The services of 20 of 22 student learning advocates and three of four Indian education advisers will be restored in the Anoka-Hennepin School District.
That restoration will happen thanks to the school board’s adoption of the latest update to the district’s student support model. That model was adopted during consent agenda action taken at the July 8 school board meeting. It had first been presented during the board’s June 24 meeting.
Updating was in order because late in May, school board members cut 22 student learning advocates and four Indian education advisers in anticipation of deep and potentially fatal reductions in state money which funds those services.
When last-minute legislative action reduced the cuts in integration funding, Director of Student Services Linda Anderson and Inclusion/Diversity Coordinator James Greer along with Associate Superintendent Jinger Gustafson recognized the potential for revival and got to work updating Anoka-Hennepin’s student support model.
Immediately after the board’s July 8 adoption of that model, the student learning advocate and Indian education adviser positions were posted. Interviews and hiring are expected to take place the week of July 22.
A total of 18 student learning advocates will be assigned at the elementary, middle and high school levels (six at each level) with two more at the alternative schools.
Anoka and Blaine high schools will each have one full-time student learning advocate, Champlin Park will have two, Coon Rapids will have 1.5 full-time equivalent student learning advocate and Andover will have one half-time student learning advocate.
At the middle school level, Anoka, Northdale and Coon Rapids will each have one full-time student learning advocate, Jackson will have two and Roosevelt and Oak View will each have one half-time student learning advocate.
In the elementary schools, Crooked Lake, Franklin, Lincoln, Ramsey, Wilson, Eisenhower, Madison, Sand Creek, Adams, Hamilton, Hoover, Mississippi and Morris Bye will each have one full-time student learning advocate; Dayton, Evergreen Park, Monroe and Oxbow Creek will each have two; Jefferson and University Avenue will each have a 1.5 full-time equivalent student learning advocate; and Johnsville, Madison, McKinley, Andover, Crooked Lake and Rum River will all have one half-time student learning advocate.
In the alternative schools, River Trail Learning Center at L.O. Jacob will have one full-time student learning advocate, while Crossroads and Compass will each have one half-time student learning advocate.
The three Indian education advisers will serve all levels.
Student learning advocates, hired on a year-to-year basis using money from the district’s integration fund, serve Anoka-Hennepin’s diverse population of students as mentors, providing leadership, offering encouragement and accountability, and motivating students to succeed.
Indian education advisers work to encourage and inspire academic achievement, social and emotional development and cultural awareness of the district’s American Indian students.