Minneapolis – The Minnesota Business Partnership (MBP) today announced that Carver Elementary School in Maplewood will receive the 2017 Minnesota’s Future Award and a check for $50,000. Since 2006, the Minnesota’s Future Award has recognized high-performing, diverse public elementary schools for their success in helping all students succeed. This year, for the first time ever, a previous award winner has been chosen to receive this award as a result of their continued outstanding performance. Carver also won the award in 2016.
Carver will be honored tonight before more than 1,000 business, civic, and political leaders at the Minnesota Business Partnership’s Annual Dinner at the Minneapolis Convention Center. Carver principal Dr. Gena Abrahamson will deliver brief remarks at the event with 20 Carver teachers in attendance.
Carver Elementary serves a diverse student population in the North St. Paul-Maplewood-Oakdale school district (ISD 622). About 65 percent of Carver’s students come from low-income households, two-thirds are students of color, and 20 percent have limited English proficiency. Impressively, Carver has repeatedly outperformed the statewide average for student achievement, both overall and for 2017 among all student subgroups.
“While Minnesota’s achievement gap remains among the widest in the nation, Carver Elementary is proving we can do better and that all students can succeed,” said Pat Ryan, CEO and President of Ryan Companies US and chair of the MBP Education Policy Committee. “Carver’s collaborative, data-driven approach and willingness to try, and use effective practices is a model that other schools should emulate.”
“The three things staff at Carver have that really make the difference are: leadership, passion, and courage. The Carver staff learns together, shares, and never gives up on students. They reflect on everything they do and always put students’ emotional and academic needs first,” said Dr. Gena Abrahamson, principal of Carver Elementary.
Funding sponsors for the award: Ryan Companies US; Apogee; KPMG; IWCO Direct; Century Link; EY; State Farm; Wells Fargo; Deloitte; and Thrivent Financial.
Minnesota Business Partnership Annual Dinner
Tuesday, September 26, 6:30-8:30 p.m. (Carver award at approximately 7:40)
Minneapolis Convention Center Ballroom (1301 2nd Ave. S., Minneapolis MN 55403)