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School Share Roundtables:

Strong schools in our network are hosting our first roundtable sharings!

November 30th | Paladin School
December 10th | HSRA
Online |  FREE

Nov. 30  |  2:30 - 3:30 | Paladin

Topic:  Creating Connections, Forming Foundations

COVID-19 restrictions and guidelines have challenged schools to make adjustments to do what is best for their students and their families emotionally, socially, and academically. At Paladin, we have focused on our new students through our Acceleration program, setting a strong foundation and preparing our students for the shifting learning environments we are likely to have this school year. We needed to be flexible in showing the different ways students can learn, honoring the student as a whole person, and nurturing our connections to continuing to build our strong community. Come prepared to share your schools experiences as we share ours!
 

Dec. 10  |  2:30 - 3:30 | HSRA

Topic:  Engaging Homeless and Highly Mobile Youth

We will be hosting a discussion around Engaging Homeless and Highly Mobile Youth with Wraparound Services and Creative Pedagogy. Members of our Advisory, Social Work team, and Academic Team will present strategies and community connections / resources they use and answer questions with attendees.

Create more sharing and learning across the network by hosting your own roundtable!  Host schools receive a $500 stipend.  If your school is interested, tell us your idea through this simple form.

School Site Visits:

(Due to safety concerns related to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, all school site visits have been postponed for the 2020-2021 school year.  Check back next year for opportunities to visit these amazing learning environments!)

Come see innovative learner-centered schools in both elementary and secondary settings. These site visits are available for free and have limited availability.  Participants provide their own transportation and food.

Please see below for school descriptions and contact information.

  Participating Schools:

         *School Share Roundtable Participant*

Avalon School

6-12 (urban, public charter school)

St. Paul, MN

Avalon is an innovative learning community that leverages student agency and teacher ownership. Avalon students design independent projects, choose their seminars, and create rules for Avalon through democratic ownership. While students are empowered to lead their education and accept responsibility for the school community, Avalon teachers are similarly empowered. There is no principal or director; instead the teachers operate as leaders and shared owners.

 

Location: 

Avalon School,

700 Glendale St,

Saint Paul, MN 55114

Contact: 

Carrie Bakken carrie@avalonschool.org

651-649-5495 x205

avalonschool.org

High School of Recording Arts

9-12+ (urban, public charter school)

St. Paul, MN

High School for Recording Arts is defined by its commitment to find and nurture the genius and creativity of every student despite any life challenges or setbacks. Our school is built around the recognition that every learner has special talents and strengths, passionate interests, impactful personal experiences, and unique perspectives on the world and learning. Our aim is to actively recruit students that have dropped out, are over-aged and under-credited, or have not found success in the traditional educational system. To better reach this traditionally neglected or abandoned group, we believe in creating a dynamic educational culture rooted in positive relationships, Hip Hop, the arts, and creativity that inspires our students to transcend individual barriers to success. 

Location:

High School for Recording Arts,

1166 University Ave W,

St Paul, MN 55104

Contact:

Joey Cienian

joey@hsra.org

hsra.org

Minnesota New Country

K-12 (rural, public charter school)

Henderson, MN

The mission of MNCS is to guide students toward self-actualization. To achieve that mission, MNCS leverages the power of purposeful relationships, community, student-led project-based learning, experiential education, and collaborative teacher ownership.

 

Locations: 

Minnesota New Country School (elementary)

127 N 8th St, Henderson

MN 56044

Minnesota New Country School (secondary)

210 Main St, Henderson, MN 56044

Contacts:

Aaron Grim

agrimm@newcountryschool.com (elementary)

David Rice

drice@newcountryschool.com (secondary)

newcountryschool.com

Northwest Passage Charter High School

9-12 (Suburban, charter public school)

Coon Rapids, MN

Northwest Passage Charter High School (NWPHS) is a student centered learning environment for students in 9-12+ grade.  NWPHS focuses on project based and experiential learning, with regular out of school field studies and 20+ overnight learning expeditions.  NWPHS has a maximum of 180 students and a long term advisory model with 15-16 9-12th grade students per advisory. NWPHS is a Teacher-Powered School with a teacher majority school board.

