287 News

  • NWTC Program featured in national Magazine Tuesday, May 20, 2014

    https://asoft11122.accrisoft.com/district287/clientuploads/2013_2014NEWS/NWTC_Greta_District_287_web.jpg clientuploads/2013_2014NEWS/NWTC_Kendra__District_287_web.jpgA Northwest Tech Center literacy program is featured in the Odyssey, the annual magazine published by the National Deaf Education Center.

    Instructors Greta Palmberg and Kendra Rask are guest authors in the story High Expectations + Reading Intervention Plan = Big Jump in Reading Scores

    Greta and Kendra began a literacy program for Deaf/Hard of Hearing transition students. The intense daily program benefits students by increasing reading skills by several grade levels. Read their story.

    Congratulations Greta, Kendra, and the staff at NWTC!

  • Meet Erlene Schwartz Thursday, May 15, 2014

     Congratulations Erlene Schwartz! She is the May Employee Recognition recipient.

    Here ihttps://asoft11122.accrisoft.com/district287/clientuploads/Employrecog/ErleneSchwartz_5_15_15_web.jpgs the nomination submitted by Erlene's co-workers:
    "If you look on Wikipedia, you could very easily find a picture of Erlene Schwartz next to the word responsive. By the very nature of her job, Erlene is responsive to classrooms and teachers on a daily basis helping individualize, problem solve and create a plan to help our students that struggle with behaviors."  (read more)

  • Employee Open enrollment is open Tuesday, May 13, 2014

    https://asoft11122.accrisoft.com/district287/clientuploads/2013_2014NEWS/open enrollment.pngNew for this year only: All Benefits eligible staff must login to the online benefits site in order to keep their elections.

    During Open Enrollment this year, the District is moving to an online benefits system. This means ALL benefits eligible staff, even those who do not currently have health insurance with the District, will be required to login to the online benefits system and at least confirm their current elections and add their life insurance beneficiaries. Staff will also be to change their medical plans, add /remove dependents, and make their annual flex enrollments in the online benefits system.

    The open enrollment period for 2014-2015 plan year will run from Monday, April 28 – midnight on Wednesday, May 21, 2014. Changes made during annual open enrollment are effective July 1, 2014.

    Learn all about Open Enrollment by attending one of the Open Enrollment Presentations held throughout the District during the next few weeks. All open enrollment information, including rate sheets for the upcoming plan year, is available on the Open Enrollment Webpage.

  • Congratulations Retirees! Friday, May 9, 2014

    https://asoft11122.accrisoft.com/district287/clientuploads/2013_2014NEWS/Retire_photos2014/retire6web.jpg Our retirees were honored during the annual Retirement Celebration held yesterday. Twenty-four District 287 employees are retiring this year. During the celebration they were honored and thanked by Board Chair Ann Bremer and Superintendent Sahttps://asoft11122.accrisoft.com/district287/clientuploads/2013_2014NEWS/Retire_photos2014/retire8web.jpgndy Lewandowski. 

    One of the annual highlights is the video produced featuring retirees and their plans for the upcoming retirement years. See Video

    During the program, retirees were presented with commemorative cutting boards made by the shop students at West Education Center.

    See more photos.

  • Today is School Nurse Day! Thursday, May 8, 2014

    https://asoft11122.accrisoft.com/district287/clientuploads/2013_2014NEWS/nursesver2.jpgThank you school nurses!

    District 287 school nurses have unique roles at each site. They are a vital member of teams and provide a calming atmosphere when needed:
    • Nurses are a critical part of Special Education Teams. They provide knowledge and skill in determining how students are reacting to medications which might impact learning.
    • Nurses are there for pregnant and parenting students who rely on them for advice about pregnancy or a child’s runny nose and cough.
    • Nurses are there to carefully dispense medications, to bandage a cut, or to assess a medical situation requiring 911 support. (See North Education Center nurses at left.)

    As part of National Nurse Week, it is National School Nurse Day. Please take a moment to thank District 287’s five School Nurses!

