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    Public relations is a crucial component leading to the success of
    school leaders and their school communities. INVESTMN
    (formerly Champions for Children)  is a communication partnership
    intended to teach Minnesotans about the accomplishments, risks
    and challenges of public education.

    Let's invest in Minnesota together: Implementing a New Vision to
    Educate Students for Tomorrow in Minnesota.

    These materials are developed for MASA by Shari Prest, Ark Associates. 
    Copy and distribute the articles in your educational communities as
    you see fit. Please use your influence to educate our communities about
    needs and state of public education.

 

    Please feel free to use any PowerPoint presentations that are included.
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YEAR TOPIC DESCRIPTION Source
2014 
 Bits‘n Pieces Spring Five Indispensable Communication Tools
 Signs of Success
 Charter Schools
 Post Secondary
 Red Flags
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2014 
 Bits‘n Pieces Winter

Building Bridges: Questions to periodically ask yourself –Andrew Sobel, Making Rain

Principles for Principals: (core functions of instruction-focused, collaborative conception of school leadership taken from the Wallace Foundation research as written in Five Lessons in Leadership Training – The Making of the Principal)

Students Say: (Student responses to the 2013 student survey)
Post secondary plans, safety at school, relationships, economic hardship, adverse childhood experiences

Changing Workforce: Minnesota may have “regained” the number of jobs it lost during the Great Recession. But the workforce now has fewer blue-collar construction and manufacturing jobs — and more health care jobs.

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2014 
 Learning for Life

Key Messages:
Excellence in education begins long before children enter the public school system and continues through their participation in the workforce.

Public education is foundational to Minnesota’s success as a place to live, work, have a family, and own a business.

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2014 
 School Readiness for All
Parents and other significant adults in a child’s life can play an important role in preparing a child for pre-K learning by engaging with the child in simple activities in each of the following key areas. Click Here
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Superintendents/Board Relations are
Public
Relations

Key Messages:

Administration/board relations are public relations

that have significant intended and unintended consequences.


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2013 

Bits‘n Pieces Summer

Graduation Forward (taken from Education Week: Nation’s Graduation Rate Nears a Milestone, May 31, 2013 Christopher B. Swanson and Sterling C. Loyd)

Administrator/Board relationships: The following are ways to improve the working relationships and increase mutual support between school boards and district/school administration.

Leadership (adapted from Flat World, Hard Boundaries: How to Lead Across Them, Chris Ernst and Donna Chrobot-Mason, MIT Sloan Management Review, Spring 2011)

         Five boundaries that keep us apart

                     Six Boundary Spanning Practices 

Data and Demographics

Bully Bulletin:
Researchers at Duke University School of Medicine conducted a study on the long term effects of bullying. The study is based on 20 years of data beginning with children in adolescence and following them into adulthood. (Long-term effects of bullying, Phi Delta Kappan, May 2013)

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2013

Bits‘n Pieces Spring

 

Special Education (Notes from a Civic Caucus April 5, 2013 interview with Jody Hauer, principal evaluator for the Office of the Legislative Auditor)

Ethnically Speaking (information taken from Phi Delta Kappan, March 2013, The New Latino Diaspora, Wortham, Clonan-Roy, Link and Martinex including data from PEW Hispanic Center, 2010 and Support Parents to Improve Student Learning, Joanna Cattanach )

Bully-wise from http://www.dukehealth.org/health_library/news/bullied-children-can-suffer-lasting-psychological-harm-as-adults

Tech-knowledg
Stepsin increasing school district cyber learning opportunities. (AASA SchoolAdministrator, April 2013, Competing with Cyber Charters, Jeffrey M. Taylor)

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2013
We've come a long way to get where
we are today



Key Messages:

·      History attests to the connection between prosperity,independence, and power, and a high-quality and equitable system of public
education.

·      The foundational principles of public education are worth protecting and promoting, even as private and sectarian competition for public dollars increases.

·      Public education has continually evolved to meet the needs of an ever-changing world.

 
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2013

Who do you think you are?

Who do they think you are?

The question “Who do you think you are?” has been used at many times in many situations—often in a condescending or challengingway.But confronting the question can be very useful to leaders seeking professional alignment among their vision, goals, and behaviors and within theirschoolcommunity.


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2013
 Public and Community RelationsCompetition... It's Here to Stay
Key Messages:
Public schools must now compete for the profound privilege of educating Minnesota’s children for the future. Today’s educational leaders need to also be public relations leaders for their schools to successfully compete.

