One initiative was triggered by parents of Minneapolis and Saint Paul Schools suing the State of Minnesota for a public education system that does not provide constitutionally guaranteed equitable education for all children. Implementation is currently underway. Another was about shifting school start times and bus schedules in light of the research showing that high school students gain significant health and school performance benefits through extending their morning sleep hours. Read more about managing difficult community issues.Read More
Consultant Tom Lenz shares insights about working in Southern Illinois. Having spent my professional career in northeastern Illinois, I had little knowledge of the southern part of the state beyond the periodic trips to Springfield (which southern Illinoisans will tell you is definitely NOT part of their region.) That changed in September when three separate consulting projects gave me a chance to get know the area.Read More
Millennia Consulting's Brenda Bannor and Tom Lenz have provided long-term consulting to the Partnership for Resilience, a multi-sector collaboration to help children impacted by trauma and poverty. Recently their efforts resulted in grants from the McCormick Foundation and the VNA Foundation to enable the Partnership to hire its first full-time staff person, a "Southland Partnership Organizer." If you or someone you know are interested, please have them contact Tom Lenz firstname.lastname@example.org . No calls please.
“Effective retreats advance the mission,” says Millennia Consultant Mirja Hanson, “and so it was for the Board of Directors planning retreat of the Minnesota Center for Book Arts (MCBA). Board members representing arts, literature, publishing, academic, business and cultural organizations gathered October 2016 to identify prioritize directions for board engagement in support of the MCBA mission “to lead the advancement of the book as an evolving art form.”Read More
Schools across United States are becoming aware of how Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and the toxic stress they cause impact student behavior and learning. "Trauma-sensitive schools" are organized to build the capacity of teachers, administrators, and support staff to reach and teach students impacted by ACEs.Read More