Education Department Newsletter, March 23, 2018

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New  Start Planning Now for European Study Abroad Trip in May 2019! Study Education and Psychology in Slovenia, May 2019: Examine the roots of both educational and psychological practices that shaped European culture in beautiful Ljubljana, Slovenia. As part of this May 2019 travel program, you will also experience Roman ruins in Croatia and the canals of Venice, Italy.

This travel seminar has been the most popular Augsburg summer short-term travel seminar each time it has been offered, with maximum enrollment achieved each trip, so start planning now to make sure you can join us!

For more information, visit <>. To apply, go to <>.

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

New  Public Achievement Town Hall Meeting: Augsburg’s Public Achievement invite you to take part in an open forum discussion on the growing needs of our children due to the increase in mental health issues on Wednesday, March 28, 2018, from 7:00 P.M. — 8:30 P.M. in Oren Gateway Center Room #100. Free parking passes will be available at Augsburg Dept. of Public Safety inside Urness Tower. For special accommodations needed please RSVP Shayna at

New  Mental Health 101 for Educators:  An overview of the history of mental health care, signs and symptoms of mental illness, recovery, how to support students who are living with a mental illness, and resources educators can provide to their students will be offered on Thursday, March 29, 4:00-5:30 pm in Oren Gateway Center, Room 114 . This event is free and open to the public. Two Continuing Education hours will be available to educators.

New  Visitation School Jobs: Visitation School in Mendota Heights, Minnesota has a number of middle-level and high school teaching position openings for this fall 2018. More information may be found at: <>.

  New Free MTLE Preparation Site: A new free site on which our students can gain valuable test prep experience for the MTLE is available. It is the preparation site for the *Massachusetts* teacher candidate test.

The site can be located following these steps:

Go to: Learning Express (all centers)

  1. Career Center
  2. Prepare for an Occupation
  3. Teaching

Find the MTEL (this is the Massachusetts version but it is almost identical to the Minnesota version of the test)

Students need to register but only need to fill in the spots with an asterisk. and can skip the blank for student ID.

  Teacher Candidate Grant Funding Available for Qualified Students: The Office of Higher Education is excited to announce the application for the Teacher Candidate Grant is now available. The Minnesota Teacher Candidate Grant provides postsecondary financial assistance to eligible students enrolled in Minnesota teacher preparation programs during one term in which the student is completing a required 12-week or more student teaching experience. On a funds-available basis, selected undergraduate and graduate students may receive awards of up to $7,500. Applicants must intend to work in an identified shortage area and/or belong to a racial or ethnic group underrepresented in the Minnesota teacher workforce to be eligible. Go to: <> for more information.

Submitting news to Augsburg:

  • To the Education Department News: Send your news to Joseph Erickson at C.B. 312 or
  • To the Augsburg Now published by the Augsburg College Office of Public Relations and Communication: Send your news to C.B. 145 or
  • To the daily A-Mail electronic newsletter: Go to AugNet Home Page and log in. Then click on “Submit News and Announcements” link.

Connecting with Alumni and Friends:

Augsburg College provides several ways to stay connected with Alumni and friends. Here are some links to get you started:

  • Alumni Information Update: Submit news and contact information changes to the college’s Alumni Office.
  • TC2 New Teachers’ Blog

Other Sources of News for K-12 Teachers:

Here are links to some of the very best online news sources for K-12 teachers:

  • Education Week
  • Teacher Magazine
  • Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (also, subscribe to ASCD SmartBrief, a daily email news resource delivered right to your inbox).