2012 Superintendent Mail


TO: Superintendents

FROM: Dr. Brenda Cassellius, Commissioner

DATE: June 15, 2012


Commissioner’s Monthly Dialogue with Superintendents – Wednesday, June 20

The next audio conference call with Commissioner Cassellius is scheduled for Wednesday, June 20, 9:30-10:30 a.m. The Commissioner encourages you to make time on your schedule to participate in these informative conference calls that include updates about pertinent agency initiatives. She is happy to answer questions and hear your comments and concerns. Call-in instructions will be sent to you on Monday.

Please note that there will be no Monthly Dialogues during July and August. The next Monthly Dialogue is scheduled for Wednesday, September 19, 9:30-10:30.

Literacy Plans and Reading Proficiency Data – Submission Date CORRECTION

Minnesota Statutes, section 120B.12, requires all public schools, including charter schools, to create and post

a local literacy plan by the end of the 2011-12 school year. The statute also requires all public schools to submit reading proficiency data for all Kindergarten, Grade 1 and Grade 2 students to MDE by July 1 (not June 1 as stated in the April 19 mailing).

To support this work, MDE is offering a series of information sessions and a webpage of tools and resources that may be helpful as schools develop literacy plans consistent with this new legislation. For more information, visit Reading Well by 3rd Grade (http://education.state.mn.us/MDE/EdExc/ReadWell/index.html), or contact Kari Ross, MDE Reading Specialist, at kari.d.ross@state.mn.us.

Minnesota Computers for Schools – Monthly Promotion

Minnesota Computers for Schools (MCFS) refurbishes donated computers and provides them to schools at a minimal charge. See their Special Deals for June.