Minneapolis Public Schools


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Tuesday, December 1, 2015 1. Letter from Tracine: Open Letter and Video to Minneapolis Youth

2. Superintendent Search Update: Upcoming events this week, Dec 1 – 3 & 7

3. Next MPS Board Meeting: Next Tuesday, Dec 8th

4. Looking Back: 2015 Team Tracine Newsletters

5. My Role as Executive Director: St. Paul Youth Services (SPYS)

1. Letter from Tracine: Open Letter and Video to Minneapolis Youth

Open Letter to Minneapolis Youth and please help me share it with the students of Minneapolis. Thanks so much!

Open letter to Minneapolis youth.

Dear Students of Minneapolis Public Schools,

This letter has been on my heart for quite some time and I want to finally have it reach your ears with the purpose of expressing my gratitude and respect – along with a promise – following last year’s student walkouts after the Michael Brown verdict and, more recently, your participation in the peaceful protest advocating #Justice4Jamar.

I am deeply stirred by the leadership and solidarity so many of you have shown in standing up to say Black Lives Matter.

I can’t tell you how heavy it weighs on me that you – like me, like my parents, and like my grandparents before them – still need to convince people that Black Lives Matter, in the 21st century.

“I’m tired of marching for something that should have been mine at birth” was one of the most powerful statements from Dr. Martin Luther King (1967). Nearly 50 years later, still you march and protest and we as adults hear you loud and clearly.

Like you, I am tired. Like you, I’m in pain. And like you, “I ain’t going nowhere. We have power. And as the chant goes the people United will never be defeated.

Because this is about our nation’s moral compass. This is about what it means to be a Beloved Community. It’s about the right to live fully for so many of us.

I hope you have felt supported in your choice to speak out. I have seen families, teachers, business and faith leaders, community leaders, elected officials, and many, many regular folks leading the way and standing beside you. But I want to take things a step further and acknowledge our complicity. As adults, leaders, and elected officials we have shaped and allowed the conditions that led to this point. We can’t celebrate your activism without acknowledging our complicity – and our own power to change things – directly in our schools and our communities for a start.

Adults can have the best intentions, but if we don’t change our behaviors and policies and really measure the impact our choices will have, nothing won’t change.

THANK YOU for waking us up. Thank you for calling us out. Thank you for giving us an opportunity to do better. Whether you protest or not, we see you. Whether you chanted or not, we hear you. Most movements for justice around the world have been led by young people. So I want to celebrate your courage in upholding this tradition. And yet you shouldn’t have to. So today I want to promise you this and I invite adults in our community to join me:

I will put you at the center and make it a practice to share how I’m doing so every time. You need to see us fighting like hell for you and feel us protecting, nurturing, learning from, and uplifting you. If you don’t see that… If you don’t feel that… it’s on us. But we can change and do what it takes so the reality of your life, your family, your neighborhood, your streets and your schools show you that Black Lives Matter.

Onward Together,


“When I dare to be powerful – to use my strength in the service of my vision, then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid.” — Audre Lorde, 1934 – 1992.

Tracine Asberry, Ed.D.
District 6, Term: 2013 – 2017
MPS cellphone (612) 558-7137

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2. Superintendent Search Update: Upcoming events this week, Dec 1 – 3 & 7

On Dec. 1 – 3, the three finalists will complete additional interviews and visit schools to learn more about Minneapolis Public Schools and the work of our superintendent. For more information on public events, CLICK HERE.

THANK YOU to the students, teachers, staff, administration, family and community stakeholders, and external partners who participated in the Superintendent Search Community Engagement process thus far.Here is the summary of the information gathered during these conversations:
Summary of Desired CharacteristicsHere is the Superintendent Search job description for your reference and review:
Leadership Profile Report

3. Next MPS Board Meeting: Next week on Tuesday, Dec 8th

Regular Board Business Meeting
5:30p Public Comments
6p Regular Meeting
Meeting Notices and Agenda TopicsSign up for Public Comments

Meeting Agenda, BoardBook Packet and Minutes (updated the Friday, 12p before the Tuesday Board Meeting)

CLICK HERE to Stream Live
CLICK HERE to Watch/Listen via video/audio archive at a later date

4. Looking Back: 2015 Team Tracine Newsletters  

November 16th – TONIGHT: MPS Superintendent Interviews Begin, 5p

November 8th – Community Trust, Candidates Tonight, and Conversations with Tracine

September 26th – Supe Search Profile and Student Programming

September 3rdMPS Superintendent Search Community Invitations

April 13Much Ado About MPS Student Achievement

March 11thA Senator’s Challenge, A Supe Search Consultant RFI, And A 2nd MarchBoard Meeting

February 2ndInterim Superintendent Next Steps

January 27th3 Reasons to Visit MPS Today

January 15thThank you, Board Accountability and Honoring Superintendent Johnson

2014 Team Tracine Newsletters

5. My Role as Executive Director: St. Paul Youth Services  

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News & Media Coverage

Employment Opportunities

Informational Brochure (printable version)

Building an America that Believes in Black Youth: No More FerguSONS

Team Tracine News Sep 4th: See “Letter from Tracine” for My New Executive Director Role, Next MPS Bd Meeting and MORE!

MPS Director Contact Information:
Tracine D. Asberry, Ed.D.
MPS School Board, District 6

MPS cellphone (612) 558-7137