Education Department Newsletter, March 6, 2020

New■ Black Men Teach Twin Cities Announces a Student Loan Repayment Program: Black Men Teach has announced a program that will make payments against selected Black male elementary teacher candidates’ student loans over a five-year period. To learn more about this opportunity, go to: <http://BlackMenTeachTC.org>.

New■ Eden Valley-Watkins Secondary School is Seeking an English Teacher: Eden Valley-Watkins Secondary School is seeking applicants for a vacant grades 7-12 English classroom teacher for the 2020-2021 school year and beyond.  For more information, please contact Bruce Kiehn, Secondary Principal at: email – <bkiehn@evw.k12.mn.us> or phone – (320) 453-2900 extension 1141.

New■ Education, Science, & Sailing Internship to Help Youth: Common Tides an educational non-profit, will be traveling to the US Virgin Islands in July 2020. This trip is aimed at providing free marine science and sailing programs to underserved local children of the islands. They are currently accepting applicants to staff this trip.  Applications can be found on their website at <http://www.commontides.org/volunteer/>.

New■ Skyhawks Sports Minnesota is Hiring Coaches for This Summer:  Skyhawks Sports Minnesota is currently interviewing and hiring coaches, directors, and interns for their summer programs. Coaches must have at least a 3.0GPA, played a varsity level sport or higher, are willing to have a background check, are reliable and have a great attitude. For more information, contact Allison Hopkins at 651-998-0418.

New■ Urban Boatbuilders is Hiring Instructors: Urban Boatbuilders, a youth-serving non-profit based in Saint Paul. Using boatbuilding as a medium for working with youth to develop Social Emotional Learning skills, career readiness, and sometimes credit recovery to assist youth in graduating high school. They are looking for people who have experience or desire to work with youth of diverse backgrounds. They teach new instructors how to build a boat. For more information, contact Dennis J. Walsh, Program Director, 651-644-9225.

■ 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: <https://teachmsp.org/> to register for the event.

■ 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.

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 Marta.Shahsavand@rpsmn.org for more information.

  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 <https://www.mnhs.org/jobs>.

  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.

  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: <http://breakthroughcollaborative.org/teach/apply>. Call (952) 298-3878 or email (bgaley@blakeschool.org) 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.

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1QWAkDORpUhPt4CvrHw50g-4KrNJSbCxsqbUwFMAHG2g/edit?usp=sharing

Submitting news to Augsburg:

  • To the Education Department News: Send your news to Joseph Erickson at C.B. 312 or erickson-AT-augsburg.edu.
  • To the Augsburg Now published by the Augsburg University Office of Public Relations and Communication: Send your news to C.B. 145 or now@augsburg.edu.
  • 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).

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 (westb@augsburg.edu) as soon as possible for how to proceed. ABS candidates who have a conflict should contact Emily Wollak (wollak@augsburg.edu). 

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 (https://www.upstreamarts.org/). They are looking for anywhere from 1-4 college students to participate. For more information, contact Alissa Blood at: <Alissa.blood@fridley.k12.mn.us> 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: <http://www.play-well.org>.

  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 (cindy.thrasher@spps.org, 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: <http://breakthroughcollaborative.org/teach/apply>. Call (952) 298-3878 or email (bgaley@blakeschool.org) 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.

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1QWAkDORpUhPt4CvrHw50g-4KrNJSbCxsqbUwFMAHG2g/edit?usp=sharing

Submitting news to Augsburg:

  • To the Education Department News: Send your news to Joseph Erickson at C.B. 312 or erickson-AT-augsburg.edu.
  • To the Augsburg Now published by the Augsburg University Office of Public Relations and Communication: Send your news to C.B. 145 or now@augsburg.edu.
  • 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).

Education Department Newsletter, January 17, 2020

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New■ Student Teaching Information Sessions: 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. Attend one session:

  • Monday, January 27, 6:00-8:00pm in OGC 100
  • Saturday, February 1, 10:00am to 12:00pm in OGC 100

If a class or work commitment conflicts with these sessions, contact Barbara West (westb@augsburg.edu) before January 27 for how to proceed. ABS candidates who have a conflict should contact Emily Wollak (wollak@augsburg.edu).

New■ 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 (cindy.thrasher@spps.org, 651-293-8740) for more information and to schedule a training session.

New■ Volunteer Opportunity at Shafii Tutoring and Homework Help Center: Mahdi Elmi, a current graduate student, and teacher at STEP Academy, is looking for volunteers interested in helping in a classroom at the Shafii Tutoring and Homework Help Center, which offers academic support to students in grades 1-12. The center is located in St. Louis Park and is open on Saturdays and Sundays from 1:00-5:00 pm. If you are interested, please contact Mahdi (elmim@augsburg.edu) for more information.

■ 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.

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1QWAkDORpUhPt4CvrHw50g-4KrNJSbCxsqbUwFMAHG2g/edit?usp=sharing

  Long-term Substitute Needed in Minneapolis: Rachel Shaheen, a middle school science teacher and Augsburg Alumni., is seeking someone to take her MPS sixth grade science class temporarily (February-April). If interested, please contact Rachel Shaheen at: <Rachel.shaheen@mpls.k12.mn.us>.

  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: <https://templeisrael.com/articles/work-at-teko>.

