Wear Orange on Unity Day!

October is National Bullying Prevention month. Show that you care about safe and supportive schools and communities. Celebrate Unity Day on October 21 and help us send one huge ORANGE message of support, hope, and unity. What can you do? Wear orange at school, home or in the workplace. For more information and ways to participate, visit PACER's National Bullying Prevention website.

Academic Enrichment in Action!

High-quality afterschool programs improve students’ academics, increase social skills and build relationships with caring adults. During the 21st Century Community Learning Center Student Expo, students from around Minnesota displayed the skills and talents they developed in afterschool programs with teachers and youth workers. Kevin from the Minneapolis Community Education’s Folwell Performing Arts Magnet afterschool program proudly shares his robotics project.

Engaging Students in the Conversation

The Minnesota Department of Education engages students in a variety of ways, from our Student Advisory Board to professional development for educators.  During the 21CCLC conference, fifth-grade students, Lebin and Hafsa, are happy to share ideas with teachers and youth workers for engaging East African refugee students in learning.

PreK-3 Leadership Series

Calling all district and charter school leaders! Explore how educators of children birth through grade three can work together systemically. The series consists of five day-long sessions, each one featuring a combination of presentation, case studies, interactive discussion, small group work and a panel of local PreK-3 leaders who will share their experience and insights. First session begins Oct. 29. Register by Oct. 22. Visit our website for more information.

2016 U.S. Senate Youth Program

The United States Senate Youth Program, established in 1962 offers a unique educational experience for outstanding high school students interested in pursuing careers in public service. The 54th annual program will be held in Washington, D.C., March 5 – 12, 2016. Students must be in grade 11 or 12 and hold an elected office during the 2015-2016 school year to be eligible. Applications must be postmarked by October 23, 2015. Visit program website. Access the application form.