Learning Matters

Learning Matters is the Minnesota Department of Education's bi-monthly newsletter. It provides education-related news and information on agency initiatives and events. Each issue features a selection of recent news stories from the department, various media sources--our new agency blog--bloggED, and upcoming events.
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Learning Matters, February 28, 2017
Graduation rates continue to increase as gaps close; MDE seeks sponsors for 2017 Summer Food Service Program;  February 22 declared school bus driver appreciation day; Parents and libraries helping kids get ready for Kindergarten with 1,000 Books Before K; Commissioner Cassellius issues statement about federal guidance and transgender/gender nonconforming youth; Provide feedback on new draft physical education standards.

Learning Matters, January 27, 2017
Paraprofessional Recognition Week; Commissioner Cassellius began career in education as a paraprofessional; Governor Dayton proposes education budget focused on expanding opportunities; 12 districts expanding broadband; Minnesota's top five moments for education in 2016; Education in the new and upcoming events.

Learning Matters, August 12, 2016
This fall, 3,302 Minnesota 4-year-olds will attend voluntary pre-kindergarten, free of charge; Family-Style Summer Learning Guest Blog; Back-to-School Corner; MDE Website Refresh; Education news, Upcoming events and more.

Learning Matters, July 22, 2016
Thank you to everyone who attended the July 20 ESSA meeting--in person or online, more summer learning stories in bloggED, latest education news, PreK-3 Implementation Professional Learning Series scheduled in August and other upcoming events, including the Annual Back-to-School Superintendent's Conference.

Learning Matters, July 6, 2016
Join Commissioner Cassellius for July 20 ESSA meeting (public welcome), $78 Million in Education Investments, Minnesota's New World Language Achievement Seals, Agency-wide Commitment to Summer Learning, Upcoming events, and education news from around the state.

Learning Matters, June 13, 2016
Minnesota's 500+ Migrant Families, Voluntary Pre-K Opportunities, Continued Investments in Education, New resource for Social Studies Teachers, the latest from BloggED,  education in the news and more.

Learning Matters, May 20, 2016
Meet the 2016 Scholars of Distinction, 2016 Presidential Scholars and Minnesota's newest Teacher of the Year; Kindergarten Entry Profile seeking participants; Blog: Start Early to Build Healthy Eating Habits, education in the news,  upcoming events and more.

Learning Matters, April 25, 2016
2016 Green Ribbon Schools Announced, Three Minnesota Students Among National Poster Contest Winners, Minnesota's Impressive Youth Council, Help to Prepare for GED, Meals Get Healthier, from our blog and more.

Learning Matters, April 1, 2016
Commissioner completes her tour of all 4- and 5-time Reward Schools, MN.IT Nominated for 2016 StateScoop 50 Awards, Book Anti-Bullying and Tolerance Presenations for young students, Public meetings to learn more about the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), Upcoming events and a selection of education news from around the state.

Learning Matters SPECIAL EDITION, March 16, 2016
This week, Governor Mark Dayton announced his 2016 budget, which included important investments in education that will provide better support for schools and ensure every child has access to a great teacher and an excellent education.

Learning Matters, February 24, 2016
Minnesota's graduation rates continue to rise; Summer food sponsors needed; Introducing Ebooks Minnesota; Upcoming Events, Adult Education facts, select education news stories from around the state.

Learning Matters, February 10, 2016
Department accepting Licensure Via Portfolio applications, Career and Technical Education month; Summer Food Program sponsors sought; library program targets underserved youth; Help Me Grow services recognized; education news stories from around the state and upcoming events.

Learning Matters, January 29, 2016
Assessing and Improving School Climate; Literacy in Disabilities Camp; Summer Teacher Institutes; Latest from BloggED and a selection of education news from around the state.

Learning Matters, January 7, 2016
Twenty-two Celebration Schools Announced; Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Celebration at the Ordway on January 18; Studying Whales in Antartica; CareerOneStop Goes Mobile, GetSTEM seeking ambassadors; Upcoming events, Education in the news and more.

Learning Matters, December 3, 2015
Minnesota Indian 2015 Education Update; Tom Melcher, MDE School Finance Director receives Distinguished Service Award; U.S. DOE launches new online resources for parents, teachers, students; Crookston after-school reading program honored, Mini Grants opportunity; Upcoming events; and education in the news.

Learning Matters, November 18, 2015
Kelliher schools win Gold of Distinction award, Head Start Family Night at Children's Museum; Blog features Sleepy Eye Elementary recently named 2015 Blue Ribbon School, Upcoming Gifted Learners Workshop, selection of education news from around the state and more.

Learning Matters, October 30, 2015
2015 NAEP scores released, Minnesota awarded nutrition grants, new principal evaluation, professional development resources, pilot opportunity, upcoming events, latest from bloggED, and education news from around the state.

Learning Matters, October 12, 2015
Celebrate Unity Day on October 21; Seven Minnesota Schools Among 2015 National Blue Ribbon Honorees; New Bullying Prevention Resources, Data Systems Receive 7 Million in Grant Awards, Education in the News; Latest from bloggED; Education in the News; Upcoming events.

Learning Matters, September 29, 2015
Student Expo features high-quality afterschool programs and projects; New report released, Building Strong Readers in Minnesota, Minnesota ACT Scores Top in the Nation, 10 Years Running, Education in the News, the latest from BloggED and more.