The Minnesota Department of Education in partnership with the Minnesota Association of School Administrators
Back to school has always been an exciting time, full of newness and hope for a great year of learning ahead!
The conference follows the MSBA Summer Seminar.
Conference content is driven by the Minnesota Department of Education.
2021 MDE Back-to-School Conference Save the Date! The Minnesota Department of Education and The Minnesota Association of School Administrators
2021 Back to School Conference: Reconnecting Wednesday, August 4, 2021 8 - 10 am Convened Virtually - No cost but you must register Look for registration materials in early July.
2020 Available Handouts Tuesday, August 11
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