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September 2011 Archives

Monday, October 17, 2011
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Mississippi Room - Coffman Union

The 2011-2012 CEHD Reads selection, Outcasts United, by Warren St. John, expands a story that began as a 2007 New York Times article about the Fugees, a soccer program for boys from families of refugees from war-torn nations who were resettled in Clarkston, Georgia. The book follows the challenges the coach and these young people face (which include confronting prejudice, finding funding and a field on which to practice, and living with memories of tragedy in their home countries) as well as the triumphs they achieve on and off the field.

The Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development (OLPD) will host an evening forum where educators and alumni are invited to hear the stories, successes and challenges of educational leaders in Minnesota who have been involved in similar changes in their communities by immigration and new cultures.

Panelists:


  • Mr. Jay Haugen - Superintendent, Farmington Public Schools

  • Mr. Haugen has served recently both rural and suburban districts in Sleepy Eye, West St. Paul and Farmington Public Schools where the immigrant population has steadily increased and reached 40% or more in the schools.

  • Mr. John Landgaard - Superintendent, Worthington Public Schools

  • Mr. Landgaard has seen a rapid transition from a mostly Caucasian southwestern Minnesota school district to a district where the student of color population has reached 58% with 13% English Language Learners.

  • Dr. Fatima Lawson - Principal, L'Etoile du Nord French Immersion School, St. Paul

  • Dr. Lawson leads a French Immersion school where 25% of the students are English Language Learners and 35% of the students are students of color and few students have had any French language background.

  • Dr. Mike McCollor - Principal, Washington Technology Magnet, St. Paul

  • Dr. McCollor leads a secondary school where 66% of the students speak another language than English at home and where the Hmong population of 35% is the largest ethnic group.

  • Ms. Yeu Vang - Principal, Jackson Preparatory Magnet, St. Paul

  • Ms. Vang leads an elementary school where 73% of the students speak another language than English at home and where the Hmong population of 55% is the largest ethnic group

Co-teaching specialists in the network teamed up to provide Pairs workshops to all cooperating teachers, principals, and teacher candidates working together this Fall using the co-teaching model. All elementary education teacher candidates at TERI PDS and Clinical Cluster Sites (CCS) are engaged in a "year long" placement and have been in the schools since late August as co-teachers with their cooperating teachers. All co-teaching pairs met with specialists at this workshop to discuss the co-teaching strategies, building relationships, communication, and collaboration while planning to co-teach. Here are a few photos from local site visits:

Brooklyn Center Earle Brown elementary
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White Bear Lake Co-teaching Specialists: Rachael Connor & Jodi O'Donovan
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White Bear Lake Co-teaching Pairs
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Forest Lake Lino Lakes elementary
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The Co-teaching Pairs workshop offered at Webster Open on Wednesday, September 7th for the remaining 25 pairs of MPS cooperating teachers and UMN-TC teacher candidates in Marcy, Bethune, Barton, Anderson, Dowling, Kenwood, Pillsbury, Roosevelt HS, and Sanford MS. Co-taught by Jehanne Beaton (UMN/MPS) for UMN-TC social studies with their co-teaching pilot and Clinical Cluster Site at Roosevelt High school and Tiffany Moore, MPS Par Mentor and TERI District liaison. Both are co-teaching specialists working within the TERI Partner Network to support the initiative's pilot of co-teaching this fall.

Workshop Co-teachers Jehanne Beaton and Tiffany Moore
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We were pleased to have over 220 cooperating teachers, teacher candidates, university supervisors, university faculty, principals, student services staff, and co-teaching specialists attend the Foundations workshops held in the Science Teaching and Student Services Building on campus. Students and cooperating teachers involved in CEHD's elementary education and secondary social studies initial license programs learned about the co-teaching model for mentoring during student teaching, as presented by Dr. Bacharach and Dr. Heck of St. Cloud State University. The Teacher Education Redesign Initiative (TERI) in the Educator Development and Research Center (EDRC) hosted the event for all involved in Fall 2011 placements of teacher candidates in TERI Partner Network schools that will be implementing co-teaching.

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A team of 14 co-teaching specialists within the TERI Partner Network met this June 15-16 to review the co-teaching materials supplied by St. Cloud State University's Teacher Quality Enhancement Grant on Co-teaching. Decisions were made about the design for the Pairs Workshops (for the cooperating teachers and teacher candidates). Patsy Vinogradov and Stacy Ernst (and many others in the EDRC team) worked to compile the specialists' kits for use this September. Here are two TERI Partner Network co-teaching specialists with their new facilitator kits.

TERI Partner Network co-teaching specialists and WBL faculty, Sally Parsons and Lee McGrath
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