Education Department Newsletter, March 24, 2017

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New■  The Education Department is pleased to announce that we are currently accepting applications from undergraduate students for scholarships to be awarded for the upcoming 2017-18 academic year. Any student interested in any of these scholarships is invited to send to Cheryl Sticha <> their name, contact information (phone and email), undergrad or graduate status, GPA, declared or intended major, scholarships being applied for and a brief paragraph stating qualifications for each scholarship (see listing below) for which the student is applying. 

The deadline for all applications is 4:30 pm on Monday, 27 March 2017. 

  • S. Luther and Carol B. Kleven Family Scholarship (1 scholarship of $936.00 for a junior or senior in Elementary Education.) Awarded annually to juniors and seniors majoring in elementary education, based upon academic achievement and financial need. Preference will be given to WEC or AU students. Established in 1990 by family and friends in memory of S. Luther Kleven ’50 and in honor of the Kleven family.
  • Jim and Shelby Andress Education Scholarship (1 scholarship of $778.00 for a student in any class, but declared a major preference.) Awarded annually to a student of any class who is majoring in Education. The award is based upon financial need and a demonstrated, genuine love of students and a passion for teaching. Established in 1997 by Shelby (Gimse) Andress ’56, Golden Valley, Minn., and gifts in memory of her late husband, Jim ’51, to encourage competent, caring and principled young people to enter the field of education.
  • Dr. Einar O. Johnson Scholarship (1 scholarship of $761.00 for a returning student in Education.) Awarded annually to one or more students interested in a career in education based upon financial need and academic accomplishment. Established in 1999 by Mary E. Johnson, family, friends, and colleagues in loving memory of Dr. Einar O. Johnson. The scholarship is renewable.
  • John L. and Joan H. Ohlin Scholarship (1 scholarship of $340.00 for a student in any class, but declared a major preference.) Awarded annually to a student of any class who is majoring in Education, based upon suitable academic progress and financial need. Established in 1996 by Mrs. Joan H. Ohlin, Baxter, Minn., in loving memory of her late husband, John L. Ohlin ’57, and in tribute to his 38 years as a teacher.
  • Elva B. Lovell Life Scholarship (1 scholarship of $768.00 for a student in any class, but declared a major preference.) Awarded annually to education students of any class who plan to teach. Awards are based upon academic achievement and financial need, with preference given to students who are black, older, or single parents. Established in 1991 by Mrs. Elva B. Lovell, Minneapolis, Minn., as an expression of her belief in diversity and literacy.
  • Heidi Huber Scholarship (1 scholarship of $1,743.00 for a student in Education.) The Heidi Huber Scholarship was established in 2004 in loving memory of Heidi through the generosity of the Curtis L. Carlson Family Foundation, family and friends. Heidi passed away on April 1, 2002 at the age of 33, after a courageous battle with malignant melanoma. The Heidi Huber Scholarship is awarded to one or more students with demonstrated financial need, strong academic achievement, and dedication to the community. Preference will be given to students interested in a career in education.
  • David Mathre Scholarship (1 scholarship of $300.00 for a student entering their year containing their student teaching semester.) Education Awarded annually to qualified full-time student(s) in need of financial assistance during the term in which they are student teaching.
  • Pederson Samuelson Scholarship (1 scholarship of $492.00 for an upper class student.) Awarded annually, the Pederson SamuelsonScholarship is to provide financial assistance to an upper-class student of Scandinavian extraction who is majoring in Education, Nursing, Sociology, Social Work, or Youth/Campus/Family Ministry. The award is based upon maintaining a GPA of 3.0 or better.
  • Debra Boss Montgomery Scholarship (2-3 scholarships totaling $13,735.00 for juniors or seniors in Elementary Education.) Awarded annually to junior or senior students majoring in elementary education, based on academic achievement and financial need. Preference will be given to those who have a special interest in children’s literature and who see their work in education as a Christian vocation. Established in 1991 by gifts from family and friends in memory of Debra Boss Montgomery, a 1975 graduate of Augsburg College.

New  Augsburg Citizen Educators on Facebook: If you want to know about upcoming ACE events, affiliations, and news in the education world, like their page at: <>.

