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Minnesota teacher wins national human rights award


Mon, Mar 1st, 2010
Posted in Education

Eagan, Minn., March 1: A Twin Cities teacher who came to the United States as a young girl unable to speak English has become the first educator from Minnesota to win a prestigious human rights award from the National Education Association (NEA).

Magaly Miralles of Red Pine Elementary School in Eagan is this year's winner of the George I. Sanchez Award. The award is presented annually by the NEA to an individual whose activities have made significant improvements in educational opportunities and advanced the achievement of equal opportunity for Hispanics.

Miralles originally received the Human Rights Award presented by Education Minnesota in 2008. Education Minnesota then forwarded her name for consideration by the NEA for its national award.

Miralles is a K-5 ELL (English Language Learners) teacher at Red Pine Elementary. She has initiated pilot programs in collaborative teaching and in extended services for kindergarten students receiving ELL services. A significant part of her educational practice is getting to know the children and their families, and connecting the families with the community services they often need.

"I can think of no one more deserving of national recognition than Magaly," said Education Minnesota President Tom Dooher. "All Minnesotans should be proud of her and her accomplishments."

Miralles knows firsthand the needs of ELL families. She's a native of Venezuela who came to the United States at age eight. She knew virtually no English and had no understanding of North American culture when she arrived. The girl who "went home in tears every afternoon" is now an adult teacher who has dedicated her life to making sure other children don't experience that same anguish.



"Magaly is the best ELL teacher I have ever worked with and one of the finest educators I have ever had the honor to work beside," said Red Pine Elementary Principal Gary Anger.



The Sanchez Award is named after George I. Sanchez (1906-1972). He was an educator, historian and author in the United States, Mexico, Peru and Venezuela. He devoted 50 years of his life to the education of Mexican, Navajo and black children, and is known as the "father" of the movement for quality education for Mexican-Americans.



"Magaly Miralles knows what it's like to speak a foreign language in a new country," said NEA President Dennis Van Roekel. "That understanding has led to her life's passion, working to m .....
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Upper Iowa University named to 2009 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll

Mon, Mar 1st, 2010
Posted in Education

FAYETTE, Iowa (March 1, 2010)-Upper Iowa University has been named to the 2009 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, the highest federal recognition a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service- ..... 
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FC School Board votes to move 7th and 8th graders

Fri, Feb 26th, 2010
Posted in Education

In a unanimous decision, the Fillmore Central School Board has voted to move the seventh and eight graders to the high school building in Harmony for the 2010-2011 school year.

There were several people from the community in attendance to vo ..... 
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Fillmore SWCD scholarship

Fri, Feb 26th, 2010
Posted in Education

The Fillmore Soil and Water Conservation District is offering a scholarship for Fillmore County high school graduating seniors. To be eligible students must be pursuing a degree in natural resources, agriculture or related fields.

The Educat ..... 
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R-P school board reading goals

Fri, Feb 26th, 2010
Posted in Education

74,000 minutes. That's a lot of reading in a short four days for the students of Rushford-Peterson Elementary School, but the potential reward for achieving their ultimate goal of 250,000 minutes in the month of February is even greater: the opportu ..... 
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Local student studying environmental studies in Australia

Mon, Feb 22nd, 2010
Posted in Education

Katherine Halvorson from Peterson, a student at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota, is spending this semester pursuing her studies in environmental studies in Australia.

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Rushford-Peterson middle school honor roll 2nd quarter

Mon, Feb 22nd, 2010
Posted in Education

A Honor Roll

Grade 6

Keean Benson, Carissa Bieberdorf, Noah Dahl, Kate Klungtvedt, Savannah Neitzke, Bailey O'Hare, Rachel O'Shaughnessy, Morgan Vitse, Clara Wieser, Caryn Wolter.

Grade 7

Jordan Agrimson, Joshua Agrimson, ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson school district enters Minnesota's nation leading Q Comp Program

Mon, Feb 22nd, 2010
Posted in Education

Minnesota Education Commissioner Alice Seagren announced today that the Rushford-Peterson School District will implement Minnesota's nation-leading Q Comp performance and professional pay program. The school district will receive $165,100 in total r ..... 
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Superintendent Ehresmann's impression of Chatfield Schools

Fri, Feb 19th, 2010
Posted in Education

Chatfield's new interim superintendent, Greg Ehresmann, was present at the Chatfield school board's monthly meeting on Tuesday, February 16, 2010. Agenda items included an update on CCTV, discussion on action by the state legislature, and a report b ..... 
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