Location: 

Northwest Passage Charter High School

11345 Robinson Dr

Coon Rapids, MN 55433

Contact:

Peter Wieczorek 

715-641-2254

pwieczorek@nwphs.org

Website: nwphs.org

Prairie Creek Community School

K-5 (rural, public charter school)

Northfield, MN

Parents, teachers, staff, and students cooperate with one another and with others outside the school to create a joyful and challenging climate for learning. We help children discover the power and excitement of their minds, their feelings and their bodies, their relationships, their art. We assure children of their value, encourage their accomplishments, and respect their individual learning styles. We value diversity. We emphasize cooperation, promote self-reflection, support innovation, and value change. We share our philosophy and practice with others and learn from them. We value justice, gender-fairness, and conflict resolution. We educate children to live as responsive, responsible members of their own communities, now and into the future.

Location: 

Prairie Creek Community School 

27695 Denmark Ave

Northfield, MN 55057

Contact: 

Simon Tyler 

styler@prairiecreek.org

Website: http://www.prairiecreek.org/

Farmington High School

9-12 (suburban, public district school)

Farmington, MN

Farmington Area Public Schools mission is to provide a student centered culture that radiates a dream of an entirely new educational world, is to ensure each student continuously achieves one’s highest aspirations while demonstrating responsibility to communities through a system distinguished by: passion for continuous growth; humanitarian purpose; personal reflection which gives meaning to learning; individual empathetic agency; and, radical trust in self and others.

Location: 

Farmington High School, 20655 Flagstaff Ave, Farmington, MN 55024

Contact: 

Daniel Pickens,

dpickens@farmington.k12.mn.us 

https://fhs.farmington.k12.mn.us/

Level Up Academy

K-8 (suburban, public charter school)
White Bear Lake, MN


The Level Up Academy curriculum reflects the needs of each student and is documented through personalized learning plans. While parts of the curriculum consist of online leveled games and the use of the digital platform instructional and assessment tools, the teacher and student explore multiple approaches to achieve these goals. The teachers also operate collectively to choose behavior and classroom management systems designed to create an engaging school community based on respect and empathy.


Location:

Level Up Academy,

2600 East Co Rd E,

White Bear Lake, MN, 55110

Contact:

Molly Dandelet  

dandelet@levelupacademy.org 

651-408-5559 ext. 302

www.levelupacademy.org

MNCAPS

11-12 (suburban, serves students from two districts: Prior Lake-Savage, Farmington)

Lakeville, MN

The Minnesota Center for Advanced Professional Studies (MNCAPS) is a partnership of education, industry and community, immersing all students in profession-based learning experiences. MNCAPS is an example of innovation in modern education. MNCAPS offers a unique way for high school students to apply their course work in real-world settings through hands-on learning, solving authentic problems through project-based assessments, personalized learning, and working one-on-one with mentors in the community, all while earning high school and college credits.

Location:

MNCAPS

17685 Juniper Path Ste 205

Lakeville, MN 55044

Contact

Erik Sill

esill@priorlake-savage.k12.mn.us

Website: mncaps (link)

Paladin 

9-12 (urban)

Blaine, MN

Paladin Career & Technical High School uses an individu­alized instructional model for each student. Our model in­corporates work-based learning, seminar-based learning, project­-based learning, and experien­tial learning to meet the needs of each individual stu­dent. Students earn credit to­wards graduation by attend­ing educator-led seminars, participating in experiential learning opportunities (trips and treks), completing student­-led/ guided projects, meeting employment/ entrepreneur­ship goals (work-based learning), attending Post Secondary Education Options (PSEO), along with a variety of other innovative methods. Students who have strug­gled to be successful in the education system in the past are given a variety of support systems at Paladin Ca­reer & Technical High School. In addition to the per­sonal/social support offered by school staff, flexibility, and relationship building are also provided in the education model. 

Location:

Paladin Career & Technical High School

308 Northtown Drive

Blaine MN 55434

Contact:

Brandon Wait

brandon.wait@paladincareertech.com

paladincareertech.com

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Minnesota Learner-Centered Network

Contacts:

Carrie Bakken

Carrie@avalonschool.org

651.649.5495 x 205

Julene Oxton

JuleneOxton@edvisions.org

952.475.0170