Action items

Teachers: Schedule a visit to the Como Planetarium
If you are a first or third grade classroom teacher, or an eighth grade earth science instructor, and have not yet scheduled a field trip to Como Planetarium this school year, schedule your program here by Friday, Feb. 19.

3M has fully funded the transportation costs for attending the planetarium’s standards-aligned, first and third grade programs. Follow your building's procedures for scheduling buses, and be sure to use “SSEI” as the budget code for your bus.

More information about the 2015-2016 SSEI experiences:

If you have questions, contact John Iverson at John.Iverson@spps.org.

Non-licensed staff interested in becoming a teacher: Attend an SPPS Urban Teacher Residency information session
Saint Paul Public Schools has partnered with the University of Saint Thomas to offer a new residency program that allows SPPS employees with bachelor’s degrees to earn a Minnesota teaching license and a master’s degree. During the SPPS Urban Teacher Residency (SUTR), residents will co-teach with an experienced teacher for a full academic year and receive $22,500 in tuition assistance from SPPS.If you are interested in this opportunity, fill out this

If you are interested in this opportunity, fill out this inquiry form.

To learn more about the residency program, attend the following information session:

  • Monday, Feb. 29 from 5-6 p.m., in Room D at 360 Colborne

Teachers, counselors, social workers, school psychologists and school nurses: 2016-17 school transfer information is now available
Teachers, counselors, social workers, school psychologists and school nurses who wish to transfer to another site for the 2016-17 school year can now apply for posted vacancies on the SPPS Careers website. Please check this site regularly for newly posted positions.

Fourth grade teachers: Register students for letter-writing contest
Registration is underway for the Twin Cities Postal Consumer Advisory Council (TCPCAC) annual Fourth Grade Letter Writing Contest. The topic for this year’s contest is “What Respect Means to Me, and Why.” The letters must be one page long, handwritten, properly formatted and addressed to Ted Kueppers.

Each class will have first-, second- and third-place winners. The Postmaster and a TCPCAC member will visit classes to award prizes. All letters will be returned to teachers. Monday, Feb. 29 is the deadline to return the registration to Lisa Sunderland at lisa.m.sunderland@usps.gov.

Download the registration form here, and read the RESPECT flyer here. After each registration is received, TCPCAC will send envelopes for students to use.

Staff: Evaluation underway of Teacher Development and Evaluation program
On behalf of Saint Paul Public Schools and the Saint Paul Federation of Teachers, the Teacher Development and Evaluation (TD&E) Oversight Committee has asked for an evaluation of the TD&E program. The Office of Research, Evaluation and Assessment began conducting an electronic survey on Feb. 3. SPPS administrators and members of the relevant SPFT bargaining units will receive SurveyMonkey survey invitations via email.

Voluntary input is being solicited through this survey. The TD&E Oversight Committee needs honest and candid feedback to build upon and improve the TD&E program. This is an opportunity to share your perspective. Responses are confidential.

General questions about TD&E can be directed to Amy Steele at amy.steele@spps.org and questions about the stakeholder survey to Holly Miller at holly.miller@spps.org.

Principals and District Supervisors: Important information for 2016-17 workforce planning
Workforce planning changes for the upcoming school year must be submitted with spring budgets to Human Resources using the Workforce Planning worksheet (to be distributed at a later date). The Workforce Planning Information Sheet document contains details about the Interview and Selection Process, as well as a Workforce Planning FAQ.

Teachers: Mid-Year reflections on TD&E Individual Growth and Development Plan in PDExpress
This winter, educators will reflect upon their Teacher Development and Evaluation Individualized Growth and Development Plan in PDExpress.

Mid-year reflections will be submitted for review and returned as "Not Approved" with comments. The “Not Approved” status allows the form to remain active for end-of-the-year reflections.

The mid-year reflection consists of two components and PDExpress provides two text boxes to answer these questions:

  1. Describe, analyze and reflect on the progress toward your goal. What did you learn about your practice?
  2. Moving forward, what specific action steps, approaches and/or strategies will you implement to achieve your goal? What adjustments need to be made?

If you have questions about TD&E, contact Amy Steele at amy.steele@spps.org and/or submit comments to the TD&E Feedback page.