  • THANK YOU! Tuesday, May 6, 2014

    https://asoft11122.accrisoft.com/district287/clientuploads/2013_2014NEWS/thankyoulic2web.jpgThank a teacher today! It is National Teacher Day.

    We also use this day to thank our 93 other licensed professionals including Speech Language Pathologists, School Counselors and Social Workers.

    All staff play important roles at District 287. Take a minute today, to appreciate each and every one!

  • HMC Scholars Forum Held this week Friday, May 2, 2014

    https://asoft11122.accrisoft.com/district287/clientuploads/2013_2014NEWS/HMC_4_30_14/HMC1w.jpg This week Honors Mentor Connection held their annual event that showcases student work and honors the professional mentors they have been working with this year.

    Families, teachers and school district officials met with students as they presented their projects in mini-sessions. One highlight of the event was the formal program attended by more than 300. This year, two mentors and a student spoke about their experiences in this program.

    This is the 31st year of the HMC program. Dr. Jane Holmberg, Executive Director of Teaching and Learning, was one of the co-founders of HMC. She will retire in July.https://asoft11122.accrisoft.com/district287/clientuploads/2013_2014NEWS/HMC_4_30_14/HMC4w.jpg

    “It’s been very gratifying to see the program grow and change over the years while still retaining its original purpose,” Jane said Wednesday. “The quality of the student work and the

    commitment of the mentors is always astounding. We are so fortunate to be able to coordinate this program through the intermediate district. Dr. Dorothy Welch and the rest of the HMC staff assure the highest quality learning experiences available to high school students anywhere.”

    During the past few years, our district also has provided the program for Intermediate District 916. Read more about HMC.

    Congratulations HMC Students and mentors! See photos.

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  • On to Global Finals for DI Teams! Tuesday, April 29, 2014

    https://asoft11122.accrisoft.com/district287/clientuploads/2013_2014NEWS/DI_Globalstee_web.jpg More than 150 Destination Imagination teams competed during the Minnesota Destination Imagination Tournament held this month. 

    Advancing from regional tournaments hosted around MN during February and March, the teams at the state tournament represented this season’s most creative and innovative answers to our Challenges.  It was a fantastic day, full of inspiring presentations of both team-created solutions and DI heart.

    According to MN State DI Director, Pamela Schroeder, students from more than 15 countries will gather in Knoxville, TN for DI’s Global Finals tournament next month.

    "It is the world’s largest celebration of creativity and innovation," Pamela said on Monday. “Right now, 56 Minnesota teams are in the throes of fundraising, amping up their Challenge solutions for international competition, and planning plane, train, bus, and automobile trips to Knoxville."

    "For those of you who are DI team members, parents, volunteers, alumni or officials, you know the journey to a DI tournament is one that takes an incredible amount of teamwork, courage and perseverance," Pamela added. "Congratulations to ALL our Minnesota DI teams!"

    MN DI is hosted by District 287. The tee pictured above is the official MN DI shirt for the Globals events. For more information, see www.mndi.org or www.destinationimagination.org. Pamela also serves on the Destination Imagination Board of Trustees as Chair.

    Good luck in Knoxville DI Teams!

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  • 2014-2015 Calendar is Available online Friday, April 25, 2014

    On March 27, Superintendent Lewandowski presented and the Board approved the 2014-2015 school calendar. See calendar.

  • Thank you Administrative professionals! Wednesday, April 23, 2014

    It is Natiohttps://asoft11122.accrisoft.com/district287/clientuploads/2013_2014NEWS/clericalwksp/Clerical7.jpgnal Administrative Professionals week and this is an opportunity to thank District 287’s administrative professional staff for all they do each day.

    Flexible, creative, hardworking and thorough are some of the adjectives that describe our 51 clerical staff. Because of the unique programs and services, our support staff each has an important role in the success of school district operations.

