Education Department Newsletter, March 3, 2017

New  History Day Judges Needed at Seward Montessori School: History Day at Seward School is Tuesday, March 7th.  Any amount of time would be appreciated—no experience necessary. Training will be provided. Judging will be from 4-7pm. Please email <mary.delander@mpls.k12.mn.us> or <jessica.grabe@mpls.k12.mn.us> with questions or to sign up.

New  MTLE Test Preparation Webinars: The Evaluation Systems group of Pearson is inviting Minnesota teacher candidates to participate in a webinar on how to prepare for the Minnesota Teacher Licensure Examinations (MTLE). Sessions will be held on:

Monday, March 27, 2017; 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., and

Thursday, March 30, 2017; 3:00 p.m.  – 4:00 p.m. CST

Topics will include:

  • How to create your MTLE Account and register for the test
  • How to read your MTLE score report
  • What test preparation resources are available
  • How to prepare to retake a test

Information about how to access the webinar session of your choice is available on the MTLE program website at <https://www.mtle.nesinc.com>.

  Free NES Essential Skills Prep: The EAST Program along with the Education Department will be providing FREE overview sessions to prepare for the essential skills exam in math, reading, and writing. There is no fee for the sessions, but registration is required. The sessions are open to all teacher candidates. Teacher candidates of color and Native American teacher candidates are strongly encouraged to attend. 

Math Test Sessions, dates, times and location (attend all)

Saturday, March 4

9 a.m. to noon

Old Main Building 104

Saturday, March 11

9 a.m. to noon

Old Main Building 104

Saturday, March 25

9 a.m. to noon

Old Main Building 104

Register Here: https://goo.gl/PzC8fd

Reading and Writing Test Sessions, dates, times and location (attend all)

Intensive Reading

Saturday, April 1

9 a.m. to noon

Old Main Building 104

Intensive Writing

Saturday, April 8

9 a.m. to noon

Old Main Building 104

Register Here: https://goo.gl/xb4MVO

■ 2017 Urban Scholars Internships: Urban Scholars is a twelve-week paid internship in leadership and professional development providing students from diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds with distinctive professional experience. This program is open to currently enrolled undergrad and grad students. The 2017 Urban Scholars application is available now until Saturday, February 18, 2017. For more information: <http://www.ci.minneapolis.mn.us/civilrights/urbanscholars/>.

■ Several Updates Regarding Minnesota BOT Testing:

• The Minnesota Board of Teaching (BOT) no longer requires the ACT/SAT/GRE/Praxis I scores be taken within the past 10 years.  There is currently no time limit.  Keep in mind that the ACT scores must be the ACT Plus Writing which started around February 2005.

SAT recently changed the way they score their tests.  The new scores (and old) can be found on the link to the MN Board of Teaching website: <http://mn.gov/board-of-teaching/beaneducator/licensureexams/>.

•Minnesota Version of NES Now Available: As of August 30th, candidates are now able to sign up for the MN NES exam directly through the MTLE website by using this link:

<http://www.mtle.nesinc.com/PageView.aspx?f=HTML_FRAG/GENRB_AnnounceBasicSkills.html>

• The passing score for the MN NES is 520 for all three tests (Reading, Writing and Math):

MN NES EAS Subtest Passing Score (on a 400–600 point scale)

Reading=520

Writing=520

Mathematics=520

The test is exactly the same as the National NES exam, it’s just that MN candidates are given 15 extra minutes of time.  Because of the extra time, the score rating had to be adjusted.  The same number of correct raw scores needed to pass is exactly the same on both tests.  The National NES exam is based on a 100-300 point scale and the MN NES is based on a 400-600 point scale. The MN NES scores will be available to view in Results Analyzer starting with the October 7th reporting date.

NOTE:  If candidates sign up and take the National NES exam after August 30th, they will accept the scores if they met the minimum passing score:

NES EAS Subtest Passing Score (on a 100–300 point scale)

Reading=205

Writing=214

Mathematics=213

Also, if a candidate has taken and passed a portion of the MTLE basic skills, they need to register and complete ONLY the portion they have not passed of that basic skills test through NES.  They do not need to complete the whole series of Reading, Writing and Math over unless they did not pass all portions.

A listing of all licensure exam minimum passing scores can be found on the Board of Teaching website at:

<http://mn.gov/board-of-teaching/beaneducator/licensureexams/>

• Free study materials will be available for all MTLE test. There are also expanded test preparation products available for cost. Additional information can be found on their website using this link:

<http://www.mtle.nesinc.com/PageView.aspx?f=GEN_PreparationMaterials.html>

Pearson has also expanded their customer service hours to M-F 7AM-7PM and Sat from 8AM-4PM.

For questions and more information, please contact: Debby Odell, Educator Licensing, Supervisor <Debby.Odell@state.mn.us> or (651) 582-8522.

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 now@augsburg.edu.
  • 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:

Other Sources of News for K-12 Teachers:

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

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Education Department Newsletter, February 17, 2017

  Fall 2017 Student Teaching for Special Education Information Meeting: If you are planning on student teaching in Fall 2017 you must attend one of the following sessions:

  • Monday, February 27 in Lindell Library, Room 202 from 5:30 – 7pm or
  • Wednesday, March 1 in Lindell Library, Room 202 from 5:30 – 7pm

Questions? Contact Gretchen Guenter at <guenter@augsburg.edu>.

  Free NES Essential Skills Prep: The EAST Program along with the Education Department will be providing FREE overview sessions to prepare for the essential skills exam in math, reading, and writing. There is no fee for the sessions, but registration is required. The sessions are open to all teacher candidates. Teacher candidates of color and Native American teacher candidates are strongly encouraged to attend. 

Math Test Sessions, dates, times and location (attend all)

Saturday, February 18

9 a.m. to noon

Old Main Building 104

Saturday, February 25

9 a.m. to noon

Old Main Building 104

Saturday, March 4

9 a.m. to noon

Old Main Building 104

Saturday, March 11

9 a.m. to noon

Old Main Building 104

Saturday, March 25

9 a.m. to noon

Old Main Building 10

Register Here: https://goo.gl/PzC8fd


Reading and Writing Test
Sessions, dates, times and location (attend all)

Intensive Reading Saturday, April 1

9 a.m. to noon

Old Main Building 104

Intensive Writing Saturday, April 8

9 a.m. to noon

Old Main Building 104

Register Here: https://goo.gl/xb4MVO

New  2017 Global Internships: One Heart Source is currently accepting applications for their 2017 Experiential Learning Programs in Cape Town, South Africa. They are offering a variety of 1, 2, and 4-week volunteer programs and internships for this summer. Application Deadline: February 17, 2016. Learn more here: <http://www.oneheartsource.org/>.

  American Swedish Institute Workshop: The ASI in Minneapolis, is hosting a workshop for teachers titled “Scandinavia during World War II and the Holocaust.”  It will be held on Friday, March 3, 2017 from 8:30 AM – 3:00 PM. This workshop is geared towards Social Studies and English/Comm Arts pre-service teachers and is sponsored by the US Holocaust Museum, Tolerance MN, and the American Swedish Institute. Registration costs $35 and participants will receive lunch and a number of DVDs, CDs, books and teaching strategies from the sponsoring organizations. Registration can be found at <https://www.eventbrite.com/e/scandinavia-during-world-war-ii-and-the-holocaust-tickets-31257767825>.

