Due to the challenges of COVID-19, please follow-up with the organization before attending.


    MDE: Professional Development Opportunities for Q Comp
    and Teacher Development and Evaluation

    The teacher effectiveness team is announcing three ongoing professional development opportunities for educators related to the Q Comp and Teacher Development and Evaluation programs for the 2020-21 school year.

    🕳  MDE: Community of Practice for New Teacher Leaders

    I am a Teacher Leader. What Now? Are you interested in exploring this question with other teacher leaders new to their role?  Strong teacher leadership has always been important in the success of schools, and it is even more important now as we serve students during a pandemic and in various school scenarios, in-person, hybrid, or distance learning.  Participants will learn about and strengthen their teacher leadership skills to be successful in their roles.  Topics will include, but not limited to National Teacher Leader Standards, Adult Learning Theory, team building, resolving conflict, communication skills, and working with diverse populations.

    This is the first of an ongoing series of virtual networking sessions designed to enhance previous learning, reflect on leadership practices while developing strong connections with other teacher leaders. Additional sessions will occur in October, January, April, and May and will last 60 or 90 minutes. Dates and times will be confirmed during the first meeting.  

    Audience: Teacher Leaders (0 to 3 years in role)

    Registration: Space is limited; registration is required. Registration will close Thursday, September 10, or when registration is full. 

    Participants can register for one of the following dates:  

    Please contact Tamara Valmé at tamara.valme@state.mn.us or at 651-582-8413 two weeks before the event to request a reasonable accommodation. 

    Questions about this workshop can be sent to Tamara Valmé

    🕳  MDE: Professional Learning Communities (PLC) Series

    Are your professional learning communities (PLCs) feeling a little flat? Do your meetings lean heavy on the professional and light on the community? Do you want to review or catch-up on the PLC series on building and sustaining a collaborative culture that was presented last year? This workshop series is for PLC facilitators who want to add meaning and purpose to their current PLCs to help move teaching and learning further. Each session will focus on essential elements of the PLC process including the four critical questions that guide the work of PLCs and explore the implications of those elements on the school setting (in-person, hybrid, and online). During each session, participants will have the opportunity to share local practices and network with each other.

    Audience:  PLC facilitators, Q Comp coordinators, and administrators (We highly recommend the full team of PLC facilitators attend.)

    Registration: Participants can register for the following sessions based on their needs. Two options will be offered on each day. One from 9:00-10:30 am and the other from 2:30-4:00 pm. Participants will be asked in the registration survey which option they prefer to attend.

    • September 29: What is a PLC? Norms, protocols, and trust

    • October 29: Unpacking: What do we want students to know?

    • December 8: The role of a guaranteed and viable curriculum in what we want students to know

    • January 19: Unpacking: How will we know when students have learned?

    • February 23: Data systems and how we will know when students have learned

    • March 30: Unpacking: What we will do when students don’t learn?

    • April 27: Unpacking: What will we do when students already know?

    • May 18: Assessing PLC systems

    • June 15: Planning for 2021-22 PLCs

    Please contact Kristie Anderson at kristie.anderson@state.mn.us or 651-582-8860 at least two weeks prior to the event to request reasonable accommodations.

    For questions about any of the PLC sessions, please contact Kristie Anderson.

    🕳  MDE: Observation, Coaching, and Feedback Series

    Are you in search of the skills, tools, and support you need to shape a new coaching practice in this ever-changing learning environment? In an effort to support coaches, Q Comp coordinators, and administrators who now find themselves shifting between different support models for teachers, we are offering a coaching and feedback series for the 2020-2021 school year. This series will offer opportunities for participants to hear directly from colleagues with experience coaching and delivering feedback in an online environment and time to problem solve and plan through networking with others.

    Please contact Angela Mansfield (angela.mansfield@state.mn.us or 651-582-8371) at least two weeks before the event to request a reasonable accommodation.

    Audience: Peer reviewer/coaching teams, Q Comp coordinators, and administrators. We recommend the full team of peer reviewers and evaluators attend.

    Registration: Please take a look at the outline below and follow the links to register for any of the webinar sessions that interest you. Once registered, you will receive a confirmation message from Google Forms with information on how to join the webinar.

    This series will be offered every other month, with two sessions in September, following the schedule below:

    For questions about any of the Observation, Coaching and Feedback Series, please contact Angela Mansfield.

    🕳  MDE: Webinars—Setting Q Comp Site Goals

    Audience: Coordinators or site leadership team members responsible for implementing Q Comp

    Based on the “Guidance for Minnesota Public Schools: 2021 School Year Planning document, sites will need to submit Q Comp site goal(s) for 2020-21. To assist with this process, the Minnesota Department of Education has planned two WebEx sessions around goal setting. These sessions are a repeat of the sessions conducted in July. Each session will be similar in content, so participants only need to attend one of the following WebEx sessions: 

    Register for the August 25, 10-11 am webinar here

    Register for the August 27, 2-3 pm webinar here

    Please contact Michael Foster two weeks before the event to request a reasonable accommodation.

    Questions can be sent to mde.q-comp@state.mn.us , and one of our team members will follow-up with you.

    🕳  MDE: Teaching and Learning Led by Evidence

    As we all head into a school year that will look different than any previous year we have experienced, this webinar series is for teachers and school leaders to sharpen their skills and fluency around using evidence of student learning to support student-centered instruction.

    These webinars are designed for teachers, principals, instructional leaders, curriculum directors, and any school leader who would like support in turning student learning data into action that drives instructional decisions. Each session will engage participants in making sense of their data so that it can be used to build trust and collaboration. Each session also emphasizes building fluency in using assessment and data as a set of tools to increase awareness of what students know and can do, and to close gaps in instruction and learning, especially during this unprecedented time in education.

    Session 1 is August 19:

    Reimagining Assessment and Data to Guide Learning for All Students – Considerations for Fall 2020

    Questions: Please reach out to Kendra Olsen, outreach specialist in Statewide Student Assessment and Data Analytics.

    🕳  Leadership from the Inside Out
    Denny Smith has launched his new weekly video series "Leadership from the Inside Out."

    "Leadership from the Inside Out" is a web series of motivational and personal development videos for teachers and educators for fall. Each week, the school or district would receive a one to three-minute video that they could forward to staff. There is no cost for the program.

    Check out one of his videos: Be Your Own Best Coach

    Subscribe the video series at www.dennysmith.com

    🕳  Women on Wednesday - St. Cloud State University

    About the Program

    Thirty years ago, the first Women on Wednesday session was held in the basement of the former Women’s Center (which was north of Mitchell Hall). This launched a now 30-year history of introducing new generations of students to one model of exploring and educating about women’s and gender issues—and considering the impact of gender on women’s lives in particular. The series “took.” In other words, it paved the way for WoW’s "signature series" status. By organizing presentations on a vast array of feminist issues and highlighting diverse women’s perspectives, the Women’s Center has offered amazing opportunities to learn from women’s lived experiences, as experts in their fields, and about feminist social, political, economic, and legal efforts towards social justice and change.
    For more episodes, visit the Women on Wednesday Archive

    🕳 Looking for a book study for your leadership team?
    MASA's "What We Are Reading" Blog is a great resource. Thanks to our book blogger, Steve Malone, Superintendent of Becker Public Schools for being our Reader Leader! Check out a sample today.