• 12 Feb 2019 9:50 AM | Quinn Meyer (Administrator)
    department of education

     Commissioner Ricker and Commissioner Ho to Host Listening Session at Minnesota Homeless Education Conference Wednesday

    ROSEVILLE, MN- Education Commissioner Mary Cathryn Ricker and Minnesota Housing Commissioner Jennifer Ho will be hosting a listening session in St. Cloud Wednesday with attendees of the Minnesota Homeless Education Conference. Homeless liaisons, educational staff, school administrators, continuum of care coordinators and professionals working with children and families experiencing homelessness will have the opportuntiy to share their feedback on how to best serve students experiencing homelessness. The session is one in an ongoing effort to meet with teachers, parents, school staff, students and community members across Minnesota about how to ensure that every student gets the highest quality education possible.

    Education Commissioner Mary Cathryn Ricker, NBCT
    Minnesota Housing Commissioner Jennifer Ho
    Attendees of the Minnesota Homeless Education Conference

    Commissioner Ricker and Commissioner Ho will host a listening session with attendees of the Minnesota Homeless Education Conference to hear ideas on how to best serve students and families experiencing homelessness in Minnesota. 

    8:30 a.m.
    Wednesday, February 13, 2019 

    St. Cloud River's Edge Convention Center
    Herberger Suite
    10 4th Ave S., St Cloud, MN

    Contact Emily Bisek at with any questions. 

  • 8 Feb 2019 10:24 AM | Quinn Meyer (Administrator)

    March 5, 2019

    8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

    41 Sherburne Ave, St Paul, MN 55103 (Education Minnesota Building)

    MSPA Members … Free

    Non-Members… $45.00

    8:00 - 8:30 a.m.  Morning beverages, fruit, and breads

    Lunch provided – please indicate dietary restrictions

    Morning Session:

    Strategic goals for School Psychologists

    Dialogue and Collaboration

    Prepare to meet with your representatives

    6 CEU’s

    Please email to register.

  • 8 Feb 2019 9:43 AM | Quinn Meyer (Administrator)

    Dear Advocate,

    Wednesday, the House Judiciary Committee held its first hearing on the topic of gun violence in 10 years. The primary bill discussed - H.R. 8: The Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2019 - has 231 cosponsors; a majority of House members. The bill would enforce current background check laws, close the gun show loopholes, and keep guns out of the hands of people who are currently prohibited from having them. You can watch the full committee hearing here.

    The Senate has a companion version of the bill, S. 42, and another bill, S. 193 ("Ethan's Law) that would enforce and encourage safe firearm storage procedures.

    All of these bills are critically important to begin to curb the gun violence epidemic that we are experiencing in our country and protect our kids at home and school. As an advocate who has taken action on school safety before, we hope that you can take 5 minutes to send a letter to your congressional representatives, asking them to support these bills. 

    Take Action 

    Again, the process to send a letter to your representatives will take just a few short minutes and can make a HUGE difference. Thanks for all that you do to support safe and healthy kids in your community.

    -NASP Advocacy

  • 21 Jan 2019 10:45 AM | Quinn Meyer (Administrator)

    Purpose of the Research: The identification of Specific Learning Disabilities (SLD) has been a fiercely debated topic within school psychology research and practice. Despite a plethora of research examining the conceptual and psychometric issues underlying SLD identification, there has been relatively little research examining how school psychologists and other stakeholders (i.e., members of multidisciplinary teams) make SLD identification decisions, particularly using pattern of strengths and weaknesses (PSW) approaches, which is problematic given its apparent increasing use (Maki & Adams, in press). The purpose of the present study, therefore, is to examine how school psychologists use assessment data to make SLD identification decisions using PSW.

    Principal Investigator: Kathrin E. Maki, Ph.D, Ball State University (   765-285-8504)

  • 19 Dec 2018 3:48 PM | Quinn Meyer (Administrator)

    Statement from Commissioner Brenda Cassellius

    ROSEVILLE – Today, Education Commissioner Brenda Cassellius issued the following statement in response to recommendations made in a report by the U.S. Department of Education's Federal Commission on School Safety:

    “Too many of our children do not feel safe in school, and too many children are dying because of senseless gun violence in this country. It is time to treat this epidemic for what it is – a public health crisis. Solutions that don’t involve common sense gun restrictions are merely empty promises and fall short of the full protection our children deserve.

