• Amanda Vanderbeek

    Amanda Vanderbeek

    Class of 2012
    Ely, MN
    Elementary education

    Amanda's Bio:
    I grew up in the Twin Cities, but now live up in Ely, MN near the BWCA, where my family has been for the last 7 years. I have three brothers, who I adore, and I enjoy fishing, playing basketball, and rough housing with them whenever I can. My mom has been a daycare provider since I was born, which served as inspiration for me to pursue a degree in Elementary education. I also love to paint, draw, and DANCE! I have been dancing for twenty years and am a dance instructor in Superior, WI....I can't imagine a life without it!

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    Sophomore
    Casablanca, Morocco
    Biochemistry, Biology and Pre-med

    Shauney Moen

    Graduate Student
    Oak Grove, MN
    Doctorate of Physical Therapy

    Conrado Eiroa Solans

    Senior
    Madrid, Spain
    Psychology Major, Biology minor

    Kathryn McCarrick

    Sophomore
    Saint Paul, MN
    Elementary Education

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    Senior
    San Salvador, El Salvador
    Computer Information Systems and Finance

    Malvern Madondo

    Senior
    Harare, Zimbabwe
    Mathematics & Computer Science

    Bryan Chavez

    Junior
    Richfield, MN
    Accounting and Finance

    Shivani Singh

    Junior
    Mumbai, India
    Management & Marketing

  • Brooke Elvehjem

    Junior
    Mora, MN
    Biology

    Laura Salazar

    Senior
    Bogotá, Colombia
    Marketing and Business Management

    Halle Nystrom

    Graduate Student
    Fargo, ND
    M.S. Health Information Management

    Yael Ikoba-Ndjip

    Senior
    Brussels, Belgium
    Accounting Major; Finance minor

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    Senior
    Aurora, CO
    Biology and Chemistry (Pre-Med)

    Takudzwa Munjanja

    Senior
    Gweru, Zimbabwe
    Health Information Management, CIS minor

    Jason Chavez

    Senior
    Minneapolis, MN
    Psychology, Organizational Behavior, and Social Work

    Katelyn Gehling

    Junior
    East Bethel, MN
    Exercise Physiology for Pre-Physical Therapy

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    Junior
    Apple Valley, MN
    Management

Measuring Yearly Progress: A Breath of Fresh Air

With the previous NCLB policy instated by President Bush, schools were forced to live up to a set of nearly impossible challenges.  The law required that all schools across the country be proficient by the year 2014,  showing government-defined “progress” each year.  If this progress was not met, then each school was essentially penalized, whether by having to revamp the curriculum, hire new teachers to replace the current ones, allow students to attend different schools, or get rid of the school altogether.  This way of progress monitoring was by no means fair to teachers or districts…or kids for that matter!  Teachers feared for their jobs and students became increasingly anxious to take the noxious exams that would determine the future of their school.

Thanks to our state’s appeal to NCLB and our new method for measuring annual progress, schools are given a little bit more wiggle room and are measured in ways that are much fairer than previously.  Instead of either being “proficient” or “not proficient” in Reading and Math, this system labels the schools who receive federal aid with the labels “reward,” “priority,” and “focus” from highest achieving to lowest respectively.  This measures school growth in a way that the old AYP system never could: by seeing which schools who are struggling are still making individual progress.  The program stands by schools in need of further assistance and monitors them more closely to ensure that they have support (Star Tribune).  The result?  Schools are able to make their OWN plans as to how to revamp programs and teaching to yield in student success, rather than having the government and officials tell them what changes to make.  This is absolutely essential.  No one can possibly know the needs of the students and the best way in which to support them except for the adults and administrators who work with them on a daily basis.  This form of progress measurement puts the power back into the hands of teachers and administrators in schools, which in this blogger’s opinion, is where it truly belongs.  Excited to see how this process continues in the future!

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