May 2018 Member Newsletter
Summer Leadership Conference Registration Deadline Extended to May 25! Don't Miss Out!
Summer Leadership Conference
June 18-20 at Arrowwood/Alexandria

  • Clay Cook, University of Minnesota
  • Stephanie Graff, MDE
  • Dawn Zimmerman, The Write Advantage
In addition to conferences, we have a lot of other PD to offer!
Celebrate Your Students - Nominate Your Academic All-Stars!
It is time to nominate your students as Academic-All Stars! All Minnesota K-12 teachers, administrators and academic challenge coordinators are invited to designate students as "Academic All-Stars" to be eligible to attend the 2018 Gathering of Champions. This free annual celebration and recognition of student excellence is sponsored by Synergy & Leadership Exchange and its educational partners. The 2018 Gathering of Champions will be held at the Mall of America on Friday, August 3. 

Administrative Services
CPC Spring Ordering Update
Spring ordering season is in full swing. For ultimate efficiency, use our quick and easy shopping solution, the Express

Do your teachers like to use Requisition Forms to place their orders? Have you seen the recently completed spring paper catalog? Find all of this on our website by clicking this link.

Contact Shareen Neumann with questions about Cooperative Purchasing Connection at
TimeClock Plus

Is your district looking for a time keeping software? TimeClock Plus may be the solution.

What is TimeClock Plus? TimeClock Plus is a time keeping software that is available through SWWC at an additional cost. Demographic data for a newly hired employee and existing employee can be electronically transferred from SMART System into the TimeClock Plus database. Employee hours and leave can be exported from TimeClock Plus into your Smart System, streamlining your payroll process. The system has many capabilities, is web based and accessible via the Internet. SWWC provides support for TimeClock Plus including setup and ongoing training. 

If you have questions or are interested in more information, contact Bethany at 507-537-2274 or
Don't miss out on our Fiscal Year-End Trainings!
June 14: Finance YE Training Workshop – Slayton
June 18: Finance YE Training Workshop – Marshall
June 25: Finance YE Training Workshop – Willmar

Discover the World & Outer Space Through Google Expeditions Virtual Reality Kit
SWWC has made virtual reality possible through a grant from Minnesota Telemedia. SWWC received two sets of Google Expeditions VR Kits for use by K-12 schools that are a member of the SWWC. Each kit contains a teacher device, 30 student devices, 30 viewers, and a router that allows the student devices to “travel” to the classroom destination. The student devices do not need Internet and will not be connected to your school’s wireless network. The kits are completely self-contained and very easy to share amongst multiple classrooms in a school and even multiple schools in a district. Schools will be able to check-out and borrow the kits for use in their schools free of charge, with the exception of shipping costs when necessary. Schools can reserve a kit and use it for 1 week. There are over 230 expeditions to choose from. To view the expedition list that are available please visit

To inquire about open dates and reserve a kit, please contact our Helpdesk at
Education Services
Teaching & Learning Updates
Upcoming Professional Development

June 5-6: STEM Academy
June 11: New to PBIS
June 13: Data Training and Focus Groups
June 13: Visual Phonics
June 18 - 20: Summer Leadership Conference 2018 -- Arrowwood

August 17: School District Summer Data Mine

Find more information and register at
2018-19 Student Conference Dates

Mark your calendars for the three student conference dates next year!

Conference for Young Artists: October 25, 2018
Conference for Young Writers: January 9, 2019
Science and Nature Conference: May 15, 2019

Keep up to date with Student Enrichment Events at
Information From SWWC Partners

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