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Department News: April 24, 2017

  • ReImage Minnesota art exhibit opening is April 24
    People are calling for changes in the Minnesota State Capitol art because of its inaccurate, offensive depictions of indigenous people, and its absence of other communities of color. ReImage Minnesota is a place for students, artists and community members to share art that reflects all Minnesotans, while working together to make changes in current Capitol art.

    Come honor SPPS students from American Indian Magnet and LEAP High School who have art displayed in the ReImage Minnesota exhibit on Monday, April 24. There will be a light meal available at 5 p.m., and a short program at 6 p.m. SPPS employees may sign up on PDExpress to receive clock hours.

    Space available in summer iLearn Institutes
    iLearn is a four-day training using iPad to connect, imagine, create, produce and share. Each day will follow a theme as participants work with Apple core apps to design and develop curriculum materials and activities. Participants will receive a stipend and clock hours.

    English Language Literacy iLearn Institute for PreK-12 teachers is July 31-Aug. 3. See the English Language Literacy flyer.

    Clips, new Apple app now in Self Service

    Clips is a new video creation app made by Apple. Clips allows you to quickly and easily make videos overlayed with graphics, text, audio and filters. Clips will be available for students and staff this week.

    S-Term decreases summer learning loss
    Students will experience the benefits of attending Summer Term by being better prepared for success next school year. S-Term enrollment is now open, and will continue until sessions and programs are filled to capacity.

    Families can register by:

    • Visiting and following the link to register online.
    • Visiting and printing a registration form/mailing it to the Student Placement Center.
    • Receiving an application form from school and mailing it to the Student Placement Center. If parents/guardians return the application to school, school staff can either mail or scan/email the form to

    Stay up to date with the MLL newsletter
    The April 19 issue of the Multilingual Learning newsletter is now available.

    Register your school for Bike/Walk to School Day
    National Bike/Walk to School Day is Wednesday, May 10. Get your school involved with an organized remote bus-drop-and-walk, an organized all-school walk during the day, or a promotional campaign. Flyers, letters, signs and other promotional materials are available upon request.

    Track and record your total building participation rate (both staff and students) to be entered into competition for the SPPS Golden Wheel trophy. For more information, contact Carol Grady at 651-744-7834.

    Summer professional development
    Summer offers many opportunities for professional development. Please visit the district’s professional development webpage and PDExpress to learn about the sessions.

    Requests for Fall 2017 Self Service: iPad apps, websites, Mac apps
    Requests for next year’s Self Service iPad apps, websites and Mac apps are being accepted and reviewed through May 15. All requests must be reviewed for content and data security.

    Submit requests using the Apps Approval Ticket in the Technology Services ticketing system until May 15.

    Approved apps will be listed and available for student download during Fall 2017. There is a limit on the number of apps Self Service can sustain. Current apps with low volume use may be removed, and not all app requests can be approved.

    Attend ‘A Good Time for the Truth: Race in America’ workshop
    The SPPS Multicultural Center and Minnesota Historical Center are co-sponsoring a workshop about the book, A Good Time for The Truth: Race in Minnesota, from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, April 29 at the Minnesota History Center.

    The workshop will begin with a panel discussion and Q&A with three authors whose essays are in the book, followed by two sessions that connect the book's themes back to the classroom. The workshop is free, but registration is required. Clock hours will be provided.

    2017 monthly retirement insurance sessions
    Human Resources will hold its final meeting about district retirement insurance information, including personnel policies, retiree insurance benefits and details on the severance program. The meeting is Tuesday, May 16 at 4 p.m. in Room A at at the SPPS Administration Building, 360 Colborne St.

    The seminar is open to all employees and their spouses; however, space is limited. If you would like to attend, reservations will be taken on a first-come basis.

    Please indicate your name, employee ID, job title, if a spouse will be attending with you, and date of attendance. Phone reservations will not be accepted. You will receive a confirmation email.

    Schoology 101 professional development for teachers
    The class covers overall course design, posting assignments, using the gradebook, account settings and course updates as a communication tool. There are separate sections for elementary and secondary staff. Participants receive a stipend and relicensure credit for the technology requirement. See PDExpress to register.  

    • Date:  May 10
    • Time:  Secondary 2:30-4:30 p.m.; Elementary 4:30-6:30 p.m.
    • Location:  345 Plato Blvd. E, St. Paul, MN 55107
    • PDExpress Course Code: Elementary (P_L1604), Secondary (P_L1603)

    Personalized learning through technology professional development offerings
    Are you looking to build your technology integration skills? The Department of Personalized Learning now offers both in-person and online professional development courses. Online courses are offered through Schoology.

    The following in-person professional development courses are now available in PDEXpress:

    • May 4: iPad Cafe (P_L1655)
    • May 10: Schoology 101 for Elementary (P_L1604), Secondary (P_L1603)
    • May 24: Schoology Gradebook, Secondary teachers (P_L1632)

    Many professional development opportunities will be available in June and August, including the popular iLearn Academy.

    Racial equity professional development opportunity
    BD and a Bite is a monthly event where people who attended Beyond Diversity have an opportunity to practice using the Courageous Conversations about Race protocol through discussions, reading articles, viewing videos and other modes. BD and a Bite provides a space for participants to further their personal and professional development in their racial equity journey.

    All SPPS staff who have completed the two-day Beyond Diversity seminar are invited to attend BD and a Bite sessions from 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. at the Multicultural Resource Center (MRC) at Washington Technology Magnet on:

    • May 11 - RE303-17Spring.C
    • June 1 - RE303-17Spring.D

    Register for BD and a Bite on PDExpress. Registration codes listed above.

    May Staff Yoga: L’Etoile du Nord French Immersion
    Staff Yoga classes continue at L’Etoile du Nord French Immersion next month. These classes are a great way to reduce stress and develop healthy sustainable self-care practices.

    L'Etoile du Nord French Immersion (lower campus):

    • Monday, May 1, 4:45-5:45 p.m.
    • Monday, May 8, 4:45-5:45 p.m.
    • Monday, May 15, 4:45-5:45 p.m.

    Register for the staff yoga series at L'Etoile du Nord French Immersion.

    Financial Education presentation: Mortgage
    A mortgage specialist will discuss important things to consider when applying for a mortgage, refinancing and using a line of credit for your home. The May presentation is from 5-6:30 p.m., Thursday, May 11 at 360 Colborne St.

    Make a Better You training: Navigating stress
    Cumulative stress can wear down a person both physically and mentally, reducing our ability to overcome the multiple stress factors in our lives. This training will help participants identify cumulative stress and discuss options to cope. The training will be held from 4:30 - 5:30 p.m., Monday, April 24 at 360 Colborne St.