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September 2013 Archives

Join us at 7:30p this Wednesday in STSS 432B!

Education Minnesota - University of Minnesota Student Chapter serves as the only professional group for pre-service teachers on campus. As a student chapter of Education Minnesota, the organization provides a united voice for public education, leadership in education innovation, dedication to students and families and an unwavering commitment to the welfare of our members. In the past, the group has put on events such as informational panels on a variety of educational topics, participated in community and educational volunteer opportunities, and provided unique insight into the world of being a teacher.

The student chapter is organizing an event called "Do Teachers Need Unions?" which will take place on Wednesday, September 18th from 7:30-9pm in STSS 432B. This presentation will allow for students to understand why there are unions in the teaching profession and how it has changed over time. Students will be able to ask questions and engage in discussion with the guest speaker, Tammy Barnes, from Education Minnesota.

In the future, the group hopes to pursue more volunteer opportunities in the education community and allow useful networking and informational sessions for pre-service teachers throughout campus. The executive board is comprised of Jessica Suppanz (ILP - Science Education) and Shawna Zielinski (Senior, future SLC Education) as Co-Presidents, Nicki Krautkremer (Senior, Elem Ed), Secretary, Savannah Green (ILP - Social Studies Education), Treasurer, and Michelle Todd, (Senior, Special Ed) Secretary. If you are interested in becoming a teacher, consider joining Education Minnesota! Email with any interest and questions!

The partnership between Minneapolis Roosevelt High School and UMN TERI program continues to grow and deepen as it enters its third year. Roosevelt has added seven new teachers to its staff this year, five of whom are recent graduates from UMN teacher licensure programs in Kinesiology, Second Languages and Cultures, World Languages, Science, and Social Studies.

Innovative techniques in working with teacher candidates and instructing students have crossed the partnership bridge. Math ILP Instructor, Terry Wyberg, is conducting his initial methods course at Roosevelt this fall for the second time. This year, he is collaborating with the Roosevelt math department to implement instructional techniques using the Ipad.

Roosevelt continues to be a rich site for clinical placements and the partnership continues to offer opportunity for shared efforts to improve student learning. Roosevelt is hosting ten DirecTrack to Teaching students in various classrooms such as English/Language Arts, Social Studies, Welding. Autoshop, and Band. The UMN social studies ILP has three teacher candidates placed at Roosevelt for their fall practicum. Fourteen Roosevelt staff have registered for the TERI-RHS partnership professional development action research project, focused on bettering instruction for long-term English language learners.

Finally, Roosevelt was recently noted as "Beating the Odds," after a comparison of MCA reading test results revealed a high percentage of students were scoring at a grade level or better, despite a high number of RHS students living in poverty.

Nina.jpgRoosevelt High School-UMN-TC Partnership Liaison, Jehanne Beaton; Terry Wyberg, CEHD Math Senior Lecturer; and Nina Asher, Department Chair of Curriculum & Instruction, CEHD recently toured RHS, met with principal Michael Bradley and visited with UMN-TC teacher candidates and graduates working on site.

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