MinnCAN advocates for the success of every Minnesota student, from pre-K through college and career. We improve policy to help all students thrive and share promising practices and stories to demonstrate that all kids CAN succeed.
Within our community, students, parents and administrators alike have been asking the same questions for years: How do we close the achievement gap? How do we put an end to the school to prison pipeline? Is it possible to achieve those goals? As an individual, and especially as a young person, I didn’t always feel like I had a platform to engage in these conversations, until I found a local coalition that helped connect me and elevate my voice.
A common argument for why the teaching force in Minnesota lacks diversity claims that college students of color are not interested in pursuing careers in education. A common counter-argument states: college students of color are not pursuing careers in education because a majority of them have bad memories of their K-12 experience. The latter argument claims that unfair discipline practices in schools have driven some students of color completely out of school and left those who remained in school with a feeling of distrust towards teachers and the education system.