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Defining the Local Learning System

The Southeast Minneapolis Council on Learning (SEMCOL) is a non-profit organization incorporated in 2003 by representatives from the three neighborhood organizations in Southeast Minneapolis with a mission is to unite the community to support learning and reading, family by family, person by person. Many organizations in Southeast Minneapolis do not keep detailed records of participation in the learning opportunities they offer. Of the organizations that do keep records, there is no standardization, so the information that does exist varies from organization to organization. Furthermore, in certain cases individual anonymity requirements make some organizations hesitant to gather and share even their general data, despite it being legal to do so. Matthew Carlson, a doctoral student in Education, Curriculum and Instruction developed a tool to help local organizations track participation in their educational programs to allow for cross-institutional analysis. The results are being used to inform work in support of the project and develop an online tool that gathers local learning system information in one place.

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C Terrence Anderson Director of Community Based Research (612) 624-8988