    In honor of Administrahttps://asoft11122.accrisoft.com/district287/clientuploads/2013_2014NEWS/clericalwksp/clerical5.jpgtive Professional week, the clerical staff was treated to a workshop by Robin Getman, a humorist who is best known for her message “Take this job and LOVE it.”  Local 284 provided breakfast for the event too. 

    See more photos.

    Have a great week Admin Professionals!
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  • Meet Glenda, "a good nurse" at SEC Thursday, April 17, 2014

    Glenda Kibat, a school nurse at South Education Center, is the April District Employee Recognition recipient.

    When nomihttps://asoft11122.accrisoft.com/district287/clientuploads/Employrecog/Glenda2web.jpgnating Glenda, her peers included the following observations:
    "Glenda routinely goes above and beyond in her daily activities. She attends to the needs of all students with a nurturing heart. She is as comfortable administering and monitoring complex medical procedures as she is with gently approaching and connecting with students when they are simply having a bad day. Staff routinely witness "nurse Glenda’s" patience and acts of selflessness on behalf of students, parents, and other staff members." READ MORE
    Congratulations Glenda!

  • Administrative Services Focus on Internal Customer Service Continues Friday, April 11, 2014

    https://asoft11122.accrisoft.com/district287/clientuploads/About_287/Photos_about287_new_layout/drColleenweb.jpg Executive Director, Dr. Colleen Baumtrog, reports changes have taken place as a result of feedback from the customer service survey administered last year. 

    The survey, sent out by Hanover Research to all 287 employees, indicated that staff members were generally satisfied with the customer service being provided by Administrative Services. While encouraged by the positive feedback, each department developed an action plan for improvement in an effort to provide even better service to customers. (read more)

    The Division has been using the Professional Learning Community (PLC) structure to address this important topic. They have defined customer service as “delivering an experience with dignity and respect that pleases customers by offering timely and responsive solutions.”

    To follow up on commitments to their customers, Administrative Services has invested in Process Education Model (PEM) training for all staff in the Division. One key area that all Admin Services staff members have been working on is to respond to emails, phone calls and school dude requests within 24 hours. Staff have also committed to following through with 287 employee requests rather than simply referring an inquiry to another staff person and assuming that the customer has been helped.

    In addition, each department has set its own customer service goals. For example, in response to requests for more visibility, Human Resources staff has scheduled two visits to each major site this year to meet with staff and answer individual questions. The IT Department has worked to improve communication related to customer IT issues and is providing more timely and complete resolutions. Student Information Systems has re-aligned SIS work throughout the District and some staff are now supporting each site with visits up to two days/week. Service level agreements have been completed with all customer groups. Special Projects has focused on offering Energize (Wellness) programs in both large and small sites with programs that are inclusive of all staff.

    The Finance Department has focused on communication with staff members using pre-communication emails for key finance or payroll items to remind staff of timelines, such as 403b due dates. Finance Department phone calls end with, “Is there anything else I can help you with today?”, or “Please call me if you have any questions or need additional information.”

    Another Customer Service survey will be sent to all 287 staff members by Hanover Research on April 21st. We look forward to the opportunity to learn how we are doing so that our ongoing efforts to improve can be fine-tuned.  Look for the survey coming soon to your Inbox!

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  • Check out the WEC Art Class Tuesday, April 8, 2014

    https://asoft11122.accrisoft.com/district287/clientuploads/2013_2014NEWS/WEC_hall_art.jpgArt classes at West Education Center provide multi-faceted experiences for high school students seeking an election credit. Student artwork lines the hallways of West Education Center.  It is an art gallery filled with art worthy of high praise for the talented students. There are drawings, photographs, sculptures, and wood designs. (Click on photo to see self portraits.)

    Art instructor, Jack Johnson, talked about the learning intentions for students in the year’s coursework and the talents of the students who are interested in pursuing art as a career path. 

    “I have encouraged one exceptionally talented student to attend graphic arts classes at Hennepin Technical College to fast-track her chosen career path,” Jack said. “She is talented, committed and eager to channel her artistic talent into a career.”

    During class, Jack works with students who are designing clay characters. See how he guides the students, step-by-step, from drawings to sculptures. 
    Play Video

    In another class, students were finishing tattoo-style logo designs. The intricate designs reflected the artistic skills and talent of the students. The process of creating a design begins with online research to find inspiration, and proceeds to an artistic logo drawn by the students.

  • Future College Graduates: Early Learning Center Children Monday, March 31, 2014

    https://asoft11122.accrisoft.com/district287/clientuploads/2013_2014NEWS/futurecollegegrad3web.jpgDuring Parent/Child Interaction time at the North Education Center Early Learning Center, the teen parents and their infants and toddlers have been talking about college and post-secondary education, for themselves AND for their children. This discussion along with college representatives visiting, are excellent opportunities for students to discover future options, and to begin defining their goals.

    According to Principal, Tonya Allen, the post-secondary experiences allow students to begin seeing their dreams become reality.

    “There is no greater benefit to our parenting students than the opportunity to interact with college and post-secondary staff,” Tonya said recently. “I know that the partnership betweenhttps://asoft11122.accrisoft.com/district287/clientuploads/2013_2014NEWS/collegegrad5web.jpg high school and college is important and want to keep access available to support the desires of our students.”

    Along with the Interaction time, the infants and toddlers were each given “Future College Graduate” t-shirts that were designed and printed in our NEC classrooms.

    The Parent/Child Interaction time is held one period each week and is part of the Parenting Class that students earn credit for each semester. Other topics include healthy family relationships, self-advocacy, sleep safety, child development (social, emotional, physical, and intellectual), discipline, attachment, mental health, nutrition and goal setting. This time is led by District 287 staff who may be a parent child specialist, parent education teacher, school nurse, social worker or psychologist. Community agencies also send speakers for the Parent/Child Interaction time.

    See more future college graduates.

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  • Meet Kris Peterson, our Employee recognition Winner Monday, March 24, 2014

    https://asoft11122.accrisoft.com/district287/clientuploads/2013_2014NEWS/KRIS_Peterson_employRecog_web.jpgKris Peterson was nominated by her co-workers for our March Employee Recognition. The award was presented by Superintendent Sandy Lewandowski this morning.

    Here is part of her nomination:
    Kris has consistently gone above and beyond by willingly interrupting her workflow in order to help the team respond to a student’s mental health crisis or to a staff request for support. She makes a point of learning about the many initiatives coming out of our department and understands the purpose of each meeting, as well as the nature of our partnerships with others. Her clerical colleagues have also noted that they can count on Kris to lend a hand with large projects, especially if there is a time crunch.....Kristin often starts her sentences with, “I have an idea about . . .”    (read more)

  • Diploma On! Feature published Friday, March 21, 2014

    https://asoft11122.accrisoft.com/district287/clientuploads/2013_2014NEWS/diploma_on_sunsailor.jpgThis week’s Sun Sailor includes an article about DIPLOMA ON!

    The District 287 initiative began last year and is working to get students back in the classroom.

    Read story.

  • A Better Way Featured on MinnPost Thursday, March 20, 2014

    Superintendent Sandy Lewandowski met with MinnPost writer, Beth Hawkins, last week.
    https://asoft11122.accrisoft.com/district287/clientuploads/2013_2014NEWS/minnpostforweb.jpgThe two hour conversation was about the increasing numbers of classroom suspensions across the country, and the District 287 “A Better Way” initiative.  Read story.
  • Student featured in a WCCO-TV news story Wednesday, March 19, 2014

    https://asoft11122.accrisoft.com/district287/clientuploads/2013_2014NEWS/wccostory_nathan.jpgSince early childhood, District 287 has provided education support services for Nathan, a student featured during a WCCO TV story. Nathan and his family have worked with District 287 vision teachers and services. Throughout the years, this included braille instruction; orientation and mobility training; use of adapted technology and software; consultation with classroom teachers; and provision of braille copies of all classroom materials.

    Read more and see video:

    Don Vavrosky is one of 13 teachers of the Blind and Visually Impaired serving 419 students in 31 school districts this year.

    “It has truly been a privilege working with Nathan over the course of the last eight years and he is, without a doubt, the brightest and most gifted student I have ever worked with,” Don said during a recent meeting. “Nathan also is the most dedicated and hardworking.”

    Production staff continues to provide transcription of countless pages of braille for Nathan that might include Spanish, physics, chemistry, calculus, computer code, maps, charts and music. Braille access to the education materials is provided by three Certified Braillists, Ronda Bystrom, Jay Maruska, and Robin Durand. Media specialist, Toni Zitzloff also is a key part of this team. The Braillists are certified by the Library of Congress. It is a Braillist’s mission to provide students with the most accurately formatted braille available, in a timely manner. 

    “One of the most challenging aspects of my job is to transform a building map into a tactile braille map,” said Ronda Bystrom. “I have enjoyed the challenge of the extremely intense and advanced assignments that Nathan has presented to our department. He is an amazingly brilliant student and it has been my honor to help him achieve his academic goals through braille.”

    See WCCO story.

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  • Supt. Lewandowski wraps-up Program Site visits Monday, March 17, 2014

    https://asoft11122.accrisoft.com/district287/clientuploads/2013_2014NEWS/OrgStructure_web.jpg Between February 25 and March 11, Superintendent Sandy Lewandowski made eight program site visits to talk with staff about current issues facing the district and next year’s organizational chart. Topics that were covered included: Key Retirements and the impact on the new organizational chart, Legislative impact on education, including mandates for teacher and principal evaluations and the World’s Best Workforce. (read more)

    Go to the 287 Staff page to find a link to a taped session. Questions were edited out because they were site specific. If you have a question, post it to the Responsive Forum.

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  • SEC Team Speaks at School Garden Conference Tuesday, March 11, 2014

    Five South Educahttps://asoft11122.accrisoft.com/district287/clientuploads/2013_2014NEWS/Garden_Team_arboredum_websmall.jpgtion Center staff spoke during the “Cultivating the Future Conference” held at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum in February. The Minnesota Schoolyard Garden Coalition and the Master Gardener Volunteer Program co-sponsored this year’s program. Educators from as far away as California participated in the workshops that focused on incorporating education objectives and whole child development into the K-12 school gardens. (read more)

    Representing the South Education Center gardens were SEC/SECA Principal-Jayne Tiedemann, Biology/Food Science Instructor and Garden Program Coordinator-Brian Wheat, Special Education Instructors-Retha Kraay and Karen Bendtsen, and Food Services Manager-Wanda Nickolai. (click on photo) Their workshop focused on what is necessary to build and maintain the rich (magical) community of support and learning that surrounds the garden.

    “Our team shared so many elements of our annual school garden,” said Jayne Tiedemann. “This information included practices and methods applied in the realms of workload, funding, building/district buy-in, planning, and developing curriculum.” 

    By sharing input from other staff during the past four years of cultivation, important roles and steps were more defined for participants who are doing long-term planning.

    When looking ahead to the 2014 growing season, Brian Wheat shared a few new things.

    “We are including food that can be integrated into our school lunches,” Brian said. “We hope to provide produce for all of our three lunch sessions and integrating at least six side dishes prepared by the food science class throughout the year.”

    “With the purpose of increasing Social Emotional Learning opportunities, experiential learning, and building community, we are also moving to conduct many more classes in the garden space when the weather permits,” Brian added.

    This is the sixth year the school gardens have grown at South Education Center. Many of our sites have had gardens six years or longer. Congratulations Gardeners!

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  • Meet our February Employee Recognition recipient Friday, March 7, 2014

    https://asoft11122.accrisoft.com/district287/clientuploads/2013_2014NEWS/Nate_Rowan_sm.jpg Congratulations Nate Rowan, our February District 287 Employee Recognition recipient. He is an Educational Assistant in the CIP Program at the North Education Center. Here Nate's nomination:

    "Nate always has a smile on his face and a calm and welcoming energy. Nate's compassion and caring for others is obvious. He is an employee who is "always on" modelling respectful, positive, upbeat interactions.

    Our students often have a difficult time understanding and following verbal directions. Coordinating gross motor movement to play a game, or complete a sequence of actions (such as warm up and cool down activities) is also challenging."  Read more

  • Thank you District 287 Social Workers! Tuesday, March 4, 2014

    https://asoft11122.accrisoft.com/district287/clientuploads/2013_2014NEWS/SSWAA_Practice_Model Graphic_center.jpgNational School Social Work Week is March 2-8.

    Christina Houck, Assistant Director, Mental Health and Partnerships, meets with the District 287’s Social Workers to create and share common best practices across District 287, ensuring that services are consistent.

    “We are so proud of our School Social Workers!” Houck said this week.  (read more)

    Houck went on to explain why Social Workers are important to District 287 programs.

    “Schoohttps://asoft11122.accrisoft.com/district287/clientuploads/2013_2014NEWS/ChristinaHouck_web.jpgl social work is a specialized area of practice within the broad field of the social work profession. School social workers bring unique knowledge and skills to the school system and the student services team. In particular, School Social Workers are trained in mental health concerns, behavioral concerns, positive behavioral support, academic and classroom support, consultation with teachers, parents and administrators as well as with individual and group counseling techniques," Houck told a group of adminstrators this week.

     "School social workers are instrumental in furthering the mission of the schools which is to provide a setting for teaching, learning, and for the attainment of competence and confidence," Houck continued. "School social workers are hired by school districts to enhance the district's ability to meet its academic mission, especially where home, school and community collaboration is the key to achieving student success.”

    We asked our Principals about the roles social workers play in student learning.

    "Students at the WEC often have very complex mental health needs. Our fantastic school social workers often go above and beyond in helping meet these student needs. Thanks for all that you do on a daily basis!”  -Jody Delau, West Education Center
    “School social Workers support our students by providing resources and assisting them with their overall social development. They encourage students who may appear disengaged to re-engage in school and teach skills to help students learn to calm down when they are agitated.  Social Workers are an invaluable resource to our schools.”   -Tonya Allen, North Education Center Alternative

    “Having worked in an ALC without social workers as part of the staff and now with social workers on the ALC staff, the hope has increased and students needs are addressed in a more comprehensive and thorough manner.  ALC students certainly need high quality academics and guidance as they plan their futures, but they also need social worker support in addressing issues that are getting in their way of being successful in school and life.  Hats off to our dedicated 287 social workers. I truly appreciate the work you do.”   -Lea Dahl, ALC Operations

    “As a liaison between parents and classrooms, the social workers can often help with the difficult conversations with  parents which preserves the relationship between teacher and parent. Often the SW is the nonjudgmental confidant the parent or student can talk to without fear of outside agency intervention. They are seen as a valuable support to students, staff and families. They connect and facilitate collaboration among educational teams. When necessary, they are the link to protective and other services for families in crisis."   -Amy Sward, North Education Center

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  • School cancellation on February 21 requires Board to adjust school calendar Friday, February 28, 2014

    Due to record cold and snow this winter District 287 has cancelled school and closed some buildings one additional day to stay consistent with the decisions made by the district in which the site is located.

    On Thursday February 27, the District 287 School Board voted to revise the district calendar to reflect the following:
    »  Change February 21, 2014 to a non-school day for the following:
    • Northwest Tech Center
    • Edgewood
    • North Education Center
    • West Education Center
    • Prairie Care – Maple Grove
    » To make up that day, starting March 10, seven minutes will be added to the instructional time for each of the remaining school days in the District 287-run Alternative Learning Center programs that were closed on February 21, 2014.
    »  If a future school closure day occurs, June 9, 2014 will be the designated make-up day.

    (read more)

    District 287’s original calendar had 175 student contact days and 1050 instructional hours. State requirements for secondary students in a general education program are a minimum of 1020 instructional hours. With the loss of the additional day on February 21, the Board added instructional minutes to the ALC programs that were closed, West Education Center Alternative (W-ALT) and North Education Center Alternative (NECA).

    https://asoft11122.accrisoft.com/district287/clientuploads/Main/snowmanwebclosings.jpgOur District has the unusual challenge of having schools and programs in buildings located in multiple school districts which created the need to reflect added student instructional time for only some sites. The District Uniform Procedure SP160 linked to the picture of the snowman addresses decisions to cancel school and related staff responsibilities.

    Electronic communication allows information to be disseminated easily in real time. Severe weather changes rapidly and staff are directed through the Uniform Procedure to stay informed through monitoring the District website and WCCO Radio. In addition, the District’s Blackboard Connect system allows the Superintendent and Principals to deliver targeted phone messages to staff and families through phone messaging.

    The calendar says spring arrives on March 20!

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  • A Better Way Saturday, February 22, 2014

    https://asoft11122.accrisoft.com/district287/clientuploads/2013_2014NEWS/abetterwayvideophotosmall.jpg What if students were taught new behavior rather than being suspended from school? What if school were so relevant, engaging, and supportive that all students would want to graduate?

    Hennepin County Superintendents and County Commissioners have been meeting during the past three years to address increasing graduation rates in Hennepin County as a regional effort. Stakeholders from the region have identified barriers to graduation, one of which is current exclusionary practices and expulsions. (read more and see video)

    As part of this focus on increasing graduation rates, a series of trainings will be offered to principals and other school leaders to reduce exclusionary discipline practices and to prevent and recoup school drop-outs. District 287 will offer a four hour "tickler" session that will provide an overview of the upcoming training series will offer a four hour "tickler" session that will provide an overview of the upcoming training series with presenters, Dr. Charlene Myklebust, Psy.D. and Wendy Loberg, M.S. The session will include a summary of the research about exclusionary practices and school drop-out prevention and recoupment, and the disproportionate use of exclusionary practices with diverse ethnic and special education populations.

    Special topics will include social emotional learning, mindfulness and the brain, viable and successful alternatives to suspension, creating a positive school culture, restorative practices, engaging instruction, brain-based learning, child and adolescent brain development, and reducing the school-to-prison pipeline. See flier.

    Wendy and Char are experienced practitioners who have served in the capacity of licensed teaching and school counseling positions as well as school principal and district office administration roles. They have conducted an exhaustive review of the literature and have consolidated all of the information about a better way to teach students positive behavior, keep them engaged in school, and increase the likelihood of high school graduation. We look forward to working collaboratively with you and your team.

    "Traditional disciplinary practices that do not produce results are rooted in well-rehearsed habits and mindsets that are hard to change. Our goal is to share a rich toolbox of evidence-based, practical and easily implementable strategies and ideas that can improve school outcomes for all students."
    Watch this VIDEO
    to get more insight. 
    Visit the webpage www.district287/abetterway
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  • Thank you District 287 School Board Thursday, February 13, 2014

    https://asoft11122.accrisoft.com/district287/clientuploads/2013_2014NEWS/valentinedcombinedsmall.jpgStudents in Sandi Shetka’s class at North Education Center presented tokens of appreciation to the District 287 School Board.

    Since Minnesota School Board Appreciation Week is February 17-21, and the closest school board meeting fell on the day before Valentine’s Day, the students created special valentines of appreciation for Superintendent Lewandowski and the 287 Board Members.

    The valentines were not simply an art project. Students were encouraged to express their personal messages of how attending NEC has made a difference for them. And, the learning intentions were about creative use of language as well as understanding the purpose, responsibilities and structure of our school board.
    Watch the video to hear student messages and to see one student’s special shout out to his district’s representative, Dean Henke from Osseo.  Our School Board has 12 members, each representing one of our 12 Member Districts.

Media Inquiries

Linda Rees
287 Communications Liaison
Ph: 763-550-7185

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