May 2019 Member Newsletter

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April 2019 SWWC Facilities Update
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Upcoming RMIC-Region IV Workshops

May 20: Payroll FYE Workshop – Willmar
May 21: Payroll FYE Workshop – Marshall
May 23: UFARS and SPED Workshop Presented by Deb Meier and Paul Ferrin from MDE- Marshall
June 25: UFARS YE Workshop – Slayton
June 26: UFARS YE Workshop – Willmar
June 27: UFARS YE Workshop – Marshall 

Long Term Facility Reminder

A quick reminder for school districts to review your 10 year plan for LTFM. MDE has not posted the spreadsheets yet but you can use last years and update it for FY 2020 and beyond. Once MDE has the spreadsheets posted you can copy and paste your changes and send them with other required documentation by July 31, 2019. 

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Education Services
New/Newer Special Education Teacher Cohort
It is time to get staff registered for the New/Newer Special Education Teacher Cohort for the 2019-20 school year! Our goal is to continue to work on developing the capacity with the SWWC Service Cooperative Districts to support new/newer special education staff to ensure staff feel they have the greatest level of success, and ultimately students receive the greatest level of achievement.

This program is designed on the “Gradual Release” model. The greatest focus is on due process however, there is also focus on the unique aspects of special needs instruction and behavior. General induction such as district policy and procedures, district curriculum, and related issues are the responsibility of the member district.  You are invited to register your staff to participate during the 2019 - 2020 school year designed to increase your teacher’s capacity to work effectively and successfully as a special education teacher. Please review the included documents to determine which pathway best fits their needs.

Once you have decided the pathway for that specific staff member, complete the registration form including all required information and email Cassandra Johnson, , the completed forms. A response will be sent with confirmation of their registration and information regarding registration for the workshops/trainings throughout the school year.

News from our Partners
From Planning to Implementation: Creating a Customized Plan for a District’s Future

Strategic and systematic thinking are the hallmarks of districts positioned for future growth. But where do you begin? How does a district move from planning to implementation and what are the steps to achieve a successful facility-related project?

Understanding the needs of a district is paramount to the planning process where facility improvements, programmatic initiatives, and 21 st Century learning environments continue to drive education forward. Districts need to engage their communities, define needs, navigate funding, communicate effectively, select a delivery model, and establish a plan for on-going facility operations. The ICS team provides the knowledge, skills, and tools to help districts craft a vision, plan the approach, fund the work, manage the construction, and maintain overall operations. That is how ICS has helped to pass over $500 Million in referenda this past year. To find out more about integrating the intricate process of planning, funding, design, construction and on-going facility operations for your district, contact Karen Olson at 651-728-1880 or .

Save the Date for Camp Read-A-Lot 2019!
When: August 7-8, 2019
Where: Prairie’s Edge Casino, Granite Falls
Day 1: PreK – 4th Grade, Author David LaRochelle
Day 2: 5th – 12th Grade, Author John Coy

Reading lists (Choose one for each day you plan to attend)

Book Repair Workshop
August 29, Willmar Public Library, 1:00 – 4:30 (lunch provided) 
August 20, Slayton Public Library, workshop 9:30 – 1:00 (lunch provided) 
Early Registration for School Librarians! Register Register at this link.
Workshop: This is a hands-on workshop designed to demonstrate quick and easy techniques for extending shelf life on general circulating materials in public and school libraries. We will discuss book triage and whether a book is worth saving. Each participant will learn common repairs: tipping in loose pages, broken spines, torn headers, loose or broken hinges, and ripped pages. I will provide tools and materials, and a packet listing where to purchase supplies and how to make the repairs, as well as links to videos.
Please bring actual books from your collection that need these types of repairs: Broken spine - Loose or broken hinge - Torn header - Loose page - Ripped page 

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