Wayzata, Northfield, Bemidji Area, Roseville Area, Wadena-Deer Creek school districts earn 2019 Local Government Innovation Awards


The Humphrey School of Public Affairs on October 29 named five school districts as recipients of 2019 Local Government Innovation Awards.

Wayzata Public Schools’ Wayzata High School earned a $5,000 grant by being named the Leading Innovator in the School Category for its “The Hub” Web-Based Teacher Portal.

“The Hub” is a user-friendly, student-focused online tool created for Wayzata High School staff and students. The Hub helps communicate, manage, and collaborate on student intervention time, teachers’ school-to-home communication, teacher/student academic referrals, academic resource center scheduling, after-school programming, college/university visits, teacher before/after school availability, digital hall passes, and student volunteer projects.

The other School Category winners are:

  • Bemidji Area Schools — in a partnership among Bemidji High School, Lumberjack High School, Bemidji Alternative Learning Center, Red Lake Nation, Leech Lake Nation, White Earth Nation, Greater Bemidji Business and Industry Partners, and the City of Bemidji — for Bemidji Career Academies. 
  • Northfield Public Schools — partnering with Northfield Healthy Community Initiative, City of Northfield, and other local nonprofits — for Youth on Boards. 
  • Roseville Area Schools — partnering with Hamline University — for English Learner in the Mainstream (ELM) Coaching. 
  • Wadena-Deer Creek Public Schools — in partnership with the Wadena Housing and Redevelopment Authority and the Wadena Development Authority — for Community House 2020.

The awards program is organized in partnership with the Bush Foundation and its Native Nation Building Initiative; and co-sponsored by the League of Minnesota Cities, the Association of Minnesota Counties, the Minnesota Association of Townships, and the Minnesota School Boards Association.

Visit http://lgia.umn.edu/media to view the Humphrey School’s complete press release, which includes the winners of the city, county, township and native nations categories.

All the awardees will be formally recognized at an awards ceremony  5 p.m. Thursday, December 12, at the Humphrey School. Visit http://lgia.umn.edu to register for the event.

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