MDE Weekly Superintendent Mail

September 20, 2013

Commissioner’s Dialogue with Superintendents

Thank you to all of you who were able to participate in yesterday’s conference call. As mentioned in the discussion regarding the World’s Best Workforce, Assistant Commissioner Steve Dibb has updated his PowerPoint presentation (which had been provided at the August Superintendents Conference). The updated World’s Best Workforce PowerPoint presentation will be sent to you in next week’s mailing.

Superintendents are invited to participate in these conference calls scheduled the third Wednesday of each month at 9:30 a.m. The next call is scheduled for Wednesday, October 16, 9:30-10:30 a.m. Call-in instructions will be provided prior to the call.

ACTION ITEMS

Time and Effort Recording Updates and Alternatives

See the September 18 memorandum from Commissioner Cassellius, and correlating documents: Special Education Cost Object Examples, and Substitute System for Time and Effort Reporting Application. Please forward this information to school business managers, special education directors and Title I directors. For assistance with questions regarding Time and Effort Recording Updates and Alternatives, please contact Steve Collins, Division of School Finance, Special Education (651-582-8467).

Principal Development and Evaluation

The pilot of the principal development and evaluation example model is nearing completion. See preliminary findings from the pilot researcher and example model resources. The pilot will conclude in October, and final findings will be released by December 2013. The Minnesota Department of Education (MDE), the Minnesota Association for Secondary School Principals, the Minnesota Elementary School Principals Association, Minnesota Association of School Administrators, Minnesota School Boards Association, and other leaders from the principal evaluation work group will respond to pilot findings and make model revisions as pilot findings are released.

Districts must implement a process for principal development and evaluation that meets guidelines established in Minnesota Statutes, section 123B.147, starting in school year 2013-2014. MDE will request assurances in the fall that school districts are implementing development and evaluation models complaint with statutory requirements to support principals.

During school year 2013-2014, MDE is developing and piloting a survey of teachers that districts may use in their local principal development and evaluation models. You may access updates on the stakeholder survey that will be posted on the principal evaluation example model Web page.

For more information about principal development and evaluation, contact Gregory Keith, director, school support, (651-582-8316).

Teacher Development and Evaluation

Following the 2013 legislative session, Minnesota charter schools must evaluate teachers according to the requirements in Minnesota Statutes, section 122A.40, Subdivision 8, paragraph (b), clauses 2-12. To support charter school design and implementation work, the Minnesota Department of Education will be facilitating two-part work sessions for charter school teams. See the memorandum for more information.

All districts and charter schools should note that the 2013 Legislature revised the requirements for the use of student assessment data in teacher development and evaluation. Read the revised statute language.

Minnesota school districts and the exclusive representative of the teachers must jointly agree to a development and evaluation process that complies with Minnesota Statutes, section 122A.40, Subdivision 8, or section 122A.41, Subdivision 5, by school year 2014-2015. If the local district and union are unable to jointly agree, then they must implement the state example model. See the state example model. The Minnesota Department of Education will request assurances that school districts and local exclusive representatives of teachers are implementing development and evaluation models complaint with statutory requirements to support teachers. MDE is currently finalizing the assurances process via a signed letter or form from districts.

The example model for teacher development and evaluation is being piloted in school year 2013-14. The Center for Applied Research and Educational Improvement (CAREI) at the University of Minnesota will be conducting the research study on the pilot and example model. CAREI will release initial pilot findings and recommendations in winter 2013-2014 and report final findings in fall 2014. Visit the CAREI website. Model resources, a list of pilot districts and pilot research questions can be found on the teacher evaluation default model page. As part of the pilot, MDE is developing and piloting a student engagement survey that districts and teachers may use in their local teacher development and evaluation models. Updates on the student survey will be posted on the teacher evaluation default model page.

For more information about teacher development and evaluation, contact Tyler Livingston, specialist, educator evaluation, (651-582-8427); or contact Deborah Luedtke, supervisor, school support, (651-582-8440).

