Education Department Newsletter, January 18, 2019

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New■ Student Teaching General Education (not ABS) in Fall 2019: Candidates who are ready to student teach in Fall Semester 2019 (meaning all coursework will be completed before September 2019) are required to attend ONE of these mandatory Information Sessions:

  • Saturday, January 26, 10:00am to 12:00pm in Marshall Room of Christensen Center
  • Monday, January 28, 4:00-5:45pm in Marshall Room of Christensen CenterIf you have a class or work conflict, please contact Barbara West <> before January 26 for directions as how to proceed.

New■ Student Teaching for Special Education (ABS) in Fall 2019: Candidates who are ready to student teach in Fall Semester 2019 (meaning all coursework will be completed before September 2019) are required to attend ONE of these mandatory Information Sessions:

  • Saturday, February 2, 10:00am to 12:00pm in Oren Gateway 113
  • Monday, February 4, 4:00-5:45pm in Oren Gateway 111

If you have a class or work conflict, please contact Lauren Van Gomple BEFORE JAN 25 for directions as how to proceed.

New■ Free NES Prep Sessions! Invite your classmates! Registration is required. The NES math prep sessions will run from 2/1/2019 to 3/1/2019. They are every Friday for 5 weeks and will be held at Metro State University (Midway campus). There are reading and writing prep sessions at Augsburg University on 4/1/2019 & 4/8/2019. For those of you who have not passed the NES exam or partially passed the NES exam, you can pick and choose which sessions to attend. We advise students to take the NES exam right after the prep sessions while the material is fresh in your mind. Go to: <> for more information and registration links.

New■ Restorative Practice Professional Development: Educators and students will learn the history and seven guiding principles of restorative practice. Participants will have the opportunity to learn about the circle process and reflect on the benefits of restorative practices in learning communities. Participants will also be given time to reflect on their own classroom, site, and district’s capacity to adopt restorative practices. Date: 1/30/2019, Time: 5:30-7pm. Event hosted by Education Minnesota Organized by Augsburg Citizen Educators.

New■ St. Paul School of Northern Lights is in need of paid translators. They need speakers of Spanish, Hmong, Somali and Karen. Please contact Emily Kindelspire at <> or 763-257-4329 for more information or to apply.

New■ “Actually” Augsburg Discount: Augsburg students wishing to attend the play “Actually” can receive a discount on their ticket purchase. This play explores perception and reality concerning consent and social norms today. To reserve tickets, you can either go online (, or call the box office (651-647-4315). Use Promo Code: ONSTAGE for $14 Tickets to see Actually for any Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday performance. More information is available about the play at: <>.

New■ Reaching Up, a non-profit after-school academic enrichment program housed at Easter Lutheran Church in Eagan, is seeking volunteers to work with middle, and high school students in the Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan school district. Volunteer hours run from 3:00 to 6:00 PM Monday through Thursday. This includes a half-hour recreational time from 5:00 to 5:30 and a free community meal (open to any volunteers) provided by Loaves and Fishes from 5:30 to 6:00. Please contact Becky Haage at 952-356-4879 or <> with any questions or for further information about how to sign up.

■ 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 <>.

■ 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).