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Minnesota 2010 Grant Abstract

Grantee Name:

Independent School District 197

Project Name:

West St. Paul-Mendota Heights-Eagan Area Schools

Project Director:

Marilynn Smith


(612) 822-0689


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Our project includes one middle school (grades 5-8) and two elementary schools (kindergarten-grade 4). Heritage Middle School in West St. Paul is partnering with Dodge Nature Center and others to become an E-STEM magnet school (850 students) with the environment serving as the integrating context for science, technology, engineering, math (STEM) and all other curricular areas. Pilot Knob Elementary in Eagan is partnering with Lockheed Martin and others to become a STEM magnet school (430 students). Moreland Elementary in West St. Paul is partnering with esteemed organizations in the arts and fitness/health fields to become an Arts & Health Sciences Magnet School (410 students). All three schools will emphasize rigorous, standards-based instruction; use an inquiry-based instructional model and interdisciplinary curriculum; and feature engaging, hands-on projects and active learning environments.

Desegregation goals are to reduce the minority group isolation of Hispanic students at Heritage and Moreland and eliminate minority group isolation of Black and Asian students at Pilot Knob. Other key goals are to increase parental choice; increase measurable achievement in math, reading and science for every student and student subgroup and transform the two schools not making AYP (Heritage and Moreland) into high-performing schools; find and nurture the "spark" in each student that will lead to personal success; ensure students have the 21st century skills they need to succeed in a global society; and build dynamic, sustainable programs that lead to systemic change in our district and beyond.

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