PELSB offering teacher mentorship training program, more cultural competency training dates

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The Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board (PELSB) will be holding a “train-the-trainer” teacher mentorship training program in August in an effort to help Minnesota school districts and charter schools comply with new teacher mentorship requirements.

The training will provide strategies for teachers that can help them develop and implement mentorship programs in their local schools and districts. PELSB will identify up to 30 current teacher mentors across the state to attend this training.

Teachers must submit an application to attend the free two-day training. Applications are due by June 21. Access the application form.

Visit https://mn.gov/pelsb/board/news/#/detail/appId/1/id/386283 to learn more about this training opportunity on the PELSB website.

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Also, PELSB has added several new dates for the free cultural competency training sessions hosted throughout Minnesota.

View the dates for all training sessions online.

PELSB designed the training sessions in partnership with several individuals and groups to meet the requirements needed to renew a Minnesota tiered teaching license. The training, which consists of two four-hour sessions, are led by trained facilitators at several locations in the Twin Cities area and greater Minnesota.

Visit https://mn.gov/pelsb/board/news/?id=1113-376976 to learn more about these free training sessions on the PELSB website.

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PELSB looking for administrators for new teacher mentor program; sign-up deadline is 5 p.m. May 17

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Source: Minnesota Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board (PELSB)

The Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board (PELSB) is looking for school or school district administrators that are interested in helping to improve the resources available to Minnesota teachers to improve mentoring practices.

Sign up by 5 p.m. Friday, May 17, to participate in one 60-minute facilitated discussion with to help shape a new mentor training program.

PELSB and the Minnesota Department of Education have partnered together to help shape a new teacher mentor training program to best meet the needs of Minnesota teachers and administrators. PELSB has contracted with North American Research & Analysis, Inc. (NARA) to facilitate discussions with school and district administrators on how best to set up a mentor training program within school systems, and to develop a mentorship and coaching training program.

NARA is seeking administrators to participate in one confidential virtual facilitated discussions during the month of May 2019 with 6 to 10 people. Our goal is to include people who provide many viewpoints on the topic of mentoring. Their input and feedback will be used to design the mentor training program to be flexible in several respects: differentiating between the needs of a wide variety of teachers, and adaptable to the existing policies, infrastructures, and available resources of the numerous school districts in Minnesota. To help create an inclusive and diverse group of participants for the facilitated discussions, PELSB and NARA are seeking to include individuals from the following groups:

  • School administrators (site and district level)
  • Administrators of color and those who identify with American Indian heritage
  • Administrators from a variety of locations (metro and greater Minnesota)
  • Administrators in charter schools
  • Administrators in alternative educational settings

The interest form asks questions that will help ensure a wide variety of types of schools and educational environments are included. It also includes questions on race/ethnicity and LGBTQ identity. All individual responses to the voluntary demographic questions will be confidential and the data only available to NARA staff for the purposes of creating the facilitated discussion groups. Any demographic data shared with PELSB will be de-identified and aggregated only for the purposes of reporting the diversity of the applicant pool.

To indicate your interest in participating in one 60-minute discussion, as well as your availability, please complete the interest form by 5 p.m. Friday, May 17.

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Gov. Walz orders flags at half-staff on May 15 in honor of Peace Officers Memorial Day

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Gov. Tim Walz has directed all flags at state and federal buildings in Minnesota to be flown at half-staff from sunrise to sunset on Wednesday, May 15, 2019, in honor and remembrance of peace officers who have been killed or injured in the line of duty.

“Today and every day it is fitting to honor those Peace Officers who gave their lives to protect ours, and to thank the over 10,000 Law Enforcement Officers in Minnesota who serve in the 446 law enforcement agencies for their dedication and services to Minnesota communities,” reads Gov. Walz’s proclamation.

President John F. Kennedy declared the first Peace Officers Memorial Day on May 15, 1962, as a tribute to peace officers and in honor of peace officers who, through their courageous deeds, lost their lives or became disabled in the line of duty. This day has been observed in our country annually ever since.

View Gov. Walz’s full proclamation.

Source: Office of Governor Walz & Lt. Governor Flanagan

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PELSB office moving to new location

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The Minnesota Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board (PELSB) is moving to its new office location at Bandana Square in St. Paul.

During the move, the PELSB office will be closed starting today (May 13) through May 16. The PELSB office will re-open at Bandana Square on May 17.

After the move is completed, PELSB will no longer operate at the Minnesota Department of Education building in Roseville.

The address for the new location is:

Minnesota Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board
1021 Bandana Blvd. E., Suite 222, St. Paul, MN 55108-5111

All PELSB staff phone numbers, email addresses, and hours of operation will remain the same when the office moves to Bandana Square.

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House-Senate education conference committee gets to work on Monday, May 6

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The House-Senate Conference Committee for the Omnibus E-12 Education Finance Bill (HF 2400) is scheduled to have its first meeting 2 p.m. Monday, May 6, in Room 5 of the State Office Building.

The State Office Building is located at 100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard in St Paul.

The House conferees are:

The Senate conferees are:

Conference committee documents:

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Daily Education Bill Introductions — April 23, 2019

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

See the Senate and House education bill introductions below for April 23, 2019.

Visit The MSBA Advocate for updates each day bills are introduced.

House Education Bill Introductions April 23rd 2019

No bills were introduced in the Senate today.

For more information, please visit our website.

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Commissioner Ricker to visit Forest Lake High School to tour CTE programs and discuss education budget

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Source: Minnesota Department of Education

On Monday, April 22, Education Commissioner Mary Cathryn Ricker will visit Forest Lake High School to tour their Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs and host a roundtable discussion with school district leaders, teachers, students, and local officials on Governor Tim Walz’s proposed education budget.

The governor’s budget makes a historic investment in schools to close funding gaps so that every child has a good teacher, can receive individual attention, and has access to the materials they need to develop the knowledge and skills to compete in today’s economy. In total, Governor Walz’s One Minnesota education budget invests $718 million in additional pre-K through grade 12 education funding over the next two years, and $159 million in additional funding to support Minnesota’s higher education system, including $47 million in grants to students.

WHO: Education Commissioner Mary Cathryn Ricker, NBCT School district leaders, teachers, students, and local officials of Forest Lake School District.

WHAT: Commissioner Ricker will visit Forest Lake High School to tour their Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs and host a roundtable discussion with school district leaders, teachers, students, and local officials on Governor Tim Walz’s proposed education budget

WHEN: 9 a.m. Monday, April 22, 2019

WHERE: Forest Lake High School, 6101 Scandia Trail North, Forest Lake, MN 55025

Contact Wendy Hatch at wendy.hatch@state.mn.us with any questions.

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