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, <duncombs@augsburg.edu>, Make an appointment for one-on-one advising with Stephanie via Zoom at: <https://calendar.x.ai/stephanieduncomb>.
  • Emily Wollak, Special Education Field Experience Specialist, <wollak@augsburg.edu>.

As an additional resource, feel free to check out the newly updated Field Experience page (http://go.augsburg.edu/fieldexp) 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: <anne.barnes@isd623.org> or Tana Bogenholm at: <tana.bogenholm@isd623.org>.

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 <koh@augsburg.edu>.

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: <https://www.mcee.umn.edu/educators/annual-conference>.

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 <woldm@augsburg.edu> 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 <CDillahunty@cpmi.com> 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: <kbakalars@collegenannies.com> or 952-285-7667.

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 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).

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: <https://teachmsp.org/> 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 Marta.Shahsavand@rpsmn.org 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 <https://www.mnhs.org/jobs>.

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 (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.

  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, November 22, 2019

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  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>.

  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 tomorrow, 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).

  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. The salary is determined based on 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 preferred. For more information, go to: <https://elca.atsondemand.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=512830.viewjobdetail&CID=512830&JID=705137&BUID=5296>.

  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.

  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, November 16, 2018

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  Apply for an EAST Scholarship: The Augsburg University EAST African Student to Teacher (EAST) Scholarship Program will be accepting applications for the Spring 2019-2021 cohort! This scholarship was established to recognize highly qualified students who wish to become K-12 teachers and increase the diversity of the teacher workforce in Minnesota. EAST covers full tuition cost toward a first license to East African descent students.*

To learn more about the EAST Scholarship application process, the admission process to Augsburg University and our teacher licensure preparation program, you must attend one of the following information sessions. Registration ahead of time  is required. Attached is the East brochure to learn more about the East scholarship.

Information Sessions:

Augsburg Campus

  • Tuesday, November 20th, 2018 at 05:30 P.M.-7:00 P.M.
    • https://admissions.augsburg.edu/register/?id=551d8b80-3151-4e3f-a20e-0d720579c739
  • Wednesday, November 28, 2018 at 05:30 P.M.-7:00 P.M.
    • https://admissions.augsburg.edu/register/?id=e8ea18ff-f869-4faa-bc68-43a85ef24e8f

Rochester Location

  • Wednesday, December 5th, 2018 at 05:30 P.M.-7:00 P.M.
    • https://admissions.augsburg.edu/register/?id=c29f638a-7ec2-4830-9adc-fcb138d3aa07

*Contingent on CUE funding from the Minnesota Legislature for 2019-2021 cycle.

for more information, contact: Hana Salad, Email: <saladha@augsburg.edu>, Phone: 612-330-1345.

  Start Planning Now for European Study Abroad Trip in May 2019! Study Education and Psychology in Slovenia, May 2019: Examine the roots of both educational and psychological practices that shaped European culture in beautiful Ljubljana, Slovenia. As part of this May 2019 travel program, you will also experience Roman ruins in Croatia and the canals of Venice, Italy.

This travel seminar has been the most popular Augsburg summer short-term travel seminar each time it has been offered, with maximum enrollment achieved each trip, so start planning now to make sure you can join us!

For more information, visit: <http://bit.ly/Slo2019>. To apply, go to <http://studyabroad.augsburg.edu/?go=PsychAndEduSlovenia>.

More information about the trip may be obtained by contacting professors Joseph Erickson <erickson@augsburg.edu> or Stacy Freiheit at <freiheit@augsburg.edu>.

New  Elementary Position in Wabasha: There will be a 4th grade teacher position in Wabasha, MN starting in December. You may access the information at <http://www.wabasha-kellogg.k12.mn.us>. or you can send a resume, letter of intent, and letters of reference to Stacy L Schultz, Principal, at <sschultz@wkfalcons.org>.

New  Breakthrough Twin Cities: Make a difference in the lives of students and address educational inequity in the Twin Cities. As a Breakthrough summer teaching fellow, you’ll teach classes of 10-12 students with training and support. Their 9-week fellowship is designed to give you the instructional and cultural tools to become an effective teacher and mentor to students in the Twin Cities who are impacted by inequitable educational circumstances. You will receive support from licensed teachers and a committed staff to be successful and learn in a high-challenge, high-support environment. Undergraduate and high school students aged 16+ are eligible to apply. All majors or areas of study are welcomed! First Interview Deadline: November 29, 2018. Contact them at: <https://www.breakthroughtwincities.org/>.

