THE ART OF MOTIVATING STUDENTS AND ENGAGING EMPLOYERS
Wednesday, April 19, 2017
Mankato City Center Hotel, Mankato, MN
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Facilitators: Deon Clark and Joshua Olatunde, TCI Solutions.
This all-day workshop is designed to provide secondary and postsecondary educators with tools and strategies in the following areas: A) Recognize the diverse cultural characteristics of students, and socioeconomic status to adjust teaching methods. B) Improve rapport with students, effectively manage your classrooms, and motivate students to want to learn. C) Engage employers in meaningful ways to add value to student learning.
I am a realistic optimist. Nine years ago I truly did not believe that I would see a black person as U.S. president until I was old and gray. Then Obama won in Iowa and I thought, “yes he can.”
I can’t describe how important Obama is to me personally and politically. He was a great president because he is a great man, compassionate and intelligent. He was not a perfect president and did things that I did not agree with but I always knew he was doing the best that he could and trusted his decision making.
To paraphrase Dr. Seuss, today I do not cry because it’s over, I smile because it happened.
African Americans, Native Americans, Latinos and Asian Americans adults are underrepresented in high skilled, high status occupations, such as management positions.
Researchers found African Americans employed in managerial professions at 40% the rate of White Americans (Bigler et al.). High concentration in low-skilled occupations and low representation in high-skilled occupations leads to lower wage earnings and wealth accumulation for members of ethnic minority groups.
This gap in the number of ethnic minorities in high-skilled occupations will have a harmful effect on the entire workforce. Continue reading
The General Educational Development (GED) is a high school diploma equivalent that has lifelong benefits that include helping Minnesota WorkForce Center customers and other job seekers to be eligible for better, higher-paying jobs or start a pathway to a new career.
The GED tests usually cost $120. Now through the end of June 2016, GED testing is available at no cost to eligible Minnesotans. Check out the links below for more information:
• MN Department of Education link with information about the free GED
• Minnesota Public Radio news blog
A Facebook friend of mine recently posted this meme, presumably in reacting to recent community protests in Minneapolis and Chicago against two separate police shootings.
I, too, used to think that police brutality was an issue only for those who were already committing crimes. Like the meme says, if you don’t want problems with law enforcement, don’t break any laws.
To be honest, a few years ago I might have posted or “liked” a statement like this. But I know better now. Continue reading