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Upcoming Professional Development Opportunities

Educator Developer & Leadership Center
Urban Leadership Academy: School Culture, Creating the Climate for Change
Anthony Muhammad, Ph.D.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011
8:30 am - 2:00 pm,
Continuing Education Conference Center,
1890 Buford Ave., St. Paul, MN 55108

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ULA workshops are targeted toward superintendents, principals, assistant principals, teacher leaders, and other district and school leadership personnel.

Register online

Schools as Racialized Spaces: john a. powell

Wednesday, May 4, 2011
12:00pm - 3:00 pm,
TCF Bank Stadium
2009 University Ave S.E.,
Minneapolis, MN 55455,

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Mark your calendars for CARLA lunchtime presentations!

The Center for Advanced Research in Literature Acquisition is offering the following presentations

Heritage Speakers of Less Commonly Taught Languages (LCTL) in the United States
Wednesday, April 6
12:20-1:10 p.m.
Jones 35
Presenter: Vichet Chhuon

Deconstructing ESL: Exploring the Consequences of an Institutional Category
Wednesday, April 20
12:20-1:10 p.m.
Jones 35
Presenter: Adam Rambow

Diversity Dialogues: Ojibwemodaa! Ojibwe Revitalization
Tuesday, April 5, 2011
12:00 PM - 1:25 PM
40 Peik Hall, UMN
Ojibwemodaa! Ojibwe Revitalization, technology based intervention and design research
Mary Hermes, Ph.D.Associate Professor of Education
Eni-gikendaasoyang: Center for Indigenous Language and Culture Revitalization
University of Minnesota Duluth
The Ojibwe language, or Anishinaabemowin, was at one time one of the most widely spoken indigenous languages in North America. Today, within the continental United States there are about 500 speakers, out of a population of 250,000. How can technology be used as a strategic, educational intervention to reverse the shift of indigenous language loss? One project, Ojibwemodaa! is attempting to do just this. This presentation will focus on the community participation of the making of this tool, take a close look at the tool itself, and review a pilot study of the use of this material.
Diversity Dialogues: The Hidden Curriculum for Success in American High Schools
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
12:00 PM - 1:25 PM
40 Peik Hall, UMN

The Hidden Curriculum for Success in American High Schools: Implications for Students from Diverse Backgrounds

Peter Demerath, associate professor, Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development
Based on a four-year anthropological study, this presentation approaches schools' role in perpetuating social inequality by focusing
on the construction of advantage through school policies, social networks, cultural capital, and student identities and practices.

Environmental Engagement Fairby STEM Ed Center, IonE, LT, St. Antony Falls Lab, Bell Museum, Science Museum of Minnesota
Thursday, April 28, 2011
3:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Learning & Environmental Sciences Atrium, St. Paul Campus
Learn about ways environmental engagement is being done and opportunities for collaboration on environmental engagement topics within the University of Minnesota.
The Environmental Engagement Fair is a collaborative effort among the Institute on the Environment, STEM Education Center, LT Media Lab, Bell Museum, Science Museum of Minnesota, and St. Anthony Falls Laboratory. The goal is to engage researchers across the University of Minnesota to inform the broader University community on ways that environmental engagement is currently occurring, and to encourage collaboration on projects where environmental engagement is a key aim of the project. Refreshments will be served.

School of Physics and Astronomy: Research Experience for Teachers
July 5 - August 12, 2011 at the University of Minnesota
Apply Now! Application Deadline Thursday, March 31, 2011
The Research Experience for Teachers (RET) program is a six-week summer research program that supports the active engagement of K-12 physical sciences teachers by involving them in cutting-edge physics research and helping them translate their research experiences and new knowledge into classroom activities. The goal is to help build ongoing collaborative partnerships between K-12 teachers a nd the University's research community.
Program participants will work at the University's Twin Cities campus for six weeks in the physics research area of their choice. There are also positions available at the Soudan Underground Laboratory for those living near Tower, Minnesota. All participants receive a stipend for the six-week program that is based upon their academic year base salary.
Among the career development program activities are weekly physics seminars offered in conjunction with the Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program, a session on ethics in scientific research, and a weekly seminar with the Physics Education research group to discuss issues directly applicable to teaching. An annual highlight is an optional field trip to the Soudan Underground Laboratory in northern Minnesota, the site of two ongoing physics experiments, MINOS and CDMS.
RET offers physics and physical science teachers:
• Hands-on experience in physics research techniques
• Information about cutting-edge experiments in physics
• A stipend equal to six weeks of base teaching salary
• Academic year follow-up
Teachers selected for the program will be matched with faculty and research programs that most closely correspond to their interests. Previous participants have conducted research in:
• Biophysics
• Condensed Matter Physics
• High Energy Particle Physics
• Physics Education
• Space Physics
• Astrophysics and Cosmology
The 2011 program begins on Tuesday, July 5, 2011 and ends on Friday, August 12, 2011. The application deadline is March 31, 2011. Candidate selection will begin immediately thereafter and continue until all available positions are filled.
Please click here to go to the application page.
Sponsored jointly by the National Science Foundation and the University of Minnesota.