New  Camp TEKO: Camp TEKO is a summer Judaica camp on Lake Minnetonka. They are seeking counselors and staff of all faiths for campers in grades K-6. For more information, contact Abby Kirshsbaum, <akirshbaum@templeisrael.com> or call 612-374-0321.

  University of Northern Iowa (UNI) Overseas Teaching Services and Recruiting Fair: The 2019 UNI Overseas Teaching Services and Recruiting Fair is scheduled for February 1st – February 2nd, 2019 in Waterloo, IA. This Fair is for teachers looking to teach abroad for the 2019-2020 school year. Questions? Go to: <http://TeachOverseas.uni.edu>.

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, October 6, 2017

New  Recognizing Our Distinguished Alumni: Jennifer Weber, Augsburg Alumni (2011) and Cedar Riverside Community School Special Education Teacher/Coordinator, will be recognized as a Distinguished Augsburg Alumni during Homecoming, 2017. Please join us in honoring her service to the Cedar Riverside school, students, family and community on Friday, October 13th at 5:30 pm in the Hoversten Chapel, Foss Center. Register at: <https://advancement.augsburg.edu/2017-homecoming-registration>.  A video clip capturing Jen’s contributions to the community can be found at <https://vimeopro.com/twelveplus/alumni2017>, password: seven

New  The ADAPT4U (After Deployment: Adaptive Parenting Tools) Study is looking for dedicated individuals to conduct structured interviews with military families. The study seeks to develop and evaluate tools to support resilience among military families as they cope with the stress of deployment and reintegration. Applicants must be available for flexible scheduling, including late afternoons, evenings, and weekends. Compensation is $15/hour. To apply, or learn more about the position:

  1. Go to <https://employment.umn.edu/>
  2. Click on “Search Postings,” enter Job ID Number: 319206

Interested in learning more about the study? Visit adapt4u.umn.edu Any questions may be directed to the Assistant Project Manager, Shauna Tiede, at <tied0033@umn.edu>.

  Civic Literacy Project: The Civic Literacy Project is an opportunity to learn about civics in partnership with teachers at Anne Sullivan School, 3100 E 28th St, Minneapolis. The project dates are every Friday starting October 27, 2017 until the end of April 2018. Earn more than 20 hours of field experience. Four mandatory training sessions are required. Questions? Contact Joaquin Munoz <munoz@augsburg.edu> or Ann Marie Yacobucci <yacobuca@augsburg.edu>. More information may be found at: <http://bit.ly/CivLit>.

  Geofest 2017: Geofest 2017, a social studies curriculum event open to pre-service teacher candidates, takes place Saturday, October 14th at Washington Technology Magnet School in St. Paul. Participants will learn from, and collaborate with, professionals who have developed creative ways to enhance social studies curriculum.  Presentations include: the newest in geospatial technologies, the many uses of HyperDocs, ArcGIS, and MN Landscapes-introducing our own giant map of Minnesota!

Registration and session information can be found at: <http://lt.umn.edu/mage/geofest-minnesota/>. (Rates increase on October 6, 2017.)

  Teacher Candidate Grant Funding Available for Qualified Students: The Office of Higher Education is excited to announce the application for the Teacher Candidate Grant is now available. The Minnesota Teacher Candidate Grant provides postsecondary financial assistance to eligible students enrolled in Minnesota teacher preparation programs during one term in which the student is completing a required 12-week or more student teaching experience. On a funds available basis, selected undergraduate and graduate students may receive awards of up to $7,500. Applicants must intend to work in an identified shortage area and/or belong to a racial or ethnic group underrepresented in the Minnesota teacher workforce to be eligible. Go to: <http://www.ohe.state.mn.us/mPg.cfm?pageID=2248> for more information.

On a funds-available basis, selected undergraduate and graduate students may receive awards of up to $7,500. Applicants must intend to work in an identified shortage area and/or belong to a racial or ethnic group underrepresented in the Minnesota teacher workforce to be eligible. Go to: <http://www.ohe.state.mn.us/mPg.cfm?pageID=2248> for more information.


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 College 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 College 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 college’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).