Capitol Hill service learning students

Capitol Hill Magnet students collected over 1,500 pounds of food for Hallie Q. Brown Food Shelf
The Capitol Hill We Act service learning students have been meeting weekly during their lunch and recess time to discuss local and global issues, brainstorm solutions and put those solutions into action. This food drive was their first local act. The Capitol Hill students and their families joined community members to collect over 1,500 pounds of food. On Tuesday, November 26, more than 90 students brought the food items to the Hallie Q. Brown Center. It was a joyous day!

The students are currently working on their next global issue -- to raise money for those affected by the typhoon in the Philippines.

Rev Hillstrom featured by Great Lakes Equity Center
Rev Hillstrom, program manager for the Office of Racial Equity, was featured in the Great Lakes Equity Center’s newsletter Equity Dispatch in November 2013.

Native American students are frequently marginalized in United States education discourse, policy, and practice. Read the newsletter to better understand this population's historical trajectory in relation to education, key considerations for equity and social justice, and ways to address inequity.

Brad Ollmann, teacher featured on Classical MPR
SPPS Teacher Brad Ollmann was featured this week on Classical MPR as part of its new Teacher Feature program, which highlights the lives and work of music teachers throughout Minnesota.

Ollmann teaches general and vocal music at St. Anthony Park Elementary School. In the interview, Ollmann tells MPR what inspired him to become a music teacher and describes his work as a music teacher. Read more on the MPR website.

Heidi Bernal, principal at Adams Spanish Immersion, honored for leadership
The Minnesota Elementary School Principals Association Division Leadership Award honored Principal Heidi Bernal with the annual Division Leadership Award. The award honors principals within each division who, through individual leadership and sustained effort, have made noteworthy contributions to the operation of effective school learning programs and to the advancement of the role of the elementary and middle level principal.

According to Jim Litwin, principal at Horace Mann, Heidi Bernal is a great leader for her colleagues. She is known for her leadership with the immersion schools, her willingness to help colleagues who have questions, her wealth of knowledge about pedagogy and her passion for learning Twitter. Heidi started a principal Twitter group and has inspired many principals to join, tweet, and learn what a powerful tool Twitter can be for learning. She’s helped SPPS principals to connect with authors, websites, and more by taking the time to teach her colleagues about this 21st century learning technology.

Congratulations to Inspired Educator Grant recipients
The SPPS Foundation is pleased to announce awards totaling $26,347.44 have been made to the following teachers for the Inspired Educator Grant program. The Foundation has awarded over $125,000 in Inspired Educator Grants since the inception of the program in 2010. Please join us in congratulating this year’s recipients:





Anna Maria Gaylord

AGAPE School Library

Capitol Hill Gifted and Talented Magnet

Bethany Piety

iPads for Literacy (co-funded by school)

Central High School

Anthony Jacobs

Becoming an Author--Finding our Voice

Como Park Senior High School

Lindsay Lowther

Flipping the AP Chemistry Classroom

Crossroads Elementary

Theresa Parker

Using the Inquiry Method to Give a Voice to a Lost Culture

District Literacy Department (All elementary schools)

Karen Randall

Second Grade Literacy Support: Researching Plants at the McNeely Conservatory, Como Park

Farnsworth Aerospace Elementary Magnet

Tammy Xiong

Science Centers in Kindergarten Classrooms

Horace Mann School

Anne Commers

Fractured Fairy Tale Book and Flannel Board Project

Linwood Monroe Arts Magnet

Mark Russo

Science Technology

Parkway Montessori and Community School

Douglas Humes

Hands on Robotics Beyond the Classroom

Phalen Lake Hmong Studies Magnet

Nick Kurtz

Keeping the Old, Embracing the New: Mixing Folktales and Technology

Riverview West Side School of Excellence

Teresa Glass

Materials and Accommodations for Optimal Classroom Success for all Students

For more information about the Inspired Education Grant program of the SPPS Foundation, please contact: Karen Woodward, karen.woodward@sppsfoundation.org.