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Doctoral candidates in the community
Lessons in culturally relevant pedagogy

Two SPPS high school students, William Toney of Como Senior High and Elizabeth Aschalew of Harding High School, co-taught a University of Minnesota course with doctoral candidate Maggie Struck this summer. 

The high school students were hired by the University of Minnesota's Department of Curriculum and Instruction to co-teach a course on culturally relevant pedagogy using iPads to 22 SPPS teachers.  These teachers were the recipients of the Gladys F. Smith Continuing Professional Education Scholarship. 

Doctoral students speaking nationally
Power mapping youth activism in your city

UMN doctoral candidates, Jenna Cushing-Leubner and Erin Dyke, with UMN alum and faculty at Macalester, Brian Lozenski, co-presented with several Twin Cities youth scholars at the Free Minds, Free People conference, convened by the Education for Liberation Network.

Their workshop presented an interactive digital mapping toll to help youth activate linkages with other youth activists, researchers, and organizers in their area.