June 24 issue of Learning Matters

Minnesota Department of Education


June 22, 2014

Agency News

Family Engagement Summits 

Attendees from the Faribault Summit Engaging Somali Families for Student Success

Recognizing family engagement and outreach as a critical component in closing the achievement gap, a series of summits are taking place around the state. In Faribault, the recent Engaging Somali Families for Student Success summit brought parents, school administrators, teachers and community partners together. "Parents are an asset; without them we cannot close this gap,” explained Assistant Commissioner Elia Bruggeman.

Graduation 2014 Captured in Photos

Pre-school Graduation Day

This month, students from across Minnesota are celebrating a tremendous accomplishment: Graduation! These students will take the knowledge they have gained over the years and start a brand new journey... Take a look on the Blog.

Students: Keep Learning This Summer!

Research shows that students can lose important math and reading skills over the summer months, so it is essential that students find ways to further their learning during the summer. The Minnesota Department of Education has partnered with MetaMetrics® to provide FREE tools that make summer learning easy. Parents: Help your students retain the math and reading skills they learned during the school year, while ramping up their skills for the fall. Visit our Summer Learning web page.

By the Numbers

We're Number Three!

Forbes Magazine shares the Rankings for The Best (and Worst) States to Make a Living. Visit the Forbes Website for more.

Reading Still Beats Out Fast Food?

There are approximately 16,660 public libraries in the U.S. and 13,358 McDonalds...

Education in the News

Faribault Public Schools Host Summit on Somali Student Success

The Minnesota Department of Education is focused on closing an education gap... Read full Faribault Daily News story.

Keep Your Learning Muscles Active This Summer

For many families, we are just getting into our summer routine. We’ve forgotten about books and learning. Read Le Sueur-News Herald piece.

"Keep their Minds Engaged in Wonder": Educators' Advice About Summer Learning

What parents can do to encourage continued learning during the summer. Read more on Twin Cities Daily Planet.

Minnesota Middle, High School Students to Take ACT Next Year

Next school year, most Minnesota middle and high school students will take a version of the ACT. Read full St. Cloud Times story.

Recent BloggED posts

School is Out – What Happens to Children Relying on School Meals?

Mother takes her two young children to Summer Food Service site

Children are ready to enjoy summer, but for too many, summer means missing meals when school meal programs are unavailable. The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) ensures children and teens under age 18 have access to free, safe, nutritious meals. Read more on BloggED.

What's New?

Employment Outcomes Tool

A new data tool that students can use to determine which fields have the best opportunities for jobs and wages from various programs of study was unveiled recently by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED). "The tool will give students a clearer picture of the Minnesota labor market and what fields of study offer favorable career opportunities,” said DEED Commissioner Katie Clark Sieben. “At the same time, planners can use the tool to develop training and educational programs that fit employer needs." Visit the DEED website to access the tool.