Education Department Newsletter

Education Department Newsletter, January 29, 2016

New■ Information Session for General Education Student Teaching – Fall 2016: A mandatory information session will be offered for general education students qualified to student teach in the fall of 2016 on Saturday, January 30 from 12:00-1:15pm in Oren Gateway 100.

Being qualified to student teach means that all coursework will be completed before September 1, 2016.  If you have a work or class conflict for this time, contact Barbara West to learn an alternative way to apply for student teaching: <westb@augsburg.edu>.

New■ Information Session for Special Education Student Teaching – Fall 2016: The special education student teacher information session for Fall 2016 will be on Monday, February 8 from 6 – 7:30 in Oren Gateway 100.

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

New■ AVID at Roseville Area High School: The AVID program at Roseville Area HS is looking for two tutors that could work from 8:00 am-12:00 pm. The pay is $14 an hour. More information may be found at the district’s website: <http://www.isd623.org> the posting is under the Jobs heading.  You can apply online. For more information, contact Anne Barnes at: <anne.barnes@isd623.org>.

New■ Making: Small to Big: Sign up now to attend 5 free, 2-hour long sessions exploring how to bring design and building into your STEM lessons. 0.2 CEUs obtained per workshop. Space is limited, so sign up soon. For more information, go to: <http://minneapolismakers.com/>.

New■ Jobs at St. Croix Preparatory Academy: St. Croix Preparatory Academy in Stillwater, MN is looking to hire two special education educational assistants to work with students in grades k-4, with the potential for one to move into the middle school next year. The positions are open immediately. For more information, please contact Terri Smith at: <tsmith@stcroixprep.org>.

New■ Upward Bound Summer Job Opportunity: Design your own course for high school students! Century College Upward Bound seeks teachers, or soon to be teachers, to develop and teach courses for our college bound students this summer. Contact Caroline Church: <caroline.church@century.edu> for more information. Application deadline is March 25, 2016.

New■ Summer Teaching Positions Available at the Institute of Reading Development: The Institute of Reading Development is seeking candidates for summer 2016 teaching positions. Candidates need an undergraduate degree or higher from any discipline. The Institute teaches developmental reading programs in partnership with the continuing education departments of more than 100 colleges and universities across the United States. More information may be found at: <http://instituteofreadingdevelopmentteachingjobs.com/>.

New■ Watch an online recorded webinar on the topic, “Train Teachers in the Peace Corps”: Do you have an education degree and interest in training other teachers around the world? Hear from Meghan Costello, who taught innovative techniques, provided coaching sessions, and improved pupils’ confidence, motivation, and critical thinking. Watch this online information session to learn about trainer opportunities available in Samoa and Uganda, have your questions answered, and gain tips to guide you through the application process. Go to: <https://peacecorps.webex.com/peacecorps/lsr.php?RCID=9ced49b485554cc3966e256c646e7733> to view the webinar.

New■ 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>.

■  The Augsburg Education Department has arranged for MTLE practice tests through Feb. 2016.  The costs of these practice tests can be paid through financial aid. Please see department chair Margaret Finders for more information about how to access the practice tests.

Also below are the MN BOT testing requirements. Students must receive passing scores on  the ACT+Writing, the SATs or the MTLEs.

Admission to licensure program steps can be found at the following link: <http://inside.augsburg.edu/edstudents/admission/>.

■  Spring Term Literacy Tutor or Math Tutor Positions: Minnesota Reading Corps & Math Corps has openings for the rest of the school year (six months). Spring Term Tutors serve for six months and earn a bi-weekly living allowance of $522 and a $2,865 education award for college tuition or student loan payments. For more information, contact Miriam Queensen, Outreach Coordinator at 612-598-9665 or <mqueensen@servemnaction.org>.

■  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 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:

Posted in Newsletter

Education Department Newsletter, January 15, 2016

New  INFORMATION SESSION FOR STUDENT TEACHING IN FALL 2016 – GENERAL EDUCATION: Mandatory Information Sessions will be offered for general education students qualified to student teach in the fall of 2016. Attend one of these sessions:

  • Monday, January 25 from 6:00-7:30pm in the Marshall Room of Christensen Center
  • Saturday, January 30 from 12:00-1:15pm in Oren Gateway 100.

Being qualified to student teach means that all coursework will be completed before September 1, 2016.  If you have a work or class conflict for both of these times, contact Barbara West to learn an alternative way to apply for student teaching:  <westb@augsburg.edu>.

 New■ 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>.

New  AVID Tutor for Middle and High School Students: The North St. Paul/Maplewood School District is looking to hire AVID tutors. AVID is a college-readiness program that targets students who are “in the academic middle,” but who have the potential for higher performance. Tutor training is provided. For more information, contact Sylvia Neblett, AVID District Director/Equity Specialist for ISD622 <sneblett@isd622.org> or 651/748-7649. Apply online at: <www.isd622.org>.

 New  Jobs Available with Teachers On Call: Teachers On Call is hiring Substitute Teachers, Teacher Assistants, and Paraprofessionals for the Twin Cities. They are hosting a New Substitute Orientation and Hiring Fair on Thursday, January 28th from 9:00am – 11:00am in Bloomington. For more information or to register online, go to www.teachersoncall.com, under “events” to sign up. For more information, contact Kellie Amos, Recruiter, Teachers On Call, P: 952.346.1656 or <kamos@teachersoncall.com>.