  Skyhawks Sport Minnesota Jobs: Skyhawks Sport Minnesota, a local youth sport camp company is looking for applicants for summer coaching and directing positions at their summer caps camps community park departments and school districts in the Twin Cities metro area; Rochester, and Hudson, WI.  Apply online at: <http://www.skyhawks.com/minnesota>.Group interviews/job tryouts will be held on Saturday, March 18th from 9am to 11am in Minnetonka.  Call Lisa M. Damon at 651-263-5159 (cell) for more information.

  Camp Fire Minnesota Jobs: Camp Fire Minnesota is seeking applicants for a variety of summer job opportunities. More information may be found at: <http://campfiremn.org/Tanadoona/Staff/>.  For more information, contact Brent Cummins at (612) 246-3891.

■ 2017 Urban Scholars Internships: Urban Scholars is a twelve-week paid internship in leadership and professional development providing students from diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds with distinctive professional experience. This program is open to currently enrolled undergrad and grad students. The 2017 Urban Scholars application is available now until Saturday, February 18, 2017. For more information: <http://www.ci.minneapolis.mn.us/civilrights/urbanscholars/>.

■ Several Updates Regarding Minnesota BOT Testing:

• The Minnesota Board of Teaching (BOT) no longer requires the ACT/SAT/GRE/Praxis I scores be taken within the past 10 years.  There is currently no time limit.  Keep in mind that the ACT scores must be the ACT Plus Writing which started around February 2005.

SAT recently changed the way they score their tests.  The new scores (and old) can be found on the link to the MN Board of Teaching website: <http://mn.gov/board-of-teaching/beaneducator/licensureexams/>.

•Minnesota Version of NES Now Available: As of August 30th, candidates are now able to sign up for the MN NES exam directly through the MTLE website by using this link:

<http://www.mtle.nesinc.com/PageView.aspx?f=HTML_FRAG/GENRB_AnnounceBasicSkills.html>

• The passing score for the MN NES is 520 for all three tests (Reading, Writing and Math):

MN NES EAS Subtest Passing Score (on a 400–600 point scale)

Reading=520

Writing=520

Mathematics=520

The test is exactly the same as the National NES exam, it’s just that MN candidates are given 15 extra minutes of time.  Because of the extra time, the score rating had to be adjusted.  The same number of correct raw scores needed to pass is exactly the same on both tests.  The National NES exam is based on a 100-300 point scale and the MN NES is based on a 400-600 point scale. The MN NES scores will be available to view in Results Analyzer starting with the October 7th reporting date.

NOTE:  If candidates sign up and take the National NES exam after August 30th, they will accept the scores if they met the minimum passing score:

NES EAS Subtest Passing Score (on a 100–300 point scale)

Reading=205

Writing=214

Mathematics=213

Also, if a candidate has taken and passed a portion of the MTLE basic skills, they need to register and complete ONLY the portion they have not passed of that basic skills test through NES.  They do not need to complete the whole series of Reading, Writing and Math over unless they did not pass all portions.

A listing of all licensure exam minimum passing scores can be found on the Board of Teaching website at:

<http://mn.gov/board-of-teaching/beaneducator/licensureexams/>

• Free study materials will be available for all MTLE test. There are also expanded test preparation products available for cost. Additional information can be found on their website using this link:

<http://www.mtle.nesinc.com/PageView.aspx?f=GEN_PreparationMaterials.html>

Pearson has also expanded their customer service hours to M-F 7AM-7PM and Sat from 8AM-4PM.

For questions and more information, please contact: Debby Odell, Educator Licensing, Supervisor <Debby.Odell@state.mn.us> or (651) 582-8522.

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 now@augsburg.edu.
  • 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:

Other Sources of News for K-12 Teachers:

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

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Education Department Newsletter, February 10, 2017

  Fall 2017 Student Teaching for Special Education Information Meeting: If you are planning on student teaching in Fall 2017 you must attend one of the following sessions:

  • Monday, February 27 in Lindell Library room 202 from 5:30 – 7pm or
  • Wednesday, March 1 in Riverside Room in Christensen Center from 5:30 – 7pm

Questions? Contact Gretchen Guenter at <guenter@augsburg.edu>.

  Free NES Essential Skills Prep: The EAST Program along with the Education Department will be providing FREE overview sessions to prepare for the essential skills exam in math, reading, and writing. There is no fee for the sessions, but registration is required. The sessions are open to all teacher candidates. Teacher candidates of color and Native American teacher candidates are strongly encouraged to attend. 

Math Test Sessions, dates, times and location (attend all)

Saturday, February 11

9 a.m. to noon

Old Main Building 104

Saturday, February 18

9 a.m. to noon

Old Main Building 104

Saturday, February 25

9 a.m. to noon

Old Main Building 104

Saturday, March 4

9 a.m. to noon

Old Main Building 104

Saturday, March 11

9 a.m. to noon

Old Main Building 104

Saturday, March 25

9 a.m. to noon

Old Main Building 104

 Register Here: https://goo.gl/PzC8fd

Reading and Writing Test Sessions, dates, times and location (attend all)

Intensive Reading, Saturday, April 1

9 a.m. to noon

Old Main Building 104

Intensive Writing, Saturday, April 8

9 a.m. to noon

Old Main Building 104

Register Here: https://goo.gl/xb4MVO

  American Swedish Institute Workshop: The ASI in Minneapolis, is hosting a workshop for teachers titled “Scandinavia during World War II and the Holocaust.”  It will be held on Friday, March 3, 2017 from 8:30 AM – 3:00 PM. This workshop is geared towards Social Studies and English/Comm Arts pre-service teachers and is sponsored by the US Holocaust Museum, Tolerance MN, and the American Swedish Institute. Registration costs $35 and participants will receive lunch and a number of DVDs, CDs, books and teaching strategies from the sponsoring organizations. Registration can be found at <https://www.eventbrite.com/e/scandinavia-during-world-war-ii-and-the-holocaust-tickets-31257767825>.

New  Skyhawks Sport Minnesota Jobs: Skyhawks Sport Minnesota, a local youth sport camp company is looking for applicants for summer coaching and directing positions at their summer caps camps community park departments and school districts in the Twin Cities metro area; Rochester, and Hudson, WI.  Apply online at: <http://www.skyhawks.com/minnesota>.Group interviews/job tryouts will be held on Saturday, March 18th from 9am to 11am in Minnetonka.  Call Lisa M. Damon at 651-263-5159 (cell) for more information.

New  Camp Fire Minnesota Jobs: Camp Fire Minnesota is seeking applicants for a variety of summer job opportunities. More information may be found at: <http://campfiremn.org/Tanadoona/Staff/>.  For more information, contact Brent Cummins at (612) 246-3891.

New■ Behavioral Dimensions Jobs: Behavioral Dimensions is looking to hire for applicants for their programs throughout the Twin Cities metro, St. Cloud, Alexandria, Duluth, & the Iron Range. Part time and full time positions are available. If you are interested, contact Jay O’Neill at 612-889-0278 or by email at< joneill@behavioraldimensions.com>.

New■ 2017 Urban Scholars Internships: Urban Scholars is a twelve-week paid internship in leadership and professional development providing students from diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds with distinctive professional experience. This program is open to currently enrolled undergrad and grad students. The 2017 Urban Scholars application is available now until Saturday, February 18, 2017. For more information: <http://www.ci.minneapolis.mn.us/civilrights/urbanscholars/>.

