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  • 12 Nov 2019 9:58 AM | Quinn Meyer (Administrator)

    Calling all LGBTQ community and allies: You're invited to attend the public hearing on the Minneapolis conversion "therapy" ban.

    Monday, 11/18 at 12:30pm Rally 1:30pm Hearing
    Minneapolis City Hall 350 S 5th St, Minneapolis, MN 55415

    RSVP here: outfront.org/hearing

    On Monday November 18th, the Minneapolis City Council will hear public testimony on a municipal ordinance banning conversion "therapy" within the city! This is a historic moment for our community and OutFront Minnesota is calling on all our supporters to join us at City Hall.

    There will be a rally before the public hearing at 12:30PM and then we will flood the gallery as we hear testimony from medical and mental health professionals, community and faith leaders, and from survivors themselves about why we need to ban this dangerous and discredited practice.

    Please join OutFront Minnesota on this historic day, as Minneapolis leads the charge in banning conversion "therapy" across the state!


  • 4 Nov 2019 9:04 AM | Quinn Meyer (Administrator)

    Call for Poster Proposals

    9th Annual Poster Session

    Midwinter Conference 2020

    MSPA is taking proposals for the 9th annual poster session as part of the Midwinter Conference on January 30th and 31st, 2020. We plan to display posters in the main hallways of the conference center during the conference with half of the posters on display on Day 1 and the other half of the posters to be displayed on Day 2. Poster proposals are due on November 20th, 2019. Authors will be notified of their acceptance status via email by December 6th, 2019.

    Poster presentations will be of two types: (a) original research studies and (b) summaries of innovative practices. Original research studies must include descriptions of the purpose of the study, research methods, results/discussion, and implications for practice. Summaries of innovative practices must provide a description of the innovative practice and how it has impacted outcomes where they have been implemented. Innovative practices with clear outcomes data will be given the highest priority.

    Authors will be expected to stand by their posters and answer questions during a brief poster session during the conference. The remainder of the time the posters will be displayed for conference attendees to review at their leisure. MSPA will provide poster boards and stands for visual display of content. More details will be provided upon acceptance of poster proposals.

    Please complete the attached Poster Presentation Application and submit to Dr. Kevin Filter at kevin.filter@mnsu.edu. Please also direct any questions to Dr. Filter before the application deadline of November 20th.

    MSPA Call for Posters 2020 Midwinter Conference.docx


  • 21 Oct 2019 12:39 PM | Quinn Meyer (Administrator)


    NASP and MSPA support the Social Justice objective to “Expand school psychologists’ skills in promoting equity and implementing non-discriminatory practices.” 

    The Penumbra Theater has extended its highly acclaimed play PIPELINE to November 3rd by playwright Dominique Morisseau which is grounded in her experience as a mother of color and a New York City teacher within an intimate, insightful, and heartbreaking drama of one mother’s anguish to keep her son safe.  The Broadway review states:

    Because Morisseau drops us into both public and private school dilemmas for people of color, we gain insight into the deep inequities in our educational systems in this country, though this never feels like an 'issue play' for two reasons: there is no grasping for simple resolutions and the characters are so thoroughly imagined.

    Further review at Talking Broadway  Note play has subsequently  been extended to November 3rd.

    Link to Penumbra Theatre


  • 14 Oct 2019 7:42 AM | Quinn Meyer (Administrator)

    On behalf of the MSPA board, it is our pleasure to wish you a happy Indigenous Peoples’ Day. On this day, MSPA encourages its members to take time to reflect on and appreciate the past and present of our First Nation people of the United States.

    Photo credit to the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community


  • 23 Sep 2019 12:33 PM | Quinn Meyer (Administrator)


    Great Read Aloud on an Important Topic

    Jitterbug, the chipmunk, wakes up anxious and determined to discover what has changed in her idyllic forest home. As she visits friends, discovers The Someone New, and hears his story, the reader gets a peek into the chipmunk’s worries. I admire the decision to give the reader so much insight into the Jitterbug’s anxiety. The ever-escalating “quiver in her tummy,” along with EG Keller’s brilliantly expressive illustrations, make it easy to relate to Jitterbug’s very real struggle. What a great opportunity to talk about the importance of listening to and examining feelings, with an awareness that fear sometimes hijacks logical thinking.

