This update from the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) is sent to many email lists, including past participants in Reading Well by Third Grade (RW3) webinars, district contacts, and charter school authorizers. Please excuse multiple copies. We encourage you to forward this to others who would benefit from the information. For further information not included in this newsletter, please contact MDE staff listed at the end of this document.
Data Submission Template Coming Soon
The deadline for data submissions requiring all public schools to submit data from locally determined literacy assessments will be July 1, 2013. There have been changes made to the data submission template, so review the instructions carefully before completing the required fields. The January webinar will provide more information on changes to the template. Registration information is below.
Districts and charter schools are encouraged to submit their most current data (as of July 2013) for students enrolled in Kindergarten, Grade 1 and Grade 2. Just like last year, the data will be submitted to MDE using the Excel Template accessible through the Reading Well webpage or the MDE Data Submissions page after February 15, 2013. Please remember to download the template, and follow the directions to add the appropriate information before entering any data.
Local Literacy Plan Updates
Local Literacy Plans are to be posted on official district webpages. It is recommended that districts regularly update their plans to reflect current activities required in the plan. Tools for revising plans are available on the Reading Well webpage.
Register for RW3 Webinars
The Minnesota Department of Education is offering a series of webinars to assist Minnesota school districts with the implementation of local literacy plans. The next webinar is Monday, January 28 at 1:00 p.m. District curriculum leaders, administrators, literacy coordinators, AYP coordinators, early learning directors and providers and other Minnesota educators with similar job descriptions serving learners PK-12 are invited to attend. District and Site Leadership Teams are strongly encouraged to participate together. These webinars are offered free of charge, but registration is required. Register here.
The Language Diversity and Literacy Development Research Group at Harvard University offers Lead for Literacy -- a series of weekly one-page memos written for leaders dedicated to children’s literacy development from birth to age 9. For more information, go to the Lead for Literacy webpage.
For more information, please contact:
Kari Ross, Reading Specialist: email@example.com 651-582-8455