Patrick Henry High School Featured at Think Again Brooklyns and Other Top Performing Schools at the Achievement Gap Brown Bag PDF Print E-mail

 

Yusuf Abdullah, Principal at Acclaimed Patrick Henry High School, Spoke at Think Again Brooklyns

yusuf abdullahPrincipal Yusuf Abdullah spoke on what has contributed to the success of Patrick Henry High School at the Think Again Brooklyns forum March 16, 2016.  The school achieved the highest graduation rate in Minneapolis in 2015, 87% in comparison to an average high school graduation rate of 64% in the district.  It was given the third highest rank among Minnesota high schools in 2015 by U.S. News and World Report

 

Mr. Abdullah explained how the high school raised its graduation rate and spoke on the school's vision and action plan developed through Community Cafes and a Strategic Planning Team.   He noted that it is especially important to meet the needs of nineth grade students because students who pass nineth grade are very likely to graduate.  Watch the 40 minute video of his presentation with Power Point slides.

 

 

Shaping an Identity Affirming Space for
Black Males at Henry High

 

By the Ujima Collective, Twin Cities Daily Planet, April 6, 2016

 

“Imagine entering a place every day where you can gain the skills you need to make your dreams come true. A place where you are nurtured, loved and valued. Your unique skills are recognized and celebrated, your experiences validated. Your sense of self affirmed. . .   this is how Black male scholars describe their ideal school experience.”

Read the Ujima Collective's description of how their group of Henry High School teachers created an effective learning environment for Black male students.   Ujima is a Swahili term meaning collective work and responsibility.  As educators, the members of the collective are guided by the term and see it as crucial to the success of Black students.

 

 

Positive Behaviors Lead To Academic Success - Minneapolis


An Achievement Gap Committee Brown Bag - April 26, 2016

 

The Chief of Minneapolis Public Schools and three principals discussed how those schools are led, how they maintain a positive school climate with staff and students, and how this leads to academic and life success for students at an Achievement Gap Committee Brown Bag:

  • Michael Thomas, Chief of Schools for Minneapolis
  • Michael Bradley, Roosevelt High School 
  • Yusuf Abdullah,  Patrick Henry High School 
  • Ronald Salazar, Fowell K-8  

 

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MN's Leading Election System

With Secretary of State Steve Simon

 

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Listen to Secretary of State Steve Simon's excellent presentation on MN's outstanding election system emulated by many other states at the Think Again Brooklyns forum January 19, 2016.  Secretary Simon includes ways in which it can be improved, and he explains why it is important to vote.  He concludes with a quote from a tee shirt:  "Failure to vote is not an act of rebellion.  It is an act of surrender."

Get details on how to vote at http://mnvotes.org

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How Oregon Became the Easiest Place to Vote in the US

By Lornet Turnbull
YES! Magazine
October 8, 2016

 


In January, Oregon became the first state in the country to begin automatically registering eligible citizens to vote when they obtain or renew their driver's licenses or state IDs, completely shifting the burden of voter registration from the individual to the government. 

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