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Elementary education and school partner sites meet

On December 13th many elementary and K-8 principals, instructors, supervisors, and teachers representing both our university courses and our partner schools engaged in conversation about next steps. This very committed group of people are working collaboratively to prepare the best adaptive experts for today's schools. Great support remains for our yearlong clinical placement yet many elements that are already in place need improvement. The group discussed what to do collectively and at school sites to deepen the partnership in ways that are win-win-win-win for U of M faculty, elementary school faculty, U of M teacher candidates, and the k-6 students we are all teaching.


Elementary and K-8 principals representing four districts (White Bear Lake Area Schools, Forest Lake Area Schools, Columbia Heights, and Minneapolis) engage in cross-district conversations at the TERI Partner Network Day.

Submitted by Kathy Byrn, Elementary Education Clinical Placement Coordinator

TERI holds December mentor training

The TERI program held another mentor training on Thursday, December 5th. Each partner district invited a team to attend the training, which was facilitated by the TERI Induction Coordinator, Tiffany Moore. The focus of the day was the current state of induction programming in the state of Minnesota. Every year, MDE collects data from each school district to tell the story of statewide induction programming. Each team had the opportunity to work together to discuss the state of their own induction program by using the components of induction from the Teacher Support Partnership (TSP) handbook. TSP is a group of representatives from the University of Minnesota, MSNCU, MDE and EdMN, who have worked tirelessly to advance the work of induction in Minnesota. Visit for more information.


The afternoon consisted of discussion of mentor standards, including mentor recruitment, selection and assessment. The feedback from the partner districts show that the day was a great success, including one district saying that they have changed their entire vision of induction for the 2014-15 school year to include mentoring for all first and second year teachers. Research shows that mentoring and support for two years can affect student achievement, so this is a goal for induction programs.

CEHD hosts screening of documentary BULLY

On Wednesday, December 4th Education Minnesota (University of Minnesota Student Chapter) in collaboration with DirecTrack to Teaching and Autism Speaks U-UMN put on a screening of the documentary Bully. The movie, followed by a discussion, attracted over 150 students at the U, despite the snowy conditions. Students who attended ranged from education majors to chemical engineering majors. Families outside of the University also participated in the screening and discussion.

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Many students were moved by the film and innovative ideas were generated during the discussion. As a collective unit, the group discussed the reasons for bullying and ways to stop it. Some shared their personal stories and connections to bullying. The discussion concluded with the group brainstorming ways that bullying could be stopped. Students concluded that awareness was one of the main ways that bullying could be put to an end - not only increased awareness about bullying, but increased awareness of differences and local laws. Also, appropriate training for teachers is a concern as students discussed what role educators play in preventing bullying. In the film, there was a lack of school involvement due to the educators being unsure how to address bullying in their own school.

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As a result of the event, The National Bully Project reached out to the group in search of a partnership. The goal of the partnership will be to reach out to schools in the Twin Cities area to help promote an anti-bully movement and educate both students and teachers about the importance of safe school environments.

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Supershop #4

Teacher | Mentor | Negotiator | Evaluator | Resource provider | Counselor | Adviser

These are only some of the roles a university supervisor of student teaching must play in their work with teaching candidates.

So it is with good reason we call our workshop series for university supervisors Supershops. It is because these professionals do a super-job. The many roles supervisors take with teacher candidates require flexibility, sensitivity and authority.

Each year we hire around 45 supervisors (most are part-time). On November 1st, 38 of them attended the fourth Supershop of 2013-2014. Led by Barbara Billington and Amy Jo Lundell, the morning focused on identifying concerns in teacher candidate's progress, clarifying those concerns, exploring strategies for coaching candidates to recognize and plan their own development.


Barbara Billington (Science Education) and Amy Jo Lundell (Clinical Placements Coordinator) co-facilitated the fourth professional development session for all CEHD supervisors on November 1st, 2013.

The content continued from previous sessions on identifying representative performance of state teaching standards, and using mentoring and coaching practices. Upcoming sessions will provide additional coaching and support for the supervisors' individual work with candidates.

We have extended our supervisor workshop content this year to better support our deepening partnerships with area schools. The professionals who supervise CEHD teaching candidates include members of our regular faculty. Additionally many are recruited from the ranks of retired administrators and master teachers, some are doctoral candidates preparing as teacher educators, and others are practicing teachers on sabbatical. They are all experienced educators focused on the preparing the next generation of teachers, and committed to P-12 student success.

Submitted by Bob Utke, Clinical Learning Coordinator

Save the Date and Spread the Word!
The Education Minnesota Student Group is holding an event on Monday, April 15th. It is an education debate that will include topics like standardized testing, charter schools, and so on. Please feel free to forward this along to anyone you think would be interested in attending!

Debaters: Cindy Reuther (Executive Director of Laura Jeffrey Academy, a girl-focused charter school), Karl Aaro (Executive Director of Education Minnesota), Joe Nathan (Director of Center for School Change), and Bill Wilson ( former St. Paul City Council member; Executive Director and founder of Higher Grounds Academy)

What: Debating the current pitfalls and future prospects of education

When: Monday April 15 at 6:30pm

Where: Anderson Hall room 350

Please come and bring friends! Food will be provided and the panel will be debating questions from the audience as well as those posed to them by the moderator. Hope to see you there!

Please RSVP

EDMNdebate_April 15_final.pdf

November 2nd LSP TERI Task Group Powerpoint

This PowerPoint, used at the November LSP meeting, gives an overview of the Phase II Bush proposal, and a summary of the Task Group charges. This may be a useful communication tool to update colleagues on recent TERI developments. I have created a new category to the right called Share With Your Colleagues, where you will find this file and other helpful resources as they become available.

  • LSP TERI Task Group PPT
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