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1. Director of Ramp-Up to Readiness™: Ramp-Up is a school-wide program that guides junior and senior high school students through a research-derived sequence of courses, projects, activities and experiences that prepare them for college entrance and success. The program has been designed over the past two years through intensive engagement in thirteen Twin Cities secondary schools and the full model is being piloted in eight schools during the 2010-2011 school year. Starting in 2011, the program will be made available to other junior and senior high schools across Minnesota that seek to implement a comprehensive and coherent school-wide approach to college readiness. The current Director of Ramp-Up to Readiness™ is Theresa Battle, who last week accepted a position as Associate Superintendent in the Minneapolis Public Schools. In seeking Theresa's replacement, we are eager to consider educators from a wide range of backgrounds, including counseling and guidance, administration and classroom teaching. For more information, please see the attached position description, visit the Ramp-Up Web site at www.rampuptoreadiness.org or contact me directly at Pekel@umn.edu or 612-625-7002.

2. Junior Achievement (JA) Vice President for Education: Junior Achievement of the Upper Midwest, Inc. connects businesses and schools in greater Minnesota, North Dakota and western Wisconsin to inspire and prepare young people to succeed in a global economy. Junior Achievement programs are taught in more than 650 schools throughout the Upper Midwest, and last year alone more than 122,000 students from kindergarten through 12th grade had a JA program in their classroom. Those programs were facilitated in part by more than 7,500 volunteers from business and other fields, who guided students through hands-on experiential curricula that teach the key concepts of work readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy. The Vice President for Education is a member of the organization's senior leadership team and directs a staff that manages all of JA's educational programs in schools and recruitment and training of community volunteers. In my view, this is an extraordinary leadership opportunity for an educator who is interested in the world of business or a businessperson who is interested in the world of education. For more information, please contact the President of Junior Achievement of the Upper Midwest, Gina Blayney, at gina@jaum.org or 651-255-0034.

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