U of M launches tutoring partnership with Minneapolis Public Schools

The University of Minnesota and Minneapolis Public Schools have announced a tutoring partnership that will bring nearly two dozen University Honors Program students to Ramsey Middle School in Minneapolis this semester. The partnership pairs talented undergraduates with current middle school students and features a curriculum grounded in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

The University Honors Student Association — a student group at the U of M — has worked closely with MPS to develop this program, which focuses on hands-on interaction with students in STEM classrooms and early mentorship in their preparation for college.

"We are in a unique position," said UHSA President Ryan Olson. “We attend a world-class institution positioned in a city with one of the highest achievement gaps in the nation. This is an opportunity for college students to confront a very important issue in their community."

Program founder Joelle Stangler, a junior studying Political Science and Journalism, thinks the initiative is a perfect fit for the U. "We hope the University continues to work to build these types of relationships with surrounding communities," said Stangler. "This is a pilot year, but we have every intention to expand after a semester of success."

The program launched today at Ramsey Middle School. U of M President Eric Kaler, Superintendent Bernadeia Johnson of Minneapolis Public Schools, and Principal Paul Marietta of Ramsey Middle School welcomed the tutors prior to a training session.

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