Education Department Newsletter, April 26, 2019

New  Last Education Department Newsletter for the 2018-19 School Year: We will resume regular newsletter distribution in the fall. Have a great summer!

New  Minimum Grade Policy Change: Effective immediately, the minimum passing grade for education licensure courses has been changed from C to C- for courses in all teacher education programs for graduate and undergraduate students.

While this policy primarily impacts transfer credits for incoming students, it also applies to courses taken at Augsburg. This change does not impact the cumulative GPA requirement of  3.0 (grad) and 2.5 (undergrad) for graduation.

Current students who have received a C- or P on transfer or previous coursework from Augsburg will be allowed to count those courses toward licensure. Current students will follow the new policy.

Please speak with your Education Department advisor for more information.

New  2019 Hmong College Prep Academy Job Fair: Hmong College Prep Academy (HCPA)–a K-12 charter school located in St. Paul, MN is having two job fairs, on Friday, May 3 and Thursday, May 23 from 11 AM – 1 PM.

For more information or to R.S.V.P., please contact Lisa Bonko at <> or call 651.779.2346.

New  Skyhawks Summer Jobs: Skyhawks is interviewing for summer sport coaches. Apply today at: <>.

  Public Achievement Event: Please join us in Rochester, MN on Thursday, June 13th for a workshop in “Reigniting the Spark.” This course will equip teachers with new skills and confidence to deal with the challenges of public education today. It directly addresses the problem of fatigue and disillusionment among teachers by re-examining education through the lens of “public work.” Public work is a cutting-edge theory that emphasizes the public purposes and value of work and views people as the co-creators of the environments in which they live and work. For more information and to register, go to: <>.

  Paideia Summer Institute: ECS 543: Paideia Summer Institute, July 22-26, 2019, 8 am to 4 pm daily. Join us for our 30th anniversary celebration of the Paideia Institute. During the Paideia Institute attendees participate in inquiry-based seminars on various texts and gain expertise in designing and facilitating seminars.   2 or 3 credit options available. Registration is open until June 1, 2019.   For questions and additional registration details, please contact Rachel Lloyd at or 612-330-1561.

  3rd Grade and Kindergarten Positions at Hillcrest Community School: Hillcrest Community School in Bloomington, MN is looking for teachers (or budding teachers) that would be interested in working at an arts integration equity driven elementary school. Candidates apply for at the Bloomington Public Schools website. The principal, Mr. Calvin Keasling, would also be willing to talk with interested candidates. Call him at: 952-681-5350.

  EED 311-A and EED 312-A Schedule Update: New dates have been announced for these courses–K-6 PE Methods and K-6 Health Methods. The new dates for EED 311-A and EED 312-A are:

  • EED 311-A: June 10, 17, and 24
  • EED 312-A: May 13, May 20, and June 3

Register online if you need these courses. Speak with your advisor for more information.

  Teachers On Call provides substitute education professionals to many different public school districts and charter schools throughout Minnesota and Wisconsin Anyone is welcome to apply! For more information or to apply online at: <>.

Submitting news to Augsburg:
• To the Education Department News: Send your news to Joseph Erickson at C.B. 312 or
• To the Augsburg Now published by the Augsburg University Office of Public Relations and Communication: Send your news to C.B. 145 or
• To the daily A-Mail electronic newsletter: Go to AugNet Home Page and login. Then click on “Submit News and Announcements” link.

Connecting with Alumni and Friends:
Augsburg University provides several ways to stay connected with alumni and friends. Here are some links to get you started:
• Alumni Information Update: Submit news and contact information changes to the university’s Alumni Office.
• TC2 New Teachers’ Blog

Other Sources of News for K-12 Teachers:
Here are links to some of the very best online news sources for K-12 teachers:
• Education Week
• Teacher Magazine
• Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (also, subscribe to ASCD SmartBrief, a daily email news resource delivered right to your inbox).