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Beth Hawkins

Beth Hawkins is a former MinnPost education reporter. She is now a writer-in-residence at Education Post.

Recent Stories

My son has Asperger’s and wants to attend a rigorous college— why shouldn’t he?

The system is not set up for kids who have both an intellectual disability and a sharp intellect

Filmed classroom arrest of South Carolina schoolgirl spotlights police brutality, prison pipeline

Could the cellphone do for the school discipline debate what car dashboard and body-worn cameras have done to ignite the movement to curb police brutality? The young South Carolina woman…

A look inside a successful charter school culture

Dennis Sykes, Michelle Ramos and Patrick Murphy attend Pritzker College Prep, a charter high school located in a blue-collar neighborhood in Chicago. CHICAGO — Seconds after principal…

Tucson tragedy highlights challenge of providing mental-health services on college campuses

Pima Community College Last fall, three months before he went on a shooting rampage in Tucson, Ariz., that killed six and injured 19, including Arizona Rep. Gabrielle…

How do great school cultures come about? A Q&A with Samuel Casey Carter

Samuel Casey Carter When education policymakers look at schools that get great results despite a concentration of poverty or other impediments, they often identify a strong culture…

Deliberate efforts help Minnesota’s private colleges create (and keep) diverse student body

At both the national and local levels, white high-school graduates are still much more likely to enroll in college — and to go on to graduate again — than minorities.…

Q&A: Tim King explains what works at Chicago’s all-boys Urban Prep

  Tim King In June, the members of Urban Prep Academy’s first senior class gathered for an unusual ritual. One by one, all 150 donned…

‘Call Me MISTER Initiative’ succeeds in recruiting, developing black teachers

    Dr. Roy Jones (Photo courtesy MINNEAPOLIS – When Roy Jones set out to convince African-American boys that “teacher” was as hot…

Some big-city school districts experiment with merit pay for superintendent

Superintendent Bernadeia Johnson Bernadeia Johnson knows as well as anyone just how hard it is to accelerate learning in an urban school district. Before she took over…