 New  Associated Bank Helps Support Student Teachers: The Education Department would like to express their thanks to Associated Bank at 1801 Riverside Avenue. Associated Bank is committed to the community they serve and has made a donation in support of Augsburg’s student teachers as part of a GiveMN project. Their donation will feed a small scholarship fund for spring term student teachers who find it difficult to make ends meet when they are transitioning to a career in education.

  Spring Term Literacy Tutor or Math Tutor Positions: Minnesota Reading Corps & Math Corps has openings for the rest of the school year (six months). Spring Term Tutors serve for six months and earn a bi-weekly living allowance of $522 and a $2,865 education award for college tuition or student loan payments. For more information, contact Miriam Queensen, Outreach Coordinator at 612-598-9665 or <mqueensen@servemnaction.org>.

  Jobs Available at Skyhawks Sports Minnesota: Skyhawks Sports is a youth sport camp company teaching children ages 4-14 life skills through sports with a focus on safety, and improving sport skills. Skyhawks has internship and coaching positions available. For more information, contact Lisa M. Damon, Communications and Customer Relations Manager at: <Ldamon@skyhawks.com> or 651-263-5159.

  Great Lakes Career Ready Internship Grant: The Great Lakes career ready internship grant permits students to gain the experience needed to compete for graduate school and full-time jobs while, at the same time, earning money to help fund their education. More information is available at: <http://www.augsburg.edu/strommen/great-lakes-career-ready-internship-grant/>.

 ■  The Augsburg Education Department has arranged for MTLE practice tests through Feb. 2016.  The costs of these practice tests can be paid through financial aid. Please see department chair Margaret Finders for more information about how to access the practice tests.

Also below are the MN BOT testing requirements. Students must receive passing scores on  the ACT+Writing, the SATs or the MTLEs.

Admission to licensure program steps can be found at the following link: <http://inside.augsburg.edu/edstudents/admission/>.

  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:

Posted in Newsletter

Education Department Newsletter, December 11, 2015

New  INFORMATION SESSION FOR STUDENT TEACHING IN FALL 2016 – GENERAL EDUCATION: Mandatory Information Sessions will be offered for general education students qualified to student teach in the fall of 2016.  Attend ONE of these sessions:

  • Monday, January 25 from 6:00-7:30pm in the Marshall Room of Christensen Center
  • Saturday, January 30 from 12:00-1:15pm in Oren Gateway 100.

Being qualified to student teach means that all coursework will be completed before September 1, 2016.  If you have a work or class conflict for both of these times, contact Barbara West to learn an alternative way to apply for student teaching:  <westb@augsburg.edu>.

New  Teach This Summer at Breakthrough Twin Cities: Breakthrough Twin Cities prepares under-resourced students for college success and cultivates the next generation of educators. Each summer BTC seeks a diverse group of talented undergraduate and high school students to apply for our paid nine-week summer Teaching Fellowship. This internship offers great opportunities to lead and grow in a positive, accepting educational environment. In addition to teaching middle school students from the Twin Cities, Teaching Fellows will work closely with instructional coaches, program staff, and their peers to create high quality lessons and educational programming. The Teaching Fellowship offers you a chance make a difference in the lives of young people, while you learn and grow as well!

Please visit www.breakthroughtwincities.org for more information and a link to the application. The application opens October 20th, and the Early Action deadline is Tuesday, January 12th. Regular decision deadline is Tuesday, February 23rd.

New  Spring Term Literacy Tutor or Math Tutor Positions: Minnesota Reading Corps & Math Corps has openings for the rest of the school year (six months). Spring Term Tutors serve for six months and earn a bi-weekly living allowance of $522 and a $2,865 education award for college tuition or student loan payments. For more information, contact Miriam Queensen, Outreach Coordinator at 612-598-9665 or <mqueensen@servemnaction.org>.

New  Jobs Available at Skyhawks Sports Minnesota: Skyhawks Sports is a youth sport camp company teaching children ages 4-14 life skills through sports with a focus on safety, and improving sport skills. Skyhawks has internship and coaching positions available. For more information, contact Lisa M. Damon, Communications and Customer Relations Manager at: <Ldamon@skyhawks.com> or 651-263-5159.

  Great Lakes Career Ready Internship Grant: The Great Lakes career ready internship grant permits students to gain the experience needed to compete for graduate school and full-time jobs while, at the same time, earning money to help fund their education. More information is available at: <http://www.augsburg.edu/strommen/great-lakes-career-ready-internship-grant/>.

  St. David’s Center Job Openings: St. David’s Center for Child & Family Development is hiring both Head Teachers and Substitute Teachers for their Early Childhood Education program. Full-time and part-time positions are available, with some positions being benefit eligible. For more information, contact Natalie Young, Human Resources Specialist at: 952.548.8637 or <nyoung@stdavidscenter.org>.

  Teachers On Call is Recruiting: Teachers On Call is currently hiring for Substitute Teachers, Paraprofessionals, and Education Assistants for several metro area public school districts as well as over 150 charter schools and early child care centers in the Twin Cities. For more information, contact Kellie Amos at: 952.346.1656 or <kamos@teachersoncall.com>.