Homeless Children and Youth Data Survey 2012-2013 – Due October 18

Each year, the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) reports data to fulfill requirements of the U.S. Department of Education (ED) Consolidated State Performance Report (CSPR) for each federal Title program. Public school districts and charter schools receiving Title I dollars are required to submit data regarding homeless children and youth. The data submitted must be consistent with data submitted in the Minnesota Automated Reporting Student System (MARSS) and the MARSS WES 51 report, which includes nighttime primary residence and other data. A user name and password to complete the electronic survey will be sent to the Homeless Liaison. Access the Homeless Children and Youth Data Survey 2012-2013 survey.

The survey is due by the end of the business day on October 18, 2013. The district or charter school Title I homeless liaison should submit the survey after consulting with the MARSS coordinator and other personnel as necessary.

MDE will host a webinar on Monday, September 23, 2013, at 10-11 a.m. to answer questions and provide technical assistance regarding the Homeless Children and Youth Data survey. Please register for the Homeless Children and Youth Data Survey webinar. For assistance with questions, contact Roberto Reyes (651-582-8302). Contact Roberto to request a reasonable accommodation to participate in the webinar.

ITEMS OF INTEREST

Minnesota Common Course Catalogue (MCCC) Grades K-8 Implementation – WebEx Sessions Scheduled

Repeat WebEx information sessions to facilitate implementation of the K-8 portion of the MCCC have been scheduled in October. Each session is offered twice for your scheduling convenience. However, sessions should be taken in order, one through five. If you attended the K-8 Implementation WebEx sessions offered in the spring of 2013, you may not wish to attend these repeat sessions. No new information has been added.

Registration information is posted on the MCCC webpage. Look for “Registration Instructions K-8 MCCC Implementation Sessions Fall 2013” in the download section under WebEx Information Sessions, or go directly to the WebEx meeting page to register for these sessions. Make sure you are in the Meeting Center tab to find these sessions. For more information, please contact the MCCC team.

To request a reasonable accommodation to participate in this event, contact Cheryll Ostrom (651-582-8417). Note: The Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) requires a two-week advance notice in order to provide the requested accommodation and requires a 48-hour notice to cancel a requested accommodation.

Minnesota Board of Teaching Licensure Actions

The Minnesota Board of Teaching has taken the following licensure actions:

Johnson, Robert C. (FF# 255097) On September 13, 2013, the Board of Teaching adopted a Stipulation Agreement suspending Mr. Johnson’s teaching license for one year and until he can meet other requirements of the board.
Shuckhart, Noel T. (FF# 311473) On September 13, 2013, the Board of Teaching adopted Findings of Fact, Conclusions of Law and Order denying Mr. Shuckhart’s application for a period of two years.
Snyder, Rebecca L. (FF# 389100) On September 13, 2013, the Board of Teaching adopted a Stipulation Agreement indefinitely suspending Ms. Snyder’s teaching license.
Tyler, Henry E. (FF# 472447) On September 13, 2013, the Board of Teaching adopted a Stipulation Agreement denying Mr. Tyler’s teaching application for two years and until he can meet other requirements of the board.

Samsung “Solve for Tomorrow” 2014 Education Contest – Entries Due October 31

Samsung Electronics America is accepting applications from teachers in all disciplines representing grades 6-12, and there’s no limit to the number of teachers that can enter from each school. This contest focuses on how science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) can be applied to help improve your local community. Prizes will be awarded at each stage of the competition, from the 255 state finalists to the final five national winners.

One school per state will win a technology kit to produce a video addressing the challenge; “Show how STEM can be applied to help improve your local community.” National Winners will receive $140,000 in technology and prizes and a trip to Washington, D.C., for a celebratory event. Contest entries are due by 11:59 p.m. EDT on Thursday, October 31, 2013. See full contest rules and entry information on the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow website.

Minnesota Computers for Schools – Monthly Promotion

Minnesota Computers for Schools refurbishes donated computers and provides them to schools at a minimal charge. They have combined their monthly promotional for September and October into one promotional. Learn about their monthly discounts on the Minnesota Computers for Schools website.