Colloquium on P-12 STEM Education
A Forum for Issues Encountered by Professionals Researching & Teaching P-12 STEM Education

August 15-16, 2011
Continuing Education Conference Center
St. Paul, Minnesota
*Afternoon of August 16 will focus on effective STEM Education in the classroom*
Abstracts due March 15, 2011; Full papers due May 1, 2011.
Registration opens February 15 at

STEM Education Center: University of Minnesota's research center for transforming science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education.

Course Opportunities in Curriculum and Instruction and Organizational Leadership and Policy Development

CI 2312 Sex, Drugs, and the Internet: Educational Perspectives (completely online)

(05/23/2011 - 06/10/2011)
(06/13/2011 - 08/05/2011)

CI 5361 Teaching and Learning with the Internet
(06/13/2011 - 08/05/2011)

CI 5410 Special Topics in the Teaching of Literacy
-001 LEC , 09:05 A.M. - 01:10 P.M. , M,Tu,W,Th,F (07/25/2011 - 08/05/2011) ,
Teaching Multicultural Lit in Middle / Secondary School
09:00 A.M. - 01:00 P.M. , M,Tu,W,Th,F (06/20/2011 - 07/01/2011) ,
Storytelling, Critical Literacy, & Creative Drama

CI 5472 Teaching Film, Television, and Media Studies (Completely Online)
(06/13/2011 - 07/01/2011)

CI 5619 Teaching World Languages and Cultures in Elementary Settings
9:00 A.M. - 12:25 P.M. , M,Tu,W,Th (06/13/2011 - 06/29/2011)

EDPA 5387 Leadership for Teaching and Learning
9:05 A.M. - 12:15 P.M. , M,Tu,W,Th (08/01/2011 - 08/11/2011)

EDPA 5321 The Principal as Leader of High-Performing Schools
03:35 P.M. - 08:05 P.M. , M,W (06/15/2011 - 07/18/2011)

Summer Institutes

Mark your calendars: June 16 and 17, 2011
Evidence-based Practice for

Early Childhood Special Educators and Collaborative Partners
St. John's University
Collegeville, MN
2011 registration fees are currently being determined and
will be posted as soon as available
The Minnesota Early Intervention Summer Institute is a unique professional development opportunity provided to the early childhood field through sponsorship by the Minnesota Department of Education.

Professional Development Opportunities:

The Fourth Guy Bond Memorial Conference on Reading: April 29-30, 2011
Friday, April 29, 2011
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Crowne Plaza Minneapolis North Hotel

"Developing Critical Readers & Writers: Improving Adolescents' Literacies through Research, Practice, and Policy" A Celebration of the Research, Teaching, & Impact of Professor Richard Beach
Priority registration: March 15, 2011

Cost: $75 - includes continental breakfact and lunch, both Friday and Saturday
For more details and registration:
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Speakers include well-known international researchers such as:
• Donna Alvermann, Distinguished Research Professor, Affiliate for African American Studies, Literacy and Language Department, The University of Georgia
• Jerry Harste, Professor Emeritus, Literacy Education, Indiana University
• Elizabeth B. Moje, Associate Dean for Research and Arthur F. Thurnau Professor, School of Education; Faculty Associate, Institute for Social Research; Faculty Affiliate, Latina/o Studies; University of Michigan
• Chris M. Anson, University Distinguished Professor and Director, Campus Writing & Speaking Program, North Carolina State University
• Deborah Appleman, Hollis L. Caswell Professor of Educational Studies, Carleton College
Sponsored by the University of Minnesota, the Bond Foundation, the Minnesota Center for Reading Research & the Bush Foundation: Minnesota Reads Project.
Related events: MCRR Events
2011 Harris Forum Visiting Scholar Program
Friday, April 29, 2011
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Coffman Union Theater

Toxic Stress: Impact on Children and Families
Guest Scholars:
Megan Gunnar, Ph.D., University of Minnesota
Katherine Magnuson, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison

The 2011 Forum features two Midwest scholars and notable contributors to Harvard's Center on the Developing Child. Dr. Megan Gunnar is a member of the National Scientific Council on the Developing Child, and Dr. Kathryn Magnuson is a member of the National Forum on Early Childhood Program Evaluation. Dr. Gunnar will present on the science of brain development and Dr. Magnuson on the science of what works. Expect a lively afternoon!
This event will also broadcast to ITV sites around greater Minnesota.
CEUs available.
Free but pre-registration is required.

On your own . . .

Check out these UMN resources:

EDRC Cultural Competency Repository -

K12@U: Programs for PreK-12 Students and Educators
Bell Museum of Natural History: Professional Development and Teacher Resources
Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquisition (CARLA):

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