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The Spark! workshops are a series of 13 lessons that build respect for human difference among K-12 students. Spark! is a partnership between the school district and the community. In our innovative model, trained community members representing the diversity of our community present workshops for each grade level at every school once a year. As students progress through their education, they begin with basic concepts such as 'same & different' and move to challenging discussions of discrimination and respect in areas such as disability, race, body size, social class, gender and sexual orientation, and religion.

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Level 1: Children & Youth ; Diversity and Inclusion ; Education

Level 2:


Community Health:


Gain knowledge

  • Understand and value human differences and similarities.

  • Understand the unfairness of discrimination and the harm it causes.


Develop empathy

  • Learn to accept others who are perceived as different.

  • Gain ability to interact respectfully with ALL people.

Develop critical thinking skills

  • Understand own biases as well as those of others.

  • Identify and challenge common fallacies.


Improve self-esteem

  • Build positive regard for self and group identity.

Indicators (What are some of the signs that progress is being made?)

Spark!/Spark research-based anti-bias student and whole family trainings and workshops. DC
will a)reach 15,000 grades K through 8 students; b)reach 50 - 75 families with whole family
curriculum and resources; c)reach 400 grades 8 through 12 students with curriculum and
interactive skill building forums.


Lead Organization: Diversity Council

Confirmed Collaborators: Rochester Public Schools

Potential Collaborators:

Status Reports Related PlanScape Status on: Children & Youth, Diversity and Inclusion, Education

March 19, 2018: Help the Y Build a Better Us!

2018 Rochester Area Family Y "Build a Better Us" fundraising campaign. 

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March 18, 2018: March 2018 In City for Good community forum

March 2018 presentation to City for Good by Olmsted County Administrator

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March 14, 2018: CNG Steering Committee working on 2018 Compass Points

 CNG Steering Committee is working on the next version of Rochester/Olmsted County Compass report.

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March 12, 2018: Olmsted County, MN Community Health Improvement 1Q 2018 and 3Q 2017 Status

March 2018 Status; September News 2017 (Including September meeting agenda and June meeting minutes).

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March 09, 2018: RPS meeting with Moms Demand Action

RPS and Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense are planning a dialog between the two groups. This is an opportunity to broaden the conversation to other efforts to address school safety.

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March 01, 2018: Mediation & Conflict Solutions Updates by Post Bulletin

2018-03-01 PB story on MCS: "Looking for help with a conflict?

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February 22, 2018: Cradle to Career 2018 Launch Feb 22, 2018 Meeting

At the February 22 meeting, the following information was shared. 

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February 17, 2018: 2018 Discipline Data Update - Information

At the 2/6/2018 School Board Meeting the following was presented as a comparison of office referrals from first semester 2016-2017 and first semester 2017-2018 examining District, building, and student data.  Building Principals will also discuss behavior- related supports provided in their respective buildings.

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January 12, 2018: Winona State Rochester: Business, Leadership, and Education

Winona State University – Rochester (WSU-R) and the Rochester Area Chamber of Commerce is hosting a Business, Leadership, and Education Open House Jan. 18, 2018

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December 24, 2017: Rochester A City of Compassion Steering Committee 2017 Status Report

Year end report on status and what to look forward to ...  "as Mary Alessio of the Locks of Compassion Project declares “Compassion is rippling throughout our community”

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November 27, 2017: World's Best Workforce Plan goals not met

Slow progress. 5 Goals not met:  All children are ready for kindergarten, Third-grade literacy, Close all academic achievement gaps, Have all high school graduates career and college ready, Graduate all students from HS

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October 16, 2017: In the Shadow of Growth Forum: Pathways to Prosperity and Well-being

At the October 5 C4G forum, Paul Flesinner talked about a national pilot project to stop generational poverty and what we need to do within the current system to accomplish this now.

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October 01, 2017: University of Minnesota, Rochester Master Plan

PB reports "The University of Minnesota Rochester is taking another step toward its future goal of building a 10-acre college campus at the edge of downtown."

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September 30, 2017: Diversity Council Rochester Area Racial Attitude Survey

Luther College researchers released a Diversity Council presentation: At the Cross Roads: 2016 Olmsted County Racial Attitudes and Actions Survey

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Last modified by allnode on 2017/09/13
Created by kalun on 2015/07/21

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