Kudos: November 6, 2017

  • Open World Learning getting EL credential

    OWL recognized as a ‘credentialed’ Expeditionary Learning school
    Open World Learning (OWL) was recently recognized, along with five other schools nationwide, as a Credentialed EL (formerly Expeditionary Learning) Education School at the EL Education National Conference in Chicago. Of the 165 schools in the EL Education Network, OWL is one of 33 schools now recognized as a top-performing EL Education School. Earlier this fall, OWL presented a portfolio of evidence that demonstrated high-level performance in the following categories: student mastery of skills and knowledge, culture and character development, and high-quality student work.

    Harding boys soccer team makes first ever trip to state tournament
    The Harding Senior High School boys soccer team made history this year with their first ever playoff berth in the Minnesota State High School Soccer Tournament.

    “The success is just a symptom of their hard work,” said Harding Head Coach Mukwa Ogichida. The Knights overcame a lot of adversity and put in long hours of lifting, running and working together this season. Harding’s soccer team is made up 11 seniors, six juniors, three sophomores and two freshmen -- many of whom have played together for a few years.

    “This season’s success was years in the making,” Ogichida said. “We are an older team that now leaves a legacy for the younger players to follow. These guys believe in each other, and bought into the fact that their diversity makes them better.”

    There are 30 different languages spoken by the families of players on the Knights. This group rallied around the idea that soccer is the language that brings them together, Ogichida said. And they all shared one goal: Always work to get better.

    Racial equity award honors Christine Vang
    Pacific Educational Group (PEG) has selected Christine Vang, principal at Como Park Elementary School, as the recipient of the 2017 Charles Hopson Racial Equity Principal Award. Ms. Vang was honored two weeks ago at the 2017 National Summit for Courageous Conversation in Detroit.

    Central alum honored by PEG
    Pacific Educational Group (PEG) has selected Makkah Abdur Salaam, 2017 graduate of Central High School, to receive the 2017 Ruby Bridges Student Leadership and Courage Award. This award is presented to students who demonstrate the courage and leadership required to navigate community and school culture to achieve at the highest levels. Makkah was honored at the 2017 National Summit for Courageous Conversation. You can learn more about Makkah’s award here.

    Washington Technology teacher Kristi Herman-Hill recognized with the Harold B. Allen AwardKristi Herman-Hill recognized with the Harold B. Allen Award
    Kristi Herman-Hill, an ELL teacher at Washington Technology Magnet School, was recently honored with the Harold B. Allen Award for her dedication to her profession by Minnesota Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (MinneTESOL).  

    Kristi became an ELL teacher as a second career after working for a volunteer organization where she had many cross-cultural teaching experiences in Africa, Asia, Europe and South America. Through her experiences, she realized that her students taught her as much as she taught them, and that is still true today. She has taught English to elementary, middle school, adult and graduate students, but the majority of her experience has been teaching high school ELL, in SPPS.

    Kristi greatly values the relationships she has built and all that she has learned from her involvement in MinneTESOL. She has served on the Executive Board for the past four years as External Relations Director and helped to create the Regional Liaison position on the Board.

    Harold B. Allen, a professor from the University of Minnesota and noted linguist, was the founder and first president of TESOL in 1966. Every year, MinneTESOL celebrates this connection by honoring one or two members of our local affiliate who have demonstrated particular dedication to the profession and to the organization.

    Lights On After School event at Randolph Heights

    Community Education participates in Lights On Afterschool celebration
    Community Education participated in Lights On Afterschool, a national celebration of the impact afterschool programs have on youth and families during the week of Oct. 23. Participants colored light bulbs that have been hung in their schools, and families were invited into the classrooms to experience the fun for themselves.