New■ Dodge Nature Center Internships: Dodge Nature Center in West St. Paul, MN is offering a twelve-month learning opportunity for recent college graduates through their Naturalist Fellowship Program.  They are recruiting now for the next year’s cohort which will begin on September 5, 2017. More information and all application materials are available at : <http://www.dodgenaturecenter.org/ About/Career-Opportunities>. If you have any questions, contact Teresa Root at 651-455-4531.

■ Several Updates Regarding Minnesota BOT Testing:

• The Minnesota Board of Teaching (BOT) no longer requires the ACT/SAT/GRE/Praxis I scores be taken within the past 10 years.  There is currently no time limit.  Keep in mind that the ACT scores must be the ACT Plus Writing which started around February 2005.

SAT recently changed the way they score their tests.  The new scores (and old) can be found on the link to the MN Board of Teaching website: <http://mn.gov/board-of-teaching/beaneducator/licensureexams/>.

•Minnesota Version of NES Now Available: As of August 30th, candidates are now able to sign up for the MN NES exam directly through the MTLE website by using this link:

<http://www.mtle.nesinc.com/PageView.aspx?f=HTML_FRAG/GENRB_AnnounceBasicSkills.html>

• The passing score for the MN NES is 520 for all three tests (Reading, Writing and Math):

MN NES EAS Subtest Passing Score (on a 400–600 point scale)

Reading=520

Writing=520

Mathematics=520

The test is exactly the same as the National NES exam, it’s just that MN candidates are given 15 extra minutes of time.  Because of the extra time, the score rating had to be adjusted.  The same number of correct raw scores needed to pass is exactly the same on both tests.  The National NES exam is based on a 100-300 point scale and the MN NES is based on a 400-600 point scale. The MN NES scores will be available to view in Results Analyzer starting with the October 7th reporting date.

NOTE:  If candidates sign up and take the National NES exam after August 30th, they will accept the scores if they met the minimum passing score:

NES EAS Subtest Passing Score (on a 100–300 point scale)

Reading=205

Writing=214

Mathematics=213

Also, if a candidate has taken and passed a portion of the MTLE basic skills, they need to register and complete ONLY the portion they have not passed of that basic skills test through NES.  They do not need to complete the whole series of Reading, Writing and Math over unless they did not pass all portions.

A listing of all licensure exam minimum passing scores can be found on the Board of Teaching website at:

<http://mn.gov/board-of-teaching/beaneducator/licensureexams/>

• Free study materials will be available for all MTLE test. There are also expanded test preparation products available for cost. Additional information can be found on their website using this link:

<http://www.mtle.nesinc.com/PageView.aspx?f=GEN_PreparationMaterials.html>

Pearson has also expanded their customer service hours to M-F 7AM-7PM and Sat from 8AM-4PM.

For questions and more information, please contact: Debby Odell, Educator Licensing, Supervisor <Debby.Odell@state.mn.us> or (651) 582-8522.

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 now@augsburg.edu.
  • 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:

Other Sources of News for K-12 Teachers:

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

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Education Department Newsletter, January 27, 2017

New■  Fall 2017 Student Teaching Information Session: If you are in general education and ESL (everyone except special education) and will complete all required coursework before September 2017, you must attend one of these mandatory information sessions to learn the application process. The remaining session will be held tomorrow:

  • Saturday, January 28, 12:00-1:15pm in Oren Gateway Center 100

If you have a work or class conflict, contact Barbara West immediately to make other arrangements <westb@augsburg.edu>.

New  Fall 2017 Student Teaching for Special Education Information Meeting: If you are planning on student teaching in Fall 2017 you must attend one of the following sessions:

  • Monday, February 27 in Lindell Library room 202 from 5:30 – 7pm or
  • Wednesday, March 1 in Riverside Room in Christensen Center from 5:30 – 7pm

Questions? Contact Gretchen Guenter at <guenter@augsburg.edu>.

New  Free NES Essential Skills Prep: The EAST Program along with the Education Department will be providing FREE overview sessions to prepare for the essential skills exam in math, reading, and writing. There is no fee for the sessions, but registration is required. The sessions are open to all teacher candidates. Teacher candidates of color and Native American teacher candidates are strongly encouraged to attend. 

Math Test Sessions, dates, times and location (attend all)

Saturday, January 28

9 a.m. to noon

Old Main Building 104

Saturday, February 4

9 a.m. to noon

Old Main Building 104

Saturday, February 11

9 a.m. to noon

Old Main Building 104

Saturday, February 18

9 a.m. to noon

Old Main Building 104

Saturday, February 25

9 a.m. to noon

Old Main Building 104

Saturday, March 4

9 a.m. to noon

Old Main Building 104

Saturday, March 11

9 a.m. to noon

Old Main Building 104

Saturday, March 25

9 a.m. to noon

Old Main Building 104

Register Here:https://goo.gl/PzC8fd

Reading and Writing Test Sessions, dates, times and location (attend all)

Intensive Reading

Saturday, April 1

9 a.m. to noon

Old Main Building 104

Intensive Writing

Saturday, April 8

9 a.m. to noon

Old Main Building 104

Register Here: https://goo.gl/xb4MVO

New  ACE Social: The Augsburg Citizen Educators student organization would like to invite you to join them for a social hour with cider and cookies on Tuesday, February 7, 4 to 5:30 pm  in the lower level of Sverdrup Hall in the Education Department offices.

New  American Swedish Institute Workshop: The ASI in Minneapolis, is hosting a workshop for teachers titled “Scandinavia during World War II and the Holocaust.”  This workshop is geared towards Social Studies and English/Comm Arts pre-service teachers and is sponsored by the US Holocaust Museum, Tolerance MN, and the American Swedish Institute. Registration costs $35 and participants will receive lunch and a number of DVDs, CDs, books and teaching strategies from the sponsoring organizations. Registration can be found at <https://www.eventbrite.com/e/scandinavia-during-world-war-ii-and-the-holocaust-tickets-31257767825>.

NewUnited Educators Scholarships Available: United Educators Foundation will grant one $2,000 Educator Award, one $1,500 Education Major Award, three $1,000 Student Awards, and two $500 Trade/Technical/Vocational Student awards. The deadline for these awards is Friday, February 3, 2017. All applications are available the website: <http://www.uecu.coop>.

  Last Few Days to Sign Up for European Study Abroad Trip! Study Education and Psychology in Slovenia, May 2017: Examine the roots of both educational and psychological practices that shaped European culture in beautiful Ljubljana, Slovenia. As part of this May 2017 travel program, you will also experience Roman ruins in Croatia and the canals of Venice, Italy.

For more information, visit <http://bit.ly/travel-slovenia-2017>
To apply, go to <http://studyabroad.augsburg.edu/?go=PsychAndEduSlovenia>.

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

■ Several Updates Regarding Minnesota BOT Testing:

• The Minnesota Board of Teaching (BOT) no longer requires the ACT/SAT/GRE/Praxis I scores be taken within the past 10 years.  There is currently no time limit.  Keep in mind that the ACT scores must be the ACT Plus Writing which started around February 2005.

SAT recently changed the way they score their tests.  The new scores (and old) can be found on the link to the MN Board of Teaching website: <http://mn.gov/board-of-teaching/beaneducator/licensureexams/>.

