MDE Weekly Superintendent Mail

NEWS AND INFORMATION FROM THE MINNESOTA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

TO: Superintendents

FROM: Dr. Brenda Cassellius, Commissioner

DATE: December 6, 2012

ACTION ITEMS

Change in State Aid Payment Schedule Due to November Forecast

Please see the memorandum from Tom Melcher regarding the change in state aid payment due to the November forecast.

For assistance with questions concerning the change in payment schedules, contact Ann Van Diest at 651-582-8745, or contact Audrey Bomstad at 651-582-8793.

The Minnesota Student Survey 2013

Beginning next week, districts and schools will be able to sign up for the 2013 Minnesota Student Survey (MSS) using an online survey registration site. The link for the online survey registration site will be sent to you via e-mail next week. If you have not already designated an MSS contact person for your district, you may want to do so now to provide district-wide coordination of both survey registration and survey administration. 

Please note: The MSS team will be communicating directly with you by e-mail using the following e-mail address: mde.safe-healthy@state.mn.us. Please watch your inbox for e-mails coming from this e-mail address. You may need to work with your IT staff to ensure that e-mails from mde.safe-healthy@state.mn.us will not be blocked by spam filters.

Learn more about the Minnesota Student Survey. For assistance with questions, contact Deb Loy by e-mail or by phone at 651-582-8306.

Winter Principal and Teacher Evaluation Regional Meetings

Please review this memo, inviting you to attend Designing Evaluation Instruments and Systems for Use, the second in a three-part series conducted by the Minnesota Department of Education. The focus of this session is to share Minnesota’s principal evaluation example model and the teacher evaluation default model. In addition, districts will receive guidance on designing district educator evaluation models. You may register for this session through your regional service cooperative. If you have questions, please contact Tyler Livingston by e-mail or by phone at 651-582-8427.

Minnesota Computers for Schools – Monthly Promotion

Minnesota Computers for Schools refurbishes donated computers and provides them to schools at a minimal charge. Learn about the Monthly Special on the Minnesota Computers for Schools website.

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