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Education Department Newsletter, April 23, 2021

New■ Summer STEM Jobs at The Works: The Works is seeking STEM educators to teach at their camps and workshops this summer.

The link to the job posting is at: <https://theworks.org/jobs/>. For more information, contact Marissa Woodruff, Education Manager at The Works at: <marissa@theworks.org> or 952-888-4262.

New■ Summer Jobs at Camp Walt Whitman: Camp Walt Whitman is seeking applicants to fill positions to work with their campers aged 8-15. A salary, travel stipend, room & board for the summer as well as any required certifications are provided. Salary: Scaled on exp + travel stipend + room & board for the summer. Dates: June 10th – August 14th
To apply, submit application directly to: <http://www.campwalt.com/staff/>.

■ New Tests and Measurement Course Offered Summer Session I: This summer a new elective graduate course will be offered on the topic of tests and measurement—EDC 591-F: Topics: Tests and Measurement. This course is designed to provide the teaching practitioner with the knowledge and skills to effectively use assessments in the classroom and also to assist teachers in understanding and evaluating the research on educational and psychological testing typically used in schools. No special background in math or statistics is required.

The class is scheduled to meet during the first summer session on Thursday evenings, May 13th through June 24th from 6:00-9:30 pm (online hybrid schedule–three meetings are live: May 13th, June 3rd, and June 24th). Registration for summer classes opens on March 29th at 9:00 am and the deadline for summer registration is May 17th. If you have any questions, please contact Professor Joseph Erickson at: <erickson@augsburg.edu>.

■ Full-time jobs at STARBASE Minnesota: STARBASE Minnesota is an educational nonprofit organization founded in 1993 whose purpose is to inspire and educate youth in STEM. They are seeking candidates in the following areas: Elementary Education K-6; Middle School Science 5-8; Middle School Math 5-8; Secondary Science; STEM Certification; other related.

STARBASE is located by the Mpls/St. Paul International Airport. STARBASE is a year-round program. Regular hours are 7:30-4:00 during the school year; modified hours in the summer including shortened Fridays.

To apply, please submit the following materials via email: 1. CoverLetter, 2. Resume, 3. Letters of Recommendation, 4. Transcripts (if more recent graduate), and 5. Completed STARBASE application. Address these items to: Kim Van Wie, Executive Director and Melanie Peters, Program Manager, Email to: <kvanwie@starbasemn.org>; and <mpeters@starbasemn.org> Please put “STARBASE Teaching Position” in the subject line and clearly label each item.

■ Full-time jobs with AmeriCorps: The AmeriCorps program, Minnesota Opportunity Corps, is hiring for positions starting in September. This is an excellent opportunity for recent graduates who are looking for full-time, stable, rewarding, and inspiring as they transition into the work force. Learn more and apply at: <http://www.opportunitycorps.org>.

■ COVID-19 Vaccine Connector Information: If you haven’t already done so, go to the vaccine connector website to sign up: <https://mn.gov/covid19/vaccine/connector/connector.jsp>.

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, April 9, 2021

New■ Annual National Service-Learning Conference: Don’t miss the virtual 32nd Annual National Service-Learning Conference, Engage. Evolve. Energize! The conference will host 22 live sessions on April 14-15, 2021, over 50 pre-recorded workshops also available now through October 15th, service-learning showcases, networking opportunities, and more! Sessions are designed for both adults and youth and feature exciting topics ranging from social-emotional learning and civic education to youth leadership and international service-learning. The Conference has something for everyone, whether you are brand new or an expert trainer. Design your own experience from anywhere in the world, on your own schedule. Learn more and register at: <https://nylc.org/conference/>.

■ New Tests and Measurement Course Offered Summer Session I: This summer a new elective graduate course will be offered on the topic of tests and measurement—EDC 591-F: Topics: Tests and Measurement. This course is designed to provide the teaching practitioner with the knowledge and skills to effectively use assessments in the classroom and also to assist teachers in understanding and evaluating the research on educational and psychological testing typically used in schools. No special background in math or statistics is required.

The class is scheduled to meet during the first summer session on Thursday evenings, May 13th through June 24th from 6:00-9:30 pm (online hybrid schedule–three meetings are live: May 13th, June 3rd, and June 24th). Registration for summer classes opens on March 29th at 9:00 am and the deadline for summer registration is May 17th. If you have any questions, please contact Professor Joseph Erickson at: <erickson@augsburg.edu>.