•Minnesota Version of NES Now Available: As of August 30th, candidates are now able to sign up for the MN NES exam directly through the MTLE website by using this link:

<http://www.mtle.nesinc.com/PageView.aspx?f=HTML_FRAG/GENRB_AnnounceBasicSkills.html>

• The passing score for the MN NES is 520 for all three tests (Reading, Writing, and Math):

MN NES EAS Subtest Passing Score (on a 400–600 point scale)

Reading=520

Writing=520

Mathematics=520

The test is exactly the same as the National NES exam, it’s just that MN candidates are given 15 extra minutes of time.  Because of the extra time, the score rating had to be adjusted.  The same number of correct raw scores needed to pass is exactly the same on both tests.  The National NES exam is based on a 100-300 point scale and the MN NES is based on a 400-600 point scale. The MN NES scores will be available to view in Results Analyzer starting with the October 7th reporting date.

NOTE:  If candidates sign up and take the National NES exam after August 30th, they will accept the scores if they met the minimum passing score:

NES EAS Subtest Passing Score (on a 100–300 point scale)

Reading=205

Writing=214

Mathematics=213

Also, if a candidate has taken and passed a portion of the MTLE basic skills, they need to register and complete ONLY the portion they have not passed of that basic skills test through NES.  They do not need to complete the whole series of Reading, Writing and Math over unless they did not pass all portions.

A listing of all licensure exam minimum passing scores can be found on the Board of Teaching website at:

<http://mn.gov/board-of-teaching/beaneducator/licensureexams/>

• Free study materials will be available for all MTLE test. There are also expanded test preparation products available for cost. Additional information can be found on their website using this link:

<http://www.mtle.nesinc.com/PageView.aspx?f=GEN_PreparationMaterials.html>

Pearson has also expanded their customer service hours to M-F 7AM-7PM and Sat from 8AM-4PM.

For questions and more information, please contact: Debby Odell, Educator Licensing, Supervisor <Debby.Odell@state.mn.us> or (651) 582-8522.

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 now@augsburg.edu.
  • 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:

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 Department Newsletter, January 13, 2017

New  Fall 2017 Student Teaching Information Sessions: If you are in general education and ESL (everyone except special education) and will complete all required coursework before September 2017, you must attend one of these mandatory information sessions to learn the application process:

  • Monday January 23, 6:00-7:30pm in Oren Gateway Center 100
  • Saturday January 28, 12:00-1:15pm in Oren Gateway Center 100

If you have a work or class conflict, contact Barbara West immediately to make other arrangements <westb@augsburg.edu>.

New  Film Screening of “1985”: Hmong Women Together and Augsburg Citizen Educators invite all students and faculty to a screening of “1985,” a coming of age story about four Hmong-American youth. The screening will be followed by a conversation with director Kang Vang. More info at: <http://www.1985themovie.com/>. Doors open at 5:30.

  Study Education and Psychology in Slovenia, May 2017: January 31st Deadline is Fast Approaching! Examine the roots of both educational and psychological practices that shaped European culture in beautiful Ljubljana, Slovenia. As part of this May 2017 travel program, you will also experience Roman ruins in Croatia and the canals of Venice, Italy.

For more information, visit <http://bit.ly/travel-slovenia-2017>
To apply, go to <http://studyabroad.augsburg.edu/?go=PsychAndEduSlovenia>.

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

Long-Term Sub Job at STARBASE Minnesota: STARBASE Minnesota is currently seeking an educator (licensed OR currently pursuing a license) to come on as a long term substitute teacher starting January 2017, with the potential of full time employment. Anyone with an elementary education background and/or a secondary education background can apply for this paid, full time (40 hr/week), long term sub position. STARBASE Minnesota is federally funded school-day STEAM enrichment program located at the US Air Force National Guard base at MSP Airport.

For more information, contact: Karee Smith, <ksmith@starbasemn.org>, or 612-713-2353.

New■ Internship at Breakthrough Twin Cities: Breakthrough Twin Cities has a paid, teaching internship opportunity. Breakthrough Twin Cities is a nationally rated top-10 internship by the Princeton Review. The Teaching Fellowship is a great avenue to practice teaching skills and build your resume. Early Action Deadline is on January 12th. Students who are interested in applying can learn about our online application process by visiting: <http://www.breakthroughtwincities.org>. Students can also sign up for weekly reminders and information about the program through their electronic mailing list: <http://eepurl.com/cdoCL9>.

■ Several Updates Regarding Minnesota BOT Testing:

• The Minnesota Board of Teaching (BOT) no longer requires the ACT/SAT/GRE/Praxis I scores be taken within the past 10 years.  There is currently no time limit.  Keep in mind that the ACT scores must be the ACT Plus Writing which started around February 2005.

SAT recently changed the way they score their tests.  The new scores (and old) can be found on the link to the MN Board of Teaching website: <http://mn.gov/board-of-teaching/beaneducator/licensureexams/>.

•Minnesota Version of NES Now Available: As of August 30th, candidates are now able to sign up for the MN NES exam directly through the MTLE website by using this link:

<http://www.mtle.nesinc.com/PageView.aspx?f=HTML_FRAG/GENRB_AnnounceBasicSkills.html>

• The passing score for the MN NES is 520 for all three tests (Reading, Writing, and Math):

MN NES EAS Subtest Passing Score (on a 400–600 point scale)

Reading=520

Writing=520

Mathematics=520

The test is exactly the same as the National NES exam, it’s just that MN candidates are given 15 extra minutes of time.  Because of the extra time, the score rating had to be adjusted.  The same number of correct raw scores needed to pass is exactly the same on both tests.  The National NES exam is based on a 100-300 point scale and the MN NES is based on a 400-600 point scale. The MN NES scores will be available to view in Results Analyzer starting with the October 7th reporting date.

NOTE:  If candidates sign up and take the National NES exam after August 30th, they will accept the scores if they met the minimum passing score:

NES EAS Subtest Passing Score (on a 100–300 point scale)

Reading=205

Writing=214

Mathematics=213

Also, if a candidate has taken and passed a portion of the MTLE basic skills, they need to register and complete ONLY the portion they have not passed of that basic skills test through NES.  They do not need to complete the whole series of Reading, Writing and Math over unless they did not pass all portions.

A listing of all licensure exam minimum passing scores can be found on the Board of Teaching website at:

<http://mn.gov/board-of-teaching/beaneducator/licensureexams/>

• Free study materials will be available for all MTLE test. There are also expanded test preparation products available for cost. Additional information can be found on their website using this link:

<http://www.mtle.nesinc.com/PageView.aspx?f=GEN_PreparationMaterials.html>

Pearson has also expanded their customer service hours to M-F 7AM-7PM and Sat from 8AM-4PM.

For questions and more information, please contact: Debby Odell, Educator Licensing, Supervisor <Debby.Odell@state.mn.us> or (651) 582-8522.

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 now@augsburg.edu.
  • 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:

Other Sources of News for K-12 Teachers:

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

Posted on Categories Newsletter

Education Department Newsletter, December 9, 2016

■  St. Paul Public Schools Job Fair—December 20th: St. Paul Public Schools is planning a career fair for Tuesday, December 20th from noon-4:00pm at the district headquarters, 360 Colborne St. For more information, contact Human Resources at 651-767-8200.

■  Study Education and Psychology in Slovenia, May 2017: Examine the roots of both educational and psychological practices that shaped European culture in beautiful Ljubljana, Slovenia. As part of this May 2017 travel program, you will also experience Roman ruins in Croatia and the canals of Venice, Italy.

For more information, visit <http://bit.ly/travel-slovenia-2017>
To apply, go to <http://studyabroad.augsburg.edu/?go=PsychAndEduSlovenia>.

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

■ Long-Term Sub Job at STARBASE Minnesota: STARBASE Minnesota is currently seeking an educator (licensed OR currently pursuing a license) to come on as a long term substitute teacher starting January 2017, with the potential of full time employment. Anyone with an elementary education background and/or a secondary education background can apply for this paid, full time (40 hr/week), long term sub position. STARBASE Minnesota is federally funded school-day STEAM enrichment program located at the US Air Force National Guard base at MSP Airport. For more information, contact: Karee Smith, <ksmith@starbasemn.org>, or 612-713-2353.

■ After-School Care Staff Position at Good Shepherd School: Good Shepherd School is looking for a part-time paid position with school experience. Good Shepherd School is a small Catholic K-6 school in Golden Valley.  How to Apply: Please contact Brian Walsh, School Care Coordinator, at <brianwalsh@gsgvschool.org> or 763-545-4285 ext. 740 for more details about applying for this opportunity.

■ After School Positions Available at Lincoln International High School:  Lincoln International High School serves  a concentration of East African and Spanish speaking students. They are currently in need of paid volunteers  in their after school program. For more information, contact: Manyi Tambe, Director, Lincoln International High School, Phone: 6128728690 ext 109.

■ The ADAPT4U (After Deployment: Adaptive Parenting Tools) Study is looking for dedicated individuals to conduct structured interviews with military families. The study seeks to develop and evaluate tools to support resilience among military families as they cope with the stress of deployment and reintegration. Applicants must be available for flexible scheduling, including late afternoons, evenings, and weekends.

To apply, or learn more about the position: Go to https://employment.umn.edu/ 2. Click on “Search Postings,” enter Job ID Number: 313931. Interested in learning more about the study? Visit <http://adapt4u.umn.edu>. Any questions may be directed to the Assistant Project Manager, Shauna Tiede, at <tied0033@umn.edu>.

■ River’s Edge Academy is Hiring: River’s Edge Academy is a pubic charter school high school in St. Paul.  Small class sizes support relationship building and academic success! REA is looking to hire a Student Services Manager, ESL teacher and Student Support Specialist. For more information, contact Dr. Meg Cavalier at <mcavalier@reamn.org> or 651-234-0150.

■ Several Updates Regarding Minnesota BOT Testing:

  • The Minnesota Board of Teaching (BOT) no longer requires the ACT/SAT/GRE/Praxis I scores be taken within the past 10 years.  There is currently no time limit.  Keep in mind that the ACT scores must be the ACT Plus Writing which started around February 2005.

SAT recently changed the way they score their tests.  The new scores (and old) can be found on the link to the MN Board of Teaching website: http://mn.gov/board-of-teaching/beaneducator/licensureexams/.

  • Minnesota Version of NES Now Available: As of August 30th, candidates are now able to sign up for the MN NES exam directly through the MTLE website by using this link:

<http://www.mtle.nesinc.com/PageView.aspx?f=HTML_FRAG/GENRB_AnnounceBasicSkills.html>

  • The passing score for the MN NES is 520 for all three tests (Reading, Writing and Math):

MN NES EAS Subtest Passing Score (on a 400–600 point scale)

  • Reading=520
  • Writing=520
  • Mathematics=520

The test is exactly the same as the National NES exam, it’s just that MN candidates are given 15 extra minutes of time.  Because of the extra time, the score rating had to be adjusted.  The same number of correct raw scores needed to pass is exactly the same on both tests.  The National NES exam is based on a 100-300 point scale and the MN NES is based on a 400-600 point scale. The MN NES scores will be available to view in Results Analyzer starting with the October 7th reporting date.

NOTE:  If candidates sign up and take the National NES exam after August 30th, they will accept the scores if they met the minimum passing score:

NES EAS Subtest Passing Score (on a 100–300 point scale)

  • Reading=205
  • Writing=214
  • Mathematics=213

Also, if a candidate has taken and passed a portion of the MTLE basic skills, they need to register and complete ONLY the portion they have not passed of that basic skills test through NES.  They do not need to complete the whole series of Reading, Writing and Math over unless they did not pass all portions.

A listing of all licensure exam minimum passing scores can be found on the Board of Teaching website at:

<http://mn.gov/board-of-teaching/beaneducator/licensureexams/>

For questions and more information, please contact: Debby Odell, Educator Licensing, Supervisor <Debby.Odell@state.mn.us> or (651) 582-8522.

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 now@augsburg.edu.
  • 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:

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 Department Newsletter, December 2, 2016

■  NES Essential Skills Exam Preparation Sessions, Fall 2016 (Updated): These sessions prepare students for the NES essential skills exam. Sessions are held at Augsburg College and are available in reading and/or writing.

Reading and Writing Overview Sessions: The sessions prepare students for the essential skills exam in reading and writing. Candidates may choose to attend reading and/or writing sessions.

  • Sessions: Saturday, December 3rd, 2016 8am-12pm
  • Reading 8AM-10AM, Old Main Building 104
  • Writing 10AM- 12PM, Old Main Building 104

There is no fee for the sessions, but registration is required. If you are interested in registering for the NES Essential Skills Prep Sessions, please register in the link provided below.

NES Reading & Writing Exam Preparation Sessions Registration Link: https://goo.gl/3PVbRk

There is no fee for the sessions, but registration is required. Email <tesfaye2@augsburg.edu> if you have any questions.

■  Study Education and Psychology in Slovenia, May 2017: Examine the roots of both educational and psychological practices that shaped European culture in beautiful Ljubljana, Slovenia. As part of this May 2017 travel program, you will also experience Roman ruins in Croatia and the canals of Venice, Italy.

For more information, visit <http://bit.ly/travel-slovenia-2017>
To apply, go to <http://studyabroad.augsburg.edu/?go=PsychAndEduSlovenia>.

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

New■ Educational Opportunities in Public Policy and Social Justice: Next Tuesday, December 6 at 3:30-5:00 p.m. in the Student Lounge in the Christensen Center, an information session will be held regarding graduate school opportunities for undergraduate students who may be interested in public service at the local, state, national, and international levels. After completing graduate school some areas that students could venture into include but are not limited to global policy, leadership and management, politics and governance, social policy and analysis, and urban and regional planning. Pizza will be served!

New■ Long-Term Sub Job at STARBASE Minnesota: STARBASE Minnesota is currently seeking an educator (licensed OR currently pursuing a license) to come on as a long term substitute teacher starting January 2017, with the potential of full time employment. Anyone with an elementary education background and/or a secondary education background can apply for this paid, full time (40 hr/week), long term sub position. STARBASE Minnesota is federally funded school-day STEAM enrichment program located at the US Air Force National Guard base at MSP Airport. For more information, contact: Karee Smith, <ksmith@starbasemn.org>, or 612-713-2353.

New■ After-School Care Staff Position at Good Shepherd School: Good Shepherd School is looking for a part-time paid position with school experience. Good Shepherd School is a small Catholic K-6 school in Golden Valley.  How to Apply: Please contact Brian Walsh, School Care Coordinator, at <brianwalsh@gsgvschool.org> or 763-545-4285 ext. 740 for more details about applying for this opportunity.

New■ After School Positions Available at Lincoln International High School:  Lincoln International High School serves  a concentration of East African and Spanish speaking students. They are currently in need of paid volunteers  in their after school program. For more information, contact: Manyi Tambe, Director, Lincoln International High School, Phone: 6128728690 ext 109.

New■ The ADAPT4U (After Deployment: Adaptive Parenting Tools) Study is looking for dedicated individuals to conduct structured interviews with military families. The study seeks to develop and evaluate tools to support resilience among military families as they cope with the stress of deployment and reintegration. Applicants must be available for flexible scheduling, including late afternoons, evenings, and weekends.

