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Isanti Middle School



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Pre-K Alignment

School districts such as Bloomington and St. Paul have mounting evidence that Pre-K investments create positive long-term results. Poverty and EL students who participate in Pre-K programs perform at the same level as, or above, most of their peers by third grade in reading and math, and they perform much higher than their poverty and EL peers who didn’t participate in Pre-K programs.

The momentum around increasing services for early learners in Minnesota is driven by several factors, including:

  1. Daycare is expensive and families want help with these costs.
  2. Many single parent and low-income families need Pre-K in order to support their ability to get and retain employment.
  3. Parent choice in schools, programs, and services is important to many.
  4. Pre-K is a powerful strategy in creating kindergarten readiness and closing the achievement gap.

MESPA has created a Pre-K Design Team led by Eric Skanson from Cold Spring Elementary School. This team is made up of MESPA principals statewide who have interest and experience in leading PreK-3 Communities. This team is partnering with Early Learning Director Bobbie Burnham and Mike Brown from the Minnesota Department of Education to create relevant and effective professional development around this theme. Visit the Professional Development page to learn more about the Pre-K Leadership Series and register today!
 
Useful Reading:

  • Leading PreK-3 Learning Communities, Competencies for Effective Principal Practice, National Association of Elementary School Principals
  • Making a Difference, 10 Essential Steps to Building a Pre-K 3 System by Linda Sullivan-Dudzic

Bullying Prevention

MESPA, the Hazelden Foundation, and the National Association of Elementary School Principals are partners in the comprehensive statewide Minnesota Bullying Prevention Initiative.

Bullying is a serious issue that affects students’ health, the school climate, academic achievement, and school liability. According to the 2010 Minnesota Student Survey, 27.2 percent of students reported they had been bullied once a week or more often. In the 2006-2007 school year, there were 857 incidents of bullying resulting in out-of-school suspension or expulsion.

For more information and resources on bullying, please visit Hazelden's Olweus Bullying Prevention site here

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