimes bitter election...

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Remarkable range of opportunit...

Sep 27, 2012 by

Joe Nathan – Honoring outstanding elementary, junior and senior high school student projects that reduced local pollution or...

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Possible lessons may be drawn ...

Sep 20, 2012 by

Joe Nathan – Would you find a movie entertaining in which a father repeatedly struck and screamed at his six-year -old daughter? ...

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Visiting Normandy’s “D-Day Bea...

Sep 12, 2012 by

By Joe Nathan It was quiet on the beautiful beach, except for the strong wind and the large waves.  No children building sand...

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A wonderful free resource for ...

Sep 6, 2012 by

For me, it was debate and tennis.  What was it for you?  The “it” in this case: extracurricular activities.  For many people,...

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Highlights of two polls on pub...

Sep 4, 2012 by

How would you rate public schools, your confidence in teachers, and reforms like Common Core Standards and chartered public schools?...

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Congratulations and concerns a...

Aug 24, 2012 by

Congratulations and concerns.  That’s how we might react to recently-released Minnesota high school graduates’ performance on the ACT...

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Why aren’t universities ...

Aug 17, 2012 by

Joe Nathan – If your college of education received millions of dollars to help prepare teachers and wanted to include nearby...

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More family involvement? Here’...

Aug 13, 2012 by

Joe Nathan – Wanted for the soon-to-start school year – more parent and family involvement, right? That’s been a frequent...

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Time to rethink sports in ever...

Jul 27, 2012 by

Here’s hoping the pathetic, tragic story of Penn State football encourages a wider discussion in every community about young people...

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Are schools doing enough to ch...

Jul 20, 2012 by

Three important questions come from “Do Schools Challenge our Children?” a new report by the Center for American Progress (CAP): • Is...

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Visionaries in Texas and Minne...

Jul 16, 2012 by

Joe Nathan – They call it “4 for 2” and I call it “brilliant.” “They” are Long Prairie Grey Eagle, Minnesota (LPGE) High School...

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