Education Department Newsletter, February 14, 2020

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New■ Teach MSP Career Fair: The Teach MSP Career Fair will take place at Minneapolis College on Saturday, April 25th from 11 am – 3 pm. Principals will be onsite conducting interviews for teachers, school leaders and paraprofessionals. All attendees should bring copies of their resumes and be prepared to interact with great school leaders who are looking for new faces to join their school.  Go to: <> to register for the event.

New■ Chaska High School in Eastern Carver County has an immediate opening for a social studies teacher through the end of the school year. Please contact Chaska School District, Human Resources Department, for more information.

New Volunteer Opportunity at Richfield Dual Language School: If you are interested in gaining more experience in a Spanish immersion program, Richfield Dual Language School is looking for volunteers to support their elementary classroom teachers. Spanish language proficiency is required. If interested, please contact Marta Shahsavand at for more information.

New  The Minnesota Historical Society/Ft. Snelling/Bdote Summer Jobs: The Minnesota Historical Society is now hiring for site guide positions at Historic Fort Snelling for the 2020 season. Historic Fort Snelling is located at Bdote on Dakota homeland with history spanning 10,000 years. They are looking for prospective employees with interests in a wide range of areas including indigenous and Native American history, American slavery, African American history, labor and class, immigration, fur trade, military history, women’s history and Japanese American history in Minnesota. Candidates with knowledge of the Dakota or Japanese languages would be especially helpful. The program offers opportunities for site guides to tell a diverse range of history including that of treaties between the Dakota and the US government, the US-Dakota War of 1862, history of slavery, the African American soldiers in the post-Civil War Twenty-fifth Infantry unit, the military Japanese language school in WWII, and others. For more information and to apply, please visit <>.

New  Circulo de Amigos Child Care Center: Do you have a passion in early childhood education? Circulo de Amigos Child Care Center is recruiting early childhood teachers, assistants and aides for full time and part time positions. The qualifications include being fluent Spanish speakers, possess cultural awareness and love for working with children. Please contact Tania Rivera at (612)722-4737 to learn more about this job opportunity.

  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.

  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).