MDE Weekly Superintendent Mail

April 18, 2013

Commissioner’s Dialogue with Superintendents

Thank you to all who participated in yesterday’s monthly conference call with Commissioner Cassellius. The agenda included an update from Greg Keith and Tyler Livingston regarding the Teacher Evaluation Model Pilot. Visit the Educator Evaluation web page for more information. In order to have the best product to pilot, more participation is needed representing various district sizes and configurations. Superintendents are encouraged to sign-up, take a look at the framework and try it out. A legislative and budget update was given by Kevin McHenry. Superintendents are encouraged to weigh-in with their senators and representatives about how the various proposals would impact your district. Cammy Lehr provided an overview of the Minnesota Early Indicator and Response System (MEIRS) and the trainings that will be available in August, September and October. Visit the MEIRS web page for more information. And, an update was given by Jennifer Dugan regarding MCA and GRAD testing.

The next conference call is scheduled for Wednesday, May 15, 9:30-10:30.

Minnesota Department of Education Recognizes 16 Schools for Excellence in Behavioral Prevention Efforts

Using a program called Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports (PBIS), schools establish a comprehensive set of practices to support positive behavior, improve school climate and increase student achievement. Read April 18 press release.

New Social Studies Standards Adopted

New social studies standards that were developed and unanimously approved by a committee of educators, parents, and business and government representatives have been approved by Education Commissioner Brenda Cassellius and Governor Mark Dayton. Read the April 16 press release. See the updated message from Commissioner Cassellius regarding the adoption of new social studies standards.

April is Financial Literacy Month!

Governor Mark Dayton issued a proclamation declaring April to be Financial Literacy Month in Minnesota—an initiative to help Minnesota students, soldiers, families, and senior citizens to learn more about their finances and make informed decisions to secure a successful financial future. See the proclamation on the Governor’s website. Visit the Department of Commerce website to learn more.

Hit a Homerun for Financial Literacy Month. The Minnesota Department of Commerce is partnering with the Minnesota Twins in launching a statewide financial literacy essay contest for students in grades three through five. See contest details on the Department of Commerce website. Copy and distribute the contest flyer to your classrooms. Essay deadline is Tuesday, April 30, 2013.

Minnesota Board of Teaching Licensure Actions

The Minnesota Board of Teaching has taken the following licensure actions:

Kreminski, Jeleah S. (FF 471466) Pursuant to the Findings of Fact, Conclusions of Law and Order adopted by the Board of Teaching on April 12, 2012, Ms. Kreminski’s application for a teaching license is denied for one year and until she can meet other requirements by the Board.
Merten, Matthew R. (FF 470424) Pursuant to the Findings of Fact, Conclusions of Law and Order adopted by the Board of Teaching on April 12, 2012, Mr. Merten’s application for a teaching license is denied for one year and until he can meet other requirements by the Board.
Talarico, Amber N. (FF 470776) Pursuant to the Findings of Fact, Conclusions of Law and Order adopted by the Board of Teaching on April 12, 2012, Ms. Talarico’s teaching license application as a Speech-Language Pathologist is denied until she can meet other requirements by the Board.
Wamma, Mentone S. (FF 347206) On April 12, 2013, the Board of Teaching adopted a Stipulation Agreement suspending Mr. Wamma’s teaching license for a period of one year.

Community Facilities Loans and Grants for Rural Areas

Rural schools looking for construction funds? The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has Community Facilities Loans and Grants available for rural areas. Visit the USDA website for more information about Community Facilities Loans and Grants. Read an article on the USDA website about how a community facilities loan helped one rural Ohio community. Visit the Minnesota USDA Rural Development website.

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 on the U.S. Department of Education website.