Follow Your Dreams

October is College Knowledge month! Today Commissioner Cassellius joined students at Washington Technology Magnet's College Center as they submited their first college application. Most of these students are the first person in their family to apply to a technical, 2-year, or 4-year college. All over the state, schools are hosting events like the one today. Celebrate the month by encouraging someone you know to follow their dreams!

Leading the Way -- Year After Year

This year, 131 schools are designated as Reward schools and 217 schools are classified as Celebration Eligible. Reward and Celebration Eligible schools are high-performing in the areas of student test scores, student growth, achievement gap reduction and graduation rates, and receive federal funds for children from low-income families. Forty of the Reward schools have received the honor three times and 20 have received it four times. “Some of our Reward schools are truly beating the odds, and many of them are doing it year after year,” said Commissioner Cassellius. View Rewards schools list. Visit web page for more.

Pathways to Postsecondary - Phase II

Last year, the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) and Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) collaborated to offer several “Pathways to Postsecondary” summits across the state. This year, your team is invited to explore opportunities for new or expanded partnerships between secondary and postsecondary systems to better prepare your students to be career- and college-ready. Summit schedule kicks-off in Bemidji on October 9. Six more dates and locations are scheduled around the state. Visit Ready, Set, Go to register online.

Facts and Information About Ebola

The Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) is working with the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) to provide information about the Ebola virus to schools. And though, officials and health experts continue to stress that the risk to Minnesotans is currently very low, Governor Dayton and and MDH Commissioner Ehlinger have convened leaders in the health, human services and public safety sectors to develop prevention and, if needed, rapid response plans for our state. Visit the MDH Website for additional information. Or call the Ebola Information Line: 651-201-3920 or 1-800-657-3903.

Kids Have All-Day to Read and Learn!

Erika Ruen's all-day kindergarten class enjoyed a surprise visit from Governor Mark Dayton and Education Commissioner Brenda Cassellius who joined them for an enthusiastic "read-aloud" demonstration. Brainerd Public School's Superintendent Klint Willert and Garfield Elementary Principal Jonathan Clark invited the governor and commissioner to join several teachers and school board members for a round table discussion on the benefits of all-day kindergarten following the classroom visit.

Commissioner Cassellius Joins Students Submitting College Applications at Washington Technology Magnet School 
Two Young Students Focused on Reading
High school class engaged in learning 
Red brick school building with U.S. flag   
Teacher Erika Ruen, Governor Mark Dayton and Commissioner Brenda Cassellius with Garfield Elementary All-day Kindergarten Class