MDE Weekly Superintendent Mail

April 17, 2014


Assignment of State Student Identification Number for Early Learners

Please read the memorandum from Deputy Commissioner Jessie Montano regarding assigning the state student identification number for children participating in the Early Learning Scholarship Program, Early Childhood Family Education, Head Start and other public preschool programs.

To effectively administer the Early Learning Scholarship program and ensure the integrity of the funds, children receiving scholarships must be identified and validated before scholarship payments can be made on their behalf to a participating early childhood program.

View the Student Identification Validation User Agreement.

View the information for the Early Learning Scholarship Program.

For assistance with questions, staff contact information is available in the memo.

Read Well by Third Grade Data Submission

Please read the memorandum from Beth Aune, director of Academic Standards and Instructional Effectiveness, regarding data submission information on reading proficiency for all students in kindergarten through grade two. The template for annual data submission is now available. This data will assist the Division of Academic Standards and Instructional Effectiveness in determining offerings of professional development and supports to districts in the coming school year in reading. It will also help districts meet their goals for students reading well by third grade as part of their World’s Best Workforce plan by providing feedback data to assist in district decision-making. The data is due by July 1, 2014.

Visit the Reading Well by Third Grade Web page.

Visit the Reading K-3 Data Upload Web page.

For assistance with questions regarding content support, contact Cory Stai, reading specialist, 651-582-8615. For assistance with questions regarding technical support, contact Katherine Edwards, data analytics specialist, 651-582-8285.

Minnesota Severe Weather Awareness Week is April 21-25, 2014

During this important week, school administrators, safety officers, faculty and even students should review severe weather safety procedures to ensure every school is prepared to respond safely to any weather emergency or natural disaster.

Each day of Severe Weather Week focuses on a different topic that is promoted in local media and through a variety of communications channels (Internet, social media, events, displays, etc.)

· Monday – Alerts and Warnings
· Tuesday – Severe Weather, Lightning and Hail
· Wednesday – Floods
· Thursday – Tornadoes (with statewide tornado drills)
- Statewide tornado drills are Thursday, April 24, at 1:45 p.m. and 6:55 p.m.
· Friday – Extreme Heat

Visit the Homeland Security and Emergency Management website for more information. Contact HSEM at with any questions or comments.


Planning for Students’ Successful Transition to Postsecondary and Employment Toolkit Training

The Minnesota Department of Education is pleased to invite middle and high school teams to participate in a free half-day workshop focused on implementation of the Planning for Students' Successful Transition to Postsecondary and Employment legislation (Minn. Stat. § 120B.125).

This legislation requires all students beginning no later than 9th grade to have a "plan" around seven key elements. This plan may have many names, but it should be looked at as a life plan that includes academic scheduling, career exploration, 21st century skills, community partnerships, college access, all forms of postsecondary training, and experiential learning opportunities.

The Planning for Students’ Successful Transition to Postsecondary Education and Employment (Minn. Stat. § 120B.125) Toolkit provides resources around all seven required elements, as well as some recognized strategies and partnerships that could assist with implementing this directive. The training will provide opportunities to discover what elements schools already have in place and what needs to be addressed. Several schools will present information about the strategies that they are using. Time for planning will be provided.

· Monday, May 12, 12:30-3:30 p.m. – Marshall
· Thursday, May 15, 12:30-3:30 p.m. – Fergus Falls
· Friday, May 16, 8:30-11:30 a.m. – Bemidji

Access the training schedule, locations and registration information on the Regional Centers of Excellence Web page.

Questions about training? Contact Angie Johnson (651-582-8478), or Al Hauge (651-582-8409).

Teacher Development and Evaluation – Informational Webinars

District and charter design teams consisting of district and teacher leadership are working on local plans to meet the teacher development and evaluation requirements in Minnesota Statutes, sections 122A.40 and 122A.41. To support their work, Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) staff will conduct a series of informational webinars to help district teams finish design of local models and plan for implementation in school year 2014-15.

Each webinar, unless otherwise noted, will last one hour and includes fifteen minutes for questions from participants. The planned session dates and topics are:

· Thursday, April 24, 3-4 p.m. – Lessons from the Pilot of the State Model
· Thursday, May 1, 3-4 p.m. – Student Learning Goals
· Tuesday, May 6, 3-4 p.m. – Student Engagement – Surveys and Other Measures
· Tuesday, May 13, 3-4 p.m. – Statutory Q&A and Updates

View further information, including webinar descriptions on the Educator Evaluation Web page.

Register online (

Contact Tyler Livingston (651-582-8427) with questions or topic suggestions.


Minnesota Board of Teaching Licensure Actions

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

· Bryant, Nathan A. (FF# 459315) Pursuant to the Findings of Fact, Conclusions of Law and Order adopted by the Board of Teaching on April 11, 2014, Mr. Bryant’s application to renew his teaching license is denied.
· Carter, Annetta C. (FF# 470714) On April 11, 2014, the Board of Teaching adopted a Stipulation Agreement suspending Ms. Carter’s teaching license until July 31, 2014.
· Miller, Lawrence D. (FF# 214915) Pursuant to the Findings of Fact, Conclusions of Law and Order adopted by the Board of Teaching on April 11, 2014, Mr. Miller’s application for a teaching license is denied.
· Williams, Paul R. (FF# 289916) Pursuant to the Findings of Fact, Conclusions of Law and Order adopted by the Board of Teaching on April 11, 2014, Mr. Williams’ application to renew his teaching license is denied.