Children and Families Top Governor Dayton’s Budget Priorities

After a decade of deficits, state leaders are now facing a $1 billion budget surplus created by Minnesota’s strong and growing economy. Today, Governor Mark Dayton proposed a two-year budget that would make bold new investments in children, families and education. "Every single child matters in this budget-–no matter their race, zip code or economic circumstance...” said Commissioner Brenda Cassellius. Read Governor's Blog.

Pathways to Postsecondary 2.0

The final summit in this series will take place on Friday, February 6, at the Dakota County Technical College. In addition to round table discussions, focused topic and breakout sessions, the summit will feature Joel Vargas from Jobs for the Future. Mr. Vargas will address the importance of early college credit programming for students historically underrepresented in higher education. He will provide a national context to the work taking place in Minnesota and share promising strategies being used around the country.

Be Part of Job Shadow Day!

A longstanding tool for career development, job shadowing allows students to learn about the workplace and explore career pathways by “shadowing” professionals who work in their field of interest. The Minnesota High Tech Association (MHTA) is focused on encouraging science, technology, engineering, mathematics (STEM) job shadowing during the week of February 2-6. Studies show that students are more likely to develop an interest in STEM if they’ve met people who work in those fields. Visit MHTA website to learn how you can participate.

Students Serve On Anti-Bullying Council

High school students Michael Reinhardt and Zeam Porter and junior high school student Jake Ross discuss their roles as members of the School Safety Technical Assistance Council. The 23-member council--established under the Safe and Supportive Schools Act-- provides leadership in implementing Minnesota’s new bullying prevention and intervention law. Reinhardt, Porter and Ross bring an important youth voice to the council. Read their story in the Star Tribune.

First Ever Minnesota 90-Second Film Festival

Join us at the Minnesota screening of the 90-Second Newbery Film Festival featuring selected works by local kid filmmakers! Each film tells the story of a Newbery Award winner or honor book in 90 seconds or less. Kids from across Minnesota-—and around the world—submitted works to the contest. The festival is free and open to the public. To add to the fun, the event will be co-hosted by madcap authors James Kennedy and Kelly Barnhill. Feb 28, 2015, from 3-4:30 p.m., Hennepin County Library—Minneapolis Central’s Pohlad Hall.

Young Students Focused on Learning
High School Students Engaged in Studies
Students participate in Job Shadow opportunities
Student members of the School Safety Technical Assistance Council with Star Tribune Reporter 
90-Second Newbery Film Festival Announcement