From Learning Gap to Learning Global City!

by Hector Garcia | Apr 03, 2013
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Summary:

We would implement a process in St. Paul’s schools and child care centers that would lead to the elimination of the achievement gap and low HS graduation rates among minority, American Indian and poor students. This public/private/nonprofit educational-economic process would begin with the engagement of communities, leaders, teachers and students to help St. Paul’s schools become more effective and productive in providing services to the city and its children. The recognition of each child’s potential, respect for differences, prizing of diverse cultures and foreign languages, and economic principles for adding value are the process’ foundational concepts. The process will result in cultural shifts in St. Paul’s schools, each of which is as unique as each child is unique. The State Councils, Minnesota Humanities Center Absent Narratives, the Finnish education system, The Organization for Economic Development (OECD) PISA studies, and Cultural-Complementarity instruction will be featured, along with inputs from participants and outside expert resources. Measurements of success can be performance in standardized tests already in use, graduation rates and other metrics. The process would begin at a few schools; then, it would leverage that experience to deliver the process more effectively and productively to other schools.

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About You

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Hector

Last Name

Garcia

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Saint Paul

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Ramsey

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United States, MN, Ramsey County

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Names of others who helped contribute to my idea

Loretta Hazlett & Tor Dahl

How did you hear about the Forever Saint Paul Challenge?

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Minnesota Chicano-Latino Affairs Council

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United States, MN

Your idea

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Title of your idea

From Learning Gap to Learning Global City!

Give us the highlights of your idea for making Saint Paul great (2,000 characters maximum or approx. 250 words)

We would implement a process in St. Paul’s schools and child care centers that would lead to the elimination of the achievement gap and low HS graduation rates among minority, American Indian and poor students. This public/private/nonprofit educational-economic process would begin with the engagement of communities, leaders, teachers and students to help St. Paul’s schools become more effective and productive in providing services to the city and its children. The recognition of each child’s potential, respect for differences, prizing of diverse cultures and foreign languages, and economic principles for adding value are the process’ foundational concepts. The process will result in cultural shifts in St. Paul’s schools, each of which is as unique as each child is unique. The State Councils, Minnesota Humanities Center Absent Narratives, the Finnish education system, The Organization for Economic Development (OECD) PISA studies, and Cultural-Complementarity instruction will be featured, along with inputs from participants and outside expert resources. Measurements of success can be performance in standardized tests already in use, graduation rates and other metrics. The process would begin at a few schools; then, it would leverage that experience to deliver the process more effectively and productively to other schools.

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Innovation

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What makes your idea different or unexpected? (4000 characters maximum or approx. 500 words)

Process connects globalization to the gap within context of cooperation, equity and excellence, demonstrating potential economic added-value. It transforms formerly perceived cultural deficits into assets. Parts of the process are being applied in two Minnesota schools. The full process has been used in over 400 settings. This tool gives participants ownership and control of the process and results. Like most initiatives, this process requires support from the top but it is driven by the “Moments of Truth” – at the interface of teacher and student, school and community. This assures the enthusiasm and effective implementation necessary to achieve the desired results.

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How will your idea make a difference in Saint Paul? (4000 characters maximum or approx. 500 words)

Children will learn because they enjoy learning. Teachers will tap into their professional expertise and personal understanding of each student. Children and teachers will become participants in a synergistic relationship, resulting in the acquisition and application of knowledge while experiencing fulfillment and improved overall health. Enhanced learning will generate higher graduation rates and more college enrollment, which will produce greater economic strength for St. Paul through a workforce that is larger and qualified for higher-paying positions. This will make the city more attractive to business and industry, produce more taxable income, and reduce demand for social assistance.

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Why do you think people will recognize or remember your idea after it comes to life? How might it inspire others to do something similar in their community? (4000 characters maximum or approx. 500 words)

Educational disparity is endemic throughout the nation. Minnesota has the largest gap in HS graduation rates and achievement between “whites” and American Indians and Hispanics and the second-worst between “whites” and “blacks”. Given current demographic trends and forecasts, this will affect all Minnesotans’ economic future. If the disparity is left unaddressed, Minnesota’s and the nation’s global competitive position will erode. Success in St. Paul will make it a city on a hill; all eyes will be on the project. We and others will disseminate the results and help replicate the process to make a difference across the nation.

lmh lhjl said: There is really a gap. The generation today is just very advanced than before. - YOR Health about this Competition Entry. - 2608 days ago read more >

Hector Garcia submitted this idea. - 2851 days ago