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:

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:

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:

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.

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, 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:

Education Department Newsletter, September 30, 2016

■  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  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/>.

NewBecome 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:

Education Department Newsletter, September 16, 2016

 General Education Student Teaching for Spring 2017: For those education students in general education who will complete coursework by the end of Fall Semester and are eligible to student teach in Spring 2017. If you haven’t already done so, attend the final Information Session to learn the application process:

  • Saturday September 17, 12:00-1:15pm in Oren Gateway Center 100

If you have a work or class conflict, contact Barbara West (612.330.1154 or 

<westb@augsburg.edu>) before Sept 12 for directions on how to proceed.


 Special Education Student Teaching for Spring 2017: The special education student teacher information sessions for Spring 2017 will be on Tuesday, September 20 and Wednesday, September 28 from 6 – 7:30 pm in Riverside Room in the Christensen Center.

If you plan to student teach in the spring you must attend this information session. Please contact Gretchen Guenter if you have questions or concerns <guenter@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>.


  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.


  Scholarships for Education Majors: BestColleges.com partners with HigherEducation.com to provide students with direct connections to schools and programs suiting their educational goals. BestColleges.com curates a financial aid resource guide to scholarships for those students who call themselves future teachers. For more information, contact: <http://BestColleges.com>.


  Fridley Recreation Department Needs Instructors: The City of Fridley Recreation Department is looking for energetic instructors for our Fall Youth Programs!  There are a variety of positions available in the After-School (3:30-5:30 p.m.), Evening and Weekend hours instructing classes (sports, crafts, games, etc.) for pre-school, elementary and middle school age children.  Staff are scheduled monthly, working anywhere from 1 to 5 days each week, $9-11 per hour depending on experience.  For application information go to: <http://fridleymn.gov/329/Human-Resources>.

For further information contact the Fridley Recreation Dept. at (763)572-3570 or e-mail <margo.numedahl@fridleymn.gov>.


  Behavioral Dimensions is Hiring: Behavioral Dimensions, a private company based out of St. Louis Park, Minnesota, provides services to children with autism and other disabilities. They are looking to hire for positions throughout the Twin Cities metro, Duluth, & Iron Range. Part time and full-time positions are available. If you are interested, contact Jay O’Neill (Owner & Director of Specialty Services) at 612-889-0278.


  Jobs at Frog Tutoring: FrogTutoring is an educational technology platform that facilitate 1-on-1 private tutoring offering the full range of academic courses and test prep. Minimum of $30 per session, tutor chooses which grade level and subjects to tutor, as well as having the opportunity to create  their own schedule, get driving compensation, periodic bonus and referral bonus. Apply at: <http://frogtutoring.com/jobs>.

More information is available by contacting LaQuesia Gorins, Hiring Manager At FrogTutoring, Phone: (817) 717-7235, Fax: (877) 904-0134 or <hiring@frogtutoring.com>.


  Community Service-Learning Opportunity at Venture Academy: Venture Academy is a public charter school based in Minneapolis with the mission of inspiring passionate, innovative entrepreneurial leaders who imagine opportunities, take initiative, and create solutions. Since opening in August 2013, Venture has primarily served economically disadvantaged children and English learners with a whole school learning model that uses personalized, blended digital learning designed to cultivate entrepreneurial leadership skills that students will use to change the world around them.

This service learning opportunity is aimed at undergrad students looking for an opportunity to work with Venture students during the 2016-17 school year. If interested, please contact Hannah Bech, Venture Academy Community Engagement Specialist at: <hbech@ventureacademies.org> or (484) 680-6305.


  Trinity First Lutheran School Seeks Volunteers: Trinity First Lutheran School is a Preschool 3 through 8th grade Christian school located in the inner city of Minneapolis, just 7 blocks south of the new stadium. Trinity First is seeking volunteers willing to serve in all capacities of our school, but especially in our classrooms and after school homework help program (3:15-5:00pm daily). A commitment to serve is encouraged, but we are flexible and willing to work with volunteers’ schedules. Our students love our volunteers, and our teachers are deeply appreciative of their help! If interested, contact Anna VanVleet at <vanvleet.tfl@gmail.com> or 612-314-6773 (call or text). Please also find more information at: <http://www.trinityfirstschool.org/support>.

You are also welcome to attend a 1-hour informational tour, followed by a volunteer orientation for those interested in serving. Please RSVP to Anna.

September 27 – 4:00-6:00pm

October 12 – 11:30am-1:30pm (lunch provided)

  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:

Education Department Newsletter, September 9, 2016

New  General Education Student Teaching for Spring 2017: For those education students in general education who will complete coursework by the end of Fall Semester and are eligible to student teach in Spring 2017. Attend one of these Information Sessions to learn the application process:

  • Monday September 12, 6:00-8:00pm in Oren Gateway Center 100
  • Saturday September 17, 12:00-1:15pm in Oren Gateway Center 100

If you have a work or class conflict, contact Barbara West (612.330.1154 or 

<westb@augsburg.edu>) before Sept 12 for directions on how to proceed.

