Education Department Newsletter, February 15, 2018

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New  Free NES Prep Sessions! Invite your classmates! Registration is required. The NES 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  Missing Voices: Equity in Education Summit: The sixth Missing Voices: Equity in Education Summit is titled “Advocate: Access & Act!” The event is focused on the intersections of advocacy, civic engagement, and equity in education. The event will be at the Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota Minneapolis Campus Event Center. The date is February 28th, 2019 from 8:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m..

Admission is free for students, families, and community organizers! We are reserving 150 spots for youth. Tickets are $125 for education professionals and general admission. Please contact Becky Accentura if you have any questions. Email: <>.

  St. Paul School of Northern Lights is in need of paid translators. An open house is scheduled on Saturday, February 23rd from 3-6:30 pm. Students would be paid $17/hr and we can provide transportation to the event—it’s in the W. 7th neighborhood of St. Paul. 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  Skyhawks Sports Minnesota is now hiring summer sport coaches! in the Twin Cities and Rochester areas. Apply at: <>. For more information, contact Patty O’Brien, Skyhawks Sports Minnesota, 651-998-0418.

  “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: <>.

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.

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

Submitting news to Augsburg:
• To the Education Department News: Send your news to Joseph Erickson at C.B. 312 or
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• 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).