Students in The Collaborative Urban Educator (CUE) program work together during a class. Taken April 29, in a School of Education classroom.

Turning Another Chapter in the CUE Program

Jeanne Mortinson, Ed.D., has served the Collaborative Urban Educators (CUE) for almost 15 years. She will be leaving her position at the end of June and has left an indelible mark on college, our community and the students we serve. The CUE program has been responsible for recruiting persons of color and persons with unique cultural, ethnic, language and urban backgrounds into teaching professions in the Minneapolis/St. Paul metro area. The program has been extremely successful, thanks in no small part to Jeanne’s commitment.

Since inception, the CUE program has:

  • Granted more than 400 licenses in elementary, middle, or special education since 1992;
  • Served as an exemplary model for bringing urban experienced and diverse persons into the teaching profession;
  • Aimed to attract people, via a “grow your own” philosophy, who intend to stay here in Minnesota;
  • Reached exemplary retention numbers: 76% vs. national rates of 50% in urban settings within first five years of teaching;
  • Had broad impact with CUE alumni serving in a variety of teaching and leadership roles in approximately 125 Minnesota schools.

Jeanne is the consummate professional who exemplifies the practice of advancing the common good through dedication and commitment to having a positive impact on the children in our Minnesota schools.

On behalf of the candidates, alumni, and CELC staff, thank you for all you have done and for all you have served.