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Governor Dayton proclaims Minnesota College Application Week

Posted on November 14, 2011 at 1:07 PM
Categories: Education

Governor Dayton has proclaimed this week, November 14-18, 2011, as Minnesota College Application Week, to acknowledge and highlight the importance of high school students being prepared to apply to college.

College Application Week is an initiative designed to engage and inform students across the state about the college application process, according to the Minnesota Department of Education.The primary goal at the high school level is to increase the number of students completing a college application, especially first-generation college applicants.

During this week many Minnesota colleges and universities will accept an application fee waiver for those students with a demonstrated financial need in order to ensure that no student is deprived of the opportunity to pursue admission to the institution(s) of their choice due to financial hardship.

All Minnesota high schools may participate in this initiative, and seventeen Minnesota high schools have indicated they are planning to pilot a program, with the assistance of trained school staff and volunteers, that aims to assist all their seniors in completing a college application.


Minnesota Students Leading the Nation in Math Scores

Posted on November 01, 2011 at 12:07 PM
Categories: Education

Minnesota’s grade-school students are leading the nation in overall math scores, according to “The Nation’s Report Card”, which was released today. Minnesota’s fourth and eighth graders scored significantly higher than the national average, continuing a trend of excellence in both reading and math scores. The high scores are encouraging, but a sense of urgency is created by the fact that Minnesota’s scores remained flat as compared to 2009.


Minnesota Recognized for Progress in Teacher Evaluation

Posted on October 31, 2011 at 1:24 PM
Categories: Education

Minnesota’s new teacher-evaluation law, passed during the 2011 legislative session, is one of 17 state plans being lauded by the National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ), a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit that advocates for reform to teacher training, evaluation and compensation.

As reported by MinnPost today, the Minnesota law was applauded for meeting most of the goals set forth by NCTQ through its approach to more strongly factor student achievement into teacher ratings. As seen in the full report:

“The move to rethink how to evaluate teachers and explicitly tie assessments of teacher performance to student achievement marks an important shift in thinking about teacher quality,”


Senator Pogemiller Appointed as Director of Office of Higher Education

Posted on October 31, 2011 at 11:33 AM
Categories: Education

On Friday, Governor Dayton appointed Senator Larry Pogemiller as the new Director of the Office of Higher Education. Senator Pogemiller has been a leading voice in higher education issues through more than three decades of service in the Minnesota Senate.

Senator Pogemiller’s district includes the University of Minnesota campus. The Star Tribune reported that Governor Dayton emphasized Pogemiller’s opportunity to reshape higher education policy.

"Senator Pogemiller is one of the smartest, most talented, and most dedicated people I have ever met in public service,” Said Governor Dayton.  “He brings unparalleled experience and expertise in the legislative process and in public policy issues.  He is the perfect choice for the Office of Higher Education at this critical juncture for higher education in Minnesota.”  


Governor Dayton attends groundbreaking for new science and engineering building in St. Cloud

Posted on October 27, 2011 at 3:10 PM
Categories: Education, Jobs, Technology

Today, Governor Mark Dayton attended the groundbreaking of a new Integrated Science and Engineering Laboratory Facility building on the St. Cloud State University campus.  The new building was funded as a part of the 2011 bonding bill.  Construction of a state of the art science and engineering building will create over 1400 jobs and its presence on campus will ensure that St. Cloud State students are well-prepared for the jobs of the future for decades to come.

The 100,000 square-foot research and teaching facility will house classrooms and labs which are slated to serve high-level science, technology, engineering, mathematics, medical technology, and radiology classes.  It is estimated that 11% of the new jobs created in Minnesota by 2019 will be in the science and technology sectors.  This new facility will help accommodate a 20% increase in enrollment in Science and Engineering majors at St. Cloud State.  Additionally, the research done in this new facility can be used to support Minnesota companies and spur further innovations. 
The new building is slated to open in the fall of 2013.


Governor Dayton named 'Advocate of the Year' by the U of M Alumni Association

Posted on October 12, 2011 at 5:21 PM
Categories: Education

The University of Minnesota announced today that Governor Dayton will be recognized as “Advocate of the Year” by its Alumni Association on October 20th.

The award is presented to individuals who dedicate their time and effort to promoting the University. Governor Dayton was selected for his efforts in preserving state funding for the school, as well as emphasizing the importance of the University of Minnesota and its role within the state.

“Governor Dayton has time and again demonstrated his passion for higher education, and he has gone above and beyond in advocating for the University of Minnesota this past year," said Phil Esten, president and chief executive officer of the Alumni Association.

Read the University of Minnesota's full release here.


Wayzata math teacher awarded the 'Oscars of Teaching'

Posted on October 10, 2011 at 5:18 PM
Categories: Education

The Minnesota Department of Education announced today that Seth Brown, a middle school math teacher at Wayzata West Middle School, was honored by the Milken Family Foundation with a Milken Educator Award, one of the education's most prestigious recognitions.

Brown was honored at a routine schoolwide assembly that turned into a surprise ceremony. He is known for his expertise as a mathematics teacher and for the creative use of technology in his classroom.

The Milken Educator award, known as "the Oscars of Teaching," recognizes the importance of outstanding educators and encourages talented young people to enter the teaching profession. It comes with a $25,000 prize.

“Teachers like Seth that consistently go above and beyond in their classrooms are true heroes in every sense of the word,” said Commissioner Cassellius. "It’s wonderful to be a part of honoring Seth’s remarkable achievements as a world-class educator, and to acknowledge the positive impact he has had on his students, in his school and on the profession of teaching.”


Governor Dayton declares October Safe Routes to School Month

Posted on October 03, 2011 at 11:14 AM
Categories: Health, Education

The Minnesota Department of Health announced today that Governor Dayton has declared October Safe Routes to School Month to highlight the benefits of walking and bicycling to school. Research shows that kids who walk or bicycle to school are healthier and arrive more focused and ready to learn.

Across Minnesota, Safe Routes to School is a growing movement that has more than 115 schools reaching more than 78,000 students and staff to support more active and healthier lifestyles.

Minnesota's Commissioners of Health, Education and Transportation spoke out on the issue:


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