  AVID Tutors Needed at Roseville: The Roseville School District is looking for two tutors at Roseville Area High School that could work from 8:00 am-12:00 pm. The pay is $14 an hour.  To apply online, go to: <http://www.isd623.org/>.

   The Augsburg Education Department has arranged for MTLE practice tests through Feb. 2016.  The costs of these practice tests can be paid through financial aid. Please see department chair Margaret Finders for more information about how to access the practice tests.

Also below are the MN BOT testing requirements. Students must receive passing scores on  the ACT+Writing, the SATs or the MTLEs. 

Admission to licensure program steps can be found at the following link: <http://inside.augsburg.edu/edstudents/admission/>.

  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:

Posted in Newsletter

Education Department Newsletter, December 4, 2015

New  Great Lakes Career Ready Internship Grant: The Great Lakes career ready internship grant permits students to gain the experience needed to compete for graduate school and full-time jobs while, at the same time, earning money to help fund their education. More information is available at: <http://www.augsburg.edu/strommen/great-lakes-career-ready-internship-grant/>.

New  St. David’s Center Job Openings: St. David’s Center for Child & Family Development is hiring both Head Teachers and Substitute Teachers for their Early Childhood Education program. Full-time and part-time positions are available, with some positions being benefit eligible. For more information, contact Natalie Young, Human Resources Specialist at: 952.548.8637 or <nyoung@stdavidscenter.org>.

  Cedar Riverside Community School is Seeking a First Grade Teacher/Long Term Substitute: Cedar Riverside Community School seeks a well-spoken individual with a gift for elementary school teaching who is passionate about the mission, vision, and philosophy of Cedar Riverside Community School. Minimum qualifications: Bachelor’s degree and a valid Minnesota teaching license. To apply: Send cover letter, resume, and three letters of recommendation to rvetsch@crcs-school.org or mail to 1610 South Sixth Street, Suite 100, Minneapolis, MN 55454, Attn. Randy Vetsch. Applications accepted until position is filled. Call (612) 248-8260 with questions.

  Tutors Needed in East Saint Paul: SPPS Tutoring Partners are in immediate need of tutors. Tutor need to be available for a minimum of 1 hour per week for at least 6 months. Click on this link to apply: <http://sppsfoundation.org/volunteer>.

  Teachers On Call is Recruiting: Teachers On Call is currently hiring for Substitute Teachers, Paraprofessionals, and Education Assistants for several metro area public school districts as well as over 150 charter schools and early child care centers in the Twin Cities. For more information, contact Kellie Amos at: 952.346.1656 or <kamos@teachersoncall.com>.

  United Educators Foundation 2016 Scholarships: The United Educators Foundation is distributing a series of significant ($1000 to $2000) scholarship awards. The deadline for applications is February 5, 2016. More information may be obtained by going to: <http://www.uecu.coop/scholarship/>.

  SR Education Group Scholarship: SR Education Group, an online education publisher, is offering  a new scholarship opportunity for Augsburg College graduate students. The scholarship award is $5,000, to be given away four times a year. The current round’s deadline is January 5, 2016. All the details and the application are available here: <http://www.sreducationgroup.org/scholarships/graduate-scholarship-for-teachers>.

  AVID Tutors Needed at Roseville: The Roseville School District is looking for two tutors at Roseville Area High School that could work from 8:00 am-12:00 pm. The pay is $14 an hour.  To apply online, go to: <http://www.isd623.org/>.

   The Augsburg Education Department has arranged for MTLE practice tests through Feb. 2016.  The costs of these practice tests can be paid through financial aid. Please see department chair Margaret Finders for more information about how to access the practice tests.

Also below are the MN BOT testing requirements. Students must receive passing scores on  the ACT+Writing, the SATs or the MTLEs. 

Admission to licensure program steps can be found at the following link: <http://inside.augsburg.edu/edstudents/admission/>.

  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:

Posted in Newsletter

Education Department Newsletter, November 13, 2015

New■ Instructor Position at STARBASE Minnesota: Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) teaching position available at STARBASE Minnesota to teach students in grades 4-6. 40 hours/wk. Begins Dec 2015/Jan 2016. STARBASE Minnesota is a leading educational nonprofit organization founded in 1993 whose purpose is to inspire and educate youth in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). To apply, go to: <http://www.starbasemn.org/about-us-2/employment/>.

■ Cedar Riverside Community School is Seeking a First Grade Teacher/Long Term Substitute: Cedar Riverside Community School seeks a well-spoken individual with a gift for elementary school teaching who is passionate about the mission, vision, and philosophy of Cedar Riverside Community School. Minimum qualifications: Bachelor’s degree and a valid Minnesota teaching license. To apply: Send cover letter, resume, and three letters of recommendation to rvetsch@crcs-school.org or mail to 1610 South Sixth Street, Suite 100, Minneapolis, MN 55454, Attn. Randy Vetsch. Applications accepted until position is filled. Call (612) 248-8260 with questions.

