■ Pan Asian Week: Pan Asian Week will occur February 23-27, 2015. The purpose of Pan Asian Week is to educate and bring awareness of the rich cultures and identities within the Pan-Asian community. The events will acknowledge and celebrate Asian identity and history through education and empowerment. If you have any questions, contact Hli Vang, Director of Pan Asian Student Services, at <email@example.com> or 612-330-1530.
■ Hip Hop Activism Conference: The Hip Hop Activism Conference will be held on February 21st, 2015 from 9am-6pm at Augsburg College 2nd Floor, Christensen Center Building, 2211 Riverside Ave. S., Minneapolis, Minn. This event is FREE to all and open to the public. For more information, please check out the Facebook event page (“Hip Hop Activism Conference”).
■ Work With Summer Reads VISTA: Summer Reads is an AmeriCorps VISTA program of the Minnesota Literacy Council that focuses on the decline of literacy skills in low-income children over the summer months, a phenomenon commonly referred to as the “summer slide.” Summer Reads VISTAs serve full-time for 8 weeks and are not allowed to have another job during their term of service. As VISTA members, they receive a bi-weekly living allowance, training and professional development, and are eligible for an end-of-service Education Award. More information is available at <http://www.mnliteracy.org/volunteers/vista/summer-reads-vista>. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis through April 30, with priority given to applications received before March 31.
In addition to Summer Reads, the Literacy Council also has a year-long Literacy VISTA program that places and supports members throughout Minnesota to work behind the scenes and create or expand literacy-focused programs that bring low-income children and youth and their families out of poverty. They will begin accepting applications for this program in March.
For more information, contact Wendy Roberts at 651-251-9063 ext. 214 or <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
■ Volunteer at Seward Montessori: Seward Montessori School needs volunteers for History Day on Tuesday, February 24. They need help judging history projects. The school will provide you with a brief training. If you are able to volunteer 1 – 3 hours (between 2 – 6 PM) on Feb. 24, please contact Mary Delander this week: <email@example.com>.
■ Volunteer at Sanford Middle School: Sanford MS is in need of volunteers. They need help in the after school homework help program (4:15 – 5:30 M-Th) and also in classes during the day (9:30-4:00). Please contact Nora Helf <firstname.lastname@example.org> for more information.
■ SteppingStone Theatre School Summer Camp Internship: SteppingStone Theatre School for Young Actors is now accepting resumes for Summer Camp Management Intern. The mission of SteppingStone Theatre is to develop the whole child by using educational theatre programs and fully-staged productions to build self-esteem, confidence, and a sense of community while celebrating diversity in a supportive atmosphere. Requirements: Minimum of two years of college required with a background in theatre and/or education, experience working in a summer camp setting, experience working with a variety of ages, reliable transportation is required and CPR and First Aid Certification or completion is preferred. Email cover letter and resume with references and one letter of recommendation by March 6th, 2015 to: Melissa Briggs at <Melissa@steppingstonetheatre.org>
■ Frog Tutoring is Hiring: Frog Tutoring is looking to hire highly qualified tutors to work with students in the community. To learn more information about Frog Tutoring, please visit our website: <http://frogtutoring.com/>.
■ TC2 is offering three different series of MTLE support sessions in 2015: mathematics overview (four sessions), mathematics intensive (seven sessions), reading and writing (one session). Multiple sessions of each offering will be scheduled in 2015. Please visit the TC2 website <http://www.tcteacher.org/> for current information and registration links.
■ Cedar-Riverside Fellows Program: The Cedar-Riverside Fellows Program is a new, innovative partnership effort of Augsburg College, the Humphrey School of Public Affairs and the Cedar Riverside neighborhood aimed at building skills and experience while working on action-oriented projects in the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood. A total of 6 graduate students (3 from Augsburg, 3 from Humphrey School) will be selected for this fellowship. For more information and program application contact Steve Peacock at <email@example.com>.
■ Submitting ACT Plus Writing or SAT Scores to Meet the Basic Skills Requirement: Beginning January 1, 2015, The Minnesota Board of Teaching will accept passing ACT Plus Writing and SAT scores to meet the statutory requirement for a skills exam in reading, writing and math (i.e., the MTLE basic Skills Test). Please speak with your education advisor to learn more about this option and whether you may qualify.
■ Design your own course for high school students! Century College Upward Bound seeks teachers, or soon to be teachers, to develop and teach courses for our college bound students this summer. Contact Caroline Church at: <caroline.church@ century.edu> for more information. Application deadline is March 22, 2015.
■ Winning Strategies Conference: Normandale Community College is hosting a conference for future teachers on March 28th, 8 am. To 3 pm. The registration fee is $15. Breakout session topics will include: behavior strategies, social skills/cooperation, independence, mental health, conflict mediation, topics specific to categorical disabilities, and literacy/ math/technology strategies to support teacher instruction. More information and register at: <http://www.metroesu.org/ Registration/Events>.
■ Preparing for the Reading MTLE: READ 1230, a one-credit course entitled Preparing for the Reading MTLE, is offered at Normandale Community College in Bloomington, MN 5543. It is scheduled for the second summer session, July 6th through August 6th, on Monday and Wednesday mornings from 10:00-11:30 am. Registration for Summer Sessions begins March 16th. For more information, contact Linette Manier, Director of Teacher Education, Normandale Community College, 952-358-8437 or <Linette.manier@ normandale.edu>.
■ MTLE Preparation Modules: Online MTLE preparation resources are available free of charge to Augsburg teacher education candidates. Go to: <http://www.longsdalepub.com/courses /mtle/start/>. There you will need to provide the following credentials: School #: 48663 School Key: acsuccess Registration requires you to provide your name and email address, no ID Number is required. Please save your registration information, as you will be required to enter it each time you visit the site.
■ MAE Degree Documents Updated: The MAE Degree Completion Research Project Handbook has been updated for academic year 2014-15. Significant edits have been done to the Intent to Complete form, including FERPA language that is critical when students submit bound thesis. [Submission of Intent to Complete form is required prior to beginning degree completion courses.] Please make sure that you are working with the updated Handbook and using updated forms. Please speak with your advisor if you have questions.
- MAE Handbook: http://web.augsburg.edu/~custer/MAEDegreeCompletion2014-15.pdf
- MAE Intent to Complete Form: http://web. augsburg.edu/~custer/CompletionIntent_14-15.pdf
■ Education Department Office is Also Open Certain Non-Business Hours: • Tuesday and Thursday until 6 p.m. every week. • Friday until 6 p.m. and Saturday over the noon hour every Weekend College weekend. Turn things in; pick things up; leave messages or materials for faculty; check your department file – we are here for you.
■ MASA Jobsite Online: The Minnesota Association of School Administrators sponsors a no cost website for education-related jobs in Minnesota. They have over 500 jobs posted. Visit <http://www.mnasa.org> and click on “MASA Jobsite ” and follow the instructions to post your resume.
Submitting news to Augsburg:
- To the Education Department News: Send your news to Joseph Erickson at C.B. 312 or erickson-AT-augsburg.edu.
- To the Augsburg Now published by the Augsburg College Office of Public Relations and Communication: Send your news to C.B. 145 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- 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 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)