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February 23, 2011

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February 23, 2011

I attended the program called Revolutionary Leadership at the MN Humanities Center. To prepare for the two day seminar I took an online class called "The Absent Narrative." As a member of our school's leadership team I felt this was a good opportunity to look at new ways to approach the way we teach students from diverse backgrounds. Part of our school improvement plan is to help all teachers be culturally responsive in their practice and this program at the Humanities Center provided resources and information to begin to achieve this goal. I've already used some of the resources provided and our staff is discussing ways to continue to look at our curriculum so that our students can see themselves in the content. This was an excellent program and I would highly recommend it to any school looking to provide a more culturally relevant as well as culturally responsive curriculum.

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The work I do as Instructional Coach/ IB coordinator for an elementary school.

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expand it's reach and provide even more opportunities for educators to participate.

February 11, 2011

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February 11, 2011

Last year I went to 5 or 6 classes or workshops through the MN Humanities Center. I have loved every course I have taken from them. They have fantastic knowledgable speakers/presenters and a comfortable space to work.

I attended one of their sponsored Landmark workshops last year and
it was a well run, fun, and interesting hands-on learning opportunity.

Lastly, I took 3 of their online training courses and they were a great and informative guide on the topics. The resources are all listed if you want further information at the end of the videos/guides. I recommend these to all!

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I am a teacher with a double licensure in Elementary Education and Social Studies (grades5-8.) This organiszation provdies great training for a variety of age levels. I can use the information with Kindergarteners and adapt it to work for older grades too.

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February 11, 2011

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February 11, 2011

I took two classes last year at the Humanities Center. I am a high school social studies teacher at a charter school for immigrants ans refugees. I took a geography course about Africa and one about American Indian land tenure. Both classes gave me more knowledge and teaching ideas and strategies to use in the classroom. I especially found the class on American Indian land tenurre to be most helpful because it is difficult to find resources and this complex issue is ususally left out of textbooks, so the duty of researching and collecting resources falls on very busy teachers.

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I experienced to results of this organization by learning more to be a better teacher.

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I don't have any advise on what to change. Even the food was awesome!

February 11, 2011

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February 11, 2011

I have attended programs at the Humanities Commissions for many decades ( and at least once or twice a year) and never have been disappointed by the content, expertise, and thoughful planning of the events. The diversity of topics, speakers, and ideas are always top-notch.The staff at the NHC understands what adult learners need and how to design professional development opportunities for adults who have wide range of interests.

As a classroom teacher so much of what I have learned through MHC programming has been embedded back into my curriculum. The materials from events have been passed through my faculty for dissemination. The MHC is a strong center of support for teacher renewal, growth and development which has such direct impact on our students.




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I have personally experienced results of this organization in the supplemental information and community resources that I have been made aware of-all have, in some manner, been incorporated into my teaching.

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I have no suggestions for any changes that MHC could make. I hope that the quality of programming and costs of attending events can remain of a high quality in a time of dwindling support on the State level and for funders supporting non-profit educational organizations.

February 10, 2011

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February 10, 2011

I use rthe Humanities Center to take classes for updating my Elem. Educ. license. I have gone frequently over the years. I find it to be one of the best facilities for good food, pleasant surroundings, excellent presenters, and current provocative subject matter helpful to me in my field of education.

I have recommended them often to other colleagues because it's such a great place to go, not to mention the helpful staff and good rates. I always come away with new ideas that I can actually use in the classroom. It's a 5 star rating with me!

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Everytime I've taken a class there, I feel I've broadened my thinking in some area that actually changes me because it has given me a new perspective. Isn't that what learning is all about? They also are very good at providing resources that would help you implement things taught. Online or on paper.

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I would like to have a list of the books they lay out on the tables for resources. I'm always trying to squeeze in time to copy down the titles and authors so I can get the book later for my use in the classroom.

February 9, 2011

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February 9, 2011

The project our community did with the MHC was fantastic. We were able to have the history of our community that has been traditionally ignored distorted and neglected by MN historical venues , finally get heard and recorded. And MHC did it right . They went to the community for imput throughout the process from the start to the completion. Unlike other groups who tell our story without our imput .
MHC certainly personified the words of their mission statement "fosters collaboration among cultural organizations ". Muchisimas Gracias. Gilbert de la O

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the positive feedback that i have received from community residents.

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not sure what i would change at mhc. I found that staff to be friendly , outgoing , genuine and good people to work with.

February 9, 2011

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February 9, 2011

I have worked with the Minnesota Humanities Center for almost three decades. Since joing the board about a year and a half ago I have learned so much more about the important work of the Mumanities Center in Minnesota. They do a lot statewide and even beyond our borders to help improve peoples lives.

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The historical society/museum I work for has benefited through the Museums on Main Street program.

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Can't think of anything.

February 9, 2011

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February 9, 2011

The Humanities Center's meeting facility was a perfect setting for our non-profit's staff retreat. The library provided a comfortable meeting space with the modern audiovisual necessities for presentations. The meal and snack choices were slightly spartan but of good quality and affordable.
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will continue to use the Humanities Center for our annual retreats. Their staff made all aspects (reservations, set-up, invoicing, etc.) of the retreat run smoothly. It provided a comfortable setting that was conducive to staff rejuvination and brain-storming. We already are looking forward to next year.

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Our staff was comfortable enough in the Humanities Center meeting space to really focus on strategic planning.

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Everything ran very smoothly in the meeting space. These is little I would change other than slightly larger food portions.

February 9, 2011

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February 9, 2011

I come to the Humanities Center lunches to learn and to meet the people sitting at my table. When the Humanities Center speaker presented historical information about the Iron Range and immigrant miners who worked there, we learned about how immigrants adapted in the face of hostility from earlier settlers, which is what Somali immigrants face today. How else could we have learned about that, other than at the Humanities Center? They’re unique and irreplaceable.

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I've personally experienced the way this organization brings influential people together to learn from the speaker and from each other. Minnesota is stronger because these people have a chance to meet and discuss topics important to Minnesotans.

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I would improve their marketing. Not enough people know they exist.

February 8, 2011

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February 8, 2011

I have attended teacher workshops at the Humanities Center for several years. I have always found the speakers to be knowledgeable and the information presented to be applicable to my teaching situation. Many of the topics presented are not available from other sources. The format of the workshop and the facilities are very comfortable and inviting.

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attending their workshops, especially those associated with Native American topics.

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Increase the availability of the workshops for summer or weekend. Being outstate makes it difficult to attend evening sessions.

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