Education Department Newsletter, April 7, 2017

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New■  Opportunity from The Social Justice Education Movement: Movie Talk Back: Fear and Learning at Hoover Elementary. You are invited to a free screening of Laura Angelica Simón’s 1997 film, “Fear and Learning at Hoover Elementary.” Read more about “Fear and Learning” here <>

Thursday April 13th
5:30-7:30 pm (childcare provided)
MFT Office, 67 8th Ave NE
Screening: 5:30-6:30
Discussion: 6:30-7:30

For more information, contact The Social Justice Education Movement at: <>.

New  Youth Education and Meals Coordinator: Lead weekly cooking and gardening classes with K-8 youth at the Brian Coyle Center! Prepare and serve daily lunch with the same youth using recovered dining hall food and fresh produce. Key skills: flexibility, creativity, on-the-spot thinking, attention to detail, organization and documentation, and an ability to build rapport with diverse youth. Comfort in a kitchen is helpful but can be learned on the job!

The job description may be found at <>.

  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: <>.

  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.

  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 serves 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.

  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: <>.

  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 Writing  Saturday, April 8

9 a.m. to noon

Old Main Building 104

Register Here:

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