- 16-page summary of the Education Forum, (includes an executive summary).
- Informational sheet on MN Dept. of Education’s NCLB waiver application.
- Hmong Times article on the forum by Amy Doeun.
- To see slides from the event, visit our sliderocket page.
- To view photos of the event, please visit our flickr page.
Thank you to all the 100+ participants that attended the 2011 Community Education Forum that was co-hosted by the Minnesota Department of Education and the State Council on Asian Pacific Minnesotans. Information gathered at the Education Forum will be used in our investigation of the educational experiences of Asian Pacific American students and their families in Minnesota and in building the Council’s Education policy positions for the upcoming legislative session.
Overview of Forum:
- Executive Director of the CAPM, Kao Ly Ilean Her, started off the forum by introducing a group of Asian American youth in a video clip of “Yellow, Where We Can Be,” an anthology of the Asian American Teenagers’ Experience written by the Asian Pacific Youth Council.
- We heard an analysis of the growing Asian Pacific population in our schools and the MCA scores surrounding our Asian Pacific youth from Brian Kao, the Council’s research analyst.
- One of the key points of the presentation was that the aggregate scores of Asian Pacific student is highly misleading and that the hidden disparities in education are shown when data is disaggregated by students who receive Free / Reduced Priced lunch or English Language Learner services.
- The Commissioner of Education, Dr. Brenda Cassellius, reacted to the data, gave us an overview of the Department of Education’s direction for this upcoming year in their efforts to combat the achievement gap, the department’s waiver for No Child Left Behind, and fielded questions from the audience.
- Assistant Commissioner, Dr. Rose Wan-Mui Chu, facilitated the lively discussion on the challenges and solutions that can be used to fight the achievement gap in Minnesota.
- The event ended with time for participants to report back to the larger audience on their discussion.