MDE Weekly Superintendent Mail

January 2, 2014


“One Plan” Survey for Superintendents and/or District Staff – Deadline Extended to January 10!

In conjunction with the World’s Best Workforce legislation requiring districts to develop a comprehensive strategic plan that will align district educational initiatives from pre-kindergarten to high school graduation, MDE is exploring the possibility of creating a structure to simplify multiple application processes and components. Ideally, this “unified” application (or “One Plan”) would allow more efficient application development and promote more strategic alignment across multiple applications/plans, intended outcomes and funding sources (for example, common or general information that is required of multiple applications/plans would not need to be repeated).

MDE is seeking your input to inform the agency’s One Plan Initiative work group. Please take five minutes to complete this quick survey by the new deadline of January 10, 2014.

Your feedback and ideas are greatly appreciated and valued! Take the One Plan Initiative online survey.

Compulsory Instruction Compliance Data Reporting – Due January 17

All school district superintendents are required to electronically report to MDE the numbers of their residents attending regular nonpublic schools and homeschools, including counts of those student situations believed to be out-of-compliance with Minnesota’s Compulsory Instruction law. The reporting deadline is January 17, 2014.

Information, including a letter from Assistant Commissioner Elia Bruggeman, the compulsory instruction law and a tutorial about electronic reporting is available on the MDE website.

If you have questions on counting nonpublic and homeschooled students, please feel free to contact Cindy Jackson at 651-582-8572 or


Paraprofessional Recognition Week – January 12, 2014

Governor Mark Dayton has proclaimed the week of January 12, 2014, as Paraprofessional Recognition Week. As part of the celebration of this event, the Minnesota Department of Education is sharing the governor’s proclamation and ideas that schools can use to honor and recognize the contributions of paraprofessionals. Visit the Paraprofessionals website.

For more information, read the December 30 memorandum from Joan Breslin-Larson. For assistance with questions, contact Joan Breslin-Larson at 651-582-1599 or

The White House Student Film Festival – Submission Deadline January 29

Students enrolled in grades K-12 are invited to submit a short video highlighting the power of technology in classrooms to the first-ever White House Student Film Festival. Finalists will have their short films shown at the White House; they will have an opportunity to be invited to attend the screening at the White House; their videos may also be featured on the White House website, YouTube channel, Vimeo and other social media pages; and finalists will be presented with a certificate celebrating their achievement.

For official rules and submission information, visit the White House website. Submissions are due January 29, 2014.

Minnesota Board of Teaching Licensure Action

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

· Avery, Laura K. (FF# 262184) On December 27, 2013, Ms. Avery’s teaching licenses were permanently revoked.