Education Department Newsletter, January 31, 2020

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Student Teaching Information Session: All teacher candidates who will be ready to student teach in Fall 2020 are required to attend an Information Session to learn the application process. This is for all programs:  Secondary, Elementary, ESL, ABS, K-12. The remaining session is tomorrow:

  • Saturday, February 1, 10:00am to 12:00pm in the Marshall Room of the Christensen Center

If a class or work commitment conflicts with these sessions, contact Barbara West ( as soon as possible for how to proceed. ABS candidates who have a conflict should contact Emily Wollak ( 

New  Fridley Transition Program: The Fridley Transition Program for students ages 18-21 who are receiving special education services is looking for volunteers. The focus of the Transition program is on Employment, Independent Living, Community Participation, and Recreation and Leisure. This program is offered in partnership with Upstream Arts ( They are looking for anywhere from 1-4 college students to participate. For more information, contact Alissa Blood at: <> or 763-502-5066.

New  Play with LEGOs This Summer: Play-Well Engineering with LEGO is currently looking for a few students to teach in the Play-Well Engineering with LEGO Camps and classes in the Twin Cities Metro area. Play-Well TEKnologies, uses LEGO to teach engineering concepts to students from Kindergarten through 6th grade.  Their mission is to build curiosity in engineering and architecture among future college students. If you’d like more information about Play-Well, visit them at: <>.

  Volunteer Opportunity at Murray Middle School in St. Paul: Cindy Thrasher, a teacher and program coordinator at Murray Middle School in St. Paul, is looking for volunteers to participate in the “Pilot One-on-One Tutoring Program.” Volunteers work with individual students to support their English, math, social studies, and science skills during the school day. Time is also spent developing students’ study skills. Tutors are needed Monday through Friday from 12:29-1:17, 1:21-2:08, and/or 2:12-3:00pm for the entire semester. You can pick a day/time that works best for you, but Cindy is looking for students who can commit to volunteering for the entire semester. If you are interested, please contact Cindy (, 651-293-8740) for more information and to schedule a training session.

  Teach This Summer at LearningWorks: The Breakthrough Collaborative mission is to launch high potential, low-income middle school students on the path to college, while also inspiring talented high school and college students to pursue careers in education. At LearningWorks, we achieve this mission by using a “students-teaching-students” model. During our 9 weeks of summer programming, 35 talented high school and college students work as teachers, advisors, and mentors for 120 middle school students from Minneapolis Public Schools. LearningWorks teachers are creative, diverse, intelligent, and highly motivated. They represent many academic and personal backgrounds, but share a commitment to students and closing the opportunity gap.

An application can be found at: <>. Call (952) 298-3878 or email ( with any questions.

Teacher Candidate Professional Networking Grants: 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.

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).