WHEREAS: The week of January 25, 2015, has been named Paraprofessional Recognition Week by the Minnesota Department of Education; and
WHEREAS: Minnesota is home to more than 20,000 paraprofessionals who provide services in multiple settings within schools, including support for instruction and individual students, student activities, and numerous tasks that contribute to educational success; and
WHEREAS: The support and services provided by paraprofessionals are integral to improving student achievement and increasing the effectiveness of Minnesota schools; and
WHEREAS: The State of Minnesota and the Minnesota Department of Education are committed to excellence in education and recognize the role that paraprofessionals play in ensuring educational success.
Now, therefore, I, Mark Dayton, Governor of Minnesota, do hereby proclaim the week of January 25-31, 2015, as
in the State of Minnesota, and encourage all schools to recognize and honor those who provide these services and supports to our students.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Great Seal of the State of Minnesota to be affixed at the State Capitol this 21st day of November.
(signed) Mark Dayton, Governor
(signed) Mark Ritchie, Secretary of State
Meet the 2015 Science Mathematics Principal
John Garcia, principal of Cedar Park Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) School in Apple Valley, has been named the 2015 Science and Mathematics Elementary and Middle Level Principal of the Year. Created through a partnership between the Science Museum of Minnesota and the Minnesota Elementary School Principals’ Association (MESPA), the award recognizes the importance of fostering lifelong science literacy and the key role principals play in developing a culture that encourages student interest in math and science.