To apply, or learn more about the position: Go to https://employment.umn.edu/ 2. Click on “Search Postings,” enter Job ID Number: 313931. Interested in learning more about the study? Visit <http://adapt4u.umn.edu>. Any questions may be directed to the Assistant Project Manager, Shauna Tiede, at <tied0033@umn.edu>.

■ River’s Edge Academy is Hiring: River’s Edge Academy is a pubic charter school high school in St. Paul.  Small class sizes support relationship building and academic success! REA is looking to hire a Student Services Manager, ESL teacher and Student Support Specialist. For more information, contact Dr. Meg Cavalier at <mcavalier@reamn.org> or 651-234-0150.

■ Several Updates Regarding Minnesota BOT Testing:

  • The Minnesota Board of Teaching (BOT) no longer requires the ACT/SAT/GRE/Praxis I scores be taken within the past 10 years.  There is currently no time limit.  Keep in mind that the ACT scores must be the ACT Plus Writing which started around February 2005.

SAT recently changed the way they score their tests.  The new scores (and old) can be found on the link to the MN Board of Teaching website: http://mn.gov/board-of-teaching/beaneducator/licensureexams/.

  • Minnesota Version of NES Now Available: As of August 30th, candidates are now able to sign up for the MN NES exam directly through the MTLE website by using this link:

<http://www.mtle.nesinc.com/PageView.aspx?f=HTML_FRAG/GENRB_AnnounceBasicSkills.html>

  • The passing score for the MN NES is 520 for all three tests (Reading, Writing and Math):

MN NES EAS Subtest Passing Score (on a 400–600 point scale)

  • Reading=520
  • Writing=520
  • Mathematics=520

The test is exactly the same as the National NES exam, it’s just that MN candidates are given 15 extra minutes of time.  Because of the extra time, the score rating had to be adjusted.  The same number of correct raw scores needed to pass is exactly the same on both tests.  The National NES exam is based on a 100-300 point scale and the MN NES is based on a 400-600 point scale. The MN NES scores will be available to view in Results Analyzer starting with the October 7th reporting date.

NOTE:  If candidates sign up and take the National NES exam after August 30th, they will accept the scores if they met the minimum passing score:

NES EAS Subtest Passing Score (on a 100–300 point scale)

  • Reading=205
  • Writing=214
  • Mathematics=213

Also, if a candidate has taken and passed a portion of the MTLE basic skills, they need to register and complete ONLY the portion they have not passed of that basic skills test through NES.  They do not need to complete the whole series of Reading, Writing and Math over unless they did not pass all portions.

A listing of all licensure exam minimum passing scores can be found on the Board of Teaching website at:

<http://mn.gov/board-of-teaching/beaneducator/licensureexams/>

For questions and more information, please contact: Debby Odell, Educator Licensing, Supervisor <Debby.Odell@state.mn.us> or (651) 582-8522.

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 now@augsburg.edu.
  • 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:

Other Sources of News for K-12 Teachers:

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

Posted on Categories Newsletter

Education Department Newsletter, November 11, 2016

New■  NES Essential Skills Exam Preparation Sessions, Fall 2016 (Updated): These sessions prepare students for the NES essential skills exam. Sessions are held at Augsburg College and are available in reading and/or writing.

Reading and Writing Overview Sessions: The sessions prepare students for the essential skills exam in reading and writing. Candidates may choose to attend reading and/or writing sessions.

  • Sessions: Saturday, December 3rd, 2016 8am-12pm
  • Reading 8AM-10AM, Old Main Building 104
  • Writing 10AM- 12PM, Old Main Building 104

There is no fee for the sessions, but registration is required. If you are interested in registering for the NES Essential Skills Prep Sessions, please register in the links provided below.

NES Reading & Writing Exam Preparation Sessions Registration Link

https://goo.gl/3PVbRk

There is no fee for the sessions, but registration is required. Email <tesfaye2@augsburg.edu> if you have any questions.

■  Study Education and Psychology in Slovenia, May 2017: Examine the roots of both educational and psychological practices that shaped European culture in beautiful Ljubljana, Slovenia. As part of this May 2017 travel program, you will also experience Roman ruins in Croatia and the canals of Venice, Italy.

For more information, visit <http://bit.ly/travel-slovenia-2017>To apply, go to <http://studyabroad.augsburg.edu/?go=PsychAndEduSlovenia>.

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

New■ 2016-17 SPPS Extended Day for Learning (EDL) Elementary K-5 Job Opportunities: Positions as an extended day learning (EDL) worker and other career opportunities are available throughout the school year in St. Paul Public Schools (SPPS). Go to <http://www.spps.org > for more information.

New■ Job Opportunities at Bancroft Elementary: Bancroft Elementary School (Minneapolis) is looking for youth workers to lead classes at Bancroft during the afterschool program starting when students get back from winter break. The winter/spring session will run Jan. 9 – May 3, 2017. Our program runs Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday from 1:50-3:05pm. Youth workers can lead a variety of different classes and do not necessarily need to teach all three days. Pay = $15/hr. For more information, please contact Mariah Messer at <Mariah.Messer@mpls.k12.mn.us> or  612.668.3557.

New■ River’s Edge Academy is Hiring: River’s Edge Academy is a pubic charter school high school in St. Paul.  Small class sizes support relationship building and academic success! REA is looking to hire a Student Services Manager, ESL teacher and Student Support Specialist. For more information, contact Dr. Meg Cavalier at <mcavalier@reamn.org> or 651-234-0150.

New■ 2017 Global Internships: One Heart Source runs experiential learning programs for university undergraduate and post-graduate students seeking international experience via service. The programs focus on global mentorship, youth empowerment, and cultural immersion. One Heart Source is currently accepting applications for our 2017 Experiential Learning Programs in Cape Town, South Africa and Jamaica. We are offering a variety of 2 and 4-week volunteer programs and internships next summer. For more information, contact Callan Hajosy at <contact@oneheartsource.org>.

■ Become an AVID Tutor in MPS: Interested in part-time work with learners in Minneapolis schools? AVID Tutors are positive role models passionate about helping students reach their potential. AVID in Minneapolis Public Schools is a class for 6-12 grade students designed to close the achievement gap while preparing students for college. Tutorials are an integral part of an AVID classroom and a unique learning experience. Tutors facilitate small collaborative groups of students who utilize a process of inquiry for problem solving. For more information or to apply:

<http://humanresources.mpls.k12.mn.us/employment.html>. Questions: <maria.roberts@mpls.k12.mn.us>.

■ Several Updates Regarding Minnesota BOT Testing:

  • The Minnesota Board of Teaching (BOT) no longer requires the ACT/SAT/GRE/Praxis I scores be taken within the past 10 years. There is currently no time limit. Keep in mind that the ACT scores must be the ACT Plus Writing which started around February 2005.

SAT recently changed the way they score their tests.  The new scores (and old) can be found on the link to the MN Board of Teaching website: <http://mn.gov/board-of-teaching/beaneducator/licensureexams/>.