■ Full-time jobs at STARBASE Minnesota: STARBASE Minnesota is an educational nonprofit organization founded in 1993 whose purpose is to inspire and educate youth in STEM. They are seeking candidates in the following areas: Elementary Education K-6; Middle School Science 5-8; Middle School Math 5-8; Secondary Science; STEM Certification; other related.

STARBASE is located by the Mpls/St. Paul International Airport. STARBASE is a year-round program. Regular hours are 7:30-4:00 during the school year; modified hours in the summer including shortened Fridays.

To apply, please submit the following materials via email: 1. CoverLetter, 2. Resume, 3. Letters of Recommendation, 4. Transcripts (if more recent graduate), and 5. Completed STARBASE application. Address these items to: Kim Van Wie, Executive Director and Melanie Peters, Program Manager, Email to: <kvanwie@starbasemn.org>; and <mpeters@starbasemn.org> Please put “STARBASE Teaching Position” in the subject line and clearly label each item.

■ Full-time jobs with AmeriCorps: The AmeriCorps program, Minnesota Opportunity Corps, is hiring for positions starting in September. This is an excellent opportunity for recent graduates who are looking for full-time, stable, rewarding, and inspiring as they transition into the workforce. Learn more and apply at: <http://www.opportunitycorps.org>.

■ COVID-19 Vaccine Connector Information: If you haven’t already done so, go to the vaccine connector website to sign up: <https://mn.gov/covid19/vaccine/connector/connector.jsp>.

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, March 26, 2021

Posted on Categories Newsletter

New■ New Tests and Measurement Course Offered Summer Session I: This summer a new elective graduate course will be offered on the topic of tests and measurement—EDC 591-F: Topics: Tests and Measurement. This course is designed to provide the teaching practitioner with the knowledge and skills to effectively use assessments in the classroom and also to assist teachers in understanding and evaluating the research on educational and psychological testing typically used in schools. No special background in math or statistics is required.

The class is scheduled to meet during the first summer session on Thursday evenings, May 13th through June 24th from 6:00-9:30 pm (online via Zoom). Registration for summer classes opens on March 29th at 9:00 am and the deadline for summer registration is May 17th. If you have any questions, please contact Professor Joseph Erickson at: <erickson@augsburg.edu>.

New■ Full-time jobs at STARBASE Minnesota: STARBASE Minnesota is an educational nonprofit organization founded in 1993 whose purpose is to inspire and educate youth in STEM. They are seeking candidates in the following areas: Elementary Education K-6; Middle School Science 5-8; Middle School Math 5-8; Secondary Science; STEM Certification; other related.

STARBASE is located by the Mpls/St. Paul International Airport. STARBASE is a year-round program. Regular hours are 7:30-4:00 during the school year; modified hours in the summer including shortened Fridays.

To apply, please submit the following materials via email: 1. CoverLetter, 2. Resume, 3. Letters of Recommendation, 4. Transcripts (if more recent graduate), and 5. Completed STARBASE application. Address these items to: Kim Van Wie, Executive Director and Melanie Peters, Program Manager, Email to: <kvanwie@starbasemn.org>; and <mpeters@starbasemn.org> Please put “STARBASE Teaching Position” in the subject line and clearly label each item.

New■ Full-time jobs with AmeriCorps: The AmeriCorps program, Minnesota Opportunity Corps, is hiring for positions starting in September. This is an excellent opportunity for recent graduates who are looking for full-time, stable, rewarding, and inspiring as they transition into the work force. Learn more and apply at: <http://www.opportunitycorps.org>.

New■ COVID-19 Vaccine Connector Information: If you haven’t already done so, go to the vaccine connector website to sign up: <https://mn.gov/covid19/vaccine/connector/connector.jsp>.

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, March 5, 2021

Spring 2021 Field Experience Reminder: This notice is a reminder to all students who would like to opt into field experience this semester that you must follow the steps listed below in order to successfully document your field experience hours for licensure. 

NOTE: If you have already completed these steps, spoken with Stephanie or Emily about a different plan in place, or have chosen to opt out of field experience this semester, please disregard.

Step 1: Submit one of the following Google forms, depending upon your individual situation:

  • Spring 2021 Secured Placement Form
    This is for students who have secured a placement on their own through previously established personal or professional connections. We use this form to double-check that the placement will meet your licensure requirements.
  • Spring 2021 Placement Request Form
    This is for students who would like Stephanie or Emily to find them a placement on their behalf. If you have already filled out this form but haven’t received placement information yet, thank you for your patience. Placements typically take 3-4 weeks to confirm and have been markedly more challenging to find this semester.