New ■  Tutor positions with Minnesota Reading Corps and Math Corps: Minnesota Reading Corps and Math Corps are looking for literacy and math tutors for Minnesota schools for the 2015-16 school year, as well as looking ahead to 2016-17. As you know, the Minnesota Reading Corps and Math Corps is an AmeriCorps program that trains and places tutors in public schools to help students improve their reading or math skills. Tutors now earn:

  • Bi-weekly stipend of $544 (full time; half that for half time)
  • $5,730 education award for college tuition or student loan payments (full time; half that for half time)
  • Career skills, educational training, networking and coaching
  • The fulfillment of making a real difference in children’s lives

For more information, contact Miriam Queensen, Outreach Coordinator at: 612-598-9665 or <mqueensen@servemnaction.org>.Tutors Needed in East Saint Paul: SPPS Tutoring Partners are in immediate need of tutors. Tutor need to be available for a minimum of 1 hour per week for at least 6 months. Click on this link to apply: <http://sppsfoundation.org/volunteer>.

New■  Anthropology Course Availability: ANT 141 Section B will be offered on Wednesday nights next semester from 6 – 9:30 pm. If you need an anthropology course offered at a flexible class time you may want to consider this class. It will be an introductory class on cultural anthropology where we will study themes in how human beings develop meaningful relationships with each other and build community by looking at the environment, geography, the environment, music, business, language, and other areas which affect the development of culture. For more information, contact the course instructor: Vinodh Kutty, Ph.D., <vinodh.kutty@hennepin.us>, or 612-348-9498.

■  Teachers On Call is Recruiting: Teachers On Call is currently hiring for Substitute Teachers, Paraprofessionals, and Education Assistants for several metro area public school districts as well as over 150 charter schools and early child care centers in the Twin Cities. For more information, contact Kellie Amos at: 952.346.1656 or <kamos@teachersoncall.com>.

■ MPS Student Teacher Job Fair: The Minneapolis Public Schools is holding a Student Teacher Job Fair on Saturday, November 14th. This job fair is open to all student teachers who are graduating in December 2015, regardless of if they are student teaching in MPS. Register by Monday, 11/9: <http://bit.ly/1VUTEfr>. For more information, please contact the Office of Human Capital at 612.668.0500 or email: <staffing@mpls.k12.mn.us>.

■ The Augsburg Education Department has arranged for MTLE practice tests through Feb. 2016. The costs of these practice tests can be paid through financial aid. Please see department chair Margaret Finders for more information about how to access the practice tests.

Also below are the MN BOT testing requirements. Students must receive passing scores on the ACT+Writing, the SATs or the MTLEs.

Admission to licensure program steps can be found at the following link: <http://inside.augsburg.edu/edstudents/admission/>.

■ 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:

Posted in Newsletter

Education Department Newsletter, October 30, 2015

New■ Cedar Riverside Community School is Seeking a First Grade Teacher/Long Term Substitute: Cedar Riverside Community School seeks a well-spoken individual with a gift for elementary school teaching who is passionate about the mission, vision, and philosophy of Cedar Riverside Community School. Minimum qualifications: Bachelor’s degree and a valid Minnesota teaching license. To apply: Send cover letter, resume, and three letters of recommendation to rvetsch@crcs-school.org or mail to 1610 South Sixth Street, Suite 100, Minneapolis, MN 55454, Attn. Randy Vetsch. Applications accepted until the position is filled. Call (612) 248-8260 with questions.

New■ Tutors Needed in East Saint Paul: SPPS Tutoring Partners are in immediate need of tutors. Tutor need to be available for a minimum of 1 hour per week for at least 6 months. Click on this link to apply: <http://sppsfoundation.org/volunteer>.

New■ Teachers On Call is Recruiting: Teachers On Call is currently hiring for Substitute Teachers, Paraprofessionals, and Education Assistants for several metro area public school districts as well as over 150 charter schools and early child care centers in the Twin Cities. For more information, contact Kellie Amos at: 952.346.1656 or <kamos@teachersoncall.com>.

■ MPS Student Teacher Job Fair: The Minneapolis Public Schools is holding a Student Teacher Job Fair on Saturday, November 14th. This job fair is open to all student teachers who are graduating in December 2015, regardless of if they are student teaching in MPS. Register by Monday, 11/9: <http://bit.ly/1VUTEfr>. For more information, please contact the Office of Human Capital at 612.668.0500 or email: <staffing@mpls.k12.mn.us>.

■ United Educators Foundation 2016 Scholarships: The United Educators Foundation is distributing a series of significant ($1000 to $2000) scholarship awards. The deadline for applications is February 5, 2016. More information may be obtained by going to: <http://www.uecu.coop/scholarship/>.

■ SR Education Group Scholarship: SR Education Group, an online education publisher, is offering a new scholarship opportunity for Augsburg College graduate students. The scholarship award is $5,000, to be given away four times a year. The current round’s deadline is January 5, 2016. All the details and the application are available here: <http://www.sreducationgroup.org/scholarships/graduate-scholarship-for-teachers>.

■ AVID Tutors Needed at Roseville: The Roseville School District is looking for two tutors at Roseville Area High School that could work from 8:00 am-12:00 pm. The pay is $14 an hour. To apply online, go to: <http://www.isd623.org/>.

