MINNEAPOLIS (Jan. 14, 2015) — Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS) has selected five schools to move forward with the application process to become a Community Partnership School for the 2015-16 school year.
The chosen schools (Bancroft Elementary, Folwell Performing Arts, Heritage Academy of Science and Technology, Nellie Stone Johnson Community and Ramsey Middle) will now prepare final presentations to be approved by the Board of Education later this spring.
“I want to congratulate the schools that have been selected to move forward in the Community Partnership Schools process. The vision that I had for this program when I announced it as part of the Shift agenda nearly two years ago is one step closer to becoming a reality,” said Dr. Bernadeia Johnson, superintendent of schools. “We feel strongly that Community Partnership Schools will play a key role in helping to accelerate student achievement and reach the aggressive goals found in our district’s strategic plan.”
The Community Partnership Schools model reinforces the theory of action found in the new Acceleration 2020 strategic plan that schools themselves are the unit of change. Community Partnership Schools will receive increased autonomy along with corresponding accountability, as well as the expectation that they will develop stronger and more aligned partnerships with their communities.
“School sites are being empowered to do the work needed to address the specific needs of our students. We know that with this autonomy comes transparency and accountability,” said Erin Glynn, principal of Bancroft Elementary. “We’re committed to providing a strong International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program at Bancroft that will meet the high expectations of both MPS and the community stakeholders who are monitoring our progress toward the academic goals that have been set.”
The five schools identified for the first phase have already completed an initial site plan, participated in a readiness assessment and school self-assessment and completed a full Community Partnership School site plan. Final approval is expected by the Board of Education at the April meeting. A second group of applications for Community Partnership School status will be requested later this calendar year.
To learn more about Community Partnership Schools, please visit http://newschools.mpls.k12.mn. us/partnership.