    “Furthermore, rolling back the protections of students who are disproportionately suspended is unconscionable and has no place in a package of school safety provisions. Those protections should be retained as fundamental in our work to provide students with their right to an equitable education. 

    “Federal and state leaders must enact real reforms. I encourage policymakers to pick up the mantle of Governor Dayton’s leadership, and focus on preventing these terrible tragedies from happening by enacting seriously needed in-school supports, including more school counselors, mental health supports for students, and additional funding to improve the security of aging school facilities.”

  • 17 Dec 2018 10:25 AM | Quinn Meyer (Administrator)

    The post-election dust has settled and things are beginning to take shape as the Legislature prepares for the 2019 legislative session.  The biggest change going into 2019 is that the DFL will control the Minnesota House of Representatives with a 75-59 majority.  This constitutes a considerable swing from the previous biennium, when Republicans held a 77-57 edge.  The suburban area of the state is where the greatest political shift took place, which coincides with the unseating of two Republican members of the United States Congress by Democratic candidates.  The Senate remains under Republican control with a 34-33 one-vote margin.

    The change in party control in the House has brought about a change in committee chairs.  Representative Jim Davnie (DFL-Minneapolis) will chair the Education Funding Committee in the House and Representative Cheryl Youakim (DFL-Hopkins) will chair the Education Policy Committee.  Both chairs have been employed by school districts, giving them valuable experience in helping discern what students and staff need to succeed in today’s education environment.  The membership rosters for the committees has yet to be released, but should be at least a week before the 2019 session begins on January 8, 2019.

    While the Republicans remain in control of the Senate, they have tinkered with the committee structure and have combined the Education Funding and Education Policy Committees into one larger committee.  That committee will be chaired by Senator Carla Nelson (R-Rochester) who previously chaired the Education Funding Committee.  As is the case with the House of Representatives, the membership roster for this combined committee has yet to be determined.

    There will also be a new Governor with Congressman Tim Walz taking office in early January.  Governor Walz has an extensive background in public education, working as a teacher and coach, most recently in the Mankato school district.  With the advent of a new administration, new commissioners will man most of the state agencies.  Word at this time is that a small number of current commissioners from the Dayton Administration will remain in place, but it is expected that most agencies will have a new commissioner.  It’s really important for all of us to recognize the hard work current Commissioner of Education Brenda Cassellius has put in during her eight-year tenure at the Minnesota Department of Education.  Commissioner Cassellius has been a tireless advocate for children, especially those with the greatest barriers to receiving a high-quality education.

    I will be providing updates throughout the legislative session and can be reached at or 612-220-7459 (cell).  I am also on Twitter at @Lundellleg.  I look forward to hearing from MSPA members throughout the session, so don’t hesitate to let me know if you have a question or comment.

  • 12 Dec 2018 12:12 PM | Quinn Meyer (Administrator)

    Featuring Anne Gearity, Part 1 & 2

    ·        MSSWA is thrilled to announce a one of a kind opportunity. Registration is open to members and non-members of MSSWA.  Come spend a day with Anne Gearity in a round session experience!

    ·        MSSWA is hosting this experience as part of our 50 year Anniversary!

    5.5 Clinical Social Work CEU's / Post Tests Available

    Includes Continental Breakfast/Coffee/Snacks


    Priority Given to MSSWA Members - Registration for Non-MSSWA Members Opens Dec 11th, 2018

  • 5 Dec 2018 9:03 AM | Quinn Meyer (Administrator)

    Check out the upcoming PACER workshops on their website:

    Workshop Topics Include: 

    • Becoming an Active Partner in Your Child’s Individualized Education Program (IEP)
    • ABCs of the IEP for Transition-age Students and Their Parents
    PACER Center - Champions for Children with Disabilities

  • 6 Nov 2018 3:22 PM | Quinn Meyer (Administrator)

    Please complete the attached Poster Presentation Application and submit to Dr. Kevin Filter at Please also direct any questions to Dr. Filter before the application deadline of November 19th.

    MSPA Call for Posters 2019 Midwinter Conference.pdf

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