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Saturday, December 10, 2016

Working together to engage all students | Herald Review

Photo: Joe Silko
"For generations, Northeastern Minnesota communities have supported high-quality education to prepare our children for a successful future." summarizes Joe Silko, Education Innovation Partners Director.

However, as population declined, enrollments plummeted. Today, enrollments are less than half what they were 25 years ago, resulting in a drop in state education aid of more than $140 million each year. Consequently, many school districts – especially the smaller ones – struggle to provide our kids with the education they need to be successful in the 21st Century.

In 2011, educators throughout the region decided to make the numbers work in our favor. With the support of the Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation Board (IRRRB) and the Blandin Foundation, we banded together to form Education Innovation Partners (EIP). Our goal is to ensure all students in Northeastern Minnesota engage in learning that is inspiring and relevant and that prepares them for the future they choose – regardless of their Zip Code.

Today, EIP is a collaborative of 21 school districts and five community colleges throughout Northeastern Minnesota committed to improving learning opportunities for our 22,000 students by supporting our 1,500 teachers and instructors. We have secured millions in new investment in education from many partners – the federal and state government, IRRRB and the Blandin Foundation – and we’re always seeking additional support for our top three goals:

Source: Herald Review