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Strategy E

Elevate student voice and leadership and improve/ensure inclusiveness in the school culture and environment

Related directions recommended in inter-district work sessions.

• Foster and catalyze inclusive and respectful school environment and school community practices

• Build inclusiveness in the school culture and environment

• Work to eliminate bias in the student community

• Empower student voice and leadership in school life and education issues

• Promote student engagement, leadership and connections between kids and kids

• Provide culturally inclusive social and physical school environment

Phase 1

     A. Initiate a 2020 Reimagine MN Strategy Group on school culture initiative

     B. Create structures (surveys) to gather many student voices about school climate

     C. Encourage sharing of student and staff narratives

     D. Create opportunities for students to share with staff and leaders to speak

     E. Develop shared agreements for a trusting and accountable environment

Phase II

     F. Continue to evaluate climate with student and parent feedback loops

     G. Continue to have students participate in opportunities as student group changes annually

Desired Outcomes

     • Emphasis and innovation in systemwide school environment v Annual climate plan with baseline data

     • Increased “seeing and listening” of all school community members v Visible student leadership role

     • Schoolwide support to enrich the environment

     • Continuing improvement of the annual climate plan with baseline data

     • Institutionalized systems for elevating student voice year after year

AMSD hosted a strategy session on Nov. 5, 2018 for Reimagine Minnesota Strategy Session E: Student Voice

Monday, Nov. 5, 2018

9 AM – 12:00 PM

Sourcewell (Formerly TIES) Conference Center

1640 Larpenteur Avenue West, Falcon Heights

Minnesota students from throughout the metro region shared their voices about their own racial identities, consciousness and what it means in the classroom at the Reimagine Minnesota strategy session on student voice and leadership on Monday, Nov. 5, 2018.


9:00 Welcome and Overview

• Superintendent Aldo Sicoli

9:15 Richfield High School Student Recommendations

• Superintendent Steve Unowsky and Students

10:00 Break

10:15 Student Led Community Engagement Campaign

• Superintendent Rhoda Mhiripiri-Reed

11:00 Inter-district Collaboration with the Human Centered Design process

• Superintendent Astein Osei

• Superintendent Josh Swanson

• Superintendent Rhoda Mhiripiri-Reed

• Student Panel

11:45 Authentically Elevating Student Voice

• Executive Director Jean Lubke, Heidi Fransen and Paula O’Loughlin Equity Alliance

12:00 – Wrap Up/ Closing/ Next Steps

AMSD is hosting a strategy session on Monday, April 15 that addresses some components of Strategy C

Monday, April 15, 2019

8:30 AM – 12:00 PM

Quora Education Center

70 West County Road B2, Little Canada

Culturally Responsive Pedagogy and Improved Student Relationships

We know the student’s day-to-day experience in the classroom has the highest impact on the student’s emotional and academic success. Systemically strengthening the skillset of our teachers can address many of our Reimagine MN strategies: Cultural Competence, Personalized Education, Student Voice, Cultural Inclusivity, and Adult Behaviors.

This session will highlight successes from districts systematizing learning from the National Urban Alliance and AFT’s Professional Development Program. Representatives from Education Minnesota’s equity team will share the systemic work of their FIRE equity leaders program.


8:30 Greeting and Context-Setting – Dr. Jean Lubke

8:40 Community Builder – Dawn Fedora and Ann Schwartz

8:55 Success Stories in the Classroom and in Districts – the Teachers’ Perspective

• Jackie Roehl, Edina, HS ELA

• Elizabeth Hillstrom, Edina, HS ELA

• Dawn Fedora – former Eden Prairie GT, instructional coach

• Ann Schwartz – student support specialist, Wayzata

• Dr. Allison LaBree – Education MN, Education Issues Specialist (MN Educator Academy Professional Development (MEA PD))

• Jonathan Kim – Education MN, Education Issues Specialist (FIRE equity)

10:20 BREAK

10:30 Success Stories in Districts – the Administrators’ Perspective
• Dr. Aldo Sicoli, Superintendent, Roseville Area Schools
• Dr. Rev PM Crowley Hillstrom, Director of Educational Equity, Osseo Area Schools

11:00 Pedagogy of Confidence
• Dr. Eric Cooper, Founder and President, National Urban Alliance

11:30 Opportunity to Collaborate
• Dr. Aldo Sicoli, Superintendent, Roseville Area Schools

• Dr. Jean Lubke, Executive Director, Equity Alliance MN

12:00 Adjournment



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