NEWS AND INFORMATION FROM THE MINNESOTA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
FROM: Dr. Brenda Cassellius, Commissioner
DATE: January 10, 2013
Commissioner Cassellius Kicks-off Your Choice, Your Future Series
Yesterday in Hopkins, Education Commissioner Brenda Cassellius kicked off a series of forums focused on getting students college-ready. Your Choice, Your Future is an initiative geared toward Minnesota eighth-grade students, asking them to start thinking about higher education and a career as they prepare to register for high school classes this fall. Read the January 8 press release.
Minnesota Department of Education Issues Guidance for Early Learning Programs in Charter Schools
The new guidance provides information that will effectively communicate opportunities, instructions and accountability expectations for charter schools and authorizers. Read the January 7 press release. Learn more about the new guidance for early learning programs in charter schools.
Application Available for 2013 Summer Food Service Program
The Minnesota Department of Education is seeking organizations to sponsor the 2013 Summer Food Service Program to provide free meals to Minnesota children ages 18 and under during the summer when school is out. Read the January 7 press release. Learn more about the Summer Food Service Program.
Commissioner’s Dialogue with Superintendents – January 23, 2013
Save the date! The monthly conference call with Commissioner Cassellius, originally scheduled for January 16th, has been changed to Wednesday, January 23rd. Governor Dayton will release his budget recommendations on January 22nd, and so that we can provide an overview of the recommendations, the next conference call will be held on Wednesday, January 23rd, 9:30-10:30 a.m.
Senator Al Franken will be joining the call, and Craig Kielburger, co-founder of Free the Children, will be sharing information about We Day. To see more information about We Day, visit Free the Children. Call-in instructions will be e-mailed to you a few days before January 23rd.
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITY
Minnesota to China Teacher Exchange Program 2013-14
Applications are now being accepted from K-12 Minnesota teachers to participate in the Minnesota-China Teacher Exchange Program. Since 1986, Minnesota has had a teacher exchange with the Hangzhou Foreign Language School, a select high school located outside the city of Hangzhou. Hangzhou is one of the seven ancient capitals of China and approximately three hours south of Shanghai.
Under the program, Minnesota teachers are responsible for teaching conversational English and American culture in grades 7-12. Minnesota teachers from any subject area are eligible to participate in either a semester or full-year program. Teachers from the Hangzhou Foreign Language School teach Chinese language and culture in Minnesota schools.
Teachers in both countries receive compensation. Upon returning, teachers share their experiences and cultural learning with colleagues in their respective schools.
Learn more about the Minnesota to China Teacher Exchange Program. Application deadline is January 31, 2013.
For assistance with questions or for an application, contact Ursula Lentz, World Languages Content Specialist, (651-582-8664). Please distribute this professional development announcement to the teachers in your district.
ODDS AND ENDS
Minnesota Board of Teaching Licensure Actions
The Minnesota Board of Teaching has taken the following licensure actions:
ED Review – A U.S. Department of Education Newsletter
ED Review provides a bi-weekly update on U.S. Department of Education initiatives and activities. See the latest ED Review posting.
Minnesota Computers for Schools – Monthly Promotion
Minnesota Computers for Schools refurbishes donated computers and provides them to schools at a minimal charge. Learn about the Monthly Special on the Minnesota Computers for Schools website.