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Education Department Newsletter, October 15, 2021

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■ COVID Guidance for Clinical Experience: During this academic year, you may complete field experience hours or student teaching in a school setting. Augsburg’s commitment to safety for our students and community remains at the forefront. If you are currently working in a school or will be working in a school, it is important to be aware of current COVID guidelines for the school districts.

Augsburg’s contract with school districts states that the school has the right to exclude from the Program any student who does not provide all information required under the school’s policies and procedures in a timely manner. School districts continue updating their guidelines regarding COVID-19 mitigation strategies like vaccination, wearing masks, social distancing, etc. For instance, starting October 15, Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS) will implement a vaccine requirement for staff and volunteers in the building. Augsburg students completing clinical experience (field experience or student teaching) at a Minneapolis school site must follow the District’s policy and processes for vaccination and testing.

Other sites may make updates to their COVID-19 guidelines. Any vaccination or testing requirements with school sites must be completed with the school site. As a clinical experience student, you are responsible for following the school site guidelines. Augsburg cannot send vaccination information to your school site. Make sure to watch for communication from your school for any changes in policies and procedures.

■ PELSB Variances for the Student Teaching Experience: In some cases, students may be eligible for special variances as it relates to the details of their student teaching experience due to COVID-19 restrictions. The variances are based on the need to have the flexibility for COVID-19 quarantine situations.

1) Student teachers do not have to have their 12 (or 14) weeks be a consecutive experience.  So, if they have to quarantine, we are able to add on the time to the end of their placement.  Student teachers are still expected to complete 12 (or 14) weeks to receive licensure.

2) Student teachers can have up to 4 weeks of their 12 (or 14) weeks in a virtual setting. This can be helpful if a student teacher is quarantined, but the classroom can be online and they are participating with students. Again, this is only if it is related to a COVID-19 quarantine.

Augsburg has submitted requests to receive these variances, so we will know soon if we can use these variances with student teachers who have to quarantine due to COVID-19. Please be sure to keep your Augsburg supervisor and Tiffany Moore, Coordinator for Student Teaching, updated with the details regarding if you are having to quarantine and to make sure additional days are added to the end of your placement to ensure that you qualify for licensure.

Reach out if you have any questions: Tiffany Moore, Coordinator for Student Teaching, Phone: 612-330-1154; Email: <mooret2@augsburg.edu>.

■ Fall 2022 Field Placement Information: Given the ongoing and uncertain impact of COVID-19 on K-12 classroom settings, we want to continue to provide you with various pathways to complete your field experience requirements. With this in mind, it is important to know that the state requirements for licensure remain the same:

Field Experience is required by the Professional Educator’s Licensing and Standards Board (PELSB) for all students receiving their initial teaching license in the state of Minnesota:

    1. Complete 100 total field hours prior to student teaching
    2. At least 60 field experience hours that are aligned to the scope and content of the licensure field sought
    3. Experience with students who differ in race, ethnicity, home language, and socioeconomic status; and
    4. Experience with students with a range of exceptionalities, including students on an individualized education plan.

Please complete one of the following forms by 9/17 to communicate your field placement plans for this semester:

1. Complete the Secured Placement Form to document information about a field placement you have found on your own.
2. Complete the Placement Request Form if you need assistance from the field experience specialist to locate a placement for you.
3. Complete the Placement Deferral Form if you have chosen to postpone your field experience this semester.

These multiple pathways build upon the opt-in/opt-out model for field experience that was implemented last academic year. We hope this will give more flexibility to you during this challenging time as well as allow you to make decisions that will prioritize your health and safety. As you make decisions about what option is best for you, please consult with your faculty mentor and Emily Wollak.

Do you plan to transfer field hours from another institution? Use this form to transfer hours.

You will receive more information this semester about how to document your field experience hours and placement. In the meantime, please keep track of your hours and placement information with this form.

■ Online Licensure Application Process Announced: On Tuesday, December 8, 2020, the Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board (PELSB) launched 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. 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).

New■ Minneapolis Kids: Minneapolis Kids is the school-age care component for Minneapolis Public Schools and serves youth in grades kindergarten through fifth grade. This school-age care program is socially and emotionally based and provides high-quality care that is safe, nurturing, educational, and recreationally focused where children are encouraged to pursue individual interests, develop friendships, independence, and confidence.

They are hiring for our Child Care Assistant (CCA) positions at several locations and are looking to get the word out about our employment opportunities. Shifts are before school, after school, or a combination of both and are great for Augsburg students looking for part-time hours. Wages start at $15.45 an hour and are eligible for benefits at 20 hours a week.

Here is a link to their current openings: Minneapolis Kids application <https://mplskids.mpls.k12.mn.us/Home>.

New■ Upper Mississippi Academy: Upper Mississippi Academy is in immediate need of an 8th grade Science Teacher. If interested, go to: <https://umissacademy.org/uma-employment-opportunities/>.

■ Family Child Care Jobs: AmeriCorps has two positions available: a 25 hour/week position that pays $700 every two weeks, and a 12 hour/week position that pays $300 every two weeks. There are also added AmeriCorps perks such as student loan payment pauses and an education award at the end of the service year. The application deadline is October 6, so it’s coming up really fast.
Both positions have also recently received a stipend increase for the 21-22 service year, and members receive an education award upon completion (which can be used on existing loans or future education expenses up to 7 years after service)! For more information and the application link, click here.
https://join.readingandmath.org/careers-home/jobs?location=Minnesota&woe=8&stretchUnit=MILES&stretch=10&page=1&tags1=Family%20Child%20Care

■ Hiring for Community Coaches at Minnesota Urban Debate League: The Minnesota Urban Debate League is hiring for Community Coaches and several other roles. Community coaches are experienced debaters who want to share their expertise with students and collaborate with teacher coaches at our area schools. Applicants who competed in Policy/Cross-Examination, Lincoln Douglas, Parliamentary, Classic, or Public Forum debate as high schoolers/college students would be highly preferred.
The pay is $2,250 for the September-December season and judges are paid $55 a day to judge. Debate is a great way to earn a good amount of money as a coach or some nice weekend money as a judge – it’s also an excellent way to fulfill volunteer hours and work with students. Most importantly, it’s a fulfilling and fun experience! Contact Jake Swede at <swedej@augsburg.edu> if you fit the description and are interested!

■ 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, October 1, 2021

New■ Student Teacher Information Session for Spring 2022: If you missed the mandatory information session earlier this week, a recording is available. Go to: <https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1tvoUmgNXNxH_NSOtmXD0q0MakNHpZvWl?usp=sharing> in order to access the slideshow presentation and a recording of the live session.

Questions? Please contact Tiffany Moore, Coordinator for Student Teaching, Email:  <mooret2@augsburg.edu>.

New■ MTLE Vouchers Available: There are vouchers available for students who need financial assistance to take the MTLE for teacher licensure. Please contact Tiffany Moore, Coordinator for Student Teaching at: <mooret2@augsburg.edu> for more information.

New■ COVID Guidance for Clinical Experience: During this academic year, you may complete field experience hours or student teaching in a school setting. Augsburg’s commitment to safety for our students and community remains at the forefront. If you are currently working in a school or will be working in a school, it is important to be aware of current COVID guidelines for the school districts.

Augsburg’s contract with school districts states that the school has the right to exclude from the Program any student who does not provide all information required under the school’s policies and procedures in a timely manner. School districts continue updating their guidelines regarding COVID-19 mitigation strategies like vaccination, wearing masks, social distancing, etc. For instance, starting October 15, Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS) will implement a vaccine requirement for staff and volunteers in the building. Augsburg students completing clinical experience (field experience or student teaching) at a Minneapolis school site must follow the District’s policy and processes for vaccination and testing.

Other sites may make updates to their COVID-19 guidelines. Any vaccination or testing requirements with school sites must be completed with the school site. As a clinical experience student, you are responsible for following the school site guidelines. Augsburg cannot send vaccination information to your school site. Make sure to watch for communication from your school for any changes in policies and procedures.

New■ PELSB Variances for the Student Teaching Experience: In some cases, students may be eligible for special variances as it relates to the details of their student teaching experience due to COVID-19 restrictions. The variances are based on the need to have flexibility for COVID-19 quarantine situations.

  1. Student teachers do not have to have their 12 (or 14) weeks be a consecutive experience.  So, if they have to quarantine, we are able to add on the time to the end of their placement.  Student teachers are still expected to complete 12 (or 14) weeks to receive licensure.
  2. Student teachers can have up to 4 weeks of their 12 (or 14) weeks in a virtual setting. This can be helpful if a student teacher is quarantined, but the classroom can be online and they are participating with students. Again, this is only if it is related to a COVID-19 quarantine.

Augsburg has submitted requests to receive these variances, so we will know soon if we can use these variances with student teachers who have to quarantine due to COVID-19. Please be sure to keep your Augsburg supervisor and Tiffany Moore, Coordinator for Student Teaching, updated with the details regarding if you are having to quarantine and to make sure additional days are added to the end of your placement to ensure that you qualify for licensure.

Reach out if you have any questions: Tiffany Moore, Coordinator for Student Teaching, Phone: 612-330-1154; Email: <mooret2@augsburg.edu>.

