MDE Weekly Superintendent Mail


TO: Superintendents

FROM: Dr. Brenda Cassellius, Commissioner

DATE: November 1, 2012

Please disseminate this information to the appropriate staff in your district.


Race to the Top – District: New Deadline Announced

The U.S. Department of Education has reopened the Race to the Top – District competition to extend the deadline for submitting applications due to the fact that Hurricane Sandy prevented many applicants from submitting their Race to the Top – District applications by the October 30, 2012, deadline and closed Federal Government offices in Washington D.C. on October 29 and 30, 2012. For any Minnesota districts still interested in applying for the Race to the Top – District grants, the deadline has been extended to 4:30 p.m. EST on Friday, November 2. Visit the U.S. Department of Education website for further information.

Schools on GiveMN and Give to the Max Day – Register Now!

A new fundraising opportunity is available from the Bush Foundation and called Schools on GiveMN. This initiative provides public schools with a free fundraising page on where you can accept donations through their giving website. Information was shared about this during our leadership conference in August and some of you may already be participating.

On November 15, GiveMN will hold Give to the Max Day. During this event, GiveMN has set aside $34,000 in specific prize grants for schools that are signed up by November 1.  You can also learn more about how your school could be in the running for $10,000 on Give to the Max Day. Visit GiveMN. GiveMN is a great example of the richness of Minnesota’s philanthropic commitment and a great opportunity to enhance local fundraising efforts you may be doing in your own communities.

0-4 Census Reminder

If your district has not submitted the fall 2012 0-4 Census count, the data is due at the Minnesota Department of Education by December 1, 2012. The fall 2012 0-4 Census Online Data Submission system is scheduled to be shut down on the December due date.

Access the 0-4 Census Online System.

Please note that this reminder does not apply to charter schools. It applies only to school district types 1, 2, and 3.

Questions concerning the 0-4 Census counts may be directed to Greg Sogaard, phone: 651-582-8858.


Using Data Webinar Series – Additional Sessions Scheduled

The Minnesota Department of Education will be repeating the first three Using Data Series Webinars for those who may have missed them the first time as well as continuing with the remaining three scheduled webinars. The series is designed to focus on using data for planning, school improvement, evaluation, and other reporting needs required by state statute. All districts and schools are encouraged to join the webinars to build their capacity to more effectively use data for decision-making and improvement.

Each webinar consists of a one-hour presentation of data information and a thirty-minute question and answer session. The following webinars are scheduled for the series.

Wednesday, November 7, 9:30-11:00 a.m. – Understanding MMR: Where is MMR Detail Information?

Friday, November 9, 1:00-2:30 p.m. – Effectively Using School Improvement Assessment Reports: Finding All Available Data

Tuesday, November 13, 2:30-4:00 p.m. – Understanding MMR: Relationship Between MMR and AYP Results Summary

Wednesday, November 14, 9:30-11:00 a.m. – Understanding MMR: Relationship Between MMR and AYP Results Summary

Tuesday, November 27, 2:30-4:00 p.m. – How Does AIR OLPA Data Link to State Proficiency Data for Predicting End-of-Year Performance?

Tuesday, December 11, 2:30-4:00 p.m. – Are you Collecting and Linking Needed Data for School Improvement, Program Evaluation and Future Planning?

Access Webinar and select Using Data Series.

Access Voice Communications: Call 1-888-742-5095; conference code 404 856 6864 #

No password will be required.

Please share this information with district/school leadership, data coaches, district/ school assessment coordinators, and other interested staff. For assistance with questions, contact Margaret Biggerstaff.