New  Special Education Student Teaching for Spring 2017: The special education student teacher information sessions for Spring 2017 will be on Tuesday, September 20 and Wednesday, September 28 from 6 – 7:30 pm in Riverside Room in the Christensen Center.

If you plan to student teach in the spring you must attend this information session. Please contact Gretchen Guenter if you have questions or concerns <guenter@augsburg.edu>.

New  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  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.

New  Scholarships for Education Majors: BestColleges.com partners with HigherEducation.com to provide students with direct connections to schools and programs suiting their educational goals. BestColleges.com curates a financial aid resource guide to scholarships for those students who call themselves future teachers. For more information, contact: <http://BestColleges.com>.

New  Fridley Recreation Department Needs Instructors: The City of Fridley Recreation Department is looking for energetic instructors for our Fall Youth Programs!  There are a variety of positions available in the After-School (3:30-5:30 p.m.), Evening and Weekend hours instructing classes (sports, crafts, games, etc.) for pre-school, elementary and middle school age children.  Staff are scheduled monthly, working anywhere from 1 to 5 days each week, $9-11 per hour depending on experience.  For application information go to: <http://fridleymn.gov/329/Human-Resources>.

For further information contact the Fridley Recreation Dept. at (763)572-3570 or e-mail <margo.numedahl@fridleymn.gov>.

New  Behavioral Dimensions is Hiring: Behavioral Dimensions, a private company based out of St. Louis Park, Minnesota, provides services to children with autism and other disabilities. They are looking to hire for positions throughout the Twin Cities metro, Duluth, & Iron Range. Part time and full-time positions are available. If you are interested, contact Jay O’Neill (Owner & Director of Specialty Services) at 612-889-0278.

New  Jobs at Frog Tutoring: FrogTutoring is an educational technology platform that facilitate 1-on-1 private tutoring offering the full range of academic courses and test prep. Minimum of $30 per session, tutor chooses which grade level and subjects to tutor, as well as having the opportunity to create  their own schedule, get driving compensation, periodic bonus and referral bonus. Apply at: <http://frogtutoring.com/jobs>.

More information is available by contacting LaQuesia Gorins, Hiring Manager At FrogTutoring, Phone: (817) 717-7235, Fax: (877) 904-0134 or <hiring@frogtutoring.com>.

New  Community Service-Learning Opportunity at Venture Academy: Venture Academy is a public charter school based in Minneapolis with the mission of inspiring passionate, innovative entrepreneurial leaders who imagine opportunities, take initiative, and create solutions. Since opening in August 2013, Venture has primarily served economically disadvantaged children and English learners with a whole school learning model that uses personalized, blended digital learning designed to cultivate entrepreneurial leadership skills that students will use to change the world around them.

This service learning opportunity is aimed at undergrad students looking for an opportunity to work with Venture students during the 2016-17 school year. If interested, please contact Hannah Bech, Venture Academy Community Engagement Specialist at: <hbech@ventureacademies.org> or (484) 680-6305.

New  Trinity First Lutheran School Seeks Volunteers: Trinity First Lutheran School is a Preschool 3 through 8th grade Christian school located in the inner city of Minneapolis, just 7 blocks south of the new stadium. Trinity First is seeking volunteers willing to serve in all capacities of our school, but especially in our classrooms and after school homework help program (3:15-5:00pm daily). A commitment to serve is encouraged, but we are flexible and willing to work with volunteers’ schedules. Our students love our volunteers, and our teachers are deeply appreciative of their help! If interested, contact Anna VanVleet at <vanvleet.tfl@gmail.com> or 612-314-6773 (call or text). Please also find more information at: <http://www.trinityfirstschool.org/support>.

You are also welcome to attend a 1-hour informational tour, followed by a volunteer orientation for those interested in serving. Please RSVP to Anna.

September 12 – 7:00-9:00pm

September 27 – 4:00-6:00pm

October 12 – 11:30am-1:30pm (lunch provided)

  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:

Education Department Newsletter, April 15, 2016

Education Department Newsletter, April 15, 2016

New■ Education Club Meeting: On Tuesday, April 19, from 4:30 to 5:30 pm there will be a second organizing meeting for an Education Student Organization in Lindell 301.  The goal is this meeting would be to begin constructing an organizational focus and plan for the 2016-17 school year.

NewPaideia Program 2016 Summer Course Offerings for Grads and Undergrads: Looking for a summer education class to take?  The Augsburg Paideia Program is offering a summer institute, July 25-29, 2016 on the pedagogy of Paideia. Learn how to implement inquiry-based discussions with students at all grade levels and subject areas.

INS 255-A: Paideia Approach: Thinking, Talking, and Reading is a 4 semester undergraduate course that includes the Paideia Institute. The ECS 543 course can be taken for either two or four graduate semester credits and can be counted as an elective course in the MAE program. Register online. For more information about the Augsburg Paideia Program and summer institute check out the Paideia website at <http://augsburg.edu/paideia/> and contact Anne Kaufman at <kaufman@augsburg.edu> for registration options.

NewSomali Parents Autism Network: The Somali Parents Autism Network is hosting an event commemorating World Autism Day. This year’s focus will be on networking, partnership formation, multicultural collaboration and celebrating our accomplishments.

The event will be held on Friday, April 15, 2016 from 5 pm to 10:00 pm at the Center for Changing Lives, 2400 Park Ave S., Minneapolis, MN 55404.

For more information, contact Marian Ahmed at 507- 573-2617 or email her at <marian.ahmed@span.org>.

New■ Summer Activist Jobs to Save the Bees: The Fund for the Public Interest (aka “the Fund”) works with some of the top progressive organizations in the country like Environment America and US PIRG and is hiring full time Minneapolis campaign staff working with Environment Minnesota to save Minnesota’s honey bee population. Average pay is $4,500-$6,500 for the summer.

If you are interested in applying, you may sign up to learn more at: <http://www.summerjobsthatmatter.org>.

■ Teach at River’s Edge Academy: River’s Edge Academy is actively recruiting a Science Teacher and Student Support Specialist (Paraprofessional). The science position requires a Minnesota teaching license. More information about the Science position may be found here. More information about these positions may be found at: <http://www.riversedgeacademy.org>. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

■ Minnesota Literacy Council Summer Reads VISTA: Applications are now being accepted for Minnesota Literacy Council Summer Reads VISTA positions in the Twin Cities metro area for the 2016 program.  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.” For more information, contact Wendy Vang Roberts, Minnesota Literacy Council Children’s and Family Literacy Program Assistant  651-251-9063 ext. 214 or <wroberts@mnliteracy.org>.

■ Teachers On Call: Teachers On Call is looking for qualified and talented students, alumni, and others to work in your local districts and schools. They provide substitute staff in the form of Teachers, Special Education Teachers, Paraprofessionals, and Education Assistants to your local districts of St. Paul, Hopkins, Prior Lake/Savage, Intermediates 916, 917, 287, as well as hundreds of Charter Schools in the Twin Cities, and they are in high need of applicants. For more information, contact Kellie Amos, Recruiter, Teachers On Call at: 952.346.1656 or <kamos@teachersoncall.com>.

■ Behavioral Dimensions is Hiring: Behavioral Dimensions, a private company based out of St. Louis Park, Minnesota, provides services to children with autism and other disabilities. They are looking to hire for positions throughout the Twin Cities metro, Duluth, & Iron Range. Part time and full time positions are available. If you are interested, contact Jay O’Neill (Owner & Director of Specialty Services) at 612-889-0278

■ Free MTLE Resources: 240Tutoring has study guides for the MTLE. Also, their blog has a lot of articles about how to create a study plan, do’s and don’ts of studying, and a lot of other helpful articles. Go to: <http://www.240tutoring.com> for more information.

■ 2016 MTLE Preparation Sessions: The TC2 Collaborative has organized a series of MTLE review and preparation sessions scheduled starting in January and going through summer 2016. These sessions include basic math review, in-depth math review and reading and writing support.

The mathematics support sessions are offered for any candidate needing a basic refresher on the math concepts on the test. The intensive sessions are for candidates needing more support in mathematics. You may take both. The reading and/or writing sessions offer support for the reading and writing subtests.

There is no fee for the sessions, but registration is required. For more information and to register, go to: <http://www.tcteacher.org/mtle.php>.

  Advising and Admissions Up-Dates:

ACT+Writing and SAT Scores in Place of MTLE—Beginning January 1, 2015, The Minn. Board of Teaching (BOT) will accept passing ACT Plus Writing and SAT scores to meet the requirement for a skills exam in reading, writing and math. The BOT has adopted the following passing scores for these exams:

  • ACT Plus Writing: Composite Score ≥ 22 and Combined English/Writing ≥ 21
  • SAT Reading ≥ 510 and Writing ≥ 510 and Mathematics ≥ 520

Advising—Day students in their final two years at Augsburg may enroll in AU courses if it is the only way that they can graduate in a timely manner.  Registration forms must be signed by Vicki Olson or Peg Finders.

Students in SPE and ESL may switch from Day to AU to finish SPE or ESL licenses.  Day students who need to switch to AU to finish out their SPE or ESL licenses can maintain campus housing.

If you have concerns or questions about the financial impact of this type of change please contact a Student Financial Services counselor immediately about the financial impact of the change. Students can schedule appointments online via the Advising link in Records and Registration, at the service window, or by phone or email.

■ 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: