“We can never underestimate the power of words and their impact on others, especially children. As a parent, an educator and the state’s education commissioner, I find it troubling that anyone—especially an adult—would use social media or any platform to make light of serious issues facing young people or to perpetuate stereotypes.
This is the kind of behavior that we teach our children is wrong.
Our schools have worked hard to create academically rich, safe and welcoming environments where children thrive and are free from bullying.
While the Department of Education appreciates the work we have done collaboratively with Clear Channel Communications to promote literacy, we have asked them to pull all Department of Education sponsored public service announcements from their stations.”
Josh Collins, Director of Communications
Gifted and Talented Education Symposium – June 9-12
Registration is now open for the sixth annual Hormel Foundation Gifted and Talented Education Symposium—a collaboration between the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE), the Hormel Foundation and Austin School District. Daily sessions address best practices on the assessment of students for services, program models, social and emotional needs, instructional strategies, under-represented populations, under-achievement, integration of STEM and technology as well as specific content in the areas of science, mathematics, language arts and social studies.