Education Department Newsletter, November 15, 2019

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Teacher Candidate Professional Networking Grant: Augsburg students interested in attending their professional conference are encouraged to seek a Teacher Candidate Professional Networking Grant to support their attendance. You can receive up to $300 for travel and conference expenses. For more information, click on the link below.

  Minn-Econ Conference and Teaching Awards: The Minn-Econ Conference and Teaching Awards will be held at the University of St. Catherine on Saturday, December 14, 2019 from 8:30 am to 4 pm. Registration and more information is available at: <>.

  Minnesota Alliance for Geographic Education (MAGE) is Sponsoring Geofest: Geofest is an opportunity for social studies teachers to participate in a professional conference for social studies educators (elementary or secondary). This link <> will take you to the registration page.

The event is sponsored by the Minnesota Alliance for Geographic Education (MAGE) <> and is a great opportunity for students to see what is happening in K-12 geography education (and there is plenty of overlap into other areas of the social studies) as well as to network. Please contact conference coordinator Michelle Leba <> to request a fee waiver for pre-service teachers and college students.

  The Society of Women Engineers Sponsors Steering STEM: Steering STEM focuses on combating bias in STEM education and the target audience is future teachers. It includes a speaker from the UMN faculty, a panel of engineering students, a catered lunch, and some hands-on experience with science experiments that could be used in a classroom. This year’s event is planned for Saturday, November 23. Go to: <> to request 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 House Democrats and ultimately made possible with $1.5 million investment approved 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 their website (

New  Long-term Substitute Needed in Minneapolis: Rachel Shaheen, a middle school science teacher, and Augsburg Alum is seeking someone to take her MPS sixth-grade science class temporarily (February-April). If interested, please contact Rachel Shaheen at: <>.

New  Camp TEKO is Looking for Staff for This Summer: Camp TEKO is looking for summer staff members.  You do not need to be Jewish to apply for these positions. The TEKO staff meet our campers at one of our bus stops in the morning around 8:15/8:30, spend the day at camp (on Lake Minnetonka) and come back on the busses around 4:00/4:15. Salary is determined based off of experience and position. We are looking for fun, creative and open minded staff who love working with kids! For more information, go to: <>.

New  Teach in Central Europe This Summer: The Central Europe Teacher Program is a summer program for bilingual junior/senior high school or elementary school students operated by ELCA Global Mission. Emphasis is for conversational English teachers but math, science, and geography teachers are needed also. All instruction is in the English language. A BA/BS is required and teaching experience is preferred. For more information, go to: <>.

New  Work for OutFront Minnesota This Summer:  OutFront Minnesota is looking for staff for their education equity summer program. Three years of youth development work (minimum) and experience in building leadership and advocacy capacity and agency in youth is required. For more information or to apply, please send a cover letter and resume to <> by 12/6/19.

New  Breakthrough Twin Cities: Breakthrough Twin Cities works with local high school & university partners to identify high school and undergraduate students who are passionate about education and equity and are interested in working with middle school students in the Twin Cities. For more information, please go to: <>.

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).