Department news

Highland Park Senior students leading professional development session at MRC
Highland Park Senior High School students will lead a professional development session 4:30-6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 16, at the Multicultural Resource Center in Washington Technology Magnet School.

The session, called “Inequities - Local and Global: Students' Perspectives,” will focus on inequities the students researched as part of their health class. The students, who developed the session, will present information, lead discussions and activities, and share resources to use in your class. Topics will include gender-based violence and other inequities currently happening in Pakistan, Afghanistan, South Africa and the United States. 

The session is free and open to students, staff, families and community members. SPPS employees may register on PD Express under Racial Equity. Non-SPPS employees may register by contacting the MRC at mrc@spps.org or 651-744-2635.

Special Education Family Groups Transition Fair is Friday, Jan. 16
The Special Education Family Groups Transition Fair is 5-8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 16, at Bridge View School.

The Transition Fair is for families of children ages 12-21 who are planning for transition. There will be resource tables about employment, housing, school and community opportunities. Post secondary options will also be available. There will also be presentations on:

  • accessing health care and health care options
  • Olmstead and Employment First
  • Disability Benefits 101
  • integrated housing.

Child care is available upon registration. A light meal will be provided. More information is available here.

Print, Copy and Mail Center open during winter break
The Print, Copy & Mail Center will be open for business during winter break. Please submit orders for School Choice Fair materials as early as possible. The print center can produce brochures, handouts, posters, fliers, cards and more.

Visit printcenter.spps.org for more information, email at printcenter.orders@spps.org or call 651-603-5017.

US Department of Education seeks nominations 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.

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.