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The Anne Sullivan school was featured in a January 25th Star Tribune article titled "Minneapolis school tries new path to accelerate immigrant learning." Read the full story.


Saturday Scholars

The TERI Partner Network was well represented at the November 2nd CEHD Saturday Scholars. Jehanne Beaton and Stacy Ernst presented a session on school district and university collaborations that close gaps for P-12 Learners.


Stacy Ernst and Jehanne Beaton

Roosevelt High School principal Michael Bradley participated in the closing panel along with Brenda Cassellius and moderator Michael Rodriguez. The panel focused on meeting the learning potential of all students.

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Michael Bradley, Brenda Cassellius, and Michael Rodriguez

Over 180 CEHD alumni and friends attended the event. For information on future Saturday Scholars events visit

We are looking forward to seeing you soon! Save the date of Friday, December 13th for this year's TERI Partner Network Day and don't forget to REGISTER!

TERI Meeting

From left to right: Susan Ranney (Second Languages & Cultures), Keitha-Gail Martin-Kerr (Reading & Elementary Education), Martha Bigelow (EDRC Interim Director & Second Languages & Cultures), Barbara Billington (Science), and Terry Wyberg (Math)

Who's invited? TERI Partner District representatives, including:

  • cooperating teachers
  • principals and superintendents
  • district administrative leads in professional development, induction, talent acquisition, and human resources
  • TOSAs
  • co-teaching specialists
  • community liaisons
  • parents
  • teacher mentors
  • union representatives
  • university supervisors
  • CEHD licensed school professionals (LSP) representatives
  • graduate students
  • faculty from any teacher licensure program
  • CEHD senior management team (Dean's office)
  • EDRC/CEHD staff
  • and you!

Questions we want to address in our day together:

  • What have we accomplished together? What's working? What needs revision? What new work is next?
  • How do we leverage district-university partnerships at school sites for P-12 learners and teacher development?
  • What types of partnerships can we create at middle/high school sites between university faculty, school faculty, students and administrators?
  • How can we deepen our elementary school partnerships? How do we sustain and renew our district-school-college partnerships?

The day will also feature presentations on school partnerships between CEHD faculty and teachers, including:

  • Roosevelt High School's IPad Integration project with Terry Wyberg (Math)
  • Laura Jeffery Academy's Social Class project with Mark Vagle (Elementary Education)


CEHD retains NCATE accreditation

The College of Education and Human Development (CEHD) continues the highest standard of accreditation and has been recognized for exemplary performance in its partnership with local schools by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).

"NCATE's accreditation renewal for the university, which extends through 2019, recognizes CEHD's high quality preparation of teacher candidates and other school professionals," said CEHD Dean Jean Quam.

"This recognition means a great deal to us and to our teacher candidates," she said. "We voluntarily pursue national accreditation, as it is not a state or national requirement, because we value the assessment of the quality of our programs against a set of very rigorous national standards and by our peers and P-12 school practitioners."

Learn more at the CEHD news blog.

Tiffany Moore named new Induction Coordinator

We're pleased to announce that Tiffany Moore is the new Induction Coordinator for Minneapolis Public Schools and the University of Minnesota TERI project. In her new role, she will be working to deepen the work of supporting cooperating teacher and supervisors as mentors in the clinical experience by developing more cluster sites and residency programs in Minneapolis. She will continue to implement the Induction Model, which began at the Induction Forum in June, and support all TERI partner districts with their induction goals by holