Department news and announcements

Rotary Club Teacher of the Year Award
Nominate your favorite teacher for the Rotary Saint Paul Teacher of the Year Award. Nominations are due in to the Rotary Club office by April 15, 2014. For more information, download the letter and nomination form.

Raise funds year-round using GiveMN’s online giving platform for Saint Paul Public Schools
Last year, Saint Paul Public Schools raised over $25,000 in ONE DAY on Give to the Max Day! SPPS parent teacher organizations also raised over $50,000 last year through GiveMN. Schools and parent organizations can use GiveMN to fundraise year-round.

Join GiveMN and the SPPS Foundation on Wednesday, April 23 to learn how your school can collect donations anywhere and anytime with GiveMN’s mobile-friendly site. Your school already has a school fundraising page set up on GiveMN. We’ll show you how to update your school page to start fundraising and share tips that will help you raise
more for your school.

Register today to attend the training.

  • When: Wednesday, April 23, 2014 from 4 p.m.-5 p.m.
  • Where: 360 Colborne Street, Room A

Upcoming superintendent licensure cohort at University of Minnesota

The University of Minnesota will offer superintendent licensure-required courses at the cohort tuition rate ($350/credit as compared to the $613/credit standard tuition rate). The courses will be available this summer 2014 and will be held on the Minneapolis campus with regularly enrolled licensure students.
The two classes to be offered this summer 2014 are:

  • OLPD 5322 - Leaders in the Superintendency and Central office (3 credits)
  • OLPD 5393 - Leading School Finance Elections (1 credit)

Students who are concurrently seeking both principal and superintendent licensure will also need to complete an internship specific to each license, including a second enrollment in OLPD 5396 - Field Experience in PK-12 Administration (3 credits). This course can be taken at the reduced cohort rate during fall 2014 and will be available on campus in Minneapolis or with the Hopkins cohort.

Participation in the cohort section of these classes will need approval by SPPS and may include current and past cohort participants, as well as others approved by the SPPS district. Typically, students with a current Minnesota K-12 principal license or director of special education license will need to complete these three courses to add the superintendent license.

The Only at the U program planner shows the alignment of administrative license requirements.

Please contact Marsha Baisch at for approval or for additional information.

Learn about project-based learning during Monday’s Tweet Chat
Discuss education topics on Twitter every Monday at 7 p.m. with the Office of Personalized Learning. Log on to Twitter and participate in the chat by using the hashtag #sppschat. This week's topic will be “technology and school culture.” Contact Jessica McMahon with questions at or tweet her at @SPPS_McMahon.

Poetry contest: Celebrating the veteran in my life
Senator Franken is hosting the third annual poetry contest in April as recognition of both National Poetry Month and Month of the Military Child. This year’s contest is open to all K-12 students in Minnesota who are interested in writing about the theme Celebrating the veteran in my life. Poems can be about a veteran or active military member who is a relative, family friend, teacher, etc. All entries must by submitted by April 18, 2014. For more information, download the letter from Senator Franken.

ExxonMobil Bernard Harris Math and Science Scholarships available
Named for the first African American to walk in space, ExxonMobil Bernard Harris Math and Science Scholarships are available to 2014 graduating high school seniors in Saint Paul Public Schools and other school districts in the Council of Great City Schools.

Four $5,000 scholarships will be awarded to two African American and two Hispanic students on behalf of the former NASA astronaut, physician and businessman, Dr. Bernard Harris. Deadline for submissions is April 7, 2014.

For students to apply, they should visit