Step 2: Once your placement has been verified by Stephanie or Emily, you will receive an email containing step-by-step directions on how to document your field experience. Please read this email carefully as the process has changed from previous semesters.

Like last semester, students are not required to complete field experience hours or fieldwork-related course assignments for the Spring 2021 semester. You can choose to opt in or out of field experience, depending on your personal circumstances, with no impact on your coursework or grades.

However, teacher licensing requirements have not been waived by the state licensing board. The board has not released any updates regarding field experience or student teaching for the 2021-2022 school year. This means that teacher candidates must still complete at least 100 hours of field experience prior to the semester in which they plan to student teach as well as other program-specific field experience requirements in order to receive an initial teaching license.

NOTE: If you already hold a teaching license and are pursuing an additional license through Augsburg, your field experience requirements may be different. Please contact Stephanie or Emily for further details.

If you are unsure of how to proceed this semester with your field experience requirements, please follow the steps below:

  1. Read the Spring 2021 Field Experience Guide and FAQs
  2. For further questions or concerns, contact a Field Experience Specialist:

■  Reminder Regarding Pass/Low Pass/No Pass (P/LP/N) Grading Option: While the emergency Pass/Low Pass/No Pass grading option is again available this semester, remember that the university limits the number of classes that can be taken P/NP. You are encouraged to consult the university academic catalog, consult with your Faculty Mentor or Academic Advisor before making a decision on one of these alternate grading options. There is a limit for total courses taken as P/PN: “the maximum number of P/LP credits that may ordinarily be applied to graduation (24 credits) or as part of the maximum number of P/LP credits that may be applied to a major (8* credits) or minor (4* credits).”

New  Job Application Resource—Teach MSP Connect: Teach MSP Connect permits candidates to apply for openings from over 20 schools in and around Minnesota. School leaders are actively hiring for the 2021-22 school year. You can apply through their website at <https://teachmsp.org/>

New  Job Openings at Venture Academy: Venture Academy in Minneapolis currently has two job openings. One is a high school English language position and the other is an English language paraprofessional position for the middle school. The middle school job requires a bi-lingual Spanish speaker. For the high school position, it is not a requirement but preference will be given to the who are Spanish speakers. If interested in applying, please email your resume and cover letter to <careers@ventureacademies.org>.

Teaching Materials For Sale: A recently retired P-12 teacher has offered to sell her library of resource materials to teacher candidates for $1.00-$2.00 each. Many new and nearly new books for teaching at all grade levels are available, including ESL, Math, English, Reading, World studies, Computer, Special Ed, preschool, elementary ed, afterschool enrichment, and Adult Basic Ed classes. For more information, please follow this link: <https://docs.google.com/document/d/1LsjpFvi9wISW2lSd8i4uGtUiuds40O9P17w0hNRZCxE/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 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 12, 2021

Posted on Categories Newsletter

NewSpring 2021 Field Experience Reminder: This notice is a reminder to all students who would like to opt into field experience this semester that you must follow the steps listed below in order to successfully document your field experience hours for licensure.

NOTE: If you have already completed these steps, spoken with Stephanie or Emily about a different plan in place, or have chosen to opt-out of field experience this semester, please disregard.

Step 1: Submit one of the following Google forms, depending upon your individual situation:

  • Spring 2021 Secured Placement Form
    This is for students who have secured a placement on their own through previously established personal or professional connections. We use this form to double-check that the placement will meet your licensure requirements.
     
  • Spring 2021 Placement Request Form
    This is for students who would like Stephanie or Emily to find them a placement on their behalf. If you have already filled out this form but haven’t received placement information yet, thank you for your patience. Placements typically take 3-4 weeks
    to confirm and have been markedly more challenging to find this
    semester.

Step 2: Once your placement has been verified by Stephanie or Emily, you will
receive an email containing step-by-step directions on how to document
your field experience. Please read this email carefully as the process has changed from previous semesters.

Like last semester, students are not required to complete field experience hours or fieldwork-related course assignments for the Spring 2021 semester. You can choose to opt-in or out of field experience, depending on your personal circumstances, with no impact on your coursework or grades.

However, teacher licensing requirements have not been waived by the state licensing board. The board has not released any updates regarding field experience or student teaching for the 2021-2022 school year. This means that teacher candidates must still complete at least 100 hours of field experience prior to the semester in which they plan to student teach as well as other program-specific field experience requirements in order to receive an initial teaching license.

NOTE: If you already hold a teaching license and are pursuing an additional
license through Augsburg, your field experience requirements may be
different. Please contact Stephanie or Emily for further details.

If you are unsure of how to proceed this semester with your field experience requirements, please follow the steps below:

  1. Read the Spring 2021 Field Experience Guide and FAQs
  2. For further questions or concerns, contact a Field Experience Specialist:

New Upcoming Educate Minnesota Licensing and Career Preparation Workshops:

Tier 2 and Tier 3 Teaching Licenses for New Teachers
February 16 at 11 a.m.
Presented by: Emily Busta & Hanna Younce, Licensing Executives, PELSB
https://www.crowdcast.io/e/teachinmn–pelsb-ep–3

Building a Great Teacher Resume
February 16 at 7 p.m.
Presented by: Liz Willingham, Educator Talent Consultant
https://www.crowdcast.io/e/teachinmn-teacher-resume

Educator Ethics
February 17 at 1 p.m.
Presented by: Maria Zaloker, Teacher Ethics Specialist, and Debby Odell, Licensing and Operations Manager, PELSB
https://www.crowdcast.io/e/teachinmn–pelsb-ep–4

For more information, please contact Emily Goodhue <emily@educatemn.org>.

New■ Reminder Regarding Pass/Low Pass/No Pass (P/LP/N) Grading Option: While the emergency Pass/Low Pass/No Pass grading option is again available this semester, remember that the university limits the number of classes that can be taken P/NP. You are encouraged to consult the university academic catalog, consult with your Faculty Mentor or Academic Advisor before making a decision on one of these alternate grading options. There is a limit for total
courses taken as P/PN: “the maximum number of P/LP credits that may ordinarily be applied to graduation (24 credits) or as part of the maximum number of P/LP credits that may be applied to a major (8* credits) or minor (4* credits).”

Annual National Service-Learning Conference: Share your voice and passion for
change at the virtual 32nd Annual National Service-Learning Conference,
Engage. Evolve. Energize! Use promo code Use MLK2021 for 10% off all
rates from 1/17 – 1/25/21. View the listing of 30+ On-Demand sessions; more speaker announcements to come. Encourage your students to showcase their service-learning projects to an international audience- application extended to 2/19. Visit nylc.org/conference to register today!

■ Online Licensure Application Process Announced: On Tuesday, December 8, the Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board (PELSB) is launching a new online license application system for initial licensure applicants The new system is accessed at this link.

For those who have never previously held a file folder number with PELSB, an initial license application should be created through the PELSB online system beginning December 8. This will initiate the licensing process. At the end of the online
application, a checklist will populate indicating any additional materials that must be mailed to the PELSB office. Please ensure that all materials are gathered and submitted in one packet before mailing.

Should you have any questions about the launch of the new online application system, please contact PELSB at <pelsb@state.mn.us> or by phone at 651-539-4200 (Tuesday-Thursday, 9am-12pm).

Augsburg’s Education Department is pleased to announce multiple funding
opportunities for licensure-track students of Color and Indigenous students. We were fortunate to receive a generous grant from the Minnesota Governor’s Emergency Education Relief (GEER).

Only students who are juniors, seniors, or MAT status may apply. The grants will cover only courses that lead to licensure. Undergraduate and graduate students
are required to apply each semester for a one or two credit tuition award. Student teaching grants are offered for students only one-time.

Undergraduate students:

  • The grant will cover 1 credit per semester at a cost of $1,228 for undergraduate students.

Graduate students:

  • The grant will cover 2 credits per semester at a cost of $509 per credit for a total of $1018.

Stipend for student teachers:

  • The grant will cover a one-time living award up to $1,500. Students who are interested must complete the grant application to receive tuition assistance.

Tuition reimbursement application:
https://forms.gle/cvd3cNhz79DTQeQv8

Student teaching stipend application:
https://forms.gle/esQ3wsuujHyUdTo87

Please reach out to Hana Salad if you have any questions at: <saladha@augsburg.edu>.

Eden Valley-Watkins High School: The Eden Valley-Watkins High School has
teaching positions available for Life Science and Social Studies classroom instructors for the 2021-2022 school year. These positions have also been placed on Ed Post. Should anyone seek additional information about them or have questions, he/she/they can contact the principal at:

Bruce Kiehn
Secondary Principal
Eden Valley-Watkins High School
Eden Valley, MN 55329
Phone: (320) 453-2900 extension 1141
Email: bkiehn@evw.k12.mn.us

Breakthrough Twin Cities: Breakthrough Twin Cities is hiring their next cohort of summer Teaching Fellows to support our students on their journeys to college.
Summer teaching fellows teach classes of 10-12 students with training and support. The 9-week fellowship is designed to give teachers the instructional and cultural humility tools to become an effective teacher and mentor to students in the Twin Cities who are impacted by inequitable educational circumstances. Teachers will receive support from licensed teachers and 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.

  • $2,500 living stipend plus housing options
  • Regular Decision Deadline: February 25, 2021
  • Final Decision Notification: May 1, 2021 or earlier!

    For more information, please go to: <http://www.breakthroughtwincities.org/>.

Summer Camp Jobs: Camp TEKO is looking for counselors, lifeguards, and specialists. You must be entering 12th grade or older but you do not need to be Jewish to apply for these positions. The TEKO staff will get to work at 8:15 a.m., spend the day at camp (on Lake Minnetonka), and head home at 5:30 p.m. Salary is determined based on experience and position. We are looking for fun, creative and open-minded staff who love working with kids and are able to make responsible choices regarding COVID-19 precautions.

  • For more information, please go to their website: <https://templeisrael.com/articles/work-at-teko>.
  • An application may be found at this site:
    <https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1o6oMb5wjgnT9bgl9Hrj7tj8Cv6B3LnZCqI7VZOwcydw/viewform?edit_requested=true>.
  • A brochure describing their programs is available here.
    <https://s3.amazonaws.com/symposia-app/companies/6bf728/147cc8/2021%20Camp%20TEKO%20Brochure.pdf>

Teaching Materials For Sale: A recently retired P-12 teacher has offered to sell
her library of resource materials to teacher candidates for $1.00-$2.00
each. Many new and nearly new books for teaching at all grade levels are
available, including ESL, Math, English, Reading, World studies,
Computer, Special Ed, preschool, elementary ed, afterschool enrichment,
and Adult Basic Ed classes. For more information, please follow this
link.

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, January 29, 2021

Posted on Categories Newsletter

NewFall 2021 Student Teaching: Fall 2021 Student Teaching Information Sessions will be conducted virtually for all teacher candidates who are eligible to student teach in Fall 2021. These Sessions will be conducted on: 

  • Saturday, January 30 from 10:00-11:30 am and 
  • Monday, February 1 from 6:00-7:30 pm.  

This involves students from all content areas who will complete all licensure coursework before Sept 2021. Click on this link to access the form which will serve as your registration to receive the Zoom invitation: <https://forms.gle/R9mrB3MJhA3seCTW8>

If you have any questions, please contact Barbara West at: <westb@augsburg.edu>.

NewAnnual National Service-Learning Conference: Share your voice and passion for change at the virtual 32nd Annual National Service-Learning Conference, Engage. Evolve. Energize! Use promo code Use MLK2021 for 10% off all rates from 1/17 – 1/25/21. View the listing of 30+ On-Demand sessions; more speaker announcements to come. Encourage your students to showcase their service-learning projects to an international audience- application extended to 2/19. Visit nylc.org/conference to register today!

■ Online Licensure Application Process Announced: On Tuesday, December 8, the Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board (PELSB) is launching a new online license application system for initial licensure applicants The new system is accessed at this link.

<https://lnks.gd/l/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiJ9.eyJidWxsZXRpbl9saW5rX2lkIjoxMDAsInVyaSI6ImJwMjpjbGljayIsImJ1bGxldGluX2lkIjoiMjAyMDEyMDguMzE3NjAyODEiLCJ1cmwiOiJodHRwczovL3B1YmxpYy5lZHVjYXRpb24ubW4uZ292L0NFTEFwcGxpY2F0aW9uLyJ9.3fQjBnvRLu5EcK0pK5GN0xEPXUxAO3T3cssYIJV2fmo/s/1041081043/br/91317111301-l>.

For those who have never previously held a file folder number with PELSB, an initial license application should be created through the PELSB online system beginning December 8. This will initiate the licensing process. At the end of the online application, a checklist will populate indicating any additional materials that must be mailed to the PELSB office. Please ensure that all materials are gathered and submitted in one packet before mailing.

Should you have any questions about the launch of the new online application system, please contact PELSB at <pelsb@state.mn.us> or by phone at 651-539-4200 (Tuesday-Thursday, 9 am-12 pm).

Augsburg’s Education Department is pleased to announce multiple funding opportunities for licensure-track students of Color and Indigenous students. We were fortunate to receive a generous grant from the Minnesota Governor’s Emergency Education Relief (GEER).  

Only students who are juniors, seniors, or MAT status may apply. The grants will cover only courses that lead to licensure. Undergraduate and graduate students are required to apply each semester for a one or two credit tuition award. Student teaching grants are offered for students only one-time. 

Undergraduate students:  

  • The grant will cover 1 credit per semester at a cost of $1,228 for undergraduate students. 

Graduate students:

  • The grant will cover 2 credits per semester at a cost of $509 per credit for a total of $1018.

Stipend for student teachers: 

  • The grant will cover a one-time living award of up to $1,500

Students who are interested must complete the grant application to receive fall 2020 tuition assistance. 

Tuition reimbursement application:

https://forms.gle/cvd3cNhz79DTQeQv8  

Student teaching stipend application:

https://forms.gle/esQ3wsuujHyUdTo87  

Please reach out to Hana Salad if you have any questions at: <saladha@augsburg.edu>.

■ The Fall 2020 Field Experience Guide <https://docs.google.com/document/d/13oD3XxrHqYtqSgBujCtncgAqWy8AeJzGcSiyYyNq-nc/edit?usp=sharing> 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.

■ Summer Teaching Jobs: Breakthrough Twin Cities is seeking applicants for their summer teaching fellowship program. A recruitment kit is available at: <https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1HEf-QFR6NUPGD1apODZoplE3CsrZVEYm?usp=sharing>?

Contact Rachel Banen <rbanen@breakthroughtwincities.org> or 651-748-5596 for more information.

NewEden Valley-Watkins High School: The Eden Valley-Watkins High School has teaching positions available for Life Science and Social Studies classroom instructors for the 2021-2022 school year. These positions have been placed on Ed Post. Should anyone seek additional information about them or have questions, he/she can contact me at:

Bruce Kiehn, Secondary Principal, Eden Valley-Watkins High School, Eden Valley, MN 55329
Phone:  (320)453-2900 extension 1141
Email:  bkiehn@evw.k12.mn.us

NewBreakthrough Twin Cities: Breakthrough Twin Cities is hiring their next cohort of summer Teaching Fellows to support our students on their journeys to college. Summer teaching fellows teach classes of 10-12 students with training and support. The 9-week fellowship is designed to give teachers the instructional and cultural humility tools to become an effective teacher and mentor to students in the Twin Cities who are impacted by inequitable educational circumstances. Teachers will receive support from licensed teachers and 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.

$2,500 living stipend plus housing options
Regular Decision Deadline: February 25, 2021
Final Decision Notification: May 1, 2021, or earlier!

For more information, please go to: <http://www.breakthroughtwincities.org/>.

Summer Camp Jobs: Camp TEKO is looking for counselors, lifeguards, and specialists. You must be entering 12th grade or older but you do not need to be Jewish to apply for these positions. The TEKO staff will get to work at 8:15 a.m., spend the day at camp (on Lake Minnetonka), and head home at 5:30 p.m. Salary is determined based on experience and position. We are looking for fun, creative and open-minded staff who love working with kids and are able to make responsible choices regarding COVID-19 precautions.

For more information, please go to their website: <https://templeisrael.com/articles/work-at-teko>.

The application may be found at this site: <https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1o6oMb5wjgnT9bgl9Hrj7tj8Cv6B3LnZCqI7VZOwcydw/viewform?edit_requested=true>.

A brochure describing their programs is available here. <https://s3.amazonaws.com/symposia-app/companies/6bf728/147cc8/2021%20Camp%20TEKO%20Brochure.pdf>

NewTeaching Materials For Sale: A recently retired P-12 teacher has offered to sell her library of resource materials to teacher candidates for $1.00-$2.00 each. Many new and nearly new books for teaching at all grade levels are available, including ESL, Math, English, Reading, World studies, Computer, Special Ed, preschool, elementary ed, afterschool enrichment, and Adult Basic Ed classes. For more information, please follow this link: <https://docs.google.com/document/d/1LsjpFvi9wISW2lSd8i4uGtUiuds40O9P17w0hNRZCxE/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 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).