Ben Mays Math Night

Ben Mays and Galtier offer families math-themed events
Congratulations to the staff and leadership at Benjamin Mays and Galtier for terrific Family Nights that emphasized math. Galtier’s gym was full of teacher-led activity stations where families learned easy games that build math skills. Staff shared grade-level standards with families, with parent-friendly one-page handouts of what children should know at the end of each grade. At Benjamin Mays, families learned how to do lattice multiplication and play math games from fifth grade student experts. They also had a coin recognition activity, where students received 35 cents to shop in a “store,” filled with goods donated by the PTA and other partners. Great job!

SPPS staff to present at annual multicultural education conference
Rebecca Biel, social studies program manager, and Sherry Kempf, outreach coordinator at the Multicultural Resource Center, will present at the National Association of Multicultural Education’s 2013 Annual Conference with Eden Bart, program officer at the Minnesota Humanities Center. Their presentation, Multiple Perspectives as Core Curriculum: Bridging Multicultural Education and Standards, illustrates a collaborative model of incorporating multiple perspectives into standards-based curriculum. This recently developed curriculum, aligned with K-12 Minnesota social studies standards, is available at the MRC website.

Givens Foundation honors Dr. Delores Henderson, principal of Hazel Park
On Friday, November 1, Dr. Henderson received a lifetime achievement award at the Givens Foundation for African American Literature Biennial Education Conference, called "Culture Matters!"

The Givens Foundation for African American Literature is the only organization in the Twin Cities exclusively dedicated to advancing and celebrating black literature and writers.

Dr. Henderson