2015 Green Ribbon Honorees Announced

The U.S. Department of Education named the 2015 Green Ribbon Schools and District and Postsecondary Sustainability honorees. Six of those honored were from Minnesota: City of Lakes Waldorf School; Harambee Community Cultures/Environmental Science School; Redtail Ridge Elementary School; Rockford Middle School-Center for Environmental Studies; University of Minnesota-Morris; and the West St Paul-Mendota Heights-Eagan School District 197. Happy Earth Day! Read news release.

Public Listening Sessions

Minnesota Education Commissioner was in Duluth recently to host a listening session on early learning and other investments made in Governor Dayton’s 2015 budget proposal. The listening sessions are a means of seeking input from school administration, staff and the community. One critical investment Dayton is proposing is $343 million ensure an estimated 47,000 students have access to free, all-day, high-quality Pre-K -- and provide every child with access to the excellent start they need to succeed in school.

MOO If You Love to Read!

Minnesota’s regional library systems are working with Once Upon a Reader on a pilot program designed to encourage young children and their caregivers to read together. As part of the pilot year program, each Head Start student in Minnesota will receive a copy of Moo! A joy-ride of a book written by a local author and illustrated by a local artist. Share the gift of reading with a child. Visit Once Upon a Reader to learn more.

Investing in Children and Families 

Governor Mark Dayton released his supplemental budget which focuses investments on chidren, education, and working families. His budget would invest $895 million in preK-12 education, offering free, universal pre-kindergarten for all 4-year-olds and increase funding for every K-12 public school in Minnesota. Today, Commissoner Brenda Cassellius issued a statement on a new federal report on Increased Need for Access to High-Quality Preschool. Read the statement.

High Fives for Head Start! 

Education Commissioner Brenda Cassellius visited the Head Start program she attended as a child --the Glendale Early Childhood Family Development Center. She was joined by Head Start Mpls. Executive Director Alyce Dillon and Director Rico Alexander. Head Start promotes school readiness for low-income children by enhancing their cognitive, social, and emotional development, and by providing their families with health, educational, nutritional and other services. Read news release.

Students engaged in environmental studies in outdoor classroom
Preschool classroom learning 
Young Head Start participant fully engaged in the story
Gov, Commish, kids photo for front page 
Commissioner Gives a High Five to Head Start Students