  • Minnesota Version of NES Now Available: As of August 30th, candidates are now able to sign up for the MN NES exam directly through the MTLE website by using this link:

<http://www.mtle.nesinc.com/PageView.aspx?f=HTML_FRAG/GENRB_AnnounceBasicSkills.html>

  • The passing score for the MN NES is 520 for all three tests (Reading, Writing and Math):

MN NES EAS Subtest Passing Score (on a 400–600 point scale)

Reading=520

Writing=520

Mathematics=520

The test is exactly the same as the National NES exam, it’s just that MN candidates are given 15 extra minutes of time.  Because of the extra time, the score rating had to be adjusted.  The same number of correct raw scores needed to pass is exactly the same on both tests.  The National NES exam is based on a 100-300 point scale and the MN NES is based on a 400-600 point scale. The MN NES scores will be available to view in Results Analyzer starting with the October 7th reporting date.

NOTE:  If candidates sign up and take the National NES exam after August 30th, they will accept the scores if they met the minimum passing score:

NES EAS Subtest Passing Score (on a 100–300 point scale)

Reading=205

Writing=214

Mathematics=213

Also, if a candidate has taken and passed a portion of the MTLE basic skills, they need to register and complete ONLY the portion they have not passed of that basic skills test through NES.  They do not need to complete the whole series of Reading, Writing and Math over unless they did not pass all portions.

A listing of all licensure exam minimum passing scores can be found on the Board of Teaching website at:

<http://mn.gov/board-of-teaching/beaneducator/licensureexams/>

  • Free study materials will be available for all MTLE test. There are also expanded test preparation products available for cost. Additional information can be found on their website using this link:

<http://www.mtle.nesinc.com/PageView.aspx?f=GEN_PreparationMaterials.html>

Pearson has also expanded their customer service hours to M-F 7AM-7PM and Sat from 8AM-4PM.

For questions and more information, please contact: Debby Odell, Educator Licensing, Supervisor <Debby.Odell@state.mn.us> or (651) 582-8522.

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 now@augsburg.edu.
  • 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:

Other Sources of News for K-12 Teachers:

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

Posted on Categories Newsletter

Education Department Newsletter, October 28, 2016

New■  NES Essential Skills Exam Preparation Sessions, Fall 2016 (Updated): These sessions prepare students for the NES essential skills exam. Sessions are held at Augsburg College and are available in mathematics, reading and/or writing.

Mathematics Sessions (attend all four): The overview sessions are a refresher to prepare for the essential skills exam in math. There is no fee for the sessions.

The overview sessions are for candidates needing a refresher on the math concepts on the test.

  • Saturday, October 29th, 2016 (9am-12pm), Old Main Building 104
  • Saturday, November 5th, 2016 (9am-12pm), Old Main Building 104
  • Saturday, November 12th ,2016 (9am-12pm), Old Main Building 104
  • Saturday, November 19th, 2016 (9am-12pm), Old Main Building 104

Reading and Writing Overview Sessions: The sessions prepare students for the essential skills exam in reading and writing. Candidates may choose to attend reading and/or writing sessions.

Sessions: Saturday, December 3rd, 2016 8am-12pm

  • Reading 8AM-10AM, Old Main Building 104
  • Writing 10AM- 12PM, Old Main Building 104

There is no fee for the sessions, but registration is required. If you are interested in registering for the NES Essential Skills Prep Sessions, please register in the links provided below.

NES Math Essential Exam Preparation Sessions Registration Link 

https://goo.gl/HWW3KP

NES Reading & Writing Exam Preparation Sessions Registration Link

https://goo.gl/3PVbRk

There is no fee for the sessions, but registration is required. Email <tesfaye2@augsburg.edu> if you have any questions. 

  Study Education and Psychology in Slovenia, May 2017: Examine the roots of both educational and psychological practices that shaped European culture in beautiful Ljubljana, Slovenia. As part of this May 2017 travel program, you will also experience Roman ruins in Croatia and the canals of Venice, Italy.

For more information, visit <http://bit.ly/travel-slovenia-2017>
To apply, go to <http://studyabroad.augsburg.edu/?go=PsychAndEduSlovenia>.

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

  Kids Voting Minneapolis (KVM)—Call for Volunteers: KVM needs volunteers for election day, November 8th. If you would like to sign up, please complete the form at this link: <http://www.kidsvotingminneapolis.org/volunteering/>. Contact Jennifer at: <mplskidsvoting@gmail.com> for more information.

  Progressive Conference Set for November 7th: Prairie Creek Community School is hosting an all-day conference on November 7, 2016 for educators, pre-service teachers, and administrators who are seeking innovative child-centered practices for their classrooms and schools. Prairie Creek Community School is a public, elementary charter school located in Castle Rock, Minnesota. The event will feature a panel of experts in the area of social justice including Julie Landsman (author of several books on race) and Anita Chikkatur (Carleton prof who specialized in multicultural education). The conference website is open for registration <http://www.prairiecreek.typepad.com/IMAGINE/>.

Jobs at Teachers On Call: Teachers On Call provides Substitute Teachers, Paraprofessionals, Education Assistants, and Early Child Care Staff for many Twin Cities public schools, charter schools, and early childhood centers. For more information, contact Kellie Amos, Recruiting, On-Boarding, and Training Manager, at:  855.346.1650 or <kamos@teachersoncall.com>.

Become an AVID Tutor in MPS: Interested in part-time work with learners in Minneapolis schools? AVID Tutors are positive role models passionate about helping students reach their potential. AVID in Minneapolis Public Schools is a class for 6-12 grade students designed to close the achievement gap while preparing students for college. Tutorials are an integral part of an AVID classroom and a unique learning experience. Tutors facilitate small collaborative groups of students who utilize a process of inquiry for problem solving. For more information or to apply:

<http://humanresources.mpls.k12.mn.us/employment.html>. Questions:

<maria.roberts@mpls.k12.mn.us>.

■ Several Updates Regarding Minnesota BOT Testing:

• The Minnesota Board of Teaching (BOT) no longer requires the ACT/SAT/GRE/Praxis I scores be taken within the past 10 years.  There is currently no time limit.  Keep in mind that the ACT scores must be the ACT Plus Writing which started around February 2005.

SAT recently changed the way they score their tests.  The new scores (and old) can be found on the link to the MN Board of Teaching website: <http://mn.gov/board-of-teaching/beaneducator/licensureexams/>.

•Minnesota Version of NES Now Available: As of August 30th, candidates are now able to sign up for the MN NES exam directly through the MTLE website by using this link:

<http://www.mtle.nesinc.com/PageView.aspx?f=HTML_FRAG/GENRB_AnnounceBasicSkills.html>

• The passing score for the MN NES is 520 for all three tests (Reading, Writing and Math):

MN NES EAS Subtest Passing Score (on a 400–600 point scale)

Reading=520

Writing=520

Mathematics=520

The test is exactly the same as the National NES exam, it’s just that MN candidates are given 15 extra minutes of time.  Because of the extra time, the score rating had to be adjusted.  The same number of correct raw scores needed to pass is exactly the same on both tests.  The National NES exam is based on a 100-300 point scale and the MN NES is based on a 400-600 point scale. The MN NES scores will be available to view in Results Analyzer starting with the October 7th reporting date.

NOTE:  If candidates sign up and take the National NES exam after August 30th, they will accept the scores if they met the minimum passing score:

NES EAS Subtest Passing Score (on a 100–300 point scale)

Reading=205

Writing=214

Mathematics=213

Also, if a candidate has taken and passed a portion of the MTLE basic skills, they need to register and complete ONLY the portion they have not passed of that basic skills test through NES.  They do not need to complete the whole series of Reading, Writing and Math over unless they did not pass all portions.

