MDE Weekly Superintendent Mail

June 19, 2014


Minnesota Department of Education Challenges Students to Keep Learning this Summer

Research shows that students can lose important math and reading skills over the summer months, so it is essential that students find ways to further their learning during the summer. Read June 13 press release.

Read more about these Summer Learning Opportunities on the Minnesota Department of Education website.


Community Eligibility for Meal Programs

Beginning in FY 2015, schools with a high percentage of students who are eligible for the free meal program through Direct Certification are eligible to participate in a relatively new program for Food and Nutrition Services purposes. It’s called Community Eligibility Provision. Schools that choose to participate in Community Eligibility Provision provide free meals to all students enrolled in the school. For MARSS reporting, the requirement to report the economic status by individual student based on supporting documentation such as Direct Certification, Application for Educational Benefits or the Alternate Application for Educational Benefits doesn’t change. More details are available on the MDE website.


2014 Back-to-School Leadership Conference – August 5-6

The Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) and the Minnesota Association of School Administrators (MASA) present the 2014 Back-to-School Leadership Conference Tuesday-Wednesday, August 5-6, 2014, at the Minneapolis Marriott Northwest, Brooklyn Park, Minnesota. All are welcome. Bring your team! For more information and to register, visit the conference website.

Invitation to Explore eBooks MN – Webinar June 25, 2014

State Library Services, a division of the Minnesota Department of Education, is offering Explore eBooks MN, a series of programs that connect public, academic, school and special librarians and educators in a statewide effort to create a foundation for integrating eBooks in Minnesota’s libraries.

The next webinar is eBooks in Libraries: A Business Models Overview, presented by Sue Polanka (a national expert on eBooks in libraries), on Wednesday, June 25, 2014, 2–3:15 p.m. In this webinar, Polanka will provide an understanding of the differences among business models used by academic, public and K-12 libraries.

To register and/or find more information, visit the eBook MN website (, or contact Jennifer Verbrugge (, 651-582-8356.

Explore eBooks MN Summit – August 13, 2014

Registration is now open for the daylong Explore eBooks MN Summit. The summit is scheduled for Wednesday, August 13, 2014, at St. Catherine University in St. Paul. Learn more about other states’ pioneering eBook efforts and work collaboratively with fellow educators and librarians in a facilitated session to carve a path toward propelling eBooks in Minnesota. Participants will come away with talking points to inform eBook-related discussions with stakeholders at regional, statewide, and local levels. Visit the eBook MN website ( to register for all events, listen to recorded webinars and/or find more information. Or, contact Jennifer Verbrugge (, 651-582-8356.

Cradle to Career: Education for a 21st Century World – August 6-7, 2014

The education forum “Cradle to Career” is a two-day seminar that will focus on Education for the 21st Century World and will answer these questions: How should we nurture the next generation from cradle to career? How and when should we use 21st century technology to assist this process? Come join the discussion with education experts from Finland and the U.S. and create an action plan to address the needs of the next generation. Keynote speakers and presenters include:

· Krista Kiuru, Finnish Minister of Education
· Dr. Brenda Cassellius, Minnesota Commissioner of Education
· Dr. Pasi Sahlberg, Professor, Harvard Graduate School of Education
· Peter Vesterbacka, CMO of Rovio Angry Birds
· Dr. Karen Seashore, Professor, University of Minnesota, Organizational Leadership, Policy and Development
· Dr. John Moravec, Founder of Education Futures

The forum will be held at the Ted Mann Concert Hall at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis. CEUs for teachers and administrators will be available. Please forward this announcement to your principals and teachers. For more information and registration, visit the FinnFest USA 2014 website.


Minnesota Board of Teaching Licensure Actions

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

· Frey, Thomas (FF# 317114) On June 13, 2014, the Board of Teaching adopted a Stipulation Agreement suspending Mr. Frey’s teaching license until June 30, 2015, and until he can meet other conditions of the Board.
· Hughes, Christina (FF# 473902) On June 13, 2014, the Board of Teaching adopted a Stipulation Agreement suspending Ms. Hughes’ school speech and language license until January 1, 2015.