Please join Laura Waterman Wittstock on Wednesday, February 26, as she talks with Daniel Sellers and Jacqueline White, authors of
“Native American Student Achievement in Minnesota.” The study showcases three programs where students are making strong academic gains and suggests this is because the schools: Set high expectations for students and focus on their assets; Build relationships with students and their families; Integrate indigenous history, culture and languages; and Put a premium on mentoring and supporting teachers. The authors say, "We also saw impressive results when schools: Use assessment data pro-actively to intervene when students are struggling; Respond to needs articulated by parent education
committees; Create permanent collaborative agreements between schools and the Native community; Have access to programs that support the education of Native teachers; and Have flexibility to hire whomever they consider the best person for the job."
JACQUELINE WHITE is a Minneapolis writer who has also worked as a waitress and as an activist striving to create respectful schools for all students, including those who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender. Her op-eds have been published in the Minneapolis Star-Tribune and distributed through the Progressive Media Project. Other credits include stints as a senior editor at The Utne Reader and as editor of the Search Institute magazine Assets. She has taught writing at a jail, a drop-in center for homeless youth, and at the Loft Literary Center. She earned a BA in English cum laude from Yale and an MFA in Creative Nonfiction from Antioch University-Los Angeles.
DANIEL SELLERS has lived in Minnesota almost his entire life. After graduating from Gustavus Adolphus College with a degree in sociology and anthropology, Daniel joined Teach For America as a sixth-grade math teacher at Warren County Middle School in North Carolina. While there, he raised his students’ state test scores to the point of closing the achievement gap between them and their wealthier peers, an accomplishment that landed him a spot as a finalist for Teach For America’s 2008 Sue Lehmann Excellence in Teaching Award. - See more at: http://minncan.org/who-we-are/staff#sthash.K6ZofDmx.dpuf