■ Volunteer English Language Learner Reading Buddy at Learning for Leadership k-12 Charter School: Learning for Leadership Charter School, 3300 5th St NE # 150, Minneapolis, MN 55418, is seeking volunteer ELL reading tutors. Volunteers need to complete a background check, be able to spend at least one hour per week for a full semester, and attend a mandatory orientation and tutor training (usually 20-30 minutes in length) before volunteer work begins. For more information, contact:  Patricia Hampton <phampton@learningforleadership.org> or 612-735-8698.

■ Behavioral Dimensions, a private company based out of St. Louis Park, Minnesota, provides services to children with autism and other disabilities. Behavioral Dimensions is hiring for positions throughout the Twin Cities metro, Duluth, & Iron Range. Part time and full time positions are available.For more information, contact Jay O’Neill (Owner & Director of Specialty Services) at 612-889-0278 or by email at <joneill@behavioraldimensions.com>.

■ The Augsburg Education Department has arranged for MTLE practice tests through Feb. 2016. The costs of these practice tests can be paid through financial aid. Please see department chair Margaret Finders for more information about how to access the practice tests.

Also below are the MN BOT testing requirements. Students must receive passing scores on the ACT+Writing, the SATs or the MTLEs.

Admission to licensure program steps can be found at the following link: <http://inside.augsburg.edu/edstudents/admission/>.

■ 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:

Posted in Newsletter

Education Department Newsletter, October 16, 2015

New  MPS Student Teacher Job Fair: The Minneapolis Public Schools is holding a Student Teacher Job Fair on Saturday, November 14th. This job fair is open to all student teachers who are graduating in December 2015, regardless of if they are student teaching in MPS. Register by Monday, 11/9: <http://bit.ly/1VUTEfr>. For more information, please contact the Office of Human Capital at 612.668.0500 or email: <staffing@mpls.k12.mn.us>.

New  United Educators Foundation 2016 Scholarships: The United Educators Foundation is distributing a series of significant ($1000 to $2000) scholarship awards. The deadline for applications is February 5, 2016. More information may be obtained by going to: <http://www.uecu.coop/scholarship/>.

New  SR Education Group Scholarship: SR Education Group, an online education publisher, is offering  a new scholarship opportunity for Augsburg College graduate students. The scholarship award is $5,000, to be given away four times a year. The current round’s deadline is January 5, 2016. All the details and the application are available here: <http://www.sreducationgroup.org/scholarships/graduate-scholarship-for-teachers>.

  AVID Tutors Needed at Roseville: The Roseville School District is looking for two tutors at Roseville Area High School that could work from 8:00 am-12:00 pm. The pay is $14 an hour.  To apply online, go to: <http://www.isd623.org/>.

  Volunteer English Language Learner Reading Buddy at Learning for Leadership k-12 Charter School: Learning for Leadership Charter School, 3300 5th St NE # 150, Minneapolis, MN 55418, is seeking volunteer ELL reading tutors. Volunteers need to complete a background check, be able to spend at least one hour per week for a full semester, and attend a mandatory orientation and tutor training (usually 20-30 minutes in length) before volunteer work begins. For more information, contact:   Patricia Hampton <phampton@learningforleadership.org> or 612-735-8698.

   Behavioral Dimensions, a private company based out of St. Louis Park, Minnesota, provides services to children with autism and other disabilities.  Behavioral Dimensions is hiring for positions throughout the Twin Cities metro, Duluth, & Iron Range. Part-time and full-time positions are available. For more information, contact Jay O’Neill (Owner & Director of Specialty Services) at 612-889-0278 or by email at <joneill@behavioraldimensions.com>.

   The Augsburg Education Department has arranged for MTLE practice tests through Feb. 2016.  The costs of these practice tests can be paid through financial aid. Please see department chair Margaret Finders for more information about how to access the practice tests.

Also below are the MN BOT testing requirements. Students must receive passing scores on  the ACT+Writing, the SATs or the MTLEs. 

Admission to licensure program steps can be found at the following link: <http://inside.augsburg.edu/edstudents/admission/>.

  Advising and Admissions Up-Dates:

  ACT+Writing and SAT Scores in Place of MTLEBeginning 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:

Posted in Newsletter

Education Department Newsletter, October 2, 2015

 New  AVID Tutors Needed at Roseville: The Roseville School District is looking for two tutors at Roseville Area High School that could work from 8:00 am-12:00 pm. The pay is $14 an hour.  Go to: <http://www.isd623.org/>. You can apply online.

  MAE students interested in degree completion (finishing your masters), please plan on attending the group advising session led by Dr. Vicki Olson, director, MAE Program. We’ll convene in OGC 100 on Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015 from 12:10pm-12:50pm. You’re welcome to bring your lunch with you as this is the lunch hour. An RSVP is appreciated, please let Caren Custer know if you’ll attend: <custer@augsburg.edu>.

  MPS Research, Evaluation, and Assessment (REA) department is looking for volunteers to assist with administering our beginning kindergarten assessments during the month of September.

  • Who: Pre-Service Teachers
  • What: Administer online reading and math assessments to kindergarten students. You would be responsible for supervising and supporting kindergarten students as they complete online reading and math assessments. The assessments take approximately 45 minutes to complete and you would work with 3 kindergarten students at a time. Training will be provided.
  • When: They need help Mondays-Fridays all day, from August 31-September 25. The schedule is flexible, though an ideal volunteer will be free for a 2-3 hour shift.
  • Where: All elementary schools in Minneapolis Public Schools

How to sign up: Please fill out our interest form at: <http://volmps.mpls.k12.mn.us/> with your contact information and schedule availability. You will be contacted directly regarding specific volunteer opportunities.

