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Review for Minnesota Humanities Center, Saint Paul, MN, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

My field of expertise is professional development for educators, especially in the area of classroom practices. When teachers ask: "how can I understand culture and its impact in my school?" my answer has been: Seek out the the Minnesota Humanities Center. It is one of the highest quality professional development providers in this area in the country. Their programs are timely, informative and especially applicable to Minnesota educators. Their staff has been filling a void in teacher professional development for many years: cultural identity and cultural awareness are directly related to the achievement gaps in MN. The MHC is dedicated to closing those gaps through its focused, professional opportunities for educators and the community--they provide an understanding of the many cultural contributions and the needs of all our diverse communities. Topics are explored by MHC in a variety of formats-from introductory sessions to in-depth, interactive work with local, regional and national experts. 'Sensitive and informative presentations' have been repeated compliments from members of teacher groups. In my capacity as the director of Education Minnesota's non profit program, I welcomed the opportunity to promote the MHC's work and to advocate for expansion of their delivery system--from Aitken to Zumbro, educators and the community in this state rely on MHC to heighten awareness and understanding of the impact of culture in our schools and communities.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Minnesota Humanities Center has played an important role for teachers--I collected testimonials from teachers about MHC's high quality programs; I have participated in their community outreach and have been an advocate for continued and expanded partnership with the teachers of MN. The staff at MHC is highly professional, responsive to current needs and forward thinking.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

expand! Provide more opportunities for culturally relevant teaching to more teachers around the state and the upper Midwest.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

What is unique about this organization?

Their programs fill a void in teacher preparation--culturally responsive classrooms and teaching comprise a skill set that continuing teachers need to constantly update, practice and develop. MHC is one of the only providers with consistent, high quality offerings.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

Role:  Professional with expertise in this field & I am proud to promote MHC to both funders and participants in their educational programs.