    Great picture books tell important stories to people of all ages. Young children will immediately recognize The Someone New as their new classmate. Older children might imagine The Someone New as a new classmate, but also a new family member or teacher. Others will reflect on The Someone New and think of someone who is new to our country, seeking a better, safer life. No matter the age, the ideal that “kindness is stronger than fear,” is one we can all aspire to.


  • 18 Sep 2019 8:24 AM | Quinn Meyer (Administrator)

    https://www.ncld.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/Evaluation-for-Specific-Learning-Disabilities-Allowable-Methods-of-Identification-Their-Implications.pdf

    Conclusion: "All of the federally permissible approaches have challenges. Across all of them, eligibility determinations can be arbitrary due to ineffective implementation or rigid cut scores."

  • 30 Aug 2019 2:54 PM | Quinn Meyer (Administrator)
    Press Release Minnesota Department of Education

    For Immediate Release

    Contact: Emily Bisek

    651-582-8554

    emily.bisek@state.mn.us

    August 29, 2019

    Previous Announcements

    Commissioner Ricker: ‘The state of our students is promising’

    New State of Our Students report, compiling multiple data points, including 2019 North Star results, reveals promising, comprehensive picture of Minnesota students

    ROSEVILLE, MN — Today, the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) released the State of Our Students report, a first-of-its-kind compilation of multiple data, including 2019 accountability data from the North Star accountability system. North Star data in the report show that no new schools are identified for support under the 2019 North Star data, beyond schools already receiving support from MDE.

    “The state of our students is promising, and it’s up to us to meet their promise with our support,” said Education Commissioner Mary Cathryn Ricker. “Too often, we condense our students down to one single data point, which eliminates everything about our students that make them who they are. By looking at a broader collection of data side-by-side, we can easily see the many things we have to celebrate about our students and the best strategies to support them to reach their full potential. My promise to our students is to continue seeing their strengths, persist alongside them and tackle the barriers that stand in their way.”

    The State of Our Students report finds:

    • The number of American Indian students taking the ACT has more than doubled since 2014.
    • ACT participation increased 70 percent for black students between 2014 and 2018.
    • 70 percent of black high school graduates enrolled in higher education within 16 months of graduation.
    • 76.3 percent of Hispanic students graduated high school in seven years.
    • Minnesota’s English learners speak 226 different languages all together.
    • The four-year graduation rate for students concentrating in Career and Technical Education (CTE), students completing 240 CTE course hours within one career field, is 92 percent.
    • 83.2 percent of all Minnesota students graduated high school in four years, the highest rate on record.
    • 62.8 percent of students with disabilities were educated in a general education classroom for at least 80 percent of their day.

    “The way we use data influences the decisions that we make. By looking at a more complete picture of our students, I am dedicated to find ways to best serve every student,” said Commissioner Ricker. “The State of Our Students report clearly tells me that our students take advantage of every opportunity brought to them. When we open the doors, our students bust through them. Our students’ potential, and their determination to succeed, is more than ambitious—it is promising for our future and meeting their ambition with our support that will turn Minnesota into the Education State.”

    The report shows that persistent gaps between student groups remain largely the same from 2018 to 2019.  For American Indian students, 57.6 percent consistently attended at least 90 percent of school days, compared to 78.8 percent of Hispanic students and 91.3 percent of Asian students.  2019 math achievement rates dipped slightly for all students in 2019, with rates for each individual student group following suit. Reading achievement rates held steady from 2018 to 2019, and gaps between student groups remained much the same.

