Education Department Newsletter, September 6, 2019

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  Spring 2020 Student Teaching for General Education and ABS Students: All students who have completed licensure coursework and are ready to student teach in Spring 2020 are required to attend an Information Session to learn the application process.  Come to the Marshall Room of Christensen Center on Saturday, September 21 from 10:00am to 12:00pm.  Contact Barbara West immediately if you have a work conflict <>.

  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.

  Student Teachers of Color Grant Support Available: Minnesotans of color who are enrolled in a student teaching program are encouraged to apply for grants up to $7,500. These scholarships were initiated by the Minnesota Legislature. The Spring 2020 application deadline is December 3, 2019. The Office of Higher Education has more information regarding eligibility and the application process on its website (

  Do you know Augsburg has a Youth Studies minor? This is a great minor to add to any major if you are considering working with children or youth. Here are two ways you can learn more:

  1. Check out the minor at -<>.
  2. If you want to talk more about the YST minor, please contact Professor Jeremy Myers at <>.

  AVID in Roseville: Roseville Area Schools is seeking local college students to serve as paid tutors ($14/hr.) and role models for AVID students in Roseville Area Middle School, Roseville Area High School, and Fairview Alternative High School. Roseville AVID serves college-bound students taking rigorous courses. Students may be the first to attend college, come from limited financial means, are students of color, or have unique life experiences. Questions? Contact Jenny Loeck at < >.

  Coaching Positions Available: Skyhawks Sports Minnesota has several sports coaching jobs to fill for the fall.  These positions are after school, evenings and weekends; coaching children ages 4 to 14 in several different sports.  Programs are once per week, for 4 or 5-week sessions.  Apply today at:  <>.

  Jobs at Cedar Riverside Day Care: Cedar Riverside Day Care is looking for teacher(s) in the education department who have taken or are taking courses in Early Childhood and have experience working with children Infant to Preschool age. They are looking for a part time teacher(s) in the afternoon Monday-Friday pm to 9:00pm. If she or he is unable to work Monday-Friday but are able to work part of the days they will take that into consideration. If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact Mary Godi or Layla Mohamud at: 612-338-5399 or 507-722-8953.

  Family Looking for Academic Support for a Young Man with Autism: We are parent-guardians of a young man on the autism spectrum in his mid-20s, now attending a local community college. For the last couple of years, he’s been supported by a service provider (individual) who helps manage his unique needs relating to higher education—for example, supporting him in completion of registration and financial aid processes; organizing and attending meetings with student services, careers services etc.; getting accommodations in place; working with us and his advisors to help him plan for courses and programs that may best equip him for potential future employment, etc. His provider is no longer able to continue in this role, and so we’re looking for a replacement who’s interested in working with our son for 15-30 hours per week (current rate is $17 per hour). The range of available hours reflects the fact that some degree of substantive tutoring is also needed (in case the person has the necessary subject-matter knowledge). We thought a student or grad student in Education/Special Education at Augsburg may have interest in this type of work. For more information, please contact Joan Steinmann <>.

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).