My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for Minnesota Humanities Center, Saint Paul, MN, USA
Where do I start to tell you about what the MN Humanities Center has meant to me over the last 18 years? Their programs are top notch. They always have extremely qualified and interesting presenters. I have learned so much, and it has helped me to be a better teacher in so many ways--in my interaction with my colleagues and with my students, in my knowledge of my subject area and in interdisciplinary subject areas that affect me. I come away from their workshops feeling like I have truly spent my time wisely, that I haven't wasted another day going to another boring workshop. In fact, I CHOOSE to go to their workshops and recommend them to fellow teachers. I sometimes fantasize about how to justify going to a history-related workshop just because it sounds interesting to me (but knowing that it will never get approved). It isn't just the presentations that make me a better teacher, it is also the way I am treated: like a true professional! I think I carry myself more proudly after I have attended their workshops. And in my profession, that is worth a lot! Just thinking about this organization and what they stand for makes me feel good. They truly stand for what is right in Minnesota, what makes us great.
A specific example? I attended the workshop on Latinos in America, and I had so much material to share with my students and my colleagues that I didn't know where to start sharing it. I even was able to use some it in my Master's thesis on diversity. The info, the presenters, the networking I did was invaluable.
I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...
I have experienced results in terms of how it has enhanced my teaching over the past 18 years, making me better, stronger, more confident in the classroom.
If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...
I would allow out-state Minnesota teachers to stay overnight for free again. Some of us have no funding at our schools for these workshops, so the whole cost is borne by the teachers. Having the accommodations be free was really a nice perk.