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2013 Legislative Landscape Legislative landscape. Academic Achievement. Graduation Rates.

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2013
Spring into Action and Stop the LeaksKey Message:
There is a leak in the system — summer learning loss. Creative repairs can reduce loss and increase student and school success.

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2013 Minnesota Markers Key Message:
Minnesota's success is exceeded only by its potential.

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2013 Leadership and Kid Connections Most parents want their children to make and be friends. They want them to be socially confident and competent. For some children that is easier than for others. But parents can help and kids can often help themselves. Following are a few tips for parents to help their children have and be friends.

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2013 Leadership, Marketing, Kid Connections

Leadership,Marketing, The World (some reasons global education and educating our kids globally are important); Kid Connections on Parents of Preschoolers, Parents of Tweens, and Cliques in Schools.

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2012 ABC's of Preventing Bullying Actions. Behaviors. Character.

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2012 Advocate for Your School Key Message:
The window of opportunity to effectively advocate for your schools is open now. Look for the open windows and capitalize on the opportunities they present. Make this the year that you will meet with more parents, present to more groups, explore new technologies for communications, write more articles and letters, partner more with community groups, establish closer relationships with legislators, work more closely with businesses, learn more about your students, and become more accessible to all stakeholders.

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2012 Begin at the Beginning Key Message: 
A person’s capacity to become a happy, healthy, contributing adult begins to take shape at the beginning of that person’s life. It is our collective responsibility as a society to provide the environment and opportunities within which that development is most likely to take place.

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2012 Bullying What is bullying beyond hurtful behavior that we may have all engaged in or been victims of at some times in our lives? The Minnesota Bullying Prevention Initiative is a partnership of the Minnesota Elementary School Principals’ Association, the National Association of Elementary School Principals, and Hazelden and OLWEUS™.

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2012
State and Common Core Standards
State and Common Core Standards, Sparks, Options and Opportunities, Principles for Principals, Price of Government, Betting on Business, Some Things to Think About. Click Here
2012
Schools Aren't What They Used to Be
Schools have changed and will continue to change to meet evolving needs of learners and the expanded expectations of the workplace. Educators have needed to be even more innovative, insightful and creative than in the past. School leaders are challenged daily to engage children as learners very early in their educational careers and to keep them engaged into post-secondary education. Here are some examples of innovative schools reaching out to learners of all ages.

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2012 Compare and Contrast Bragging Rights Grading Schools, Compare and Contrast (worldwide), Education and Globalization, Likelihood of Employment, Values and Variables, On the Brain, and Reaching Out.

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2012 Economics of Education Key Message:
Quality schools are the best investment we can make for the future. Often, especially in uncertain economic times, we think of our schools more in terms of how much public education costs rather than how much it contributes to our prosperity. In fact, our public investment in schools significantly influences our future economic success.

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2012 Education Systems Family systems that support school success. School systems that make a difference.

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2012 Learning from Lawyers Ethics in Education. Learning from Lawyers. Sailing toward September and communicating with parents.

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2012 To Tax or Not to Tax Key Message: 
Decisions about increasing, decreasing, maintaining or redistributing taxes will likely play a major role in the Minnesota we create for ourselves and our futures.

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2011
 The Wealth Gap and How it Affects Children
Key Message: 
There is a correlation between academic outcomes and the level of support children receive in their lives. The growing wealth gap in the United States likely contributes to low international academic comparisons.

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2011 Bragging Rights Minnesota is the 5th healthiest and happiest state according to a recent gallop poll, Gallop--Healthways Well-being Index, 2010. (Business Insider.com) The index includes such factors as life evaluation, emotional health, physical health, etc. Happiness seems to correlate with healthy lifestyles.

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2011 Bridging the Gaps Key Message: 
Summer is an optimal time to partner with parents and communities to increase learning opportunities and reduce the learning loss that occurs over summer months when schools are closed. Using the calendar gap to narrow the achievement gap.

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2011 Building a Bridge: Help kids cross the gaps Key Message: 
Summer is a great time for parents and communities to help kids to continue to learn and narrow the learning gap that often increases when schools are closed.

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2011 Bullying Hurts People Key Message: 
Bullying in any form and by any name damages everyone involved – the aggressors, the victims, and the observers. Every seven minutes, a child is bullied on the school playground. Every month, three million students miss school because they feel unsafe. One in four middle school students reports having been bullied online. An estimated 18 million students in the United States will be bullied this year. We can not afford these statistics.

