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Erin Imon Gavin
Erin Imon Gavin
Erin Imon Gavin is Education & Learning program director at The McKnight Foundation. Read her bio and follow her on Twitter @erinsgavin.

McKnight’s Pathway Schools Initiative to Sunset

  In 2011, McKnight adopted an ambitious goal — to dramatically increase the percentage of third grade readers in the Twin Cities. Since then, the Foundation has partnered with a select group of district and charter schools in the Twin Cities, the University of Chicago’s Urban Education Institute, and an independent evaluator, SRI International, to […]

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Erin Gavin: Helping America’s Dual Language Learners Succeed

Through our Pathway Schools Initiative, McKnight partners with seven schools in the Twin Cities — as well as the University of Chicago’s Urban Education Institute — to align and improve the quality of literacy instruction from PreK-3rd grade. Dual Language Learners (DLLs) make up nearly two-thirds of the student population in our Pathway Schools — across Minneapolis […]

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Erin Gavin: With the right tools, PreK-3rd focus is a school strengthener

Three years ago, the McKnight Foundation launched its Pathway Schools Initiative, a partnership between the foundation, the Urban Education Institute, and seven Twin Cities schools serving high-needs students. The initiative leads McKnight’s Education & Learning program strategies to significantly improve the number of low-income and minority students who read proficiently at third grade. The Pathway […]

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Erin Gavin: More early literacy lessons from Union City

In late 2013, I traveled with close program partners to visit Union City Schools in New Jersey. I’ve documented our visit in this video blog post, which explores the ties between Union City’s success and our own work here at home in the Twin Cities. The trip was enlightening and valuable to me and our […]

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Erin Gavin: Union City Public Schools provide a model of early literacy education

Situated just 16 miles outside of New York City, Union City Public Schools in Union City, New Jersey, serve nearly 11,000 students. The overwhelming majority of these students are students of color, live in poverty, and speak a language other than English at home. Too many districts with demographics like these fail to provide students […]

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