MDE Weekly Superintendent Mail

June 6, 2013

Commissioner’s Dialogue with Superintendents

The May 31 audio conference call with Commissioner Cassellius was the final conference call date for this school year. Kevin McHenry, Daron Korte and Tom Melcher provided a summary of the E-12 Omnibus Education bill. You will be provided soon with guidance on implementing the new policies, and you may wish to watch for updates on the department’s Legislation and School Finance website pages. Visit the Legislation page. Visit the School Finance page. Tom Melcher is currently providing more detailed information at regional sessions throughout the state. He will also be presenting his E-12 Education Funding update at the annual school leadership summit. (See more information about the August 6-7 summit below.)

Early Learning Scholarships Program

The Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) is pleased to announce a new Early Learning Scholarships Program available for Minnesota families in early fall of 2013. It will increase access to high-quality early childhood programs for three- to five-year-old children with the highest needs. The 2013 Legislature has appropriated $23 million for FY 2014 (July 1, 2013-June 30, 2014) and $23 million for FY 2015 (July 1, 2014-June 30, 2015) for the program.
Read more
about Early Learning Scholarships on the MDE website

2013 Superintendents’ Back-to-School Conference – August 6-7

Registration and a preliminary schedule are now available for the August 6-7 school leadership summit. Superintendents, charter school directors, and district/school leadership teams are invited to attend. Each day, registration is scheduled from 8:00-8:30; program begins at 8:30.

The keynote address, “World Class Learners – Educating Creative and Entrepreneurial Students,” will be presented by Dr. Yong Zhao on August 6. Representatives of various Minnesota Department of Education divisions will be hosting tables throughout that day for conversations about the topics you have on your mind. In the General Session on August 7, Commissioner Dr. Brenda Cassellius and Assessment Director Jennifer Dugan will present on “Student Assessment,” and School Finance Director Tom Melcher will present the “Finance Update.” Also that day, Rose Hermodson and Nancy Riestenberg will present repeated sessions on “School Safety and Bullying”; and Greg Keith and Tyler Livingston will present repeated sessions on “Teacher and Principal Evaluation.”

For more details and to register, visit the 2013 Back-to-School Conference website.


Authorization Process to Access Secured Data on Department of Education (MDE) Website

As we enter the 2013-2014 school year, superintendents and directors will begin the annual authorization process for the following secure programs: SERVS Financial, Test WES, Student ID Validation, Graduation Requirement Record and MDE Secured Reports. Submissions are being accepted now through July 31, 2013.  Please visit the Data Submission page of the Minnesota Department of Education website. You will find access authorization instructions on each page of the above-mentioned secure programs. Important reminder: All submissions must re-authorize current individuals with authorized access to these secure programs. Please direct questions or requests for the most recent authorization forms to Thank you in advance for your cooperation.

Nonpublic Pupil Aids; Promulgation of Revised Fiscal Year 2014 Program Rates of Entitlement and Pupil Reporting Procedure

Please see the memorandum from Greg Sogaard, Division of School Finance, regarding Nonpublic Pupil Aids; Promulgation of Revised Fiscal Year 2014 Program Rates of Entitlement and Pupil Reporting Procedure. The purpose of this memo is to promulgate the Revised Fiscal Year 2014 rates of entitlement. Please forward this information to your district administrator for nonpublic pupil aids. For assistance with questions, contact Greg Sogaard (651-582-8858).

Elementary and Secondary Education Action (ESEA) Title Programs Update

Please see the ESEA Title Programs Update information from John Moorse, director of Student Support Division. For assistance with questions, contact John Moorse.


eSynergy: Bringing it All Together – Minnesota eLearning Summit 2013

The Minnesota eLearning Summit will be held July 29 and 30 in St. Paul at Northwestern College. Only a couple months remain before the 2013 Summit.  Register online via the Northwestern College website or access special discounted rates for groups (five or more), students, and K-12 educators with the printable registration form from the Minnesota Learning Commons website

The Summit features nationally recognized speakers Dr. Cable Green (Creative Commons), Mr. Jeff Young (The Chronicle of Higher Education), Dr. Gary Lopez (Monterey Institute of Higher Education), over 70 breakout sessions and workshops, networking opportunities with exhibitors and colleagues, and an excellent learning experience with practical takeaways for educators in K-12 and Higher Education. More information is available on the Minnesota eLearning Summit website. For assistance with questions, contact eLearning Summit.