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STEM Tutors Work with MPS

March 20, 2015

The University of Minnesota and Minneapolis Public Schools announced in January a tutoring partnership that has brought nearly two dozen UHP students to Ramsey Middle School in Minneapolis this semester. The partnership pairs talented undergraduates with current middle school students and features a curriculum grounded in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

The University Honors Student Association has worked closely with MPS to develop this program, which focuses on hands-on interaction with students in STEM classrooms and early mentorship in their preparation for college.

"We are in a unique position," said UHSA President Ryan Olson. "We attend a world-class institution positioned in a city with one of the highest achievement gaps in the nation. This is an opportunity for college students to confront a very important issue in their community."

Program founder Joelle Stangler, a junior studying Political Science and Journalism, thinks the initiative is a perfect fit for the U. "We hope the University continues to work to build these types of relationships with surrounding communities," said Stangler. "This is a pilot year, but we have every intention to expand after a semester of success."

The program launched on January 23rd at Ramsey Middle School. U of M President Eric Kaler, Superintendent Bernadeia Johnson of Minneapolis Public Schools, and Principal Paul Marietta of Ramsey Middle School welcomed the tutors prior to a training session.