Visual Thinking Strategies
This is an approach to teaching deeper problem solving, observation skills and drawing inferences and conclusions, using works of visual art as the stimulus. Some of the teachers at Pratt have been trained in this approach by the Minneapolis Institute of Art.
Minneapolis Institute of Art 's - Art Adventure Program
This program is in its fourth year, and is where Pratt volunteers are trained at the MIA to be classroom docents. Twice during the year the docents bring a collection of art reproductions from the MIA into the classroom, and present a program about the art, and the theme that links the pieces. Volunteers also facilitate an art project. All children in the school are served.
The 3rd grade class attends one concert during the year.
St. Paul Chamber Orchestra's Connect Program
Three times a year, musicians from the orchestra, or international music groups affiliated with the orchestra, visit the school to present combination education and performance sessions. In addition, grades 1–5 attend a SPCO concert during the year.
MN Humanities Commission Core Knowledge / Cargill Grant
This is a three-year grant that began in the 2006–07 school year. The staff is infusing additional elements of history and geography into the curriculum. Specific focus in the first year was on Native American history and physical geography. The grant funds field trips, special staff development, and purchase of teaching artifacts that can be used across multiple years.
This is a new program for Pratt students. We have a partnership with the Textile Center of Minnesota which provides all Pratt students the opportunity for a textile arts enrichment experience such as felt making, weaving, quilting, etc. This year the students won a blue ribbon and purple grand prize ribbon at the Minnesota State Fair for their felted mural titled “Pratt’s Green Garden”.
University of Minnesota Volunteers
The Service Learning office at the U of M facilitates the placement of between 20 and 40 student volunteers each semester. They work an average of 2 ½ hours per week, helping in the classroom, on the playground, and with special projects.
Americorps / Minnesota Reading Corps and Youth, Inc.
Two full-time reading tutors work with children who are below grade level in a one-on-one setting.
This is a reading program through the University of Minnesota Work Study program. We have two students that work with the staff providing enrichment and tutoring.
East Side Neighborhood Services
Provides a variety of school and family support.
Currently 52 volunteers provide tutoring in reading enrichment and e-mentoring.
Volunteer Coordinator / Arts Coordinator
With funding from the community, the school has a ten hour per-week coordinator. This position supports both University and community volunteers, as well as opportunities with the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, and the Textile Center of Minnesota.
A grant through Minneapolis Public Schools provides one-on-one academic support and tutoring five days a week.
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