    “Gaps needs to be closed,” said Commissioner Ricker. “Minnesota students face gaps in learning, housing, household income, health and more. That’s why I’m committed to finding ways to serve the whole child, so all children have the support they need to succeed in the classroom. If we keep doing the same things, we will keep getting the same results. I am committed to reimagining what education can be in the state of Minnesota. And that includes resisting the urge to rely on test scores as our sole indicator of progress.”


    North Star Accountability System

    The State of Our Students Report includes an update on Minnesota’s North Star accountability system launched in 2018 to identify schools for support. The North Star accountability system was developed over recent years in partnership with thousands of Minnesotans and dozens of community organizations to satisfy and align requirements of the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and the state’s World’s Best Workforce law (WBWF).

    North Star uses data from the five key indicators — achievement and progress on state reading and math tests over time, progress toward English language proficiency, graduation rates and consistent attendance. Under the system, the state is better able to identify schools that consistently perform at high levels across multiple domains and schools that need support in reaching their goals. The five indicators expand the use of data beyond test scores.


    Resources

    View an Excel file containing North Star accountability data, including achievement and progress on state reading and math tests over time, progress toward English language proficiency, graduation rates and consistent attendance.

    Parents and community members can review a variety of data points, including North Star data for schools and districts, by visiting the Minnesota Report Card. Visitors to the site will find information about schools recognized for excellence or prioritized for support. The report card includes a narrative provided directly from the local school as well as information about all schools and districts, including North Star results, staffing data, preschool participation, rigorous course-taking patterns and more. To comply with federal laws, changes have been made in the Minnesota report card to protect the identity of students. Data reported on less than 10 students in a category will no longer be available in the assessment reports on the Minnesota Report Card.


  • 21 Jul 2019 1:07 PM | Quinn Meyer (Administrator)

    It's NASP's belated PPI Virtual Hill Day (July 17)! Please join school psychologists on the Hill today in advocating for effective, evidence-based school safety policy by taking just *two minutes* to write to your legislators at this link (https://bit.ly/2JAfh8Q).

    You can find some sample tweets/social media posts in this document. And, don't forget to use the hashtag #NASPadvocates and tag your representatives! You may also find the resources on our comprehensive school safety critical issue page (especially the key messages resources) helpful in your message development efforts, as well as our Policy Playbook (available to members only).


  • 5 Jun 2019 12:46 PM | Quinn Meyer (Administrator)

    Hello MSPA Members,

    The Minnesota Departments of Human Services and Management and Budget are looking to partner with school districts or collaboratives of schools to offer a social emotional learning-based curriculum for middle schoolers to promote positive mental health and prevent substance use. Programming would start in fall 2020. The state will cover the costs to implement the curriculum for four years (from school year 2020-21 to 2023-24), including staff training and reimbursement of teacher or substitute training time, curriculum materials, and technical assistance.

    Apply now at: https://mn.gov/mmb/behavioral-wellness/

    Only a limited number of schools can be supported, so districts are encouraged to complete the application as early as July 15, 2019. As soon as districts apply, state staff will schedule a site visit. The application is expected to officially remain open until November 15, but the state may close the application process earlier depending on the number of applicants.

    The curriculum, called Life Skills Training (LST), is offered to middle school students over three consecutive years (6th-8th or 7th-9th grade). It works by helping to developstudents’ social and self-management skills. The curriculum is flexible and can be taught in a range of different existing courses, including health, physical education, home room, foundational courses, etc. LST is also aligned with CASEL’s five social emotional learning competencies (SEL) and may be beneficial for schools looking to implement evidence-based SEL models.  

    If you have questions or want to learn more, please email Lindsey Thompson at Lindsey.Thompson@state.mn.us.


  • 10 May 2019 3:20 PM | Quinn Meyer (Administrator)

    Please join the executive committee in congratulations and welcome to our newest board members

    Annie Mitty

    Victoria Balfany

    Ann Zaslofsky

    Damian Smith

    Dr. Sally Baas

    Sandy Pulles

    Tony Levinskas

    Kim Adams 

    We had a large slate of candidates and a competitive race.  We are so excited to see such passion around the good works of MSPA.


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