MDE Weekly Superintendent Mail


TO: Superintendents

FROM: Dr. Brenda Cassellius, Commissioner

DATE: February 8, 2013


We Day Kick-Off at Patrick Henry High School

This week at Patrick Henry High School in Minneapolis, Co-founder of Free the Children Marc Kielburger and Education Commissioner Brenda Cassellius announced that We Day is coming to Minnesota in October. Actress Mia Farrow and the Jonas Brothers were present to help launch Minnesota’s We Act/We Day program; a year-long educational service-learning initiative for youth, and the inspirational We Day event that will be held on October 8, 2013, at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul. View more information and sign up for We Act on the We Day website. See the article on the Star Tribune website.

School Leadership Summit – August 6-7, 2013

Save the date! The 2013 School Leadership Summit will be held Tuesday, August 6, through Wednesday, August 7, (following the MSBA Summer Seminar) at the Minneapolis Marriott Northwest (formerly Northland Inn). More information will be provided as arrangements become finalized.


Online Telecommunications/Internet Access Aid Cost Reporting – FY 2012 Actual Costs – Deadline February 28, 2013

The online website for schools and telecommunication clusters is now open for data collection of FY 2012 cost and e-rate data. The deadline for data submission is February 28, 2013.

Access the Telecommunication Access Aid Cost Report. Once you get to the website, you will be prompted to enter your MDE user ID and password to gain access to the system. If you do not have or have forgotten your user ID or password, or need to update your MDE account, follow the instructions on the screen to obtain your login information.

After you have successfully logged in, Instructions and Program Criteria (a word document containing additional program information) will be visible on your screen. The Program Criteria document will provide answers to many of your questions. Carefully review both items before attempting to submit data.

Remember that this is a reimbursement program and you are reporting Actual FY 2012 cost data both before and after e-rates. The costs you report after e-rates will be used to calculate your school’s amount for Telecommunications/Internet Access Equity Aid paid in FY 2013.

This program is not intended to support voice services. Only those eligible costs associated with providing Internet access and video connectivity to your schools may be reported. Criteria for eligible costs are included in the Program Criteria. If you have questions or concerns, please contact Chris Kubesh at 651-582-8319.


State, Competitive – Success for the Future – Indian Education

The department invites applications to be submitted from districts, charter schools, alternative schools and tribal schools for the purpose of supporting American Indian education programs and improving outcomes for American Indian children and youth. Pursuant to the policy of the state to ensure equal opportunity to every individual, it is the purpose of this grant to provide for American Indian education programs specially designed to meet the unique educational and/or culturally related academic needs of American Indian youth.

The department estimates that $2,137,000 will be available to fund approximately 28 grants using a state appropriation from Success for the Future, Minnesota Statutes, section 124D.81, for the initial year of the two-year grant. The department estimates that each annual grant may not exceed $76,321 but reserves the right to award more or less contingent upon the number of applications received and final funding appropriated from the Legislature. Funds from year one will not carry forward into year two. Continuation grants up to an additional two years are anticipated contingent upon continued funding and progress made during the initial grant period.

The first year of the two-year grant is expected to run from July 1, 2013, through June 30, 2014, and the second year grant period to run from July 1, 2014, through June 30, 2015.

Access the grant application and instructions after February 11, 2013. Submitted and signed applications are due by March 21, 2013, 3:30 p.m., Central Time. Applications must be mailed or delivered to MDE. They will not be submitted into the SERVS application system.

For assistance with questions, please contact Dennis Olson, Office of Indian Education, at 651-582-8300.


Military Kids Toolkit – Support Military Children in your School

In Minnesota, more than 23,000 youth have been affected by deployments. These youth have experienced a year without a parent, sibling or grandparent, and life events have been missed. The K-12 Military Kids Toolkit is a free electronic kit that includes an online Educator’s Guide and six lessons of curriculum. The lessons cover deployment-related topics such as stress, coping, communication, positive thinking, changing family roles and fostering resilience. Access the Military Kids Toolkit on the Beyond the Yellow Ribbon website.

Supporting Children of the National Guard and Reserve Institute – Two Training Sessions Available:

- February 27 and 28, 2013 – Marriott Minneapolis Northwest
- May 15 and 16, 2013 – Le St. Germain Suite Hotel, St. Cloud

Access more information and register online on the Military Child Education Coalition website. Click on Training in the upper right area of the web page.

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.