MDE Weekly Superintendent Mail

October 10, 2013

Commissioner’s Dialogue with Superintendents – Wednesday, October 16

The monthly conference calls with Commissioner Brenda Cassellius are one of the best ways to stay informed about each other’s work and continue an open dialogue. School district superintendents are invited to participate in the monthly dialogue via audio conference call. The next conference call is scheduled for Wednesday, October 16, 9:30-10:30 a.m. Call-in instructions will be e-mailed to you two to three days prior to the conference call.

ACTION ITEM

Federal Shutdown Update

See the October 4 memorandum from Deputy Commissioner Jessie Montano. Superintendents received this information in a special superintendent mailing for October 4. We will continue to provide updates as they become available.

CALENDAR, UPCOMING EVENTS AND DUE DATES

Special Schools for the Gifted – Network Meetings

A network is in place for school leadership team members from districts that have special schools for the gifted or are exploring the possibility of creating one. Special schools for the gifted include school-within-a-school models and gifted magnet schools. Monthly meetings provide the opportunity for leaders to discuss their roles and the use of best practices on a variety of topics. Each network meeting includes an invited guest speaker, school presentations and round-table discussions. There is no charge and all are welcome to attend the meeting.

Each session will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE), Conference Center B, Room 16. Dates and topics for this school year are:

Friday, October 11, 2013 – “Systems Thinking: Tools for Communication and Content”
Friday, November 15, 2013 – “Leadership Over Time: Lessons Learned and Shared by Leaders from Special Schools for the Gifted”
Friday, January 24, 2014 – “Equity, Integration and Gifted Learners”
Friday, February 21, 2014 – “Beyond Ability: What it Takes to be Successful in the 21st Century”
Friday, March 7, 2014 – “Next Steps: Special Schools for Secondary Students?”

Access online registration for Special Schools for the Gifted Network 2013-2014. For assistance with questions, contact Wendy Behrens (651-582-8786).

Professional Development Opportunity/Indian Education Training – Minnesota Indian Education Association Annual Conference – October 23-25, 2013

The Minnesota Indian Education Association (MIEA) Board of Directors announces the 2013 MIEA Conference will be held Wednesday, October 23, through Friday, October 25, at the Shooting Star Event Center in Mahnomen, Minnesota. The conference will bring together Indian educators and key stakeholders from throughout the state.

Throughout its 29 years of existence, MIEA has continued to grow with the many changes in K-12 education, especially those that pertain to the education of American Indian students in Minnesota. See the tentative agenda and registration information on the MIEA website.

The MIEA Board of Directors and MDE Office of Indian Education encourage all schools that serve American Indian students to consider this opportunity.

Compliance and Assistance – Professional Development Opportunities

Throughout the 2013-2014 school year, the Division of Compliance and Assistance is offering one-day training events at the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) titled “Section 504 and Targeted Technical Assistance: Short- and Long-Term Goals and Objectives,” and “Section 504 and Restrictive Procedures Training.”

Thursday, November 7, 2013 – 8:45 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., MDE, Conference Center A, Room 14 – “Section 504 and Targeted Technical Assistance: Short- and Long-Term Goals and Objectives”
Tuesday, December 10, 2013 – 8:45 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., MDE, Conference Center A, Room 13 – “Section 504 and Restrictive Procedures Training”

See more information and registration links. For assistance with questions regarding registration, contact Marikay Conaga Litzau (651-582-8459).

ITEMS OF INTEREST

Introducing the Standards Implementation Toolkit!

The Standards Implementation Toolkit is an easy-to-use website (see link below) designed to assist schools at all stages of implementation of the 2010 Minnesota Academic Standards in English Language Arts (ELA). The toolkit supports all administrators and educators engaged in preparing all students for college and career paths.

The ELA Standards implementation resources incorporate Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and Multi-tiered Systems of Support (MTSS). When addressed together, using sound implementation practices, all students will have access to the ELA Standards.

Each section of the toolkit contains resources developed or vetted by Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) cross-divisional staff to ensure consistency in practice and quality. Self-assessment tools, resources for leadership teams, professional development webinars and presentations, strategies for using data for school improvement, standards-based lessons and units, practices for teaching academic vocabulary to all learners, and guides for selecting evidence-based interventions are just some of the many excellent components of the Toolkit. During this school year, additional resources will be added, and training and technical assistance will also be available to school districts.

See more information on the Standards Implementation Toolkit Web page.

Minnesota Board of Teaching Licensure Actions

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

Denton, Mary (FF# 263779) Ms. Denton’s teaching license was suspended on September 5, 2013, pursuant to Minnesota Statutes, section 270C.72, until she meets requirements of the Board of Teaching.
Geary, Candace (FF# 324898) Ms. Geary’s teaching license was suspended on September 5, 2013, pursuant to Minnesota Statutes, section 270C.72, until she meets requirements of the Board of Teaching.
Hasty, Marie (FF# 216940) Ms. Hasty’s teaching license was suspended on September 3, 2013, pursuant to Minnesota Statutes, section 270C.72, until she meets requirements of the Board of Teaching.
Indihar, Helen (FF# 203910) Ms. Indehar’s teaching license was suspended on September 5, 2013, pursuant to Minnesota Statutes, section 270C.72, until she meets requirements of the Board of Teaching.
Kurtzweg, Daniel (FF# 375063) Mr. Kurtzweg’s teaching license was suspended on September 5, 2013, pursuant to Minnesota Statutes, section 270C.72, until he meets requirements of the Board of Teaching.
Wright, Palma (FF# 309680) Ms. Wright’s teaching license was suspended on September 5, 2013, pursuant to Minnesota Statutes, section 270C.72, until she meets requirements of the Board of Teaching.