Fall 2022 Field Placement Information: Given the ongoing and uncertain impact of COVID-19 on K-12 classroom settings, we want to continue to provide you with various pathways to complete your field experience requirements. With this in mind, it is important to know that the state requirements for licensure remain the same:

Field Experience is required by the Professional Educator’s Licensing and Standards Board (PELSB) for all students receiving their initial teaching license in the state of Minnesota:

  • Complete 100 total field hours prior to student teaching

    1. At least 60 field experience hours that are aligned to the scope and content of the licensure field sought
    2. Experience with students who differ in race, ethnicity, home language, and socioeconomic status; and 
    3. Experience with students with a range of exceptionalities, including students on an individualized education plan.

Please complete one of the following forms by 9/17 to communicate your field placement plans for this semester:

  1. Complete the Secured Placement Form to document information about a field placement you have found on your own. 
  2. Complete the Placement Request Form if you need assistance from the field experience specialist to locate a placement for you. 
  3. Complete the Placement Deferral Form if you have chosen to postpone your field experience this semester. 

These multiple pathways build upon the opt-in/opt-out model for field experience that was implemented last academic year. We hope this will give more flexibility to you during this challenging time as well as allow you to make decisions that will prioritize your health and safety. As you make decisions about what option is best for you, please consult with your faculty mentor and Emily Wollak.

Do you plan to transfer field hours from another institution? Use this form to transfer hours.

You will receive more information this semester about how to document your field experience hours and placement. In the meantime, please keep track of your hours and placement information with this form

■ Online Licensure Application Process Announced: On Tuesday, December 8, 2020, the Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board (PELSB) launched 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. 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). 

New■ Family Child Care Jobs: AmeriCorps has two positions available: a 25 hour/week position that pays $700 every two weeks, and a 12 hour/week position that pays $300 every two weeks. There are also added AmeriCorps perks such as student loan payment pauses and an education award at the end of the service year. The application deadline is October 6, so it’s coming up really fast.

Both positions have also recently received a stipend increase for the 21-22 service year, and members receive an education award upon completion (which can be used on existing loans or future education expenses up to 7 years after service).

For more information and the application link, click here.
https://join.readingandmath.org/careers-home/jobs?location=Minnesota&woe=8&stretchUnit=MILES&stretch=10&page=1&tags1=Family%20Child%20Care■

New■ Hiring for Community Coaches at Minnesota Urban Debate League: The Minnesota Urban Debate League is hiring for Community Coaches and several other roles. Community coaches are experienced debaters who want to share their expertise with students and collaborate with teacher coaches at our area schools. Applicants who competed in Policy/Cross-Examination, Lincoln Douglas, Parliamentary, Classic, or Public Forum debate as high schoolers/college students would be highly preferred.

The pay is $2,250 for the September-December season and judges are paid $55 a day to judge. Debate is a great way to earn a good amount of money as a coach or some nice weekend money as a judge – it’s also an excellent way to fulfill volunteer hours and work with students. Most importantly, it’s a fulfilling and fun experience! Contact Jake Swede at <swedej@augsburg.edu> if you fit the description and are interested!

New■ Part-Time Work in Golden Valley: Good Shepherd School in Golden Valley (145 Jersey Avenue South, Golden Valley, MN) is looking for individuals who enjoy working and interacting with young people and who might be interested in pursuing a career in the field of education. For this position, you would be supervising a group of elementary-aged children while doing many engaging activities such as outdoor activities, a variety of fun and exciting field trips, crafts, computers, and more. You need to be able to work a minimum of 2 days a week. Their School Care program is Monday – Friday from 2pm – 6pm. They also offer care on non-school days and those hours are 8a-5p. Pay: $13.00 to $15.00 hour
If interested, contact: Emma Sandvig (School Care Coordinator), Phone: 952-465-1451 or Email: <schoolcare@gsgvschool.org>.

New■ Jobs at Behavioral Dimensions: Behavioral Dimensions, a private company based out of St. Louis Park, Minnesota, provides intensive services to children with autism and related conditions. They are currently hiring undergraduate, college graduates, and graduate students from colleges and universities studying in a wide variety of human services fields.

Contact Kristina Kircher (Staff Support Coordinator) at 320-640-3184 or by email at <hr@behavioraldimensions.com>. To apply for this position or to find out more information about the company, please go to: <https://behavioraldimensions.com/>.  You will click on employment opportunities under careers. Next, you will go to the bottom of the page and either click on Behavior Technician or Behavior Therapist to fill out an application.

