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InforMNs, Innovations for Minnesota Schools, is a web site created by TIES for teachers and those who support technology in the classroom.  TIES has been supporting teachers through InforMNs and Internet- based learning resources since 1993. MN Minnesota Learning Loop tools on the InforMNs website include a Teacher Resource Center where teachers can search a database of web resources aligned to  Minnesota Academic Standards and evaluate the value for others.

Celebrate Earth Day on April 22
There are a variety of activities scheduled around Minnesota to celebrate Earth Day. 
Como Zoo and Conservatory
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum
Minnesota Zoo
Earth Day Network
Introduction to Earth Day
Celebrate Earth Day

Minnesota Algebra Challenge an Overwhelming Success!


Over 6000 students completed over 600,000 equations – most of those during the first 5 days! Total student playing time reached almost 10 full months (24 hour per day)!! An amazing effort by all. Quite a few classrooms achieved over 95% mastery and all the students were exposed to (and hopefully excited by) the conceptual ideas involved in solving algebraic equations. Thanks to all who participated. .

Black History Month
Celebrate Black History Month with these resources:
The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross - Grades 7-13 - Join Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates, Jr. as he explores the trajectory of the African American experience from the 1500s through the present day.
African American History Month - Library of Congress collection
Awesome Stories - Black History Collection
Celebrate Black History Month - The Learning Network from the New York Times
EDSITEment - Guide to Black History Month Teaching Resources
NAACP - Interactive Timeline
Science NetLinks - Resources that will help you honor the achievements and scientific work of African Americans.
Thinkfinity - Black History Month Classroom Lesson Plans and Resources

Library of Congress
Library of Congress The Library of Congress has many resources available for classrooms through their websites and online interactive videos. All are searchable by topic and standards (including MN standards), Check out these sites:
American Folklife Center -
Music Division -
Poetry and Literature Division -
Education Outreach -
Copyright Office of the United States -
Digital Reference Section of the Library of Congress -

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April 5 - App Smash Day - registration open
April 22- KIC Meeting
May 20
- KIC Meeting

Macalester names expanded art building after Joan Mondale

While her husband served as vice president of the United States, Joan Mondale earned the nickname "Joan of Art" for her patronage of the fine arts around the world.

6 up for Inver Grove Heights superintendent job

Six administrators from the Twin Cities metro area and Greater Minnesota have been picked to interview for the superintendent post in Inver Grove Heights.

UMN says students in Saturday melee 'will be held accountable'

After two disturbances in Dinkytown over the course of three days, University of Minnesota administrators said any students involved "will be held accountable."

Education notes: News from schools near you
Education notes DAKOTA COUNTY -- The Jazz Ensemble at Falcon Ridge Middle School in Apple Valley won the top spot at the 47th Annual Eau

There's research to be done, and undergrads aren't waiting to do it

Just weeks after arriving at Bethel University, Mariya Kovaleva emailed an unusual request -- for a sophomore anyway -- to her faculty adviser: She was raring to tackle original research.

Joe Soucheray: New anti-bullying bill seems more like an anti-hurt feelings bill

Having read the anti-bullying bill now signed into law, I still don't know what bullying is. I mean, I don't know what will not be construed as bullying, so vague is the idea of objectivity in determining what might cause a child to experience distress.

Minnesota surge in bilingual students calling for teaching shift

Spanish teacher Javier Blazquez was tired of seeing Hispanic students' bilingual abilities languish, so he found a way to challenge them.

Hunger growing among college students, schools find

WASHINGTON -- When Paul Vaughn, an economics major, was in his third year at George Mason University, he decided to save money by moving off campus. He figured that skipping the basic campus meal plan, which costs $1,575 for 10 meals a week each semester, and buying his own food, would make life easier.

Floating classroom to return to Mississippi River

A boat bearing the namesake of one of the Mississippi River's most revered students will soon arrive in Winona to teach new generations of learners.

U of M, Teach for America pitch atypical teacher training

The University of Minnesota and Teach for America pitched the state's first nontraditional teacher preparation program Friday.

Gelbmann is leaving South Washington County School Board

Jim Gelbmann, the longest-serving member of the South Washington County School Board, is resigning.

Wisconsin panel to target racial achievement gap

Wisconsin had the worst achievement gap between black and white students among states last year, and officials shouldered the blame Wednesday while putting the onus on teachers to address the issue.

After intense debate by lawmakers, Mark Dayton signs anti-bullying bill

Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton on Wednesday signed a sweeping update to the state's anti-bullying law after an intense legislative standoff.

After marathon House debate, school-bullying bill goes to Dayton

After nearly 12 hours of impassioned objections by Republicans, the DFL-controlled House sent an overhaul of Minnesota's bullying-prevention law to Gov. Mark Dayton early Wednesday morning.

UND sorority again accused of insensitivity to American Indians

GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- The University of North Dakota's Gamma Phi Beta sorority is in hot water again for behavior that some deem insensitive to American Indians.

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