What’s the Issue?

PWCC believes that all families have assets to draw upon and that all children are capable of achieving success in school and in life.  Research suggests that children who are prepared to begin school and who are doing well academically by third grade are far more likely to graduate on time, pursue a college education and become productive, engaged citizens. The achievement gap between students of color on the north side of Minneapolis and their peers is among the largest anywhere in the State according to Minneapolis Public Schools and results from recent MCA II test scores, Minnesota Department of Education. 

What are we Doing About it?

AAP is a strategic partnership with Urban Strategies, Inc. at Heritage Park and Sumner Library using a research-based accelerated learning community model which engages, through a personal connection to learning, and energizes low performing students and their parents from diverse cultural and economic backgrounds to achieve school success.  Our focus is on academics (especially language and reading literacy) and on strengthening developmental assets through quality experiences tailored to meet the needs of each student.  We provide positive, stable role models including screened and trained tutors and mentors, after school and through the summer months.

Our dual focus is on (1) supporting low performing K-5 students to meet or exceed grade-level academic standards and achieve school success, and (2) providing parent support and education through the Parent Institute (developed by Dr. R. Carroll, M.A., J.D.). The goal of the Parent Institute is to empower parents with the skills to support their children’s academic achievement by strengthening relationships between parents and teachers  For more information please contact Jackie Carlson, jacquelinec@phylliswheatley.org, 612-977-3254.