Education Department Newsletter, December 9, 2016

■  St. Paul Public Schools Job Fair—December 20th: St. Paul Public Schools is planning a career fair for Tuesday, December 20th from noon-4:00pm at the district headquarters, 360 Colborne St. For more information, contact Human Resources at 651-767-8200.

■  Study Education and Psychology in Slovenia, May 2017: Examine the roots of both educational and psychological practices that shaped European culture in beautiful Ljubljana, Slovenia. As part of this May 2017 travel program, you will also experience Roman ruins in Croatia and the canals of Venice, Italy.

For more information, visit <>
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More information about the trip may be obtained by contacting professors Joseph Erickson <> or Stacy Freiheit at <>.

■ Long-Term Sub Job at STARBASE Minnesota: STARBASE Minnesota is currently seeking an educator (licensed OR currently pursuing a license) to come on as a long term substitute teacher starting January 2017, with the potential of full time employment. Anyone with an elementary education background and/or a secondary education background can apply for this paid, full time (40 hr/week), long term sub position. STARBASE Minnesota is federally funded school-day STEAM enrichment program located at the US Air Force National Guard base at MSP Airport. For more information, contact: Karee Smith, <>, or 612-713-2353.

■ After-School Care Staff Position at Good Shepherd School: Good Shepherd School is looking for a part-time paid position with school experience. Good Shepherd School is a small Catholic K-6 school in Golden Valley.  How to Apply: Please contact Brian Walsh, School Care Coordinator, at <> or 763-545-4285 ext. 740 for more details about applying for this opportunity.

■ After School Positions Available at Lincoln International High School:  Lincoln International High School serves  a concentration of East African and Spanish speaking students. They are currently in need of paid volunteers  in their after school program. For more information, contact: Manyi Tambe, Director, Lincoln International High School, Phone: 6128728690 ext 109.

■ The ADAPT4U (After Deployment: Adaptive Parenting Tools) Study is looking for dedicated individuals to conduct structured interviews with military families. The study seeks to develop and evaluate tools to support resilience among military families as they cope with the stress of deployment and reintegration. Applicants must be available for flexible scheduling, including late afternoons, evenings, and weekends.

To apply, or learn more about the position: Go to 2. Click on “Search Postings,” enter Job ID Number: 313931. Interested in learning more about the study? Visit <>. Any questions may be directed to the Assistant Project Manager, Shauna Tiede, at <>.

■ River’s Edge Academy is Hiring: River’s Edge Academy is a pubic charter school high school in St. Paul.  Small class sizes support relationship building and academic success! REA is looking to hire a Student Services Manager, ESL teacher and Student Support Specialist. For more information, contact Dr. Meg Cavalier at <> or 651-234-0150.

■ Several Updates Regarding Minnesota BOT Testing:

  • The Minnesota Board of Teaching (BOT) no longer requires the ACT/SAT/GRE/Praxis I scores be taken within the past 10 years.  There is currently no time limit.  Keep in mind that the ACT scores must be the ACT Plus Writing which started around February 2005.

SAT recently changed the way they score their tests.  The new scores (and old) can be found on the link to the MN Board of Teaching website:

  • Minnesota Version of NES Now Available: As of August 30th, candidates are now able to sign up for the MN NES exam directly through the MTLE website by using this link:


  • The passing score for the MN NES is 520 for all three tests (Reading, Writing and Math):

MN NES EAS Subtest Passing Score (on a 400–600 point scale)

  • Reading=520
  • Writing=520
  • Mathematics=520

The test is exactly the same as the National NES exam, it’s just that MN candidates are given 15 extra minutes of time.  Because of the extra time, the score rating had to be adjusted.  The same number of correct raw scores needed to pass is exactly the same on both tests.  The National NES exam is based on a 100-300 point scale and the MN NES is based on a 400-600 point scale. The MN NES scores will be available to view in Results Analyzer starting with the October 7th reporting date.

NOTE:  If candidates sign up and take the National NES exam after August 30th, they will accept the scores if they met the minimum passing score:

NES EAS Subtest Passing Score (on a 100–300 point scale)

  • Reading=205
  • Writing=214
  • Mathematics=213

Also, if a candidate has taken and passed a portion of the MTLE basic skills, they need to register and complete ONLY the portion they have not passed of that basic skills test through NES.  They do not need to complete the whole series of Reading, Writing and Math over unless they did not pass all portions.

A listing of all licensure exam minimum passing scores can be found on the Board of Teaching website at:


For questions and more information, please contact: Debby Odell, Educator Licensing, Supervisor <> or (651) 582-8522.

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