A listing of all licensure exam minimum passing scores can be found on the Board of Teaching website at:

<http://mn.gov/board-of-teaching/beaneducator/licensureexams/>

• Free study materials will be available for all MTLE test. There are also expanded test preparation products available for cost. Additional information can be found on their website using this link:

<http://www.mtle.nesinc.com/PageView.aspx?f=GEN_PreparationMaterials.html>

Pearson has also expanded their customer service hours to M-F 7AM-7PM and Sat from 8AM-4PM.

For questions and more information, please contact:

Debby Odell, Educator Licensing, Supervisor <Debby.Odell@state.mn.us> or (651) 582-8522.

■ Education Department Office is Also Open Certain Non-Business Hours:

• Tuesday and Thursday until 6 p.m. every week.

Turn things in; pick things up; leave messages or materials for faculty; check your department file – we are here for you.

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 now@augsburg.edu.
  • To the daily A-Mail electronic newsletter: Go to AugNet Home Page and login. Then click on “Submit News and Announcements” link.

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Education Department Newsletter, October 14, 2016

New■  NES Essential Skills Exam Preparation Sessions, Fall 2016: These sessions prepare students for the NES essential skills exam. Sessions are held at Augsburg College and are available in mathematics, reading and/or writing. Email Yodit at <tesfaye2@augsburg.edu> with any questions.

Mathematics Sessions (attend all four): The overview sessions are a refresher to prepare for the essential skills exam in math. There is no fee for the sessions. These overview sessions are for candidates needing a refresher on the math concepts on the test.

  • Saturday, October 29th, 2016 (9am-12pm), Old Main Building 104
  • Saturday, November 5th, 2016 (9am-12pm), Old Main Building 104
  • Saturday, November 12th , 2016 (9am-12pm), Old Main Building 104
  • Saturday, November 19th, 2016 (9am-12pm), Old Main Building 104

Reading and Writing Overview Sessions: The sessions prepare students for the essential skills exam in reading and writing. Candidates may choose to attend reading, and/or writing sessions.

  • Sessions: Saturday, December 3rd, 2016 8am-12pm
    • Reading 8AM-10AM, Old Main Building 104
    • Writing 10AM- 12PM, Old Main Building 104

There is no fee for the sessions, but registration is required. Email <tesfaye2@augsburg.edu> for information regarding registration.

New  Augsburg Citizen Educators Club—Fall General Meeting: The Augsburg Citizen Educators Club—Fall General Meeting will be held on October 20, 2016, 4:30 to 5:30 pm in Lindell 301.

Goals:  meet other Education students, ratify this new organization’s constitution, elect officers, & plan events for this school year. For more information, contact Rachel Lloyd at: <lloydr@augsburg.edu>.

  Study Education and Psychology in Slovenia, May 2017: Examine the roots of both educational and psychological practices that shaped European culture in beautiful Ljubljana, Slovenia. As part of this May 2017 travel program, you will also experience Roman ruins in Croatia and the canals of Venice, Italy.

For more information, visit <http://bit.ly/travel-slovenia-2017>
To apply, go to <http://studyabroad.augsburg.edu/?go=PsychAndEduSlovenia>.

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

New  Kids Voting Minneapolis (KVM)—Call for Volunteers: KVM needs volunteers for election day, November 8th. If you would like to sign up, please complete the form at this link: <http://www.kidsvotingminneapolis.org/volunteering/>. Contact Jennifer at: <mplskidsvoting@gmail.com> for more information.

  Progressive Conference Set for November 7th: Prairie Creek Community School is hosting an all-day conference on November 7, 2016 for educators, pre-service teachers, and administrators who are seeking innovative child-centered practices for their classrooms and schools. Prairie Creek Community School is a public, elementary charter school located in Castle Rock, Minnesota. The event will feature a panel of experts in the area of social justice including Julie Landsman (author of several books on race) and Anita Chikkatur (Carleton prof who specialized in multicultural education). The conference website is open for registration <http://www.prairiecreek.typepad.com/IMAGINE/>.

NewJobs at Teachers On Call: Teachers On Call provides Substitute Teachers, Paraprofessionals, Education Assistants, and Early Child Care Staff for many Twin Cities public schools, charter schools, and early childhood centers. For more information, contact Kellie Amos, Recruiting, On-Boarding, and Training Manager, at:  855.346.1650 or <kamos@teachersoncall.com>.

Become an AVID Tutor in MPS: Interested in part-time work with learners in Minneapolis schools? AVID Tutors are positive role models passionate about helping students reach their potential. AVID in Minneapolis Public Schools is a class for 6-12 grade students designed to close the achievement gap while preparing students for college. Tutorials are an integral part of an AVID classroom and a unique learning experience. Tutors facilitate small collaborative groups of students who utilize a process of inquiry for problem solving. For more information or to apply:

<http://humanresources.mpls.k12.mn.us/employment.html>. Questions: <maria.roberts@mpls.k12.mn.us>.

■ Several Updates Regarding Minnesota BOT Testing:

• The Minnesota Board of Teaching (BOT) no longer requires the ACT/SAT/GRE/Praxis I scores be taken within the past 10 years.  There is currently no time limit.  Keep in mind that the ACT scores must be the ACT Plus Writing which started around February 2005.

SAT recently changed the way they score their tests.  The new scores (and old) can be found on the link to the MN Board of Teaching website: <http://mn.gov/board-of-teaching/beaneducator/licensureexams/>.

•Minnesota Version of NES Now Available: As of August 30th, candidates are now able to sign up for the MN NES exam directly through the MTLE website by using this link:

<http://www.mtle.nesinc.com/PageView.aspx?f=HTML_FRAG/GENRB_AnnounceBasicSkills.html>

• The passing score for the MN NES is 520 for all three tests (Reading, Writing and Math):

MN NES EAS Subtest Passing Score (on a 400–600 point scale)

Reading=520

Writing=520

Mathematics=520

The test is exactly the same as the National NES exam, it’s just that MN candidates are given 15 extra minutes of time.  Because of the extra time, the score rating had to be adjusted.  The same number of correct raw scores needed to pass is exactly the same on both tests.  The National NES exam is based on a 100-300 point scale and the MN NES is based on a 400-600 point scale. The MN NES scores will be available to view in Results Analyzer starting with the October 7th reporting date.

NOTE:  If candidates sign up and take the National NES exam after August 30th, they will accept the scores if they met the minimum passing score:

NES EAS Subtest Passing Score (on a 100–300 point scale)

Reading=205

Writing=214

Mathematics=213

Also, if a candidate has taken and passed a portion of the MTLE basic skills, they need to register and complete ONLY the portion they have not passed of that basic skills test through NES.  They do not need to complete the whole series of Reading, Writing and Math over unless they did not pass all portions.

A listing of all licensure exam minimum passing scores can be found on the Board of Teaching website at:

<http://mn.gov/board-of-teaching/beaneducator/licensureexams/>

• Free study materials will be available for all MTLE test. There are also expanded test preparation products available for cost. Additional information can be found on their website using this link:

<http://www.mtle.nesinc.com/PageView.aspx?f=GEN_PreparationMaterials.html>

Pearson has also expanded their customer service hours to M-F 7AM-7PM and Sat from 8AM-4PM.

For questions and more information, please contact:

Debby Odell, Educator Licensing, Supervisor <Debby.Odell@state.mn.us> or (651) 582-8522.

■ Education Department Office is Also Open Certain Non-Business Hours:

• Tuesday and Thursday until 6 p.m. every week.

Turn things in; pick things up; leave messages or materials for faculty; check your department file – we are here for you.

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 now@augsburg.edu.
  • 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:

Other Sources of News for K-12 Teachers:

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

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