Social Emotional Learning (SEL) and Mental Health presented by Brienne LaHaye, Project AWARE Coordinator; Sabrina Winkleman, Social Emotional Learning Specialist; Nikki Kovan, Early Learning Services Interim Director; Tom Delaney, Special Education Interagency Partnerships Supervisor
MDE COMPASS Literacy Offerings presented by Jennifer Wazlawik, Literacy Project Manager; Chris Bretz, COMPASS Literacy Specialist; Julie Novak, RCE Advocate Literacy Lead Minnesota Multi-tiered System of Supports (MnMTSS)presented by Jean Duffy, MnMTSS Coordinator and Susan Burris, RCE MnMTSS Education Systems Specialist
Breakout Sessions - Round 2 Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and World's Best Workforce Identification presented by Teresa Taylor, Student Access and Opportunity Director; Greg Keith, School and Educator Support Director; Michael Diedrich, ESEA Policy Specialist; Angela Mansfield, COMPASS Program Manager
Making Equity-Oriented Decisions, Policies, and Practices presented by Macarre Traynham, EDI Center Director Social Emotional Learning (SEL) and Mental Healthpresented by Brienne LaHaye, Project AWARE Coordinator; Sabrina Winkleman, Social Emotional Learning Specialist; Nikki Kovan, Early Learning Services Interim Director; Tom Delaney, Special Education Interagency Partnerships Supervisor
ESSA Tribal Consultation presented by Graham Hartley, Student Access and Opportunity Education Specialist; Jane Harstad, D.Ed., American Indian Education Director; Melanie Franks, Tribal Liaison
Table Talks TABLE 1 Family Engagement Handout 1 Leads: Angela Mansfield, COMPASS Program Manager; Jackie Blagsvedt, Education Program and Policy Specialist Please join us to learn more about COMPASS (Collaborative Minnesota Partnerships to Advance Student Success)! We will share a table talk conversation aligning family engagement with the new MnMTSS framework.
TABLE 2 Data and Assessment Literacy Handout 1 Leads: Kendra Olsen, COMPASS Data and Assessment Literacy Lead; Brendan O’Shea, COMPASS Data and Assessment Literacy Specialist Please join us to learn more about COMPASS (Collaborative Minnesota Partnerships to Advance Student Success)! We will share a table talk conversation aligning data and assessment literacy with the new MnMTSS framework.
TABLE 3 Repository of Evidence-Based Practices Handout 1 | Handout 2 Leads: Stephanie White, COMPASS Coordinator; Monica Hooker, COMPASS American Indian School-Community Specialist Please join us to learn more about COMPASS (Collaborative Minnesota Partnerships to Advance Student Success)! We will share a table talk conversation aligning the Repository of Evidence-Based Practices with the new MnMTSS framework.
TABLE 4 Student Voice: WHY? Who? How? When? Lead: Ann Mitchell, Principal Leadership Support Learn from other superintendents and principals what has driven them to center student perspectives in decision-making processes, whose perspective helps us learn, and ways to be intentional in this practice.
TABLE 5 Strategies for Meaningful Engagement with Multilingual and Multicultural Communities Lead: Lee Her, Public Engagement Director; Luda Anastazievsky, Educator and Ukrainian Community Activist; Amina Baha, Afghan Cultural Society Operations Director This session will highlight promising practices for schools and district when it comes to stakeholder engagement that values and affirms the lived experiences all students, families, and their broader communities.
TABLE 6 Teacher Diversity Leads: Tyler Livingston, Educator Workforce Programs Supervisor; Tamara Valme, Teacher Development Specialist Join colleagues to discuss the importance of recruiting and retaining teachers of color and American Indian teachers. MDE staff will share an overview of state and federal funding sources, as well as some compelling diagnostic tools and guidebooks from the Alliance for Resource Equity that may help local leadership teams take strategic action to diversify their educator workforce.
TABLE 7 CTE Pathways Leads: Michelle Kamenov, Career Development and CTE Supervisor; Sally Reynolds, High School Initiatives and Minnesota Career Information Systems (MCIS) Supervisor Is your district looking for ways to add relevance and better connect students to today’s hot job market? This session will include conversations around steps schools can take to make sure students have a clear, easily accessible path to whatever comes next in their future.
TABLE 8 ESSER Leads: Alicia Waeffler, Student Access and Opportunity Programs Supervisor; Andre Prahl, Agency Finance and Operations Director Join MDE staff to learn about ESSER and GEER funding. Topics will include expiring funds, the plan amendment process for finance codes 160 & 161, and questions from attendees.
