MDE Weekly Superintendent Mail

April 11, 2013

Commissioner’s Dialogue with Superintendents – April 17, 2013

Superintendents are invited to participate in the monthly conference call with Commissioner Cassellius on Wednesday, April 17, 9:30-10:30 a.m. Call-in instructions will be e-mailed to you tomorrow, Friday, April 12.


· Legislative Update and Budget
· Teacher Evaluation Pilot
· HS Grad Exam and MCA

April is Financial Literacy Month!

Governor Mark Dayton issued a proclamation declaring April to be Financial Literacy Month in Minnesota—an initiative to help Minnesota students, soldiers, families, and senior citizens to learn more about their finances and make informed decisions to secure a successful financial future. Visit the Department of Commerce website to learn more.

Hit a Homerun for Financial Literacy Month. The Minnesota Department of Commerce is partnering with the Minnesota Twins in launching a statewide financial literacy essay contest for students in grades three through five. See contest details on the Department of Commerce website. Copy and distribute the contest flyer to your classrooms. See essay contest flyer on the Department of Commerce website. Essay deadline is Tuesday, April 30, 2013.


Indirect Cost Rates Applicable for FY 2014

The restricted and the unrestricted indirect cost rates applicable to your district, charter school or cooperative for Fiscal Year 2014 have been calculated. View reports on the Data Reports and Analytics web page (under School Finance Spreadsheets, you will find Indirect Cost Rates). The rates were computed using Fiscal Year 2012 UFARS financial data as reported to the Minnesota Department of Education.

The restricted rate is used for federal grants and contracts that have regulations or guidelines preventing federal funds supplanting local monies. The rates are capped at 8%.

The unrestricted rate is used for grants and contracts that do not have supplement/supplant language in their controlling regulations and guidelines. The unrestricted for all districts including Educational Cooperatives and Education Districts are capped at the statewide average of 22.8 percent.

Please review UFARS manual, Chapter 13, for an explanation of the calculation process. If you have any questions, please contact David Day, Financial Management, at 651-582-8384.

Open Education Resources (OER) Needs Assessment

The Minnesota Department of Education, in collaboration with several states, is facilitating the collection of quality digital open education resources (OER) for instruction in English language arts and mathematics. Digital open education resources are teaching and learning materials, including modules, textbooks, streaming videos, tests, and any other tools or materials available electronically that are used to support access to knowledge. They are licensed in such a way that they are free and can be used, re-used, re-mixed and otherwise customized to meet specific needs.

The Department is conducting a needs assessment survey of Minnesota districts to determine the existence of OER products and course needs in English language arts and mathematics. The results of this needs assessment will be shared publicly and will be available to any organization that wishes to support the development of digital OER products. Please have a representative of your district complete the needs assessment with the support of key personnel to give an accurate picture of OER resources and needs in your district. Access the survey. The survey takes about 15 minutes to complete and will close on May 1st. Questions about the survey can be directed to Doug Paulson, 651-582-8471.


Statewide Summit on Global Learning – May 9, 2013

In today’s interconnected, interdependent world, global learning is critical to our state’s success. More than 210 languages are spoken in Minnesota’s schools. Global is now local. We invite PK-12 administrators and teachers, post-secondary educators, business partners, and government and community organizations to participate in this transformative work. Your input is critical to further the work of the Advisory Board charged with initializing the Strategic Plan.

The Summit will be held Thursday, May 9, at St. Cloud State University, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. See registration and program details on the Global Learning Summit registration site.

The Global Literacy Advisory board was established to address the challenges and opportunities of an interconnected world and ensure Minnesota students are globally competent as they enter the workforce, business, and postsecondary education, and live in the communities of Minnesota. Find more information about the Global Literacy Advisory Board.

Register Now for the MN eLearning Summit – July 29 and 30, 2013

eSynergy: Bringing it All Together connects you with national leaders in education delivering keynote messages, interactive breakout sessions, extended hands-on workshops, showcase sessions featuring innovative technologies, and lots of opportunities to network with colleagues!

Here is a "snapshot" of topics from the Summit program:

Adaptive technology/accessibility • Blended/Hybrid learning models • Digital content design/engagement of students • Digital inclusion • E-books/Flexbooks/interactive textbooks • eProctoring • Flipped learning • Game design for education • GPS Lifeplan • Individual learning plans/personal learning communities • iSeek • Mobile device tools • MOOCs • NROC/OER • Online digital resources for learning and curriculum support • Portfolios/E-Folio • Quality Matters

Further information and online registration is available on the MN eLearning Summit website. If you have questions about submitting a proposal, please feel free to contact Mary Mehsikomer (Twitter: @marytmm) or Deborah W. Proctor, Ph.D.