Department news

REA introduces new tool to help teachers create assignments for students
The Office of Research, Evaluation and Assessment (REA) has introduced “Minnesota’s Perspective,” a tool that gives teachers instructional options to fit each student. Perspective uses student responses to provide feedback and learning resources that target the student's specific areas for remediation and enrichment. The system has individually targeted instructional resources based on each student’s test results -- and also enables teachers to create assignments for individual students and learning groups. Perspective also is available for students and their guardians.

  • Perspective  - Quick Start Guide for Educators
  • Perspective - Guide for Families

The links above contain easy-to-follow instructions with screenshots. You also can find them on the REA website.

Secondary English Learners programming guidelines
Visit the Office of Multilingual Learning website for guidance in scheduling core classes for Secondary English Language (EL) students.

Year 1 teachers who missed iPad rollout events may now pick up their iPads
Teachers who missed the iPad rollout events may now pick up their iPads. The service desk at Technology Services will facilitate iPad distribution. You can submit a service ticket at http://servicedesk.spps.org. The service desk will verify eligibility and set up an hour-long appointment in room 1101 at 1930 Como Ave. The appointment is needed to help with iPad setup. A limited number of appointments are available 7 to 9 a.m. Tuesdays and 2 to 4 p.m. Thursdays.

Technology Services will retire connect.spps.org website
Technology Services on Nov. 30 will retire their old website connect.spps.org. If you have bookmarked pages on your website, please update your web pages if they have hyperlinked to connect.spps.org before Nov. 30. The Technology Services website is now available at http://it.spps.org. If you have questions or need further assistance, contact the service desk at http://servicedesk.spps.org.

Schedule American Indian education classes, activities at your school
The American Indian Education Program is available to bring American Indian activities and classes to your school.

Randolph Heights fifth-graders recently got a hands-on lesson about the drying process of Indian Corn. The students shucked corn, which was boiled while students listened to a corn creation story. The students then used a spoon to pluck each kernel off the cobs. After that, the corn dried for four days, and then students tasted Indian Corn soup.

The activity taught students how American Indians use oral stories to pass wisdom down through generations.

If schools, families and teachers are interested in hosting American Indian activities and classes in their building, contact the American Indian Education Program at 651-293-5191.

Attend an Open Enrollment Information Session
SPPS Open Enrollment is Nov. 3-14. The plan will be effective Jan. 1, 2015.

You have several chances to learn more and ask questions about the SPPS medical plan choices and new dental carrier during five information sessions this month.

The informational sessions will be:

  • 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. Monday, Nov. 10, at 360 Colborne St. in Rooms A & B
  • 3 p.m., 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 13, at 360 Colborne St. in Rooms E & F
  • 3 p.m., 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 14, at 360 Colborne St. in Rooms D, E, & F

Flu shots will be available at all sessions. If you can’t attend one of these sessions in person, the same presentations will be available on the Human Resources website.

The information sessions are not intended for online enrollment completion. If you would like to complete your open enrollment online after your questions are answered, Human Resources staff will be available to assist you, and the computer training lab will be open.

Peer Assistance and Review available for tenured PreK-12 teachers
Do you have a professional goal you would like support in reaching? Have you switched schools and need assistance adjusting? Are you teaching a new grade level and/or content area? Do you want to reflect on instructional practices in the classroom?

Peer Assistance and Review (PAR) consulting teachers are able to coach, consult and/or collaborate. Peer Assistance and Review is a program of SPPS and the Saint Paul Federation of Teachers to support teachers in developing and refining instructional practices.

Requests will be filled based on availability of PAR consulting teachers. Register on PD Express with the title PAR: Tenured Teacher Coaching/Collaboration. Then contact Niceta Thomas at niceta.thomas@spps.org or 651-744-4207 to set up an initial appointment with a PAR consulting teacher.

Host a flu shot clinic at your school's event
Homeland Health Specialists and the Minnesota Visiting Nurse Agency provide flu shot clinics in schools for families and the surrounding community. Interested schools are invited to schedule flu shot clinics.

If you have a family night or other event scheduled and expect at least 200 attendees, consider hosting a flu shot clinic. For more information, contact Brenda Johnson at 763-746-8060, Jeanne R. Portoghese at 612-617-4512 or portoghesej@mvna.org, or visit www.homelandhealthspecialist.com. Kohl's and Children's Hospitals and Clinics sponsor the flu shot clinics in schools.