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Saint Paul Public Library was one of 12 winners of a national competition to build 21st Century learning labs in museums and2011 Camp Bannerlibraries around the country. The 12 recipients of this round of grants were selected out of a pool of 98 applicants from 32 states. Applications were evaluated by professionals with relevant expertise in digital media and learning & museum and library management. Support for this project comes from the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. 


The Saint Paul Learning Labs Project will enable Saint Paul Public Library and its partner, the Saint Paul Parks and Recreation Department, to create a comprehensive plan integrating best practices for digital engagement for youth. The project will include a shared facility, a mobile lab, and the online iRemix portal. These new spaces will help provide safe, resource rich environments where youth, especially "at risk" urban youth, can "hang out, mess around, and geek out" on projects that help them gain 21st century skills.  

Library of the Early Mind

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Reposting this item from MetroBriefs (vol 2., no. 5):

Join in a grownup conversation about children's books. Two special screenings of Library of the Early Mind a documentary about children's literaturewith director Edward J. Delaney followed by panel discussion with local children's book experts.

About the movie

Library of the Early Mind is an exploration of the art and impact of children's literature on our kids, our culture, and ourselves. From the first stories we hear told to us to those childhood heroes that stay with us a lifetime, the impact on our culture runs deeper than what we might expect. "No one suspects the children's writer," says author and illustrator Mo Willems, a former 'Sesame Street' writer. The film features nearly 40 prominent authors and illustrators talking about their work, its genesis and its impact. The number of books in print by the authors in Library of the Early Mind exceeds 240 million.

Showtimes and Panel Info

Sunday, March 27, 2:00-4:30 pm

Minneapolis Central Library in Pohlad Hall, 300 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, 55401

Panel Participants: David LaRochelle, Julie Reimer, John Coy, and Catherine Thimmesh

Monday, March 28, 6:00-8:00 pm

Galaxie Library, 14955 Galaxie Ave, Apple Valley, 55124

Panel Participants: John Coy, Catherine Thimmesh, and Marsha Wilson Chall

Open to the public; no registration required.


Opportunities for both on and off site are available: 

With 13 regional contests, they need of more than 700 judges!  The website and paper categories, with their mail-in participation, is growing leaps and bounds calling for dozens of "at home" evaluators.  And the State Contest on SUNDAY, May 1 will require another 200 committed volunteers.  For more information about the judging process or our events, please visit our website at   

 I will think of this the next time I hear someone say the phrase, "we need to reform education."

ACCESS proposal for MN K-16

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New proposal for K-12 in Minnesota. A number of U of M folks were on this task force: 


"The Achieving College and Career‐readiness for Every Student's Success (ACCESS) assessment and accountability system proposed in this report utilizes multiple measures of learning to determine a student's eligibility to earn a high school diploma."

"in a broader sense its work was part of an ongoing effort to reposition Minnesota's educational and economic systems for success in the global Information Age. In that context, during the task force meetings members often discussed two related trends that are reshaping life in Minnesota today and that will have a dramatic affect on the future of the state and its citizens...."

"The first trend is the growing connection between education and economic success... The second trend that is remaking Minnesota is rapid demographic change. The percentages of students of color and low‐income students are rising rapidly in Minnesota's elementary and secondary schools, while the proportions of white and middle and upper‐income students is declining. Since 1989‐90, the number of students of color enrolled in Minnesota schools has doubled, totaling over 195,000 students. The numbers of low‐income students and students whose first language is not English are rising rapidly as well."

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