An uncommon partnership between Twin Cities school districts, higher-education institutions, businesses and nonprofits officially launches Thursday, Nov. 29, on the University of Minnesota campus.
The Generation Next Partnership seeks to leverage research and available funding to tackle the achievement gap between students of color and their peers in St. Paul and Minneapolis.
In its planning phase, the initiative was known as Twin Cities Strive, after similar efforts in other urban areas.
The group’s executive director, Michael Goar, until recently served as deputy superintendent of Boston Public Schools after district leadership roles in Memphis and Minneapolis.
Kim Nelson, president of the General Mills Foundation, and U President Dr. Eric Kaler co-chair the effort, which seeks to bring together disjoined initiatives to close the gap.