2014 Green Ribbon School Honorees Announced!

“I could not think of a better way to celebrate Earth Day than to congratulate Five Hawks Elementary School in Prior Lake, Chisago Lakes Middle School in Lindstrom and the entire Waconia school district for being recognized as 2014 Green Ribbon Schools. These schools are teaching our youth the importance of preserving the earth’s precious resources, maintaining healthy ecosystems, enhancing health and wellness and saving energy costs." Read news release.

Celebrating Earth Day!

At the School of Engineering and Arts, an elementary school in Golden Valley, students are fully engaged in scienceand learning projects all year long.They kicked off Earth Month with a Power Down Day, an idea created and implemented by 3rd grade students that involved the entire school going 'old school' for three hours and then calculating how much energy was saved. Today, they by participated in NASA's celebration of Earth Day with #globalselfies of each classroom. Visit NASA site to join in the fun!

Providing Excellent Support to Schools

It might not be that easy to explain the exact role of Minnesota’s Regional Centers of Excellence -- but the results are impressive and easy to understand. Providing customized, strategic services to Minnesota's identified focus and priority schools looks different based the school and the students. From helping schools master the use of data to improve student achievement, to developing targeted strategies for English Learners... the centers are there to help. Hear from some of the schools served on StarTribune.com.

Governor Dayton Signs Safe and Supportive Schools Act

On April 9, Minnesota’s State Capitol was buzzing with the sounds of students, parents, educators and advocates—Minnesotans from across the state who came together to watch Governor Mark Dayton sign the Safe and Supportive Schools Act into law. Read Commissioner Casselius' statement. Read about the event and what the new law means for Minnesota.

High Expectations - Better Results

Two years after receiving a waiver from the federal NCLB law, the U.S. Department of Education has reviewed Minnesota's progress and issued a report commending our new accountability system as meeting all expectations and requiring no additional steps. "We’re raising our expectations," said Commissioner Brenda Cassellius. "Minnesota was on the leading edge of states looking for greater accountability, and now we have confirmation that we’re on the right track." Read news release.

Students sweep the area for signs of insect populations 
Global "Selfies" at the School of Engineering and Arts - Part of NASA Celebration of Earth Day 
Teacher Guides Middle School Students in Reading Assignment
Dayton Bully Bill Signing 
Students Getting On the School Bus