MDE Weekly Superintendent Mail

September 12, 2013

Commissioner’s Dialogue with Superintendents – September 18

The monthly conference calls with Commissioner Brenda Cassellius, which will begin again on September 18, are one of the best ways to stay informed about each other’s work and continue an open dialogue. School district superintendents are invited to participate in the monthly dialogue via audio conference call. The next conference call is scheduled for Wednesday, September 18, 9:30-10:30 a.m. Call-in instructions will be e-mailed to you two to three days prior to the conference call.


2013 Payable 2014 Levy Limitation and Certification Report; Explanation of Levy Limitation and Certification Report and Levy Certification Timelines; and Process for Certifying or Revising Proposed Levy

See the memorandum from Tom Melcher, director of School Finance, regarding the 2013 Payable 2014 Levy Limitation and Certification Report. This memo describes the information that is available to you for your levy certification process.

Explanation of Levy Limitation and Certification Report and Levy Certification Timelines

Process for Certifying or Revising Proposed Levy

NOTE: The Levy Certification System won’t be available until September 19 at the earliest.


State Grant Opportunity: Regional Centers of Excellence, DUE DATE: October 18, 2013

See the September 12 memorandum regarding this competitive state grant opportunity. Approximately $600,000 in state funding is available to fund three grants with a maximum grant award of $200.000.

Visit the Grant Opportunity Web page and scroll down to this grant opportunity for the application documents after September 17, 2013. A webinar is scheduled for September 24, 2013, at 3 p.m., Central Time and again on September 25, 2013, at 11 a.m., Central Time. If you plan to attend, you must register for the session of your choice on the site for registering for Regional Schools of Excellence webinar (

For additional information, contact Anne Lundquist (651-582-8318).

Second Notice – Race to the Top Competitive Grant Opportunity: Local Early Childhood Software System Upgrade – DUE DATE: October 4, 2013

Please see the memorandum regarding this federal funding opportunity. Federal funding in the amount of $1,500,000 is available at this time from CFDA 84.412A, Race to the Top – Early Learning Challenge, Award S412A120019, for the purpose of coordinating efforts in school districts and/or Head Start programs in upgrading their local early childhood student/child software data collection systems. This effort is to improve local efficiencies as they transition to reporting to MDE private protected early childhood level data for understanding children’s experiences prior to kindergarten. It is anticipated that approximately 40 grants will be funded with the maximum award not exceeding $250,000.

Visit the Grant Opportunity Web page and scroll down to this grant opportunity for the application and instructions. Applications must be physically received (not postmarked) by October 4, 2013, 3:30 p.m. Contact Avisia Whiteman (651-582-8329) for additional information.

Mathematics Webinars – Register Today!

The Minnesota Department of Education, in partnership with the Minnesota Council of Teachers of Mathematics (MCTM), is offering webinars designed specifically for K-12 mathematics teachers. Each session will include two 45-minute sessions; the first session (2:45-3:30 p.m.) will focus on grades 6-12, and the second session (3:45-4:30 p.m.) will focus on grades K-6. The content of each webinar will include a brief update from MDE followed by a presentation by Minnesota math teachers.

Webinar Dates and Topics:

· Tuesday, September 24 – Top Considerations for Teaching Math 
· Tuesday, December 3 – Math and Gifted Education
· Tuesday, January 14 – Math and Special Education
· Tuesday, March 18 – Math and English Language Development

To register, visit the MDE calendar. For webinar content information, contact For webinar registration information, contact

Minnesota Math Leaders and MDE Best Practice Workshop Series, Part I

Workshop focus: Models for success, issues, and pitfalls for special populations

Audience: Administrators and teacher leaders who are passionate about leading change in mathematics education for all students

Workshop Dates and Topics:

· Monday, November 25, 2013 – Math and Gifted Education
· Thursday, January 9, 2014 – Math and Special Education
· Thursday, March 13, 2014 – Math and English Language Development

All sessions will be held 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. at the Minnesota Department of Education, Conference Center B, rooms 15 and 16. The registration fee is $75 for each session and includes lunch and materials. Please visit the MDE calendar to register.

A Workshop for High School Math Teachers – October 8, 2013

The STEM Education Center at the University of Minnesota is offering a workshop for high school math teachers to learn about teaching an applications-based mathematics course. There is no fee for this workshop and INFORMS, a workshop co-sponsor, will reimburse schools up to $100 per attendee to pay for substitute teachers.

Date: Tuesday, October 8, 2013, 8 a.m.-3 p.m.
Location: 139A Learning and Environmental Sci. Bldg., 1954 Buford Ave., St. Paul, MN 55108
Registration Deadline: October 1, 2013

To r
egister, visit the INFORMS registration website

2014 U.S. Senate Youth Program Application Available!

The U.S. Senate Youth Program is a nationwide program that brings high school students to Washington, D.C., for an onsite introduction to the functions of federal government, particularly the U.S. Senate. Selected students will spend an all-expenses-paid week in Washington, March 8-15, 2014, learning about the Senate and meeting with political leaders.

High school 11th- and 12th-grade students are eligible for consideration if they hold an elected office (student government, civic, community, etc.) that will continue into the 2013-2014 school year or will hold an elected position in the 2013-2014 school year. The program is sponsored by the U.S. Senate and completely funded by The Hearst Foundations. The selected students are also eligible for a $5,000 scholarship. For more information, visit the U.S. Senate Youth Program website. Download the 2014 U.S. Senate Youth Program Application. The application must be submitted (postmarked) by October 25, 2013.