  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: <http://breakthroughcollaborative.org/teach/apply>. Call (952) 298-3878 or email (bgaley@blakeschool.org) with any questions.

Submitting news to Augsburg:

  • To the Education Department News: Send your news to Joseph Erickson at C.B. 312 or erickson-AT-augsburg.edu.
  • To the Augsburg Now published by the Augsburg University Office of Public Relations and Communication: Send your news to C.B. 145 or now@augsburg.edu.
  • 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).

Education Department Newsletter, December 6, 2019

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.

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1QWAkDORpUhPt4CvrHw50g-4KrNJSbCxsqbUwFMAHG2g/edit?usp=sharing

  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: <http://z.umn.edu/MCEE-Updates>.

  Long-term Substitute Needed in Minneapolis: Rachel Shaheen, a middle school science teacher and Augsburg Alumni., is seeking someone to take her MPS sixth grade science class temporarily (February-April). If interested, please contact Rachel Shaheen at: <Rachel.shaheen@mpls.k12.mn.us>.

  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: <https://templeisrael.com/articles/work-at-teko>.

  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, teaching experience is preferredFor more information, go to: <https://elca.atsondemand.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=512830.viewjobdetail&CID=512830&JID=705137&BUID=5296>.

  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: <http://breakthroughcollaborative.org/teach/apply>. Call (952) 298-3878 or email (bgaley@blakeschool.org) with any questions.

New  Skyhawks Sports Minnesota: Skyhawks Sports Minnesota is looking for coaches and interns for winter-spring and summer 2020.  More information is available at:<http://www.skyhawks.com/minnesota/>.

Submitting news to Augsburg:

  • To the Education Department News: Send your news to Joseph Erickson at C.B. 312 or erickson-AT-augsburg.edu.
  • To the Augsburg Now published by the Augsburg University Office of Public Relations and Communication: Send your news to C.B. 145 or now@augsburg.edu.
  • 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).

Education Department Newsletter, November 15, 2019

Posted on Categories Newsletter

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.

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1QWAkDORpUhPt4CvrHw50g-4KrNJSbCxsqbUwFMAHG2g/edit?usp=sharing

  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: <http://z.umn.edu/MCEE-Updates>.

  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 <https://docs.google.com/document/d/e/2PACX-1vRjPLZN5ANM0k8Qx_zGswP3H0LWSgfqIXJervvq5crpz0Ly8DMnGfdqp6JkojhxOX5cFlp440i8dRoH/pub> will take you to the registration page.

The event is sponsored by the Minnesota Alliance for Geographic Education (MAGE) <https://magemn.com/> 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 <michelle.leba@spps.org> 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: <https://www.sweumn.com/> 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 (http://www.ohe.state.mn.us/mPg.cfm?pageID=2248).

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: <Rachel.shaheen@mpls.k12.mn.us>.

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: <https://templeisrael.com/articles/work-at-teko>.

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: <https://elca.atsondemand.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=512830.viewjobdetail&CID=512830&JID=705137&BUID=5296>.

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 <jobs@outfront.org> 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: <http://www.breakthroughtwincities.org>.

Submitting news to Augsburg:

  • To the Education Department News: Send your news to Joseph Erickson at C.B. 312 or erickson-AT-augsburg.edu.
  • To the Augsburg Now published by the Augsburg University Office of Public Relations and Communication: Send your news to C.B. 145 or now@augsburg.edu.
  • 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).

Education Department Newsletter, November 1, 2019

New■ 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.

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1QWAkDORpUhPt4CvrHw50g-4KrNJSbCxsqbUwFMAHG2g/edit?usp=sharing

New■  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: <http://z.umn.edu/MCEE-Updates>.

■  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 <https://docs.google.com/document/d/e/2PACX-1vRjPLZN5ANM0k8Qx_zGswP3H0LWSgfqIXJervvq5crpz0Ly8DMnGfdqp6JkojhxOX5cFlp440i8dRoH/pub> will take you to the registration page.

The event is sponsored by the Minnesota Alliance for Geographic Education (MAGE) <https://magemn.com/> 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 <michelle.leba@spps.org> 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: <https://www.sweumn.com/> to request more information.

■  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 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 (http://www.ohe.state.mn.us/mPg.cfm?pageID=2248).

■  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 three ways you can learn more:

  1. Check out the minor at -<https://www.augsburg.edu/youth-studies/>.
  2. If you want to talk more about the YST minor, please contact Professor Jeremy Myers at <myers@augsburg.edu>.

■  The City of Fridley Recreation Department is looking for instructors for their Fall Youth Programs: There are a variety of positions available in the After-School (3:00-5:30 p.m.), Evening and Weekend hours instructing classes (sports, crafts, games, etc.) for pre-school, elementary and middle school age children.  Staff are scheduled monthly, working anywhere from 1 to 5 days each week, $10-13 per hour depending on experience.  To apply online go to our website at <https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/fridleymn?>.

Submitting news to Augsburg:

  • To the Education Department News: Send your news to Joseph Erickson at C.B. 312 or erickson-AT-augsburg.edu.
  • To the Augsburg Now published by the Augsburg University Office of Public Relations and Communication: Send your news to C.B. 145 or now@augsburg.edu.
  • 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).