September 2018 Member Newsletter
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SWWC congratulates the schools recognized by MDE for Excellence in Reading Progress, Math Progress, Four-Year Graduation Rates, Progress Towards EL Proficiency and Attendance!

Congratulations to  Tyler Warren 
from Eden Valley-Watkins Public Schools,
the south central region's
MREA Educator of Excellence!
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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 one 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

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Don't Miss These Student Enrichment Registration Deadlines!

Spelling Bee
D on't let your students miss out on Spelling Bee fun! Register your school today and give your students, in grades 5-8, a challenge on spelling words.
Enroll with Scripps by October 15 AND with SWWC by October 30.
Visit for registration forms and fees.

Children's Author/Illustrator Program (K-6)
SWWC has lined up two great presenters for 2019: Terri DeGezelle Michels and David Geister . They will walk through the 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; and get kids excited about writing. Visits occur in the spring and can be half day, full day, or multiple day residencies.
Register by November 2.
Visit for the full brochure and registration form. 
Special Education Updates
SWWC Special Education Newer Teacher Cohort 2018-19

The New/Newer Special Education Teacher Cohort (NSTC) will provide supports and trainings throughout the 2018-19 school year. The goal of the NSTC is to develop capacity within SWWC member districts to support newer special education staff to ensure staff feel they have the greatest level of success, increase teacher retention with member districts, and ultimately to ensure students will receive the greatest level of achievement for student outcomes. The greatest focus will be on due process however, there is also focus on the unique aspects of special needs instruction. Teachers have been placed into three different training pathways that will target their needs based on their level of experience. Training is tailored towards their needs with continued supports throughout the school year.

Eighty-five teachers are participating from the following districts: ACGC, Adrian, BBE, Benson, BOLD, Cedar Mountain, Eden Valley-Watkins, Ellsworth, Glencoe-Silver Lake, Hendricks, KMS, Luverne, Lynd, MACCRAY, Marshall, Milroy, Montevideo, Murray County Central, Ortonville, Pipestone Area, Redwood Area, Round Lake-Brewster, Red Rock Central, Springfield, Westbrook-Walnut Grove, Willmar, Windom and Worthington. Teachers from SWWC's five educational learning centers are also participating.

For more information and to register New/Newer Teachers contact Cassandra Johnson, Due Process Specialist, or 320-231-5184 ext 2313.
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