New  Minnesota Indian Teacher Training Partnership Grant: In an effort to increase the number of American Indian teachers in the state of Minnesota, Augsburg College has been the recipient a grant (Minnesota Indian Teacher Training Partnership Grant) from the state to assist in the costs of a college education for American Indian Students majoring in (PreK, Elementary, Secondary, and Special Education). This grant allows Augsburg College to award financial assistance to American Indian students in the education program who will become licensed teachers (in both the undergraduate and graduate programs).

The grant program is currently seeking students who meet the eligibility criteria: (1) documentation of 1/4 or more American Indian Blood Quantum and/or Enrollment in Federally recognized tribe; (2) enrollment/acceptance into our Augsburg College Education Department/Courses; and (3) have financial need per our financial aid office/policies.

There are funds available now. If you should meet the criteria’s or have questions about your eligibility, please contact Jennifer Simon at <> or 612-330-1144.

New  Two Opportunities With the Minnesota Literacy Council: Summer Reads VISTA | Students can apply to be a VISTA tutor and help change a child’s life this summer with Summer Reads. VISTAs tutor children (K-3) from low income backgrounds in reading, writing and oral language skills. He/she will serve in the metro Twin Cities area full-time for 8 weeks from June 12 – August 6 in schools or community organizations, in most Summer Reads locations. Students can also apply to any greater MN sites: Aitkin, Barnum, Caledonia, Duluth, Ely, Fairmont, Kerkhoven, Morris and Northfield (June 5-July 30 in Kerkhoven, Ely and Morris).

Summer Reads Outreach Specialist | This position supports the 78 Summer Reads VISTA tutors across the state by helping with training, peer support and resource-sharing and evaluation, in addition to serving at a tutoring site. Outreach Specialist serve for 10 weeks from June 1 – August 9.

Candidates for both positions will need to be at least 18 years of age by June 1st (for Outreach Specialist) or June 12th (for VISTA tutor), and be a U.S citizens or legal permanent resident. No prior educational degree required.

To apply, visit <>. Applications reviewed and positions are offered on a rolling basis until filled. Final Deadline: April 30th.

New  Fund for the Public Interest: The Fund for the Public Interest will be holding information sessions and interviews on campus Monday 3/27 and Tuesday 3/28 and want to meet with any interested students while on campus.

To apply, please visit <> or call 1-800-75-EARTH (1-800-753-2784).

New  FrogTutoring: FrogTutoring is an educational technology platform that facilitates 1-on-1 private tutoring offering the full range of academic courses and test prep.  They are looking to hire college-age tutors and mentors. To apply or to learn more, go to: <>.

New  Fridley Summer Youth Programs: The City of Fridley Recreation Department is looking for instructors for their Summer Youth Programs. The City of Fridley is in need of several leaders who love kids, love to play and are great role models.  There are a variety of positions available for the summer ranging from 20-40 hours per week, Monday – Friday (June 5 – August 25).  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 $10-13 per hour.

The application deadline is Friday, March 24. A group interview will take place on Saturday, April 1. For application info go to: <>. The application can be dropped off or mailed to 6431 University Ave. NE, Fridley, MN 55432, faxed to 763-502-4976 or scanned in and e-mailed to <>.

For further information contact the Fridley Recreation Department at (763)572-3570 or <>.

  MTLE Test Preparation Webinars: The Evaluation Systems group of Pearson is inviting Minnesota teacher candidates to participate in a webinar on how to prepare for the Minnesota Teacher Licensure Examinations (MTLE). Sessions will be held on:

  • Monday, March 27, 2017, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., and
  • Thursday, March 30, 2017, 3:00 p.m.  – 4:00 p.m. CST

Topics will include:

  • How to create your MTLE Account and register for the test
  • How to read your MTLE score report
  • What test preparation resources are available
  • How to prepare to retake a test

Information about how to access the webinar session of your choice is available on the MTLE program website at <>.

  Free NES Essential Skills Prep: The EAST Program along with the Education Department will be providing FREE overview sessions to prepare for the essential skills exam in reading and writing. There is no fee for the sessions, but registration is required. The sessions are open to all teacher candidates. Teacher candidates of color and Native American teacher candidates are strongly encouraged to attend. 

Reading and Writing Test Sessions, dates, times and location (attend all)

Intensive Reading Saturday, April 1

9 a.m. to noon

Old Main Building 104

Intensive Writing Saturday, April 8

9 a.m. to noon

Old Main Building 104

Register Here:

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