   Volunteer English Language Learner Reading Buddy at Learning for Leadership k-12 Charter School:  Learning for Leadership Charter School, 3300 5th St NE # 150, Minneapolis, MN 55418, is seeking volunteer ELL reading tutors. Volunteers need to complete a background check, be able to spend at least one hour per week for a full semester, and attend a mandatory orientation and tutor training (usually 20-30 minutes in length) before volunteer work begins. For more information, contact::   Patricia Hampton <phampton@learningforleadership.org> or 612-735-8698.

 New  Behavioral Dimensions, a private company based out of St. Louis Park, Minnesota, provides services to children with autism and other disabilities.  Behavioral Dimensions is hiring for positions throughout the Twin Cities metro, Duluth, & Iron Range. Part time and full time positions are available.For more information, contact Jay O’Neill (Owner & Director of Specialty Services) at 612-889-0278 or by email at <joneill@behavioraldimensions.com>.

   The Augsburg Education Department has arranged for MTLE practice tests through Feb. 2016.  The costs of these practice tests can be paid through financial aid. Please see department chair Margaret Finders for more information about how to access the practice tests.

Also below are the MN BOT testing requirements. Students must receive passing scores on  the ACT+Writing, the SATs or the MTLEs. 

Admission to licensure program steps can be found at the following link: <http://inside.augsburg.edu/edstudents/admission/>.

  Advising and Admissions Up-Dates:

New  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:

Posted in Newsletter

Education Department Newsletter, September 11, 2015

New   Ready to Student Teach Spring 2016: Students who have completed required coursework in general education by the end of December 2015 are qualified to apply to student teach in Spring 2016.  You must attend a mandatory Information Session to learn the process and instructions how to apply.  Attend on one of these dates:

  • Wednesday September 16 from 6:00-7:30pm (OGC 100)
  • Saturday September 26 from 12:00-1:30pm (OGC 100)

Please contact Barbara West if you have conflict with work or class: <westb@augsburg.edu>.

New ■  Attention Spring 2016 Special Education Student Teachers: This is friendly reminder of the information session you are required to attend. Come find out all you need to know for student teaching in the spring of 2016.  Please attend the meeting on Wednesday. The Saturday meeting is a make up session for those unable to attend on Wednesday.

  • Wednesday September 23, 6:00-7:30pm, 100 Oren Gateway Center
  • Make Up Session Saturday September 26, 2:00 – 3:30pm, 100 Oren Gateway Center

Contact Gretchen Guenter at once if you have a work or class conflict: <guenter@augsburg.edu>.

New ■  Interested in Student Teaching Abroad? If you have ever considered teaching internationally, a Fulbright Teaching Assistantship is a great opportunity to gain this experience.  This prestigious grant pays your salary to live abroad for a year to serve as an English Teaching Assistant in a school or university. There are Fulbright grants in hundreds of countries, and you can chose which country you would like to apply to based on location and grade-level placement preferences.  As an MAE student, you have strong qualifications because of your extensive experience in the classroom and methods training.  In fact, Augsburg MAE alum, Roselind Sybrant, spent a year teaching in Ecuador in 2012-2013. 

You can find more information regarding the ETA program at the Fulbright website: <http://us.fulbrightonline.org/>.

If interested in applying, please contact the URGO office at <urgo@augsburg.edu> as soon as possible.  The application due date is in late September.

New ■  MAE students interested in degree completion (finishing your masters), please plan on attending the group advising session led by Dr. Vicki Olson, director, MAE Program. We’ll convene in OGC 100 on Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015 from 12:10pm-12:50pm. You’re welcome to bring your lunch with you as this is the lunch hour. An RSVP is appreciated, please let Caren Custer know if you’ll attend: <custer@augsburg.edu>.

New ■  MPS Research, Evaluation, and Assessment (REA) department is looking for volunteers to assist with administering our beginning kindergarten assessments during the month of September.

  • Who: Pre-Service Teachers
  • What: Administer online reading and math assessments to kindergarten students. You would be responsible for supervising and supporting kindergarten students as they complete online reading and math assessments. The assessments take approximately 45 minutes to complete and you would work with 3 kindergarten students at a time. Training will be provided.
  • When: They need help Mondays-Fridays all day, from August 31-September 25. The schedule is flexible, though an ideal volunteer will be free for a 2-3 hour shift.
  • Where: All elementary schools in Minneapolis Public Schools

How to sign up: Please fill out our interest form at: <http://volmps.mpls.k12.mn.us/> with your contact information and schedule availability. You will be contacted directly regarding specific volunteer opportunities.

New ■  Volunteer English Language Learner Reading Buddy at Learning for Leadership k-12 Charter School:  Learning for Leadership Charter School, 3300 5th St NE # 150, Minneapolis, MN 55418, is seeking volunteer ELL reading tutors. Volunteers need to complete a background check, be able to spend at least one hour per week for a full semester, and attend a mandatory orientation and tutor training (usually 20-30 minutes in length) before volunteer work begins. For more information, contact::   Patricia Hampton <phampton@learningforleadership.org> or 612-735-8698.

