Member Newsletter
  November 2016  
Mental Health Training From the Comfort of Your Desk! 
We are offering a new webinar series focused on mental health issues that will take place throughout the rest of the 2016-17 school year. Each webinar is one hour and take place after school hours. Several meet MN relicensure requirements!

For more information, click here for the series flyer (which is pictured at right). 

Register at  

Contact Paige Thompson with any questions a t

Don't miss out on the Grow Our Own Summit!

During the summit, you'll become educated and inspired to take action that will benefit your own business, organization, school, community or family. 

Who should attend? Employers and business leaders; elected officials; civic, community and nonprofit leaders; educators; and interested individuals are encouraged to attend.  For more information and to register, visit the SWIF website at
Administrative Updates
The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)
This new ruling is effective December 1, 2016. This means the pay period that includes December 1st (for example, if your pay periods are 11/24/2016 -12/08/2016, it will be effective 11/24/2016).

A couple of the changes include:
- Increased minimum salary level from $455 per week to $913 per week ($47,476 annualized)
- Increased minimum annual salary for highly compensated employee exemption from $100,000  annually to $134,004 annually
To be considered exempt, an employee must generally meet a three part test:
- Salary Basis
- Salary Level
- Job Duties

More information can be found on the Department of Labor website:  

Cooperative Purchasing Connection - SwedeBro Surfacing
When the City of Richfield Operations Manager Mark Hall noticed the concrete floors in the city's public works building were starting to deteriorate, he decided to resurface now rather than replace down the road. He saved time and money using the Cooperative Purchasing Connection contract with SwedeBro, a company known throughout the state for its high quality workmanship.

"It worked out great for us," said Hall. "We're very, very pleased with it."

Contact Shareen Neumann for more information on this and other CPC vendors at

Need Google? Talk to Kara! 

Submit a Presentation Proposal!
Be an integral part of our 11th Annual Education Technology Conference and make a lasting impact on hundreds of attendees!
This year's conference will be held at the Pipestone Area High School on March 12 and 13, 2017.
Presentation Proposals for our 3, 4 or 6 hour Pre-Conference Workshops being held from 12pm to 6:30pm on Sunday, March 12 allow you to provide an in-depth explorative or hands-on session for conference participants. 

Additionally, proposals for our 45 minute concurrent sessions on Monday, March 13, will allow you to highlight and share some of the newest innovations in EdTech!
This is IT2 2017 is an Education Technology Conference for Administrators, Technology Leaders and Support Staff, Technology Integrationists, Media Center Staff and Teachers alike! If you have a story to tell that impacts any of these groups, now is your opportunity.

For more information and to submit your proposal, click this link

Education Updates
There are many professional development opportunities this fall in SpEd and T&L. You can see the full list at  

PBIS New Cohort 13
The applic ation is now availab le for Cohort 13 -- and it's due January 11, 2017. Why PBIS?
  • PBIS is a school-wide consistent approach to creating a positive school culture
  • Prevention focused with evidence based practices for Multi-Tiered Systems of Support
  • Research indicates that students learn better in a positive environment
  • With the new ESSA requirements, the new state report card MAY see schools needing to report measures of school quality, climate, safety, and rates of in-school suspensions
Many more details can be found here! Contact Teresa Hunt with questions at

Student Activities Updates
More information about all the activities listed below can be found on our website at

Mark Your Calendars!
Creative Writing Contest - Submission Deadline January 20, 2017
Conference for Young Writers - January 4, 2017
Science and Nature Conference - May 10, 2017

Read the  Fall Review - click the image at right!


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