Department news

John Bobolink named supervisor of American Indian Education Program
SPPS has named John Bobolink the supervisor of the Office of American Indian Education. Bobolink has served as the Office of Indian Education’s Lead Teacher since 2001. Bobolink, who is a member of the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe, was selected for his new role after an extensive search that included public input and community feedback. Bobolink replaces the office’s interim program liaison Elona Street-Stewart. Bobolink will begin his new position Monday, Dec. 1. Read more about Bobolink.

US Department of Education seeks nomination for outstanding African American educators
The U.S. Department of Education is seeking nominations for outstanding African American educators to profile and celebrate in their “Teachers Edition” newsletter. The profile template, which is available here, should be completed by the teacher who is being recommended. The nomination also needs to be returned in the same format. Teachers may provide feedback by adding a separate attachment to include their perspectives on the federal government’s role in supporting African American students and making suggestions for improvement.

Completed profiles should be sent on an ongoing basis to Charles Doolittle at charles.doolittle@ed.gov.

Update: Daytime professional development on hold
As mentioned in a recent Bridge letter, Superintendent Valeria Silva is aware of the difficulties schools have experienced when trying to find substitute teachers when educators are involved in critical daytime professional development, especially for the iPad rollout. As promised in that letter, the situation will be addressed.

At this point, the best short-term resolution is to discontinue daytime professional development until a more satisfactory and consistent number of substitutes can be identified. Although this is not the favored option, it is the option most immediately available. Educators will be notified when this moratorium is discontinued.

Special Education Winter Party is Friday, Dec. 12
Special Education is hosting its annual Winter Party from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 12, at Bridge View School, 360 Colborne St. There will be crafts, cookie decorating, games and dancing for families to enjoy. Winter-inspired appetizers and refreshments will be provided. Get more information.