New ■  Frog Tutoring: Frog Tutoring provides one on one private paid tutoring (minimum of $30 per session) to students in the community (K-12 & College). Anyone interested in applying for the tutor position should submit their application and unofficial transcript at our website: <http://frogtutoring.com/jobs/>.

Obtain more information from: Cathy Nji, Tutor Recruiting Associate at FrogTutoring, LLC, Office: 817 717 7235.

  Advising and Admissions Up-Dates:

Testing requirements—The MN Basic Skills requirement must be met by providing passing scores on one of the three test batteries (MTLE, SAT or ACT Plus writing.)

ACT Plus Writing will be required for admissions into Augsburg beginning fall 2016.  This is a requirement for incoming first year students.  It is not required for transfers or AU students.

The Department of Education at Augsburg requires evidence of taking one of these test batteries for admissions into the Department.  Students must be admitted into the Department before enrolling in a 300 level class.  It does not permitted to take 300 level courses before you are admitted.

As of July 1, (POLICY CHANGE AT MN Board of Teaching, BOT) Augsburg can recommend students who have completed our programs in good standing if they have not completed testing requirements.  These students will receive a standard one-year license at the time that they are our program completers.  They can extend their one year teaching license for three years.  Within that 3 year period, teachers must successfully pass the testing requirements.

The BOT is currently seeking new vendors for basic skills test batteries.

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:

Posted in Newsletter

Education Department Newsletter, April 24, 2015

New ■  Ready to Student Teach Spring 2016: Students who have completed required coursework in general education by the end of December 2015 are qualified to apply to student teach in Spring 2016.  You must attend a mandatory Information Session to learn the process and instructions how to apply.  Attend on one of these dates: 

  • Wednesday September 16 from 6:00-7:30pm (Room TBD)
  • Saturday September 19 from 12:00-1:15pm (Room TBD)

Please contact Barbara West if you have conflict with work or class: <westb@augsburg.edu>.

New ■  Education Department Scholarship Recipients: The following undergraduate and graduate students have been awarded Education Department Scholarships for 2015-16. Congratulations to them all!

  • Lisa Fernandez
  • Simone Simon
  • Derek Ruff
  • John Boyd
  • Willie Webb
  • Pahoua Xiong
  • Lisa Fernandez
  • Tanner Oakes
  • David Fier
  • Linnea Trandem

  Advising and Admissions Up-Dates:

Testing requirements—The MN Basic Skills requirement must be met by providing passing scores on one of the three test batteries (MTLE, SAT or ACT Plus writing.)

ACT Plus Writing will be required for admissions into Augsburg beginning fall 2016.  This is a requirement for incoming first year students.  It is not required for transfers or AU students.

The Department of Education at Augsburg requires evidence of taking one of these test batteries for admissions into the Department.  Students must be admitted into the Department before enrolling in a 300 level class.  It does not permitted to take 300 level courses before you are admitted.

As of July 1, (POLICY CHANGE AT MN Board of Teaching, BOT) Augsburg can recommend students who have completed our programs in good standing if they have not completed testing requirements.  These students will receive a standard one-year license at the time that they are our program completers.  They can extend their one year teaching license for three years.  Within that 3 year period, teachers must successfully pass the testing requirements.

The BOT is currently seeking new vendors for basic skills test batteries. 

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.

New ■  Math Teacher Sought for AFA: Augsburg Fairview Academy seeks to hire a mathematics teacher for the 2015/2016 school year.  This position has the possibility to start June 15, 2015 for curriculum development, which is paid by $5000 stipend. Only electronic applications will be considered.  Submit cover letter, résumé, copies of licensure and transcripts, and three letters of reference to Heidi E. Anderson:  <heidi.anderson@afa.tc>.

 New ■  Harambee School Seeking Art Help:  Harambee School in the Roseville school district, a public magnet with a dual focus on environmental education and multicultural education, is seeking an interested visual artist to assist in helping out during an 8-day Art course to students in 4th-6th grades beginning May 11.  If interested, contact: <Christine.Anderson@isd623.org>.

 New ■  World Learner School, a public charter school located in Chaska, Minn., is accepting applications for candidates for a special educator position.  World Learner School is a Montessori school with the mission of creating a school that supports an experiential collaborative learning program that empowers children to unfold their full potential as whole and unique persons in classroom, local and world communities.

The ideal candidate holds valid MN licensure in multiple special education categories or is in a special education program at a MN college or university and has experience working with children. Interested individuals should send a resume, letter of introduction, MN licensure, collegiate transcript and two letters of recommendation to Director Deana Siekmann at <dsiekmann@wlschaska.org> to be considered for the position.

New ■  Americorps Promise Fellowships in Mounds View Schools: Mounds View has three Americorps Promise Fellow positions open to run intervention programs in their middle schools for next year.  The Promise Fellow program involves a year’s worth of service-learning practice and support. For more information, contact Greg Herder, Mounds View service-learning director at <greg.herder@moundsviewschools.org>.

New ■  Skyhawks Minnesota Is Hiring: Skyhawks Minnesota is hiring for summer 2015 coaches. Skyhawks Minnesota offers summer camps at neighborhood parks, schools, and community centers in the Twin Cities metro area. They are seeking qualified candidates to teach young athletes important life and sport skills, conduct camps in a positive and safe manner, and most importantly making sure that each child has fun! For more information or to apply online go to: <http://www.skyhawks.com/minnesota/>.

