|Sibley East/Gaylord Elementary and Concordia Creative Learning Academy recognized by business leaders|
10/5/2010 10:30 AMFor more information, contact: Tom Teigen,
Minnesota Business Partnership: 612-370-0840
Sibley East/Gaylord Elementary
and Concordia Creative Learning Academy:
recognized by business leaders for closing the achievement gap
Schools receive the 2010 Minnesota’s
Future Award from the Minnesota Business Partnership(September 2010) -- The Minnesota Business
Partnership (MBP) presented Mari Lu Martens, principal of Sibley
East-Gaylord Elementary, and Mary L. Donaldson, principal of Concordia Creative Learning Academy (St. Paul), each with a $10,000 check to recognize their school’s success
in raising overall student performance and closing the achievement gap between
white, minority and low-income students.
Stanoch, Minnesota president of Qwest and chair of the Partnership’s Education
Policy Committee, presented the Minnesota’s Future Award checks at school assemblies.
“We call this the Minnesota’s Future Award, because quality education
is critical to your future and the future of our state,” Stanoch said. “We need
to recognize, encourage and learn from schools like Sibley East-Gaylord
Elementary and Concordia Creative Learning Academy, which teach us ‘poverty’ and ‘minority’ don’t have to be synonymous
with ‘low grades’ and ‘high failure rates.’”
East-Gaylord Elementary students demonstrated impressive growth – particularly
this past year – in both reading and math. In 2010, the percent of Sibley
East-Gaylord students exceeded the statewide average. Hispanic
students, which account for nearly 40 percent of the school’s students, demonstrated
consistent improvement in reading over the past three years and significantly
outperformed Hispanic students statewide in 2010.
At Concordia, students of color make up 70 percent of the student body,
with nearly 90 percent of all students coming from low-income families.
But Mary Donaldson, the director of this public charter school, and her
amazing team don’t let those challenges get in the way. Over the past
three years, the number of Concordia students reading and doing math at
or above grade level has nearly doubled. Further, low-income and
minority students are scoring at or above the statewide averages – for
The Business Partnership
is composed of more than 100 chief executives of Minnesota’s largest employers.
For the past five years, the Partnership has presented the Minnesota’s Future
Award to two public elementary schools, one in the Twin Cities and one in
greater Minnesota, that 1) serve a high percentage of low-income and/or
minority students and 2) are closing the achievement gap based on MCA-II
reading and math scores. (To view charts with the school's test scores, scroll to PDF below; see charts on page 3.)
East-Gaylord Elementary and Concordia Learning Academy were honored before nearly 800 business, community and political
leaders at the Partnership’s Annual Dinner on October 14. Previous recipients
of the Minnesota’s Future Awards include:
- 2009: King Elementary, Deer River, and Dayton’s Bluff
Elementary, St. Paul
- 2008: J.W. Smith Elementary, Bemidji, and Ames
Elementary, St. Paul.
- 2007: Kelliher Elementary, Kelliher, and Farnsworth
Aerospace Elementary, St. Paul.
- 2006: Nettleton Magnet School, Duluth,
and Sheridan Elementary School, St. Paul.
Minnesota’s Future Award includes a $10,000 cash grant and a Young Explorer
computer made possible by Deloitte Tax, IBM, Lifetouch, Merrill Lynch, Qwest
Communications and Red Wing Shoe Compan
About the Minnesota Business Partnership: The Minnesota
Business Partnership is composed of more than 100 chief executives of
Minnesota’s largest employers. Together, MBP members employ more than 1.8
million people worldwide, including 400,000 in Minnesota. Individually, MBP
members contribute millions of dollars each year to Minnesota schools and
education-related nonprofit organizations. In addition, members support a
number of programs, such as the Minnesota’s Future Awards, through the Minnesota Business Partnership Education Foundation, a nonprofit
501 (c) 3.
Print ready copy of above media release, with tables documenting the school's test scores.