MDE Weekly Superintendent Mail

October 24, 2013

ACTION ITEM

World’s Best Workforce – Regional Informational Meetings

Save the date! As mentioned in last week’s superintendent mailing, a series of regional informational meetings have been planned over the next several months. These sessions will assist districts in successfully navigating the components of World’s Best Workforce legislation and to create a locally designed and implemented student achievement plan that addresses the needs of all learners in the district through locally developed goals and the implementation of effective strategies and practices designed to improve student achievement.

Please note that additional meeting dates will be announced when arrangements are finalized. Contact the site/organization for registration information.

• November 1 Northwest Service Cooperative – Thief River Falls
• November 5 Southeast Service Cooperative Rochester
• November 12 Lakes Country Service Cooperative – Fergus Falls
• November 13 SW/WC Service Cooperative Marshall
• November 15 CLM (MASA) Conference Brainerd
• November 18 MREA Conference Brainerd
• December 3 South Central Service Cooperative Mankato
• December 11 Northeast Service Cooperative – Mountain Iron
• December 16 Resource Training & Solutions – St. Cloud
• January 16-17 MSBA Conference Minneapolis

A detailed toolkit has been created to provide guidance to districts on the requirements and goals of the legislation. This document unpacks the key components of the legislation and offers suggested best practices for development of local plans. Access the World’s Best Workforce toolkit.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Teacher Evaluation Sessions – Q Comp Regional Meetings

All Q Comp districts and charter schools are invited to attend a regional networking session titled, “Back Mapping for Successful Implementation: Planning for a Positive Launch of Locally Developed Teacher Evaluation Programs.”

Audience: Q Comp district and school leadership teams assisting in the design of the locally developed teacher evaluation program.

Participants will meet with other Q Comp districts and schools in the region and learn about successes and challenges in designing a teacher evaluation program that incorporates annual Q Comp performance results. Teams will use concepts from implementation science to develop practice profiles to define their teacher evaluation program core components that can promote greater consistency of use across classrooms, grade levels, programs and schools. This process will provide information to create an implementation plan that identifies areas for piloting new components this school year and use results to continuously improve and finalize the locally developed teacher evaluation model prior to implementation in 2014-15.

Each session will be held from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and include team planning. Lunch is on your own, and there is no charge to the participant.

• November 13 Proctor
• November 14 Brainerd
• December 4 Montgomery
• December 5 Marshall
• December 12 Minnesota Department of Education

Find location and registration details about these Q Comp networking sessions on the Q Comp website.

ITEMS OF INTEREST

Nonlicensed Community Expert Requests

Please read the October 23 memorandum from John Bellingham, chair of the Minnesota Board of Teaching. The Minnesota Board of Teaching provides guidance regarding Minnesota Statutes, section 122A.25, Nonlicensed Community Experts; Variance.

Questions regarding Nonlicensed Community Expert should be directed to special.permission@state.mn.us.

Minnesota Board of Teaching Licensure Actions

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

Augustin, John (FF# 151122) Mr. Augustin’s teaching license was suspended on September 30, 2013, pursuant to Minnesota Statutes, section 270C.72, until he meets requirements of the Board of Teaching.
Caven, Dawn (FF# 336000) Ms. Caven’s teaching license was suspended on September 30, 2013, pursuant to Minnesota Statutes, section 270C.72, until she meets requirements of the Board of Teaching.
Hughes, Kim M. (FF# 372600) Ms. Hughes’ teaching license was suspended on September 30, 2013, pursuant to Minnesota Statutes, section 270C.72, until she meets requirements of the Board of Teaching.
Tousignant, Jennifer M. (FF# 324898) Ms. Tousignant’s teaching license was suspended on September 30, 2013, pursuant to Minnesota Statutes, section 270C.72, until she meets requirements of the Board of Teaching.