October 2017 Member Newsletter
Fall Professional Development
Take advantage of the wide variety of professional development offerings through SWWC. If you don't see what you are looking for, contact Shelly Maes - we might be able to provide it!

View the full workshop list at www.swsc.org/workshops.
Click the image at right to read the Fall PD Catalog.
Fall 2017 Review


In this issue, read about: Camp Aspire ... Building Identity 2017 ... Live Well Initiative ... GREAT things happening at school districts ... and much, much more! Each school building in the region will also receive printed copies in the mail - so be watching for them!
Nominate an Outstanding Educator
The WEM Outstanding Educator Awards Program was created in support of teachers and their important role in helping all students excel academically. The program seeks to bring recognition to the unsung heroes who meet the challenges of teaching in a variety of settings.

The WEM Foundation honors in four areas: Teacher Achievement, Ethics in Education, Athletic Coach and Academic Challenge Coach. Each year, six honorees will be selected between these four categories and each will receive an unrestricted $15,000 gift and a crystal apple award.

Parents, students, administrators or colleagues are invited to nominate those who they believe make a difference in the lives of students. Complete a nomination form now!
SWWC's New Partnership with FJJ
SWWC is pleased to announce a partnership with FJJ Consulting to provide facility related services that will bring value to our members.
  • Make the most of your Long Term Facility Maintenance (LTFM) funding - FJJ can help with your 10-year plan!
  • Don't waste energy - FJJ can help with energy efficiency and monitoring!
  • Small projects can make a big difference - FJJ can help identify and implement solutions!

Contact Darin Jensen at darin.jensen@swsc.org to arrange a consultation with FJJ.

Mark Your Calendars for SWWC's 2017-18 Conferences!
  • Law Seminar for School Administrators: February 8, 2018; Marshall
  • This is IT2 Technology Conference: March 11-12, 2018; Redwood Falls
  • Behavior Conference: April 9, 2018; Marshall
  • Behavior Conference: April 10, 2018; Brookings
  • Annual School Business Conference: April 11, 2018; SMSU/Marshall
  • Summer Leadership Conference: June 18-20, 2018; Arrowwood/Alexandria
Administrative Services
Administrative Services Updates
Cooperative Purchasing Connection Announces Two New Contracts!
For more information, contact:
Shareen Neumann
Nocostco is a Minnesota based theatrical supply company. They provide a broad line of quality theatrical equipment and services that includes: stage lighting, stage drapery and rigging systems/solutions, miscellaneous equipment and supplies, site and safety inspections, installation and programming. Our membership benefit includes: 10% off stage lighting; stage rigging; draperies; and miscellaneous equipment and supplies. 7% off custom draperies.
Designline Products Group is another Minnesota based company that features a wide variety of products including: outdoor tables, chairs, benches, picnic tables, bike racks, bollards, tree grates, planters, recycling and trash receptacles, grills, fire rings and dog park products. Our member benefit is 8% discount on everything except grills, fire rings and dog park products. The discount on those items is 5%.
Workplace Wellness Solutions
Healthy, ergonomic work spaces can lead to happier and more productive employees. SWWC’s Cooperative Purchasing Program provides a wide array of tables, workstations, chairs, footrests and more to help you provide a comfortable work environment for your employees.
Data Disaggregation at MDE
In 2017, the MN State Legislature required districts to collect more detailed student data of the seven race and ethnicity categories set by the US Department of Education. Last year districts were informed about this change and the many subcategories to report . MDE has minimized the information to 4 to 9 subcategories under each race category. 

Five districts around the state will pilot and submit this data for 2018-19 school year. Each of the pilot districts are using a different student software to ensure these programs will report the data correct. The plan is then all districts will report this data starting with FY 2019-2020. The federal government will receive Minnesota’s information and compile for their reporting which will not be tied to immigration status at the state or federal level or elsewhere.
Risk Management Updates
Preventing the Flu: Good Health Habits Can Help Stop Germs
The single best way to prevent seasonal flu is to get vaccinated e ach year, but here are other ways to prevent the flu.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing.
  • Clean your hands often.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
  • Practice other good health habits like getting plenty of sleep, drinking plenty of water and eating nutritious food.
BUT ... If You DO Get Sick, Use Doctor on Demand!
No more waiting rooms, no more scheduling hassles. Doctor On Demand lets you see a doctor right away. All from your mobile device or computer. Within minutes you’ll be connected via video chat with a board-certified physician. They can diagnose, treat and even prescribe. Think of it like having your own personal doctor on call.

How does it work?
The Doctor On Demand app works with any smartphone, tablet, or computer with a front-facing camera. You can download the app from the App Store, Google Play, or access care via their website. Registration using your insurance information is simple and takes just minutes. When you need a doctor, you’ll be connected immediately to a U.S.-based provider for a face-to-face video visit. Any prescriptions are sent to the pharmacy of your choice.
Education Services
Teaching & Learning Updates
PBIS Cohort 14 - Applications Due January 18, 2018
PBIS is widespread throughout the state and is well represented in the SWWC region. PBIS is about building a positive culture throughout your building, analyzing data to help with decision making, decreasing behavior errors, and increasing student academic outcomes. It is not a “ new initiative ” but is, instead, a framework of ongoing support that is specific for your site. 

Teams can now apply for Cohort 14 training (Summer 2018-Spring 2020) on the MN PBIS website at http://pbismn.org/getting-started/application-for-school-training.php.

Contact Teresa Hunt with questions at teresa.hunt@swsc.org.


Fall PD Opportunities
  • World's Best Workforce Work Session - October 30
  • Minnesota Data, Reports & Resources with Holly Brunson, MDE - November 3
  • ParaPro Testing - November 8
  • New Teacher Center Pre-Implementation Meeting #2 - November 9
  • New Teacher Network for First Year Teachers - November 14
  • Intro to MN PE Standards with Mary Thissen-Milder, MDE - November 16
  • 504 Planning with Laura Tubbs Booth - November 28
  • Instructional Leadership Academy - November 30
Register for these and other workshops at w ww.swsc.org/workshops.


Upcoming Student Enrichment Events and Registration Deadlines
Find more information at www.swsc.org/studentactivities
Special Education Updates
Other Information
SMSU Health Careers Day - March 22, 2018
Save the date - share the information with your students! This is a great opportunity for students to explore career opporutnities! Read the Event Flyer.

Minnesota STEM Teacher Center
Educators across Minnesota are using the free resources at the Minnesota STEM Teacher Center to support their professional development and develop new classroom curriculum in mathematics and science. The site was produced in collaboration with the Minnesota Department of Education and is supported by the MN Council of Teachers and Mathematics, the Minnesota Science Teachers Assocation, and the Minnesota Technology and Engineering Educators Association. http://scimathmn.org/stemtc/
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