Minnesota Humanities Center K-12

Project Details by Fiscal Year
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Recipient Type
Non-Profit Business/Entity
In Progress
Start Date
July 2017
End Date
June 2020
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Legal Citation / Subdivision
2016 Minn. Laws, Chap. 2 Art. 4 Sec. 2 Subd. 8
Direct expenses
Measurable Outcome(s)

MHC’s humanities-based K-12 Education Strategy builds partnerships with schools and districts across the state to provide rigorous professional development opportunities for K-12 educators. Through immersion-based learning, an online resource collection, and in-person workshops, educators in Minnesota are building their networks, and increasing student engagement in the classroom. Activities and events implemented include:

  • Learning from Place: Bdote immersion: participants spend the day visiting local sites of significance to Dakota people and learning about them from Dakota perspectives.
  • More than ten Increase Engagement through Absent Narratives workshops wherein participants learn and practice strategies through personal storytelling and guided reflection to help them engage others with respect and empathy in their community or classroom.
  • Design and implementation of new workshops for educators, including Writing Absent Narratives Lesson Plans, giving educators practical tools to incorporate engagement strategies into their classrooms.
  • The Educator Institute: Minnesota educators are immersed in MHC’s approach to increase student engagement through absent narratives – those voices often left out or marginalized. During this week-long institute, as well as follow-up webinars and workshops, Minnesota educators learn how to develop meaningful connections with their students and implement practical classroom strategies to bring absent narratives pedagogy into practice.
  • Collaboration with In Black Ink to support the development of children’s literature honoring the historic Rondo neighborhood in Saint Paul, MN.
Project Overview

The primary goal of the Humanities Center’s Education Initiative is to increase student engagement and success; the foundation is strengthening the teacher-student relationship. Drawing upon the multiplicity of experiences and cultures represented in schools, educators gain insight into how to engage every student authentically and respectfully.

Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Minnesota Humanities Center
Street Address
987 Ivy Avenue East
St. Paul
Zip Code