Education Department Newsletter, September 11, 2020

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New Important Notice Regarding Field Experience 2020: In light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, and recent decisions issued by the Governor and K-12 partner districts, the Education Department faculty voted and approved a motion to not require students to complete field experience hours or fieldwork-related course assignments for the Fall 2020 semester. This vote came from the need to make a timely and responsible decision that enables all faculty, staff, students, and K-12 school partners to be able to plan for the fall.

This means that field experience will not be a required component of coursework this fall. You can choose to opt-in or out of field experience, depending on your personal circumstances, with no impact on your coursework or grades.

The Fall 2020 Field Experience Guide and FAQs will walk you through all options available to you whether you choose to opt-in or opt-out of field experience this semester. Please read this document carefully, as it contains important information that could impact your ability to become a licensed teacher in the state of Minnesota.

If you have further questions or concerns about field experience this semester that were not covered in the guide, please feel free to contact:

  • Stephanie Duncomb, Field Experience Specialist, <>, Make an appointment for one-on-one advising with Stephanie via Zoom at: <>.
  • Emily Wollak, Special Education Field Experience Specialist, <>.

As an additional resource, feel free to check out the newly updated Field Experience page ( on the Education Department website.

New■ AVID in Roseville: The AVID program in Roseville schools has paid positions available for AVID tutors. Pay is $14/hour. For more information, contact Anne Barnes at: <> or Tana Bogenholm at: <>.

New Apply to be a Batalden Student Scholar: A Batalden Student Scholar is a student position is for an undergraduate or graduate student with an interest in ethics. While specific job responsibilities vary, this position is aimed to support a student scholar in their interest in applied ethics. All work can be completed remotely. Interested applicants should submit a cover letter (of interest) and resume to Professor Bibiana Koh at <>.

New Minn-Econ Virtual Conference 2020: Topic: Culturally Inclusive Pedagogy for Economics & Personal Finance Education. Date: Friday, October 16, 2020, 8:00am-12:00pm. Free Registration. More information is available at: <>.

New Request from an Auggie for a Pod Teacher: My name is Meredith Wold. I’m a graduate of the Augsburg PA Program and maintain an adjunct faculty role within the program. Along with being a PA, I’m also a mom trying to figure out what’s best for my school-aged kids this fall. I’m looking for a student teacher or new graduate/alumnus that might be interested in a teaching pod opportunity this fall. Our crew consists of eight school-aged kids from three families in the Edina Public School district, grades 3-6th. We’re looking for an educator to facilitate enrichment opportunities that spark curiosity and collaboration three afternoons per week (M-W) beginning mid-September. For more information, contact Meredith Wold at <> or 612-730-2807.

New Another Request for a Pod Teacher: I’m a mom of 2 elementary girls (5th and Kindergarten) looking for help on our distance learning days.  Do you have any education majors that are looking for part-time work in the Apple Valley area?  3 days a week for 5 hours a day is what I’m thinking it will take but more hours may be possible.  Would either be Monday Thursday Friday or Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday. The ideal candidate will be able to engage both students in their distance learning assignments with the goal to complete both during the 5 hours. Previous experience with children necessary – nannies and summer camp experience are preferred. For more information, contact Cindy Dillahunty at <> or 952-412-2497.

New College Nannies is Seeking Distance Learning Coach/Study Buddy: Are you interested in a career working with kids? Are you looking for something consistent where you can help children learn and grow? College Nannies understands that this fall is going to look a little different for everyone. As kids head back to school either in person, virtually, or a mixture of both, families are looking for some help! Compensation: $14-18/hour. Schedule: 3-5 days a week for 3-5 hours in the morning/afternoon. For more information, contact Katie Bakalars at: <> or 952-285-7667.

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 the “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).