ST. PAUL, Minn. , Jan. 23 -- Education Minnesota issued the following news release: Tarri Levine , the science teacher at Stadium View School in the Hennepin County detention centers, received a $25,000 grant from the National Education Association to help expand the school's partnerships and activities that build students' self-worth. The grant comes from the NEA's new Great Public Schools Fund . It was created in 2013 to support innovative ideas from state and local affiliates and individual members to boost student learning. Levine works at Stadium View, which serves students 11-21 years old. The majority of students are two to three years behind in school. The students spend an average of 14 days in the school at the detention centers. "Our goal is to look at kids as individuals, see their inner strengths and move ahead with it," Levine said. "We hope that when they get back into the community they make better choices." Levine will use the grant to broaden the school's internal and external partnerships and help students self-publish poetry books and music CDs. She often engages her students' passion for the arts to build their self-esteem and keep them on track and engaged in learning. Levine also wants to share what Stadium View is doing with other educators. She hopes to organize a conference for school staff in the four metro area counties where her students are often sent by court order, as well as present at state and national conferences for alternative learning programs. "When teachers are allowed to innovate, they can do amazing things," said Education Minnesota President Denise Specht . " Tarri Levine is a prime example of this. She understands that tapping into what motivates and excites students will keep them in school and engaged in their learning." The GPS Fund is one of several recently launched NEA initiatives to prepare the next generation of teacher leaders and help ensure opportunity, equity and success for every public school student in America, said NEA President Dennis Van Roekel . "It is time for us to accelerate the transformation of public education," Van Roekel said. "Nobody knows better than teachers what their students need to succeed in the classroom." [Category: Union] CC AutoTriage8sgm-140124-30VitinMar-4612305 30VitinMar
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