LearningWorks is a unique public-private partnership between Minneapolis Public Schools and The Blake School. The program is designed to prepare students to thrive in college and offer real-world teaching experiences to high school and college students. The LW teachers are high school seniors and college-age students themselves, and receive over 250 hours of hands-on student interaction, over 80 hours of training in best practice approaches, and support of experienced Instructional Coaches.
LW actively seeks sixth graders enrolled in Minneapolis Public Schools who love to learn, long to join a supportive and positive community, and who are seeking support on their path to college. They also seek high school and college students as prospective teachers.
LW’s goal is to create a racially and socioeconomically integrated school space for students from every Minneapolis Public middle school. Our teaching fellows reflect the racial and socioeconomic backgrounds of our students, write original and culturally relevant curriculum, and support each student to thrive academically and socially. Their core belief is “it’s cool to be you, it’s cool to be smart, and it’s cool to care.”
LW takes place at The Blake School in Minneapolis.
For middle grades students and aspiring teachers, programming takes place over six weeks during the summer and 12 Saturdays during the school year. For high school students, programming takes place on weekly Friday sessions during summer program, and monthly Saturday sessions during the school year.
LearningWorks strives to encourage students to reach their full potential by removing barriers to their success. 99% of LW students graduate from high school on time; and 83% of those graduates are currently enrolled in, or have graduated from college. For those interested in the teaching side of the program, 75% of LW’s aspiring teachers go on to pursue careers in teaching, and 100% of aspiring teachers in 2018 say their LearningWorks training made them more likely to pursue a career in teaching.
Contact: Tricia Crossman