The three candidates for superintendent of the Minneapolis Public Schools — Michael Goar, Charles Foust and Sergio Paez — will visit with staff, teachers and community members next week.
Some events will be open to the public; others will be televised on Ch. 15 and livestreamed on the school district website.
A panel with Minneapolis students and teachers from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday will be televised and livestreamed, as will two events on Wednesday: a panel with community partners from 10 a.m. to noon and a panel with Minneapolis parents and school leaders from 4 to 6 p.m.
The public is invited to a community reception at Webster Elementary from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday. OnThursday, the school board will interview candidates at the Davis Center from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. and hear public comment on the candidates at 5:30 p.m.
The board will select its preferred candidate Dec. 7.
Conference explores new learning spaces
Representatives from six states and 18 school districts converged on Chaska High School earlier this month to examine a new education trend: personalized learning spaces.
The Eastern Carver County district calls itself a leader in personalized learning, with flexible spaces such as the Loft in Chanhassen High School. Students can go to the Loft to get help, work in small groups or study independently. The district also is “using their school library media centers as the ‘sandbox’ to experiment and create flexible learning spaces that can impact every student,” according to a statement.
The conference turned some classrooms and spots in the Chaska High media center into experimental zones to try out equipment and gather student feedback.
Lakeville considers moving ALC program
The Lakeville school board is discussing a proposal that would move many students enrolled at the Alternative Learning Center (ALC) campus to “a school-within-a-school” at both Lakeville North and Lakeville South high schools in the 2017-18 school year.
An ALC is a high school program designed to meet the needs of students who, for social, emotional or academic reasons, haven’t been successful in a traditional high school. About 70 students attend Lakeville’s ALC on Howland Avenue.
District officials said the change would save money and provide ALC students with access to a wider range of classes and programs already available at the high schools.
“We need to maximize the services to our students while guaranteeing we are not duplicating services,” the proposal said.
Last year, the district subsidized ALC programming with $650,000 from the general fund. Other districts, however, are able to pay for their ALC programs without needing supplementary funding, the proposal said.
When surveyed, Lakeville ALC students said they wanted better school lunches and to be able to pursue their interests through elective courses and activities.
The school board will discuss the plan further at a Dec. 15 school board study session.