Education Department Newsletter, March 6, 2015

new ■ Applying for a Position in Minneapolis Public Schools: To interview with MPS for a teaching position for the 2015-16 school year, you need to complete the following two steps:

  1. Go to <http://humanresources.mpls.k12.mn.us/become_a_teacher_in_mps.html> and apply for the 2015-16 Candidate Pool in your licensure area(s), then
  2. Sign up for a Teacher Hiring Fair where you’ll have the opportunity to interview for a spot for the 2015-16 teacher pool. After you sign up you will receive an email from Human Capital confirming the date and time of your interview.

If you have any questions please contact the Office of Human Capital at 612.668.0500 or <staffing@mpls.k12.mn.us>.

new  The Dare 2 Be Real Summit for Youth: The Dare 2 Be Real Summit for Youth will be held at Augsburg College on Friday, March 13th, 12noon-8pm. It is a summit specifically designed for youth, to grow anti-racist leadership within schools in the state. For more information, contact Abigail Rombalski at: <romba005@umn.edu>.

new ■ Paid Summer Camp Staff Positions: The Boys and Girls Clubs of the Twin Cities are looking for Residential Summer Camp Staff – at Camp Voyageur, June 14th-August 21st 2015. Contact information for the BGCTC staff may be found at: < http://www.boysandgirls.org/contact/>.

new ■ GEMS/GISE STEM Summer Program 2015: Positions are available for summer STEM camp staff with GEMS/GISE. Augsburg pre-service teachers or students pursuing study in science, mathematics, technology, or engineering are preferred. Interviews will happen in March & April. Please email resume to Dayle VanderLeest; <dvanderle@hotmail.com>.

new ■ MTLE Information Moved on Augsburg Education Website: In order to make the information regarding the MTLE more accessible on our website, the information regarding state-mandated testing for teacher candidates has been moved from the Admissions webpage to its own page: “State-Mandated Testing for Teacher Licensure – MTLE.” You will now find a direct link to MTLE information or resources right on the home page of the Education Department – Current Students web site.

 Work With Summer Reads VISTA: Summer Reads is an AmeriCorps VISTA program of the Minnesota Literacy Council that focuses on the decline of literacy skills in low-income children over the summer months, a phenomenon commonly referred to as the “summer slide.” Summer Reads VISTAs serve full-time for 8 weeks and are not allowed to have another job during their term of service. As VISTA members, they receive a bi-weekly living allowance, training and professional development, and are eligible for an end-of-service Education Award. More information is available at <http://www.mnliteracy.org/volunteers/vista/summer-reads-vista>. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis through April 30, with priority given to applications received before March 31. In addition to Summer Reads, the Literacy Council also has a year-long Literacy VISTA program that places and supports members throughout Minnesota to work behind the scenes and create or expand literacy-focused programs that bring low-income children and youth and their families out of poverty. They will begin accepting applications for this program in March. For more information, contact Wendy Roberts at 651-251-9063 ext. 214 or <wroberts@mnliteracy.org>.

 TC2 is offering three different series of MTLE support sessions in 2015: mathematics overview (four sessions), mathematics intensive (seven sessions), reading and writing (one session). Multiple sessions of each offering will be scheduled in 2015. Please visit the TC2 website <http://www.tcteacher.org/> for current information and registration links.

 Cedar-Riverside Fellows Program: The Cedar-Riverside Fellows Program is a new, innovative partnership effort of Augsburg College, the Humphrey School of Public Affairs and the Cedar Riverside neighborhood aimed at building skills and experience while working on action-oriented projects in the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood. A total of 6 graduate students (3 from Augsburg, 3 from Humphrey School) will be selected for this fellowship. For more information and program application contact Steve Peacock at <peacock@augsburg.edu>.

 Submitting ACT Plus Writing or SAT Scores to Meet the Basic Skills Requirement: Beginning January 1, 2015, The Minnesota Board of Teaching will accept passing ACT Plus Writing and SAT scores to meet the statutory requirement for a skills exam in reading, writing and math (i.e., the MTLE basic Skills Test). Please speak with your education advisor to learn more about this option and whether you may qualify.

 Design your own course for high school students! Century College Upward Bound seeks teachers, or soon to be teachers, to develop and teach courses for our college bound students this summer. Contact Caroline Church at: <caroline.church@century.edu> for more information. Application deadline is March 22, 2015.

 Winning Strategies Conference: Normandale Community College is hosting a conference for future teachers on March 28th, 8 am. To 3 pm. The registration fee is $15. Breakout session topics will include: behavior strategies, social skills/cooperation, independence, mental health, conflict mediation, topics specific to categorical disabilities, and literacy/ math/technology strategies to support teacher instruction. More information and register at: <http://www.metroesu.org/ Registration/Events>.

 Preparing for the Reading MTLE: READ 1230, a one-credit course entitled Preparing for the Reading MTLE, is offered at Normandale Community College in Bloomington, MN 5543. It is scheduled for the second summer session, July 6th through August 6th, on Monday and Wednesday mornings from 10:00-11:30 am. Registration for Summer Sessions begins March 16th. For more information, contact Linette Manier, Director of Teacher Education, Normandale Community College, 952-358-8437.

 MTLE Preparation Modules: Online MTLE preparation resources are available free of charge to Augsburg teacher education candidates. Go to: <http://www.longsdalepub.com/courses /mtle/start/>. There you will need to provide the following credentials: School #: 48663 School Key: acsuccess Registration requires you to provide your name and email address, no ID Number is required. Please save your registration information, as you will be required to enter it each time you visit the site.

 MAE Degree Documents Updated: The MAE Degree Completion Research Project Handbook has been updated for academic year 2014-15. Significant edits have been done to the Intent to Complete form, including FERPA language that is critical when students submit bound thesis. [Submission of Intent to Complete form is required prior to beginning degree completion courses.] Please make sure that you are working with the updated Handbook and using updated forms. Please speak with your advisor if you have questions.

  • MAE Handbook: http://web.augsburg.edu/~custer/MAEDegreeCompletion2014-15.pdf
  • MAE Intent to Complete Form: http://web. augsburg.edu/~custer/CompletionIntent_14-15.pdf

 Education Department Office is Also Open Certain Non-Business Hours: • Tuesday and Thursday until 6 p.m. every week. • Friday until 6 p.m. and Saturday over the noon hour every Weekend College weekend. Turn things in; pick things up; leave messages or materials for faculty; check your department file – we are here for you.

 MASA Jobsite Online: The Minnesota Association of School Administrators sponsors a no cost website for education-related jobs in Minnesota. They have over 500 jobs posted. Visit <http://www.mnasa.org> and click on “MASA Jobsite ” and follow the instructions to post your resume.


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  • To the Education Department News: Send your news to Joseph Erickson at C.B. 312 or erickson-AT-augsburg.edu.
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