Reimagine Education: Transforming Research into Collective Action


Much more needs to be done to make our schools better for each and every child. Together, Greater Twin Cities United Way, the Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundation and The Minneapolis Foundation have been asking students, parents, community members, school leaders and researchers what is working—and what isn’t working—in our schools.

On December 5, we gathered those voices and talked about the ways we can take collective action. We also discussed the findings in the Expanding the Vision of Reimagine Minnesota: A Collective Education Roadmap for Action report. To see who was a part of the day, check out our event agenda.

Special thanks to Paula Forbes and the Association of Metropolitan School Districts for their ongoing community engagement related to building an equitable education system.

The Report

We know the facts. Minnesota is among the worst in the nation for racial disparities. We read reports that prove the challenge is real. Now, we have commissioned research informed by the perspectives of those most proximate to the issues to help drive solutions.

A study conducted by the College of Education and Human Development at the University of Minnesota provides evidence-based solutions that have the potential to be transformational for our community. Read, learn, and join us in transforming our K-12 education to help every child reach their fullest potential.

Student Voices

In September 2019, 1500 students from across the Twin Cities came together for The Student Conference – a student-designed, student-led forum where teens could voice their perspectives on education. These voices helped shape the Reimagine Education event.

Learn more by reading the Studence Conference Final Report. You can also see conference videos here.

Event Videos

Check out videos from the December 5 Reimagine Education event. This includes keynote speaker Dr. Michael Rodriguez and other Twin Cities education leaders.

See all our videos from the event here.

Event Photos

View more photos from the event on our Facebook page. If you haven’t already, be sure to like our page and tag yourself in the photos.

Small-Group Conversations

At the December 5 event, we had small groups come together to talk about the key levers featured in the Reimagine Minnesota report: adult behaviors, cultural competence, student voice, personalized education, community bridges, recruitment & retention, school finance, and social & emotional learning.

We gathered the themes of the conversations here. You can also see the real-time conversations and feedback here.


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