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Neal Cuthbert
Neal Cuthbert
Neal Cuthbert is former Vice President of Programs at The McKnight Foundation. He retired at the end of 2016.

Neal Cuthbert: New MN law supports English language learners, among our greatest assets

Below is Vice President of Program Neal Cuthbert’s foreword from The Learning for English Academic Proficiency and Success Act: Ensuring Faithful and Timely Implementation, a new McKnight-commissioned report by Conor P. Williams, Ph.D., and Colleen Gross Ebinger examining the 2014 LEAPS Act, the nation”s most comprehensive legislation in support of English learners. This report was […]

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Neal Cuthbert: Building a better human capital landscape for Twin Cities teachers

Below is Vice President of Program Neal Cuthbert’s foreword from The Human Capital Landscape for Twin Cities Teachers, a 2013 report on the challenges and opportunities of early literacy education co-commissioned by The McKnight Foundation and University of Chicago’s Urban Education Institute. The Human Capital Landscape for Twin Cities Teachers by Urban Teacher Residency United […]

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Neal Cuthbert: “Three Cities” offers regional perspective with an eye on competition

Below is Vice President of Program Neal Cuthbert’s foreword from the McKnight-commissioned A Tale of Three Cities, an essay by Jay Walljasper that captures valuable lessons from Seattle, Denver, and Toronto — regions that serve as both competitors and inspiration for Minneapolis-St. Paul.     Jay Walljasper’s A Tale of Three Cities was commissioned by […]

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Neal Cuthbert: Learning from discontinued strategies in East Africa

At McKnight, we are committed to combining deep learning with strategic adaptation, to maximize our use of resources to reach program goals. And although our foundation’s name is often synonymous with long-term relationships measured in decades, this continuous practice of informed adaptation sometimes leads us to discontinue funding in a particular program area. Though well […]

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Neal Cuthbert: Minnesota's "best kept secret," revealed

Community, business, and civic leader (and much beloved, former board member at McKnight) Dick McFarland, is fond of saying “you know, the MIFs are the best kept secret in Minnesota!” But as I”ve told Dick for years, if the “MIFs” — or Minnesota Initiative Foundations — are still a secret after more than a quarter-century […]

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