Education Department Newsletter, March 27, 2015

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new ■  You are cordially invited to attend the final oral presentation of Angela Mejdrich. Angela is completing her MAE degree via the Leadership Application Project (LAP). She will present on Monday, April 6, from 4:30-5:30pm in OGC 112. 

Please RSVP to Caren Custer at <>.

New ■  Town Hall Meeting on the topic “Kid Criminals: School to Prison Pipeline”: Join this important discussion about the education system and how we can work together for change. Where: East Commons-Christensen Center, Augsburg College  When: Thursday April 9th, 6:30 P.M. Guest Speakers: Anthony Nocella – Co-Director of Save the Kids and VJ Smith – CEO & President of Mad Dads.

 new  Progressive Organizations Hiring: The Fund for the Public Interest (aka “the Fund”) works with organizations such as  Environment America and US PIRG.  They are hiring part time and full time campaign staff to work on campaigns for clean water, and to end subsidies to corporate farms. For more information, contact Natalie Townsend at <> or 612-331-3315.

New ■  Looking for tutors for Minnesota Reading and Math Corps: We are now looking for both full-time and part-time literacy and math tutors for Twin Cities area schools for the 2015-16 school year. As you know, the Minnesota Reading Corps and Math Corps is an AmeriCorps program that trains and places tutors in schools throughout Minnesota. Tutors earn: Bi-weekly stipend of $544 (full time; half that for half time) $5,645 education award for college tuition or student loan payments (full time; half that for half time). For more information, contact Miriam Queensen at <>.

New ■  The City of Fridley Recreation Department is looking for instructors for their Summer Youth Programs: here are a variety of positions available for the summer ranging from 20-40 hours per week, Monday – Friday (June 1 – August 21).  Leaders are responsible for planning and teaching a variety of activities for pre-school, elementary and/or middle school age youth.  Programs include: camps, instructional classes, playgrounds, special events, field trips and sports.  Pay rate is $8-10 per hour. The application deadline is Friday, April 3. For more information visit:  <> and go to the Parks and Recreation page or contact the Fridley Recreation Department at (763)572-3570 or <>.

New ■  Interested in teaching abroad? Each year, Augsburg’s URGO office works with students applying to the Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship program. This grant pays individuals a salary to live abroad for a year to serve as an English Teaching Assistant in schools or universities.  There are Fulbright grants in hundreds of countries, and applicants can chose which country they would like to apply to based on location and grade-level placement preferences. For more information, contact Kirsten O’Brien at: <>.

New ■  Summer MTLE Preparation Resources: “How to prepare for the Reading MTLE” (READ 1230, 1 credit,) will be offered this summer at 9:00 am-11:20 am on Mondays and Wednesdays, beginning July 6 through August 6th.

Math for Elementary Teachers/Foundations of Math 1 and 2 (Math 1050 and Math 1060) will also be offered this summer:

  • MATH 1050:   June 1st to July 2nd , Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursday, from 3:00-5:50 pm
  • MATH 1060:  July 6th-Aug. 6th, Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursday, from 3:00-5:50 pm

For more information, contact Linette Manier, Normandale Community College Director of Teacher Education, Phone:  952-358-8437, or email: <>.

New ■  Substitute Teaching Positions: St. Joseph School in Rosemount, MN.  (K-8, Catholic School) is looking for substitute teachers. For more information, contact Kelly Roche, Assistant Principal at 651-423-1658, ext. #4101 or <>.

New ■  Study in Nicaragua This Summer: Auggies, are you an MAE graduate student who plans to complete your degree? There’s a great opportunity to complete your elective requirement with a trip to Nicaragua this summer. If you participate in this course the credit will then apply towards your MAE degree when you’re finishing your coursework. Registration deadline has been extended, but if you’re interested in participating you would need to complete your application promptly! Andrea Dvorak in the Augsburg Abroad office would need to hear from you within the next week, no later than April 3. The trip takes place July 5-11 and you can link to information about it, including contact information for Andrea Dvorak, here: <>.

 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 <> 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 <>.

 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: <>.

 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; <>.

 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 <>. 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 <>.

 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 <> for current information and registration links.

 Winning Strategies Conference: Normandale Community College is hosting a conference for future teachers tomorrow, 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: < 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: < /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.

 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.

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