Department news

Equity in the Classroom series begins in March at the Multicultural Resource Center
Are you looking for ways to integrate equity tools into your work with students? Join us for Compass 4 Kids, a three-part series that will engage, deepen and sustain conversations and learning around using the Compass with yourself, your students and your colleagues. School teams are encouraged to engage in this learning, but individuals are also welcome.

The Monday series will meet on March 7, March 14 and March 21. The Tuesday series will meet on April 12, April 19 and April 26.

All sessions will meet from 4:30-6:30 p.m. at the Multicultural Resource Center (MRC), located at Washington Technology Magnet School. Register on PDExpress under MRC. In-service credit available upon completion.

If you have questions about the series, contact Sherry Kempf at 651-744-2635 or

Students, families invited to Thinking College Early Fair on Feb. 27
SPPS students in grades 5-12 and their parents are invited to the 12th annual Thinking College Early Fair on Saturday, Feb. 27, at Harding Senior High School, 1540 E. Sixth St.

The fair will feature breakout sessions providing information on admissions, financial aid and more. Representatives from local colleges will be present to answer questions. There will also be free childcare (ages 3+).

Stay up to date with the Multilingual Learning newsletter
The Feb. 2 issue of the Office of Multilingual Learning newsletter is now available.

Office of Early Learning and ECSE collaborate on professional development session
​The Office of Early Learning, in collaboration with Early Childhood Special Education, is facilitating an off-site professional development session on Friday, Feb. 12, called “Creating Inclusive Communities to Support our Earliest Learners and Early Learning Hot Topics”.

All PreK and Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) teachers, PreK and ECSE paraprofessionals, PreK MRC members, and all licensed staff in birth-three and ECSE Inclusion will participate.  

  • Where: Dancers Studio, 415 N. Pascal Street, Saint Paul
  • When: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (1 hour lunch on your own)
  • Registration is available in PDExpress OEL315-15-16Winter: Creating Inclusive Communities to Support our Earliest Learners (AM)   Differentiated Sessions on Early Learning Hot Topics (PM).

If you have questions or comments, contact Lori Erickson at or Brenda Natala at

Emergency Health and 504 Plans for students with health conditions and disabilities now available in Campus
A new tab in Student Information General Campus section - "504 Plan and Emergency Plan" - is available to view 504 accommodations and emergency care plans. School nurses and building 504 representatives will upload 504 plans and Emergency Care Plans (ECP) to this tab for staff to view, print and place in substitute teacher folders. All staff can view Campus information in this tab on a need-to-know basis. Staff who do not need to know health or disability information about a student to perform their job duties should not open the attached documents.
iPad professional development opportunities available in 2016
Visit the Personalized Learning website for descriptions of upcoming iPad learning opportunities. Register for all courses through PDExpress.

Establishing a 1:1 iPad Environment
This course teaches staff the basics of using iPads and takes place during the school day. All SPPS licensed teaching staff are requested to attend. Teachers must request a sub and will receive recertification clock hours.

Course topics include: digital file sharing, classroom management, digital citizenship, the iPad Student Handbook and practical applications to teach students during the first weeks of using iPads in your classroom.

Upcoming courses:

  • Wednesday, Feb. 17
  • Tuesday, March 1

iPad Cafes
These monthly after-school sessions are geared toward the interests of participants. The Thursday, Jan. 7 session features Google Drive and Seesaw.

Other upcoming iPad Cafes sessions include:

  • Tuesday, Feb. 9: iMovie
  • Wednesday, Feb. 10: Garageband
  • Tuesday, Feb. 16: Google Drive
  • Tuesday, Feb. 23: Keynote
  • Wednesday, Feb. 24: Numbers
  • Monday, Feb 29: Pages
  • Thursday, March 3: iBooks Author

The Personalized Learning Resources for Teachers and Staff web page also includes many iPad materials, such as:

  • One-page guides on the SPPS core apps and a list of all the apps in Self Service
  • Links to lessons for setting up classroom iPad routines
  • Self-paced learning opportunities on iPad basics, Apps and Google Drive

Need help improving your health? Consider a Health Coach
Want to improve your health, but not sure where to start? Consider working with a HealthPartners Health Coach. Coaches are registered dietitians, exercise specialists or health educators. Health Coaches can help with a variety of topics, including blood pressure, cholesterol, nutrition, physical activity, weight loss, sleep and stress. Engaging with a Health Coach and completing at least three calls can count as your 2016 Wellness Program.

To get started with your HealthPartners Health Coach, call 952-883-7800.