Education Department Newsletter, December 14, 2018

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New  14th Annual Winning Strategies Conference for Future Teachers and Paraprofessionals: This conference is being held on January 26, 2019, 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Normandale Community College, 9700 France Avenue South Bloomington, MN 55431. The cost is $25, which includes lunch and refreshments. Register online: <>. Registration Deadline: Jan 18, 2019.  For more information, please contact Gail Jankowski at <>.

New  MIGIZI Communications, Inc. Seeking Academic Specialist:  MIGIZI, an American Indian education program in South Minneapolis, is seeking an academic specialist to work in their programs with Native youth. The position is full time (40 hrs/week) position requiring some evening, and weekend hours; This position works under the supervision of MIGIZI’s Director of Programs/Project Coordinator. To apply: send cover letter and resume to: <>.

New  Eden Prairie Schools is hiring at Eagle Zone, a before and after school program operating in the elementary schools in Eden Prairie. Starting salary: $18.61working approximately 3 hrs – 6 hrs between 6:00-9:00 am and 3:00-6:00 pm. For more information, contact Brock Bormann <>.

  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 <>.

  United States Academic Decathlon: In April 2019, Minnesota will host the United States Academic Decathlon national competition. More than 70 teams from across the United States, China and the United Kingdom will attend the national competition in Bloomington, MN April 25–27.

In Academic Decathlon, students participate in 10 events: economics, mathematics, science, social science, literature, art, music, essay, speech and interview. There is also a compilation event called Super Quiz that combines all areas into a quiz show style format.

USAD is seeking volunteers to serve as judges for speech or interview as well as proctors for written exams and the Super Quiz. Without volunteer judges and proctors, this event would not be possible. Please consider sharing this information with your colleagues and education students to join us at this exciting competition!

For more information about volunteer assignments and a link to registration, visit or contact Mary Hillmann at <>.

  University of Northern Iowa (UNI) Overseas Teaching Services and Recruiting Fair: The 2019 UNI Overseas Teaching Services and Recruiting Fair is scheduled for February 1st – February 2nd, 2019 in Waterloo, IA. This Fair is for teachers looking to teach abroad for the 2019-2020 school year. Questions? Go to: <>.

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 University 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 login. Then click on “Submit News and Announcements” link.

Connecting with Alumni and Friends:

Augsburg University 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 university’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).