New ■  AVID at Eden Prairie HS: Eden Prairie High School plans to hire university or college students who want to serve as part-time tutors and role models for its Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) program for the 2015-16 school year.  This program directly supports students to succeed in rigorous curriculum including Advanced Placement courses. Students interested in becoming an AVID tutor are directed to the Eden Prairie School website at <https://www.applitrack.com/edenpr/OnlineApp/JobPostings/view.asp?all=1&AppliTrackJobId=5714&AppliTrackLayoutMode=detail&AppliTrackViewPosting=1>.

If you have questions, please contact Steven Rollin, Eden Prairie High School Gifted and Talented Coordinator at: 952-975-8049 or <srollin@edenpr.org>.

New   The Minnesota Historical Society has started recruitment for the Museum Fellows Program, The program includes a paid internship, an engaging Public History course and an all-expenses paid trip to Chicago for a week.  If you have any program-specific questions, feel free to contact Kyle Parsons at <kyle.parsons@mnhs.org> .

 New ■  Progressive Organizations Hiring: The Fund for the Public Interest (aka “the Fund”) works with organizations such as  Environment America and US PIRG.  They are hiring part time and full time campaign staff to work on campaigns for clean water, and to end subsidies to corporate farms. For more information, contact Natalie Townsend at <natalie@weareimpact.org> or 612-331-3315.

   Behavioral Dimensions, a private company based out of St. Louis Park, Minnesota, is currently hiring students from junior and community colleges and undergraduate students from universities.  This entry level position teaches employees many valuable skills to use when working with children with unique learning needs.  There are excellent promotion opportunities within the company.  The qualifications required to apply for the position are also listed.  Part time and full time positions are available. Please contact Jay O’Neill (Owner & Director of Specialty Services) at 612-889-0278 or by email at <joneill@behavioraldimensions.com> for more information.

  Looking for tutors for Minnesota Reading and Math Corps: We are now looking for both full-time and part-time literacy and math tutors for Twin Cities area schools for the 2015-16 school year. The Minnesota Reading Corps and Math Corps is an AmeriCorps program that trains and places tutors in schools throughout Minnesota. Tutors earn: Bi-weekly stipend of $544 (full time; half that for half time) $5,645 education award for college tuition or student loan payments (full time; half that for half time). For more information, contact Miriam Queensen at <mqueensen@mnedc.org>.

  Interested in teaching abroad? Each year, Augsburg’s URGO office works with students applying to the Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship program. This grant pays individuals a salary to live abroad for a year to serve as an English Teaching Assistant in schools or universities.  There are Fulbright grants in hundreds of countries, and applicants can chose which country they would like to apply to based on location and grade-level placement preferences. For more information, contact Kirsten O’Brien at: <obrienk@augsburg.edu>.

  Summer MTLE Preparation Resources: “How to prepare for the Reading MTLE” (READ 1230, 1 credit,) will be offered this summer at 9:00 am-11:20 am on Mondays and Wednesdays, beginning July 6 through August 6th.

Math for Elementary Teachers/Foundations of Math 1 and 2 (Math 1050 and Math 1060) will also be offered this summer:

  • MATH 1050:   June 1st to July 2nd , Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursday, from 3:00-5:50 pm
  • MATH 1060:  July 6th-Aug. 6th, Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursday, from 3:00-5:50 pm

For more information, contact Linette Manier, Normandale Community College Director of Teacher Education, Phone:  952-358-8437, or email: <Linette.Manier@normandale.edu>.

 TC2 is offering three different series of MTLE support sessions in 2015: mathematics overview (four sessions), mathematics intensive (seven sessions), reading and writing (one session). Multiple sessions of each offering will be scheduled in 2015. Please visit the TC2 website <http://www.tcteacher.org/> for current information and registration links.

 MTLE Preparation Modules: Online MTLE preparation resources are available free of charge to Augsburg teacher education candidates. Go to: <http://www.longsdalepub.com/courses /mtle/start/>. There you will need to provide the following credentials: School #: 48663 School Key: acsuccess Registration requires you to provide your name and email address, no ID Number is required. Please save your registration information, as you will be required to enter it each time you visit the site.

 Applying for a Position in Minneapolis Public Schools: To interview with MPS for a teaching position for the 2015-16 school year, you need to complete the following two steps:

  1. Go to <http://humanresources.mpls.k12.mn.us/become_a_teacher_in_mps.html> and apply for the 2015-16 Candidate Pool in your licensure area(s), then
  2. Sign up for a Teacher Hiring Fair where you’ll have the opportunity to interview for a spot for the 2015-16 teacher pool. After you sign up you will receive an email from Human Capital confirming the date and time of your interview.

If you have any questions please contact the Office of Human Capital at 612.668.0500 or <staffing@mpls.k12.mn.us>.

 Education Department Office is Also Open Certain Non-Business Hours: • Tuesday and Thursday until 6 p.m. every week. • Friday until 6 p.m. and Saturday over the noon hour every Weekend College weekend. Turn things in; pick things up; leave messages or materials for faculty; check your department file – we are here for you.

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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