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Congratulations to the 2015 WEM Outstanding Educator Award State Honorees:
Academic Challenge Coach: 
Ethics in Education
Teacher Achievement:
  • Jackie Alderman, The Minnesota Center, Cambridge-Isanti School District (Press Release)
  • Eric Friberg, Henry Sibley High School, West St. Paul, Mendota Heights, Eagan School District (Press Release)
Gathering of Champions: Academic All-Star Nomination Now Open!
Educators, administrators and academic challenge coaches, celebrate your students by nominating them as Academic All-Stars.

Character Recognition Day – May 21
It’s official - Governor Dayton has proclaimed May 21 as Character Recognition Day in Minnesota! Synergy & Leadership Exchange will host the Character Recognition Awards ceremony at the state capitol on May 21. How will you celebrate? View proclamation. 
Performance Excellence Best Practice Conference
Learn best practices and ways to improve your leadership effectiveness, strategic planning processes, operational performance and more at PENworks 2015, April 27-28 in Brooklyn Center, MN. Network with hundreds of other leaders and professionals committed to continuous improvement and achieving performance excellence. More information.

Hormel Foundation Gifted and Talented Education Symposium 7–11
The Seventh Annual Hormel Foundation Gifted and Talented Education Symposium provides an opportunity for educators, administrators, counselors, psychologists, school board members and parents to gain a greater understanding of the unique needs of gifted and high potential learners. Visit the symposium website for complete details.

New from Reach for the Stars Affiliates:
  • Academic Decathlon®: St. Peter Academic Decathlon Team Medals at National Finals
    St. Peter Academic Decathlon team earned six individual medals at the United States Academic Decathlon® National Finals in Garden Grove, California April 16–18, an impressive feat amongst the top 33 teams in the nation as well as 11 teams from China, two from the United Kingdom and 53 individual students. Read More.

  • Minnesota Future Problem Solving: State Competition Results
    Eight Global Issues Teams from the Centennial, Richfield and Roseville School Districts will be representing Minnesota at the international competition at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa June 10-14. In addition to these teams, students will be competing as Individuals, Scenario Writers and on Multi-Affiliate teams from Westonka, St. Cloud and St. Charles Home School. Read more.
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