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2011 Bullying- Parents Issue Key Message:
Bullying in any form and by any name damages everyone involved – the aggressors, the victims, and the observers. Parents can play an important role in identifying and preventing bullying. It is the job of adults to help kids develop empathy, self esteem and peacemaking skills early in their lives.

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2011 Did You Know? Early Childhood. Grads and Gaps. Teacher Licensure. Climate Control. Technology.

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2011 Framework for the Future: Those things
that matter most
Key Message: 
Schools of the future require a vision and framework that focus on academic success, create adequate and sustainable funding, provide flexibility, and attract and maximize the potential of high quality educators. 

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2011 Funding: Working Together to Work it Out Key Message: 
Although these are tough times for schools, our commitment to providing the best possible education to all learners is unwavering.

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2011 Healthy Start Healthy Start. Investment and Innovation. Taxes. Bullies and Bullied.

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2011 Minnesota Markers Key Message:
Minnesota’s success is exceeded only by its potential.
Minnesota has consistently been ranked at the top or near the top as the most livable, most caring, and healthiest state by Morgan Quitno Press and United Way of America. Minnesota is ranked “outstanding” in safety, education, economic and financial well-being, volunteerism, charity, civic engagement, natural environment and other factors.

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2011 School Climate Control: Does it Matter? Key Message:
Student achievement and behavior are impacted by school climate. School climate can be influenced and improved.

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2011 School Climate Control: Does it Matter? ppt 
PowerPoint presentation to use when addressing any stakeholder groups that have the opportunity to improve school climate. Just addressing the groups will help them to realize that school leaders are concerned about this and will help stakeholders to see that they too have a role in improving school climate.

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2010 Leadership in Times of Scarcity Minnesota’s school administrators believe they have a responsibility to lead their communities through crisis and toward more effective and efficient schools. Frame the conversation. Provide current quality data. Provide funding facts…

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2010
Challenging the ChallengesDespite the difficult financial times our state, our schools and our citizens are facing, we must continue to improve public education to meet the needs of our learners and our futures. Schools need creative and committed partners to make this happen.

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2010 Public Investment Leadership through different lenses. Public engagement. School Leaders' Summer Savvy.

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2010 What Does It Take to Graduate?
Minnesota has a set of standards and assessments that were designed to ensure that students who graduate from Minnesota’s public schools have at least minimum competence to achieve success after they graduate. The purpose, consequences, and outcomes of these standards and assessments need to be better defined, understood and communicated.

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2010 Looking Back/Thinking Ahead Key Message:
Finding time for public relations can be challenging when schedules are overloaded and pockets of resistance exist. It is essential to student improvement and support for our schools to change how we relate to people within and outside of our schools in these dynamic times.

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2010 Continuous Change Key Message:
Minnesota Schools are constantly changing to meet the needs of today’s learners as they prepare for an unknown future. The Minnesota Association of School Administrators, the Association of Secondary School Principals and the Minnesota Elementary School Principals’ Association assist schools and school leaders as they identify and make changes.

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2010 Cause for Pause Values and Variables. Public Investment. Early Childhood. Charter Schools.

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 2010Funding for our Future
The potential of our people, our communities and our state depend heavily on our willingness to invest responsibly in the future. 

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2010 The Past, Present, Future and the Challenge During the 1990s, Minnesota consistently spent more money per pupil than the national average. The value of the investment was evident in Minnesota’s schools’ national standing. (i.e. number one in achievement). Over the past 10 years, Minnesota’s ranking for investment in education has fallen to 1.31 percent below the national average.

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2009 Good News Early Childhood Education, After School Programming, Values and Variables, Good News, Public Investment, Cause for Pause, and Red Flags.
 
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2009 Early Investments: High-quality early childhood education
and after-school programming
Key Message:
Children are our greatest resource. Parents, communities and schools are responsible for working together to ensure that all children realize their full potential, have the opportunity for fulfilling lives, and become contributing members of society. This awesome responsibility begins before children enter kindergarten and extends after the traditional school day.

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2009
 Testing for Tomorrow
Key Message:
Tests that have the capacity to measure individual student progress provide the most useful information for improvement.Testing is just one of several meaningful components of measuring school and student success.

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2009
 Testing for Tomorrow ppt
This Power Point should be presented as a slide show. The notes below each slide indicate the number of "clicks" to display the complete text of that slide. As each "click" reveals another line of information that information should be expanded upon to audiences. This presentation is intended to be used in conjunction with the INVESTMN "Testing for Tomorrow" talking points above.

