Governor's Continuous Improvement Award

Last week, the department's State Library Services division received the 2014 Governor’s Award for Continuous Improvement. Under the leadership of Jen Nelson, the State and Federal Programs Team (Jackie Blagsvedt, Emily Kissane and Jennifer Verbrugge) was recognized for their work in streamlining state and federal grant and aid program administration over the last year. See news release. Read more about their work on the blog.

Celebration Schools Announced

Twenty-two schools are being recognized as Celebration schools for their efforts to increase student achievement. Celebration-eligible schools are announced annually. This year, 143 schools applied for the honor. “Minnesotans should be proud of the work going on in our schools. I look forward to continue learning about their successful efforts to ensure all students succeed and sharing that work with other schools across the state," said Education Commissioner Brenda Cassellius. Read news release.

Students Serve On Anti-Bullying Council

High school students Michael Reinhardt and Zeam Porter and junior high school student Jake Ross discuss their roles as members of the School Safety Technical Assistance Council. The 23-member council--established under the Safe and Supportive Schools Act-- provides leadership in implementing Minnesota’s new bullying prevention and intervention law. Reinhardt, Porter and Ross bring an important youth voice to the council. Read their story in the Star Tribune.

Calling All Kid Filmmakers!

Entries into Minnesota’s 90-Second Newbery Film Festival now being accepted. Kid filmmakers of all ages are invited to develop their most creative ideas into a 90-second film that tells the entire story of a Newbery-winning book. Teachers, Librarians, Media Specialists and Parents are encouraged to visit the 90-Second Newbery website for inspiration, guidelines and how to submit entries. Deadline EXTENDED to Jan. 16, 2015! Read media advisory.

Leading the Way -- Year After Year

This year, 131 schools are designated as Reward schools and 217 schools are classified as Celebration Eligible. Reward and Celebration Eligible schools are high-performing in the areas of student test scores, student growth, achievement gap reduction and graduation rates, and receive federal funds for children from low-income families. Forty of the Reward schools have received the honor three times and 20 have received it four times. “Some of our Reward schools are truly beating the odds, and many of them are doing it year after year,” said Commissioner Cassellius. View Rewards schools list. Visit web page for more.

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H- High school class engaged in learning
Student members of the School Safety Technical Assistance Council with Star Tribune Reporter 
H- 90-Second Newbery Film Competition 
Two Young Students Focused on Reading