TABLE 9 Supporting Multilingual Learners Leads: Leigh Schleicher, Student Access and Opportunity Supervisor; Amy Young, School and Educator Support EL Specialist MDE staff will be on hand to address issues impacting Multilingual learners including those identified as English learners. They will respond to participant questions and concerns. Resources will be provided.
TABLE 10 Minnesota Authorizer Performance Evaluation System (MAPES) Overview Lead: Paula Higgins, Charter Center Supervisor Description: Join MDE Charter Center Staff to learn about the Minnesota Authorizer Performance Evaluation System (MAPES). This statutorily required system is used to evaluate charter school authorizer performance and identify high-quality authorizing practices to promote authorizer excellence in Minnesota.
TABLE 11 Educator Hiring and Retention Ideas Leads: Chris Ramadan, Teacher Mentoring Coordinator; Elizabeth Vaught, Principal Leadership Support Staff shortages—exacerbated by the pandemic—are impacting us all. This session will be a facilitated conversation among leaders to share practices throughout the recruitment, hiring, placement, and retention phases. What proactive steps can we take to improve new staff recruitment and retention?
Special Education presented by Robyn Widley, Special Education Director; Eric Kloos, Special Education Assistant Director; Aaron Barnes, Special Education Supervisor; Danielle Hayden, Early Learning Supervisor
Early Learning Services (ELS)-Why Do Mixed Delivery Partners and Partnerships Make a Difference—Where do we start?presented by Jeanne Dickhausen MA Ed. ECE, Head Start Collaboration Director; June Reineke PhD, Early Learning Education Specialist Resource 1 | Resource 2
School Finance Updates presented by Daley Lehmann, School Finance Assistant Director; Paul Ferrin, Special Education Funding Supervisor
Changes to American Indian Education Aid for the Upcoming Year presented by Jane Harstad, D.Ed., American Indian Education Director; Anjanette Parisien, Indigenous Education Specialist; Kimberly Brenden, Administrative Support; Melanie Franks, Tribal Liaison
GENERAL SESSION Anchoring our Work during COVID-19 Susan Klammer, Epidemiologist at the Minnesota Department of Health, School Liaison for the COVID-19 Response HANDOUT
BREAKOUT SESSIONS - Round 1 School Year 20-21 Planning for Students with Disabilities: Overview on Health and Education Programming, Due Process, Funding Issues and Guidance for Delivering Direct Student Support Services Presenters: Robyn Widley, MDE, Director, Special Education; Denise Herrmann, MDH, Child Health Consultant, Child, and Teen Checkups; Marikay Canaga Litzau, MDE, Director, Compliance, and Assistance; Sara Winter, MDE, Supervisor, Compliance, and Assistance; Paul Ferrin, MDE, Supervisor, Special Education Funding; Tom Delaney, MDE, Supervisor, Special Education HANDOUT
Restorative Practices in Schools: Building and maintaining relationships Presenters: Nancy Riestenberg, Restorative Practices Specialist, School Climate Center; Rebecca McCammon, Restorative Practices Program Coordinator, St. Paul Public Schools, Office of School Support HANDOUT
PreK-3 in Current Times—New Tools to Support Your Work Presenters: Mike Brown, Early Learning Services Education Specialist; June Reineke, Early Learning Services Education Specialist; Elizabeth Vaught, School Support Educator Development and Evaluation Presenter(s): Andre Prahl, Director of Agency Finance; Michael Diedrich, ESEA Policy Specialist HANDOUT
CARES Act Funds in Education Presenter(s): Andre Prahl, Director of Agency Finance; Michael Diedrich, ESEA Policy Specialist HANDOUT
BREAKOUT SESSIONS - Round 2 Partnership During Pandemic Presenters: Leah Larson, State Libraries LSTA Grant Coordinator; Edina Public Schools Media Staff - Steve Buettner, Sean Beaverson, Sara Swenson, and Mike Walker HANDOUT
Examples From the Field: Comprehensive School Mental Health Quality Improvement Initiatives in All Three Scenarios Presenter: Lisa Hoogheem, Student Support Specialist HANDOUT
State-District Partnerships: Developing Implementation Capacity to Improve Equitable Outcomes Presenters: MDE - Carolyn Cherry, Supervisor, Results and Improvement-Special Education; Eric Kloos, Assistant Director, Special Education; and Osseo Area Schools Jan Bitzer, Student Services Coordinator; Kate Emmons, Director of Student Services; Cory McIntyre, Superintendent HANDOUT
