Team Member Biographies: Leslie Laub & Jackie Crowe Fraedrich

Leslie Laub, M.A., L.P.

Ms. Laub was previously employed as the Director of Special Education for the Brooklyn Center (MN) Schools, a district with a majority of students from diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds. African-American students were the largest group of students from diverse backgrounds. In her role as special education director Ms. Laub implemented procedures and used forms developed with the original Reducing Bias Manual. While with the district she trained classroom teachers, principals, and special education staff on procedures and content from the original Reducing Bias manual.  Additionally, she has been a trainer for numerous school districts and on regional conferences on issues related to support for students who have cultural differences. Her school district was also a training site for the University of Minnesota on modules for more effective teaching practices for students who were African-American. Ms. Laub has been an adjunct instructor at the University of St. Thomas, where she taught procedures from the Reducing Bias manual.

Jacqueline Crowe Fraedrich, M.Ed.

Ms. Crowe Fraedrich has extensive experience as a board member with several organizations that support diverse communities. Examples include Minnesota Indian Education Association, Minnesota College Access Network, Minnesota Minority Education Partnership, Migizi Communications, and New Hope Human Rights Commission. She has been a member of the school board for the Emily Grey Charter School. Ms. Crowe Fraedrich has been prominently involved with a number of services to support American Indian students. She was a member of the Minnesota Department of Education advisory task force on Minnesota American Indian Tribes and Communities and K-12 standards based reform. In her employment with the Robbinsdale (MN) Area schools she had many years experience as the Indian Education Director, Multicultural Education Director, and Student Services Program Director. Ms. Fraedrich is currently involved in a work group for the Minnesota Department of Education addressing disproportionality in Special Education of American Indian students. Ms. Crowe Fraedrich is an enrolled member of the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Ojibwe.

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