2012 Superintendent Mail


TO: Superintendents

FROM: Dr. Brenda Cassellius, Commissioner

DATE: September 6, 2012



• Interscholastic and Intramural Athletic Activities Program – Annual Report Due by October 15

Each school/school district shall submit to the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) an elementary and secondary athletic program report containing information about both intramural and interscholastic athletics provided. (Minnesota Rule 3535.3600). This report is due to MDE annually, on or before October 15, and must be completed online via MDE’s Athletics Data Reporting Web page. For assistance about reporting this information, please contact Sara Winter (651-582-8237).

• Teacher Evaluation Process Survey

On October 1st, districts will receive an electronic survey asking for information about their teacher evaluation process.  That survey has been utilized in other states to study teacher evaluation processes and is designed to provide information to the MDE and the MDE’s “Teacher Evaluation Work Group” as they develop the state default model for teacher evaluation.  The survey will include questions regarding information about what districts currently have in place, what districts need to implement the evaluation requirements found in statute, and what districts intend to do relative to implementing the state’s default model or designing/refining a local model.  The survey is intended to be completed JOINTLY by the superintendent or his/her designee and the president of the local teacher bargaining unit or his/her designee. MDE is requesting that the surveys be completed and returned electronically no later than October 15th.


• Commissioner’s Dialogue with Superintendents – Monthly Conference Call Schedule

Mark your calendars! School district superintendents are invited to participate in the monthly dialogue via audio conference call with Commissioner Brenda Cassellius. The next conference call is scheduled for Wednesday, September 19, 9:30-10:30 a.m. Call-in instructions will be e-mailed to you 2-3 days prior to the conference call. All calls will be held 9:30-10:30 a.m.

2012-2013 Conference Call Schedule:

September 19 February 20
October 17 March 20
November 19 April 17
December 19 May 15
January 16 June 19

• Reading Rocktober Enrollment Now Open

See the memorandum from Dr. Beth Aune, director; and Kari Ross, reading specialist, Academic Standards and Instructional Effectiveness Division, regarding the new Reading Rocktober program. Reading Rocktober runs from October to April of this school year. Please forward this information to your principals, curriculum and staff development personnel, school-wide reading coaches, district literacy coordinators, and classroom teachers. Register online. For assistance with questions, contact Kari Ross, reading specialist, Minnesota Department of Education, at kari.d.ross@state.mn.us.

• Webinars for K-12 Mathematics Teachers!

See the memorandum from Susan Wygant, mathematics specialist; Rosemary Heinitz and Margarita Alvarez, mathematics assessment specialists; regarding webinars designed specifically for K-12 mathematics teachers. To register, visit the MDE calendar.

For assistance with questions regarding webinar content, contact susan.wygant@state.mn.us. For assistance with questions regarding registration information, contact terry.alvarado@state.mn.us.