■ 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, September 17, 2021

Posted on Categories Newsletter

New■ Student Teacher Information Session for Spring 2022: Wednesday, September 29th, 5:00 – 6:00 pm. (Virtual Session *will be recorded*)

https://augsburg.zoom.us/j/92779527087?pwd=ckZaVjRyaUZOZ0UzYTRSRjlreU5idz09

Meeting ID: 927 7952 7087. Passcode: 577077

Please join the Information Session to learn more about:

  • Student Teaching Expectations
  • Application Process to Student Teach
  • Student Teaching Pre-Requisites
  • Commitment to Student Teach

Student Teacher Q&A Open Office Hours for Spring 2022

Please watch the recorded Info Session before attending these sessions.

  • In-Person: Education Department Suite in Sverdrup Hall
    Wednesday, October 6th, 11:30 am-1:00 pm
    OR
  • Virtual Session:
    Saturday, October 9th, 10-11:00 am

https://augsburg.zoom.us/j/98672892481?pwd=dnRHc1hHZjFna2hhM2JVSkJWZFlmZz09   

Meeting ID: 986 7289 2481. Passcode: odOtoGTn

Hosted by: Tiffany Moore, Coordinator for Student Teaching, Email:  <mooret2@augsburg.edu>.

Fall 2021 Field Placement Information: Given the ongoing and uncertain impact of COVID-19 on K-12 classroom settings, we want to continue to provide you with various pathways to complete your field experience requirements. With this in mind, it is important to know that the state requirements for licensure remain the same:

Field Experience is required by the Professional Educator’s Licensing and Standards Board (PELSB) for all students receiving their initial teaching license in the state of Minnesota:

  • Complete 100 total field hours prior to student teaching

    1. At least 60 field experience hours that are aligned to the scope and content of the licensure field sought
    2. Experience with students who differ in race, ethnicity, home language, and socioeconomic status; and 
    3. Experience with students with a range of exceptionalities, including students on an individualized education plan.

Please complete one of the following forms by 9/17 to communicate your field placement plans for this semester:

  1. Complete the Secured Placement Form to document information about a field placement you have found on your own. 
  2. Complete the Placement Request Form if you need assistance from the field experience specialist to locate a placement for you. 
  3. Complete the Placement Deferral Form if you have chosen to postpone your field experience this semester. 

These multiple pathways build upon the opt-in/opt-out model for field experience that was implemented last academic year. We hope this will give more flexibility to you during this challenging time as well as allow you to make decisions that will prioritize your health and safety. As you make decisions about what option is best for you, please consult with your faculty mentor and Emily Wollak.

Do you plan to transfer field hours from another institution? Use this form to transfer hours.

You will receive more information this semester about how to document your field experience hours and placement. In the meantime, please keep track of your hours and placement information with this form

Online Licensure Application Process Announced: On Tuesday, December 8, 2020, the Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board (PELSB) launched 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. 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). 

NewEdina Schools Seeking Special Education Paraprofessionals: The Edina Public Schools has multiple unfilled special education paraprofessional positions, which may be a good fit for those with an interest in pursuing a career in Education. The minimum educational requirement is a high school diploma (so totally could be a fit for someone working on an undergrad degree) and open positions range for kindergarten through high school support.

If interested, the link to apply is: <https://www.applitrack.com/edina/onlineapp/default.aspx?Category=Paraprofessional>.

■ 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, September 10, 2021

Posted on Categories Newsletter

New Fall 2021 Field Placement Information: Given the ongoing and uncertain impact of COVID-19 on K-12 classroom settings, we want to continue to provide you with various pathways to complete your field experience requirements. With this in mind, it is important to know that the state requirements for licensure remain the same:

Field Experience is required by the Professional Educator’s Licensing and Standards Board (PELSB) for all students receiving their initial teaching license in the state of Minnesota:

  • Complete 100 total field hours prior to student teaching 
    1. At least 60 field experience hours that are aligned to the scope and content of the licensure field sought
    2. Experience with students who differ in race, ethnicity, home language, and socioeconomic status; and 
    3. Experience with students with a range of exceptionalities, including students on an individualized education plan.

Please complete one of the following forms by 9/17 to communicate your field placement plans for this semester:

  1. Complete the Secured Placement Form to document information about a field placement you have found on your own. 
  2. Complete the Placement Request Form if you need assistance from the field experience specialist to locate a placement for you. 
  3. Complete the Placement Deferral Form if you have chosen to postpone your field experience this semester. 

These multiple pathways build upon the opt-in/opt-out model for field experience that was implemented last academic year. We hope this will give more flexibility to you during this challenging time as well as allow you to make decisions that will prioritize your health and safety. As you make decisions about what option is best for you, please consult with your faculty mentor and Emily Wollak.

Do you plan to transfer field hours from another institution? Use this form to transfer hours.

You will receive more information this semester about how to document your field experience hours and placement. In the meantime, please keep track of your hours and placement information with this form

Online Licensure Application Process Announced: On Tuesday, December 8, 2020, the Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board (PELSB) launched 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. 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). 

■ 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 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).