Member Newsletter
  October 2016  
SWWC Receives SLEDS Grant
Minnesota's Statewide Longitudinal Education Data System (SLEDS) announces a new Data Use Training and Technical Assistance Network.  SWWC will play a vital role by serving the southwest planning region. By supporting SLEDS, SWWC can better serve members and partners and help them make more informed decisions using the most up-to-date source of data about K-12 students and their transitions to college and the workforce.  A Regional Education Analyst (REA) will be located in each of six planning areas, encompassing the entire state.  REAs will put a personal face on SLEDS and will proactively work with local schools, districts, colleges and workforce agency staff to facilitate local needs assessments, and encourage and support use of SLEDS data to inform policy making and program decisions. They will be the go-to people for help with using education and regional analysis, and career planning information.
Proposed REA project activities will include:
  • Train state, local and partnering agency staff on how to use education data and related information for decision making.
  • Initiate and coordinate local education analysis activities in partnership with the state, LEAs and communities, including providing tools and expertise necessary for planning and program evaluation.
  • Initiate and facilitate projects involving external partners.
  • Oversee special regional studies and projects related to education, including college and career planning.
  • Coordinate and conduct original education data analysis.
  • Serve as an expert education data resource to LEAs, colleges, workforce staff and programs, and partner agencies.
  • Determine education research and information resource needs and pursue appropriate responses.
  • Respond to requests for information and analysis.
Contact Lisa Gregoire with any questions a
Administrative Updates
Audit Reminders
A reminder for districts as you begin to wrap up your Fiscal Year 2016 audits to publish your District Revenues and Expenditures. Budget Publications must be completed within one week of the acceptance of the final audit by the board, or November 30th, whichever is earlier. Materials must be posted on the district's official website and a summary of the information and the address of the district's official website where the information can be found must be published in a qualified newspaper or general circulation. (Minn. Stat. 123B.10, Subd 1.) You can download the required form by clicking here

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Mark Your Calendar - March 12-13, 2017 - Pi pestone
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

Red Rock Ridge Alternative Learning Center Receives Grant! 
The RRR ALC received a $3,000 grant from SW MN Private Industry Council. The vision surrounding the grant is to work in partnership to ensure that our young adults have access to the services they need to become self-sufficient and successful. PIC staff will work individually with students in achieving that goal. Students will also be participating in a variety of activities centered on life skills, career and personal goals. THANK YOU, Private Industry Council! 

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

Children's Author and Illustrator Program
Encourage the love of reading and inspire students to write and illustrate.  SWWC Student Activities has invited Julia Cook and Gordon Fredrickson to travel around and visit your schools. Presenters will walk through their journey of how they create ideas for books and illustrations; explain what it takes to be an author or an illustrator and show the end result; getting kids excited about writing. Register your school to give K-6 elementary students an opportunity to use their imaginations to start creating their own book.  This program is available for a half day, full day or multiple day residencies. Days will fill up fast, so get your registration in by November 3. The full brochure and registration form is on our website. 

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 2016 Professional Development Catalog.  

We  have a wide variety  of workshops and trainings scheduled throughout the region. 

Click the image at right to view the catalog.


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