Responding to COVID and Serving Families and Communities through the Full-Service Community Schools Model Presenters: Dennis Duffy, School Improvement Supervisor; Jackie Blagsvedt, School Improvement Program Specialist; June Reineke, Early Learning Services Education Specialist; Julie Ruzek, Coordinator of Family and Community Partnerships, Rochester Public Schools HANDOUT
BREAKOUT SESSIONS - Round 3 State of State Assessment System Presenter: Jennifer Dugan, Director, Statewide Student Assessment and Data Analytics HANDOUT
Serving School Meals in a COVID-19 World Presenter: Debra Lukkonen, MDE School Nutrition Program Supervisor HANDOUT
COVID-19 Testing Process Presenters: Meredith Vadis, Regional Administrator, Metropolitan Council, and State Testing Workgroup Lead; Grace Arnold, Deputy Commissioner, Minnesota Department of Commerce HANDOUT HANDOUT - REGIONAL STAFF HANDOUT - BILLING
Leading with a Learner Lens Presenters: Ann Mitchell, Principal Leadership, School Support Panelists: Dr. Shawn Harris-Berry, Associate Superintendent, Minneapolis Public Schools; Yusuf Abdullah, Principal, Patrick Henry High School; Rachel Udstuen, Superintendent, Spring Grove Public Schools HANDOUT
BREAKOUT SESSIONS - Round 4 Reflecting on Distance Learning to Inform Planning for the Effective Use Technology with Title, IV, Part A Presenters: Sarah Carter, STEM/Computer Science Specialist/Title IV, Part A Co-Program Specialist Lead; Kate Beesch Title IV, Part A Program Specialist Lead HANDOUT
Equity and Civil Rights in Education Presenters: Irina Vaynerman, Minnesota Department of Human Rights Deputy Commissioner; Dr. Lanise Block, Minnesota Department of Human Rights Education Equity Consultant and Founder/CEO of Sankore Consulting HANDOUT
We Are a Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) – A focus on Truancy, Attendance, and Grades Presenter: John Gimpl, State Implementation Specialist HANDOUT
Ed-Fi and Staff Support Presenters: Sharon Peck, School Finance Supervisor; Tara Chapa, School Finance Technical Support Specialist; Susan Anderson, Brainerd Public Schools; Sonja Rowland, Bemidji Area Schools; Mark Bjornrud, Schoolcraft Learning Community; Miriam Janechek, PhD, Public Engagement & Outreach | Statewide Student Assessment and Data Analytics HANDOUT
Wednesday, August 12
BREAKOUT SESSIONS - Round 1 What is Ed-Fi?: Now and the Future Presenters: Gayra Ostgaard, Data Management Coordinator, Data Analytics; David Reeg, IT Development Supervisor; Sharon Peck, School Finance Supervisor; Tara Chapa, School Finance Ed-Fi Technical Support; Avisia Whiteman, Early Education Research Analyst; Karen Millette Data Analytics Project Manager; Susan Anderson, Brainerd Public Schools; Sonja Rowland; Bemidji Area Schools; Mark Bjornrud; Schoolcraft Learning Community HANDOUT
Reimagining Assessment and Data Practices to Guide Learning for All Students During the Pandemic Presenters: Kendra Olsen, Outreach Specialist Statewide Student Assessment and Data; Ann Mitchell, Principal Leadership School Support; Ben Barton, Superintendent of Princeton Public Schools; Donna Roper, Director of Research and Evaluation Edina Public Schools; Michael Walker, Director of Black Student Achievement Minneapolis Public Schools; Jessica Town-Gunderson, Director of Teaching and Learning – Princeton Public Schools HANDOUT
How to build relational trust and dismantle systems and expectations that divide schools and families Presenters: Jackie Blagsvedt, School Improvement Program Specialist, Jeanne Dickhausen, Head Start Collaboration Director HANDOUT
Increasing Achievement for Multilingual Learners in Greater Minnesota Presenter: Dr. Amy Young, EL Specialist, School Support HANDOUT
BREAKOUT SESSIONS - Round 2 CDC and MDE assistance in fall school reopening activities after the spring distance learning period due to COVID-19 Presenters: Bobbie Burnham, Assistant Commissioner; Sheila Oehrlein, Supervisor, Youth Development and Health Promotion Team; Margo Chresand, RN, LSN, MPH, MS, Education Specialist; Gail Anderson, MPH, Project Coordinator; Terri Swartout, School Health Coordinator; Mary Thissen-Milder, Ph.D., Physical Education Consultant; Jeremy Vann, School Health Services Coordinator HANDOUT
Promising Practices in Distance Learning for Students with Disabilities Presenters: MDE - Carolyn Cherry, Supervisor, Results and Improvement-Special Education; Eric Kloos, Assistant Director, Special Education; Dan Torrez, Alternative and Preventative Services Specialist, Special Education; UofM - Jana Ferguson, Check & Connect Project Coordinator HANDOUT