Two Weeks Left to Register for the Virtual Spring Educator Forum

Cross curricular coding, preparing STEM students with problem solving skills, building and expanding experiential and work-based learning programs, ensuring equity and access in computer science… do these topics sound interesting to you? These are just a few of the amazing sessions in a lineup of many being offered at the STEM Forward Virtual Spring Educator Forum on April 14, from 4:30 to 7:30 PM! Don’t miss out on this exciting opportunity to network and learn from your peers, higher education partners and other STEM stakeholders. 

We are excited to partner with Albert Lea Schools, Winona State University, University of Minnesota-Rochester, University of Wisconsin – River Falls, IBM, Counselors for Computing and other state and national STEM organizations.

Click here to access the event program. All sessions are being delivered via Zoom so if you don’t have the time in your schedule to participate in all of the breakout sessions, you can connect to the one or two sessions that work for you. In order to receive connection links to sessions, individuals must register for the event by clicking here!
Nominate Your Industry Partner of the Year

SSC members realize the major advancement in education over the past years for career-connected learning in CTE and STEM classes.These advancements could not happen without the collaboration of our regional industry partners. Nominate your school’s “Industry Partner of the Year” here. We will celebrate regional accomplishments throughout the year, recognize those businesses or professionals who were nominated by schools for being extraordinary partners by providing students with CTE career-connected learning experiences, share the future work to take place over the next year, and honor businesses in FutureForward™ at the Community Celebration event. Join us on Friday, Mary 14, from 7:30-8:30 AM. Please join us to celebrate our industry partners.

Thank you to our sponsors: Fastenal Manufacturing, Oshkosh Corporation’s McNeilus Truck and Manufacturing, Rushford Foods, Spring Grove Soda, and Wieser Brothers General Contractor, Inc.

May 14 | 7:30 AM |
Virtual Professional Development Offerings in Relicensure Areas

SSC is hosting the following virtual professional development offerings in educator relicensure areas in April. To register for any of these trainings, click on the links below:

Reading 101 -
The Necessary Reading Components Students Need to Succeed!

Tuesday, April 6, 1:30 to 3:00 PM

Reading 101 -
The Necessary Reading Components Students Need to Succeed!

Thursday, April 8, 6:00 to 7:30 PM

Cultural Competency:
A Deeper Dive into Self Reflection and Personal Bias

Tuesday, April 13, 5:00 to 8:00 PM
2019 Minnesota Science Standards and Three Dimensional Learning Webinar Series 

SSC Faculty member Dr. Thomas Meagher is facilitating this three part series covering implementation of the 2019 MN Science Standards and shifts in pedagogy for K-12 teachers with a focus on 6-12 science and STEM teachers. The series consists of three 90 minute sessions exploring the 2019 MN Science Standards, techniques in unpacking the standards based on grade level and content area, and organization of benchmarks into teachable units.

The webinar sessions will run from 2:30 to 4:00 PM on Wednesday, April 7, Wednesday, April 21, and Wednesday, May 5. Click here to learn more and register!
OnToCollege Test Prep and Counseling Tools Webinar
OnToCollege (OTC) video test prep courses have a proven track record of increasing school composite ACT scores and increasing scholarship dollars for students. Through SSC’s partnership with OTC, SSC member schools receive a 10% discount off OTC courses (in addition to MREA member discounts).

To learn more, join OTC’s Betsy Arnold Bahn on Wednesday, April 7, at 11:00 AM, for a demo of the resource and information about the special pricing for SSC schools. 
Enhanced Wood Fiber Sale!

CPC has partnered with SafetyFirst Playground Maintenance for an Enhanced Wood Fiber sale! The promotional discount runs until 10/31/2021.
Product: Nature’sPlus Playground Safety Surfacing
- 100% Tamarack, naturally resistant to mold and decay
- ADA Compliant and IPEMA Certified
-  Price is $18.95/Cubic Yard or $2653/Truckload

Orders can be placed online, by phone, or by email:
Online form:
Call: (763) 389-2076

Members should reference CPC when ordering by phone or by email.
For more information, click here, or watch this recorded webinar
Free Technology Teaching Tools Webinar From Marco 

The team at Marco will present technology solutions that help improve the learning environment for both students and educators. The webinar will feature products from Audio Enhancement, Mitel, and Newline. Click here to register for the webinar (Thursday, April 8, 12:00 - 1:00 PM).
During this session, you will learn about:
  • Classroom Audio solutions to help with the challenge of wearing masks
  • Remote Learning solutions to easily create, manage and deliver content
  • Paging and Intercom solutions
  • Interactive Displays to help with student engagement
  • Phone Systems and Infrastructure for schools
  • K-12 Funding and Cooperative Contracts available
Well-being Postcards Now Available 
These half page well-being “postcards", created by MDH, can be printed and distributed freely. While designed in response to COVID-19, most of the messages are applicable at any time. They are a great additional resource to help spread key messages about mental well-being strategies. Click here to access them. 
Despite the current COVID-19 pandemic, schools are still required to complete annual safety drills. It is still best practice to conduct these drills in the same manner they would be carried out during an actual emergency with an added layer of precaution to prevent the spread of COVID-19. This would include social distancing and mask wearing.  

There will be two statewide drills on Thursday April 15 at 1:45 PM and 6:45 PM. This is a great time to complete your annual tornado drill.  Schools should consider running multiple drills if the designated shelter areas are not large enough to accommodate social distancing. 

For more information on the 2021 Severe Weather Awareness Week, click here

Thanks to our partner IEA for this valuable information. 
Ready, Set, Relief: Thank You for Attending!
On Wednesday, March 17, ICS hosted a free webinar to dive deeper into how to secure federal funding from President Biden’s $1.9 trillion economic relief bill for shovel-ready projects. Over 150 district leaders joined us for the conversation. Thank you to everyone that attended, and we encourage you to stay tuned for another upcoming free webinar that will take a closer look into how this funding plan will impact your students and communities.  
If you have any questions, visit our website and fill out a short form or reach out to Karen Klein at or (651)728-1880.  
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