Activities and Events
Since 2013, GradMinnesota has partnered with key stakeholders in Minnesota to convene local and statewide summits. The events bring together youth, educators, community members and leaders, and policy makers to discuss the issues most affecting you and develop strategies for action.
February GradMinnesota Advisory Council Meeting
Join us for a working meeting on Implementing Alternatives to Suspension and Expulsions!
Thursday, February 9, 2017
9:00 to 11:00 am
Minnesota Department of Education
Room CC15 – Conference Center B
1500 Highway 36 West
Roseville, MN 55113
Agenda for this interactive meeting will include: a brief overview of the issue, a panel reflecting on experiences with alternatives to suspensions, Q & A, discussion of barriers and solutions, strategizing and identifying action items for GradMinnesota and participants. The meeting will be facilitated in partnership with Solutions Not Suspensions (http://mneep.org/solutions-not-suspensions/)
Please let us know whether you can attend! Click on this link.
Please note: The meeting is open to everyone and is part of the GradMinnesota Advisory Council Meetings held bimonthly. Each of the upcoming meetings will be structured to address one of the GradMinnesota Priority Recommendations.
I Teach Love: A Summit on Compassion and Justice Inside and Outside the Classroom
February 25, 2017: Educators 4 Excellence presents a community event focused on igniting compassion and justice within yourself, your school, and your community. Bring a team of educators from your school to practice mindfulness, build relationships, and gather tools to create and foster positive school climate. Register at http://tinyurl.com/iteachlove.
Ready by 21 National Conference
March 29-31, 2017 in Austin Texas- Every year, the Ready by 21 National Meeting brings together hundreds of leaders from around the country who are working to get all young people ready by 21 – for college, work and life. These leaders have dedicated themselves to improving the odds for children and youth through collective impact initiatives, policy alignment and program quality improvement. More info HERE.
PAST ADVISORY COUNCIL MEETING AGENDAS AND CONTENT
November 17, 2016
- Presentations by: We Want You Back (Minneapolis Public Schools) and GradNation Communities in Minnesota
July 21, 2016
- Presentation: Youth as Advisors, School Climate, Policy and Beyond
- GradMN Operations Survey Results and Implications
May 19, 2016
- Prezi: Alternative Pathways to Earn a Diploma (GradMN Rec #7) Early Middle College
- Collective Action and Communication Subcommittee Update
- GradMN Summary (PPT)
- GradNation 2016 Report
- How is MN doing?
- GradMinnesota August 2016 E-Newsletter
- GradMinnesota September 2016 E-Newsletter
- GradMinnesota October 2016 E-Newsletter
- GradMinnesota November 2016 E-Newsletter
- GradMinnesota December 2016 E-Newsletter
- GradMinnesota January 2017 E-Newsletter
- GradMinnesota February 2017 E-Newsletter
For more information on the subcommittees, or to become involved, please contact the appropriate co-chair:
Steering Committee: Contact Sarah Dixon, Minnesota Alliance With Youth
Strategy Committee: Contact Cammy Lehr, Minnesota Alliance With Youth
- Legislative Advocacy Subcommitee Co-Chairs: Kori Redepenning, Minnesota Alliance With Youth and Mai-Ahn Kapanke, Mentoring Partnership of Minnesota
- Communication Subcommittee Co-Chairs: Kate Suchomel, Minnesota Alliance With Youth and TBA
- Resource Library Subcommittee Co-Chairs: Cammy Lehr, Minnesota Alliance With Youth and TBA
- Collective Impact Subcommittee Co-Chairs: Sarah Dixon, Minnesota Alliance With Youth and Roberto Reyes, Minnesota Department of Education
At the Promise Fellow Midyear Retreat in February 2016, GradMinnesota presented information on four Priority Recommendations (using data, providing a multi-tiered system of supports, mentoring, and replacing exclusionary discipline practices). Participants were invited to provide examples of best practices related to the recommendations on “Bright Spot” cards. This list is intended to be a resource for individuals interested in finding out more about these strategies for engaging young people in school and keeping them on the path to graduation and postsecondary success. Click here to see the Bright Spots List.
2014 Statewide Summit
On Friday, June 13th, over 200 youth and adults from across Minnesota gathered at Hamline University for the Statewide Summit: Ignite Youth Voice for Change. Supported by a strategic partnership with Minnesota Alliance With Youth, Minnesota Youth Council, youthrive and Youthprise, as well as State Farm, the event was a culmination of eight district summits during 2013 and 2014. Ignite Youth Voice For Change brought together youth, community leaders, elected officials, nonprofits and Minnesota Youth Council members to share youth perspective, mobilize youth voice, celebrate ongoing work, hear from experts and gain new skills.
Past Congressional Summits
- Carleton College in Northfield on November 6, 2013 (District 2)
- Minnesota State University in Mankato on November 18, 2013 (District 1)
- Lake Superior College in Duluth on November 23, 2013 (District 8)
- Hamline University in St. Paul on December 10, 2013 (Districts 4 & 5)
- St. Cloud State University in St. Cloud on January 13, 2014 (District 6)
- Bemidji State University in Bemidji on January 20, 2014 (District 7)
- Chanhassen High School in Chanhassen on January 22, 2014 (District 3)
Check out this clip from “A Summit of Experts: Generating Solutions to Address Dropout and the Achievement Gap,” at Hamline University on Dec. 10, 2013.
Thanks to Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota Foundation, America’s Promise Alliance and State Farm for their support of this initiative!