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2009 At the End of the Day Key Message:
Children are our greatest resource. Parents, communities and schools are responsible for working together to ensure that all children realize their full potential, have the opportunity for fulfilling lives, and become contributing members of society. This awesome responsibility extends beyond the traditional school day.

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2009 Talking the Walk Key Message:
About public education can be most effectively communicated throughout the state if school leaders are actively sharing those messages within their own communities and are preparing staff and board members to do the same.

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2009 Keeping the Promise Key Message:
As the African proverb says, "It takes a whole village to raise a child. We are the village and these are our children." Our children are the promise for the future. Minnesota’s Promise is a clear vision for public education: preparing all of our students for success in the global economy in world-class schools and a world-class state. It is the opportunity for all of us to come together to meet the needs of all learners and to help them become all that they can be. Just like it will take all of us together to impact energy consumption, the economy, or the environment, if will take all of us together to improve our schools and our outlook for the future.

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 2009Minnesota's Promise
PowerPoint (slide) presentation to use in presenting the above concepts to your school community.

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2009
Did You Know?
Current facts and resources for you to use when talking about the status and needs of education: including Just the facts on good news for Minnesota education, did you know?, parent involvement, community engagement, cause for pause, looking ahead, and red flags.

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2009
Investment Connection
Key Message:
Greater investment in public services, including education, has consistently been accompanied by greater state prosperity.

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2009 Investment Connection ppt PowerPoint (slide) presentation of the Investment Connection. When using the presentation, use the "Slide Show" option so that the animation is accessible.

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2009
Operation Education
Key Message: 
Public understanding and engagement is foundational to achieving the best possible educational outcomes.

Minnesota’s public schools are good—very good—but global competition and a struggling economy require that they be even better—great. In order to make that happen, a shared vision for kids and their futures needs to be cultivated and supported beyond the walls of school buildings—in communities, homes, places of worship, businesses and government—everywhere that people are impacted by the outcomes of public education.

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2008
Champions for Children
The school year begins with potential and promise. Anxious and enthusiastic parents send off their treasured children – sometimes for the first time. Students stream through the school doors feeling brave, cautious, self conscious, and hopeful all at once. Teachers prepare for another year of challenges and possibilities while working to establish the right mix of what has worked in the past and what will best ready kids for the future. And you? You are expected to lead them all.

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2008
 Competitive Edge: Reforming the Future
Together—today—we are creating the future of Minnesota through our choices, priorities, and commitments. “The future is not a result of choices among alternative paths offered by the present, but a place that is created – created first in mind and will, created next inactivity… The paths are not to be found but made, and the activity of making them changes both the maker and the destination.”

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2008
What Now?
Experience from the past, hope for the future, and the need for change have been the driving dynamics of this historic political season. People are participating at higher levels than at any time in recent election cycles. As Champions for Children™, we are challenged to learn from what is happening around us and to apply that knowledge to improve support for public education and the students it serves.

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2008
Competitive Edge:  Looking Ahead
According to Minnesota state finance commissioners who have served 18of the past 22 years—under Republican, Democrat, and Independent administrations—we should be concerned about the current status of state support for our schools.

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2008
Competitive Edge: Working Together
As community leaders and school leaders—as Champions for Children™—it is incumbent upon us to ensure that we are never forced to look back and acknowledge regretfully, “We had the best public schools in the world.” We must capitalize on the energy, expertise and experience available to lead our schools into a reality that will cause us to say, “We have the best public schools in the world and, thanks to our shared commitment, they are getting even better.”

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2008
Bop to the Top
It’s the time of year when you feel the familiar tingle of anticipation and the burst of hope that you did when preparing for your first class of students—when you saw every child as a possibility and every challenge as an opportunity. Now you prepare not only for children, but also for staff members, mandates, expectations, and systems. The potential is greater and the risks more apparent. Public education and educational leaders in Minnesota are at the crossroads of soaring and survival. This is the start of something new....

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2008
 Summer Surge
All kids need parents to...
Preschool age children will benefit if parents...
Elementary school-age children learn when parents:
  • read to them or listen to them read every day.
  • encourage them to select books at the library and talk about the reason for their choices.
  • take them on a tour of the town, visiting places of government, education, art, health, and faith.
  • allow them to plan and help prepare a meal each week.
  • walk with them through a variety of neighborhoods, public places, and natural settings.
  • have fun with them acting out or doing interpretative readings of poems or plays.
  • show them how to plant and nurture seeds and watch them grow.
Adolescents feel valued when parents...

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