■ This is the final Education Department Newsletter for 2021-22. Special announcements may be issued over the summer semesters, so please check your email over the summer. Regular newsletters will restart in Fall 2022.
■ Jobs with Summer Reads: Summer Reads, an AmeriCorps VISTA program of Literacy Minnesota, is hiring for summer positions. Summer Reads Mentors work together to fight the summer slide: a decline of literacy skills in children grades K-5 over the summer months. They serve full-time (40 hours/week) in the Twin Cities metro and greater Minnesota, from June 13 – August 5. Interested candidates should visit the Summer Reads website <https://www.literacymn.org/summerreads> to find more information and links to the MyAmeriCorps applications for these positions.
■ Girl Scouts at Camp Ehawee: Girl Scouts at Camp Ehawee near La Crosse or Camp Brandenburg near Madison is looking for camp counselors for their summer season. The season goes from June 6 – August 19, with $325 per week for a unit counselor position. If you have any questions, feel free to contact Camp Director Bill at <firstname.lastname@example.org> or by calling 608-433-4313. If you are ready to apply or want more information, please go to <https://www.gsbadgerland.org/en/our-council/careers.html> or follow this link to fill out an interest form: <https://girlscoutsbadgerland.wufoo.com/forms/st4083512micfh/>.
■ Camp AweSum: Camp AweSum provides week-long summer camp opportunities for children on the autism spectrum and their families. They are seeking applicants for summer volunteer positions at the camp. For more information, please contact Sophia Svetnicka at <email@example.com> or 715.891.5517.
■ K-12 Virtual Job Fairs for MN Educators: Two virtual job fairs for Minnesota educators are scheduled for May 11 and June 21, 2022. These free events will be conducted in a virtual format. More information may be obtained by going to: <https://educatemn.org/r/spring-flyer>.
■ Become a Fulbright Scholar: Fulbright scholars have the opportunity to study, conduct research, carry out a creative project or teach English in over 140 countries.
Fulbright is looking for junior, seniors or recent alums who are:
- U.S. Citizens
- Hold a 3.0 GPA or higher for English Teaching Assistantship
- Hold a 3.5 or higher for study and research
- Active on campus or their home communities
- Will serve effectively as cultural ambassadors
If interested, please contact Dixie Shafer, Director, Office of Undergraduate Research
& Graduate Opportunity (URGO), Phone: (612) 330-1447, Email: <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
■ Registration Planning Assistance Available: Registration for the summer 2022 and fall 2022 terms will open beginning Monday, March 28, 2022. Developing an accurate long-term plan that accounts for all licensure and degree requirements can be complicated. Help is available! Undergraduate and AU license only students can contact Asma Ibrahim <email@example.com> Graduate students can contact Caren Custer <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
■ Fall 2022 Student Teaching Candidates: Candidates planning to student teach in the fall, must complete the Student Teaching Application. A message was sent from Anthology Portfolio with the link to the survey. In addition, candidates are responsible for submitting field hours from previous semesters to the Field Experience Coordinator, Emily Wollak at <email@example.com>. All candidates must have completed 100 hours of field experience (60 hours must be completed in the scope and content of the licensure area sought). Field Experience hours are a licensure requirement, and they must be completed prior to student teaching. Neglecting to submit field hours may delay your student teaching placement.
Candidates who need to complete hours this semester can request a placement by completing the survey emailed to them from Anthology Portfolio. Field experience hours completed this semester are also being recorded in Anthology Portfolio.
- For questions about Field Experience, contact the Field Experience Coordinator, Emily Wollak, <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
- For questions about Student Teaching, contact the Student Teaching Coordinator, Tiffany Moore, <email@example.com>.
- For questions about Anthology Portfolio, contact the Education Department Unit Leader, Erin Moore, <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
■ Updated Clinical Team Drop-in Virtual Office Hours: The Clinical Team continues to host Virtual Drop-in Office Hours every other Tuesday. For specific dates, visit the Education Department Calendar <https://sites.augsburg.edu/edstudents/education-department-calendar/>. The afternoon office hours time has been updated:
- Morning – 11: 00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
- Afternoon 4:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Office Hours Zoom Link: https://augsburg.zoom.us/j/9344846835
During these times, members of the Clinical Experience Team will be available to answer questions about program requirements, field experience, student teaching, licensure, Anthology Portfolio, and other Education Department questions.
■ Upcoming Career Fairs for Current and Aspiring Minnesota Educators: You are invited to attend the EducateMN Statewide Virtual Job Fairs for Educators: Meet 1-on-1 in private conversations with principals and directors from districts and public charter schools across the state. Get answers from dozens of employers in one afternoon. All current and aspiring Minnesota educators are welcome. Attendance is free. Registered candidates will have access to licensing support and career guidance from hiring professionals. All events are virtual. All events scheduled from 3:00 to 7:00 pm CT.
■ The Education Department Moves to Anthology Portfolio: The Education Department is introducing a new program, Anthology Portfolio. The purpose of Anthology Portfolio is to create an online, accessible record of students’ clinical experience, evaluation, and assessments.
Students will use Anthology Portfolio for:
- Completing surveys like the request for field experience and the student teaching application
- Logging field experience hours
- Accessing feedback from field experience and student teaching
- Submitting key assessments and reviewing feedback on key assessments.
For more information on Anthology Portfolio and to access the single sign-on account link, please visit the Education Department Anthology webpage: <https://sites.augsburg.edu/edstudents/anthology/>.
If you have any questions about Anthology Portfolio, please contact the Education Department Unit Leader, Erin Moore, <email@example.com>.
■ 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, on October 15, Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS) implemented 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.
■ 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 Newsletter: 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
- 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).