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M.Ed., History teacher, #MNStudies, VP #MCSS, former @ISD199 BoE, '20, '17, '16 MNToY Semifinalist, @Gilder_Lehrman 2020 MN History TOY & National Finalist
Mar 4 14 tweets 5 min read
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We continue to go back & forth w/the Russia - Ukraine War and the U.S. - Dakota War, looking for similarities & differences in what has happened, as current events can often (somewhat?) mirror historic events. #SSPMSpackers #MNstudies During our class today, we were looking at the ending of the U.S. Dakota War. One of the passages from our textbook Northern Lights (@HistoryEdMNHS) struck me.
Dec 2, 2021 37 tweets 41 min read
I just got to looking at many of the photos my #SSMSpackers students took during @POTUS @JoeBiden's visit to Dakota County Technical College in Rosemount, Minnesota. I'll post a series of them from before and during the event. One of the things we wanted to focus on as student-journalists was what was going on behind the scenes as well as the main event in Dakota County Community College. This Pro-Trump / Anti-Biden group was not the biggest fans of us asking questions or photographing.#SSPMSpackers
Dec 2, 2021 9 tweets 3 min read
Big news out of Saint Paul this evening around the closing of 5 schools in the upcoming years. The Board of Education voted 5-2 to close. Galtier, Jackson, John A Johnson elementary will all close in 2022 L'Etoile du Nord French Immersion School lower & upper campuses will merge. Also closing is Parkway Montessori Middle School. The facility will eventually reopen as Hmong Dual Immersion Middle School. Obama Elementary School will close in 2023.
Dec 1, 2021 4 tweets 5 min read
We got to take advantage of an interesting vantage point to capture some images of the President Biden's visit to Dakota County Technical College. #SSPMSpackers Here's what it looked like from above. The beginning of the video shows the work area for the local & national journalists. Nearly all of them were on different locations at this point in the speech. #SSPMSpackers @POTUS @JoeBiden
Aug 18, 2021 25 tweets 7 min read
I've been asked a lot lately if CRT is being used in classrooms currently, if it's being written into the standards, why standards are being rewritten at all, etc.

I've also been asked why I believe it is important to have additional culturally/racially inclusive perspectives. Minn. Stat. § 120B. 021 Subd. 4(f) states:
The commissioner must implement a review of the academic standards and related benchmarks in social studies beginning in the 2020-2021 school year and every ten years thereafter.

That's why a review is occuring - not a political move.
Feb 16, 2021 7 tweets 6 min read
Honest question to @sendahms and other @mngop & @MinnesotaDFL legislators. If I am teaching the Civil War to 7th graders, how much time should I devote? What key events, people, concepts should I discuss? How should I assess? Remember, I have 50 minute class periods. #mnleg I'll take it another step further, using the same parameters?
How much time, ... etc. should I devote to the #WWI? Who do I include, exclude? What outside resources can I bring in and which must I avoid? Remember these are 13 year olds and we have 173 school days.
Feb 16, 2021 46 tweets 18 min read
Thread: MN Social Studies Standards Revision Committee

I continue to be shocked by the gross misinformation that continues to come out regarding the Minnesota Social Studies Standards revision process from members of the #mnleg and elsewhere. In this thread, I'll start w/ @sendahms, who stated in a recent FB video message that the committee wants to remove the Revolutionary War, Civil War, World War 1 & World War 2 from the social studies state standards for Minnesota. This is flat out untrue.…
Feb 14, 2021 9 tweets 4 min read
This too shall pass.
#mnwx ImageImage #mnwx perspective:
100 days ago, it was almost 100° warmer than it it today - we had a record high of 75° in Saint Paul, MN on November 6.