“We can never underestimate the power of words and their impact on others, especially children. As a parent, an educator and the state’s education commissioner, I find it troubling that anyone—especially an adult—would use social media or any platform to make light of serious issues facing young people or to perpetuate stereotypes.
This is the kind of behavior that we teach our children is wrong.
Our schools have worked hard to create academically rich, safe and welcoming environments where children thrive and are free from bullying.
While the Department of Education appreciates the work we have done collaboratively with Clear Channel Communications to promote literacy, we have asked them to pull all Department of Education sponsored public service announcements from their stations.”
Josh Collins, Director of Communications
Full-Day Kindergarten Implementation Seminar
Register now for Transformational Full-Day Kindergarten Teachers: Motivating the Learner in EVERY Child. The Minnesota Department of Education is hosting a seminar on October 21, 2014, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Districts and charter schools are invited to learn effective practices for full-day kindergarten implementation, with a special emphasis on working with culturally and linguistically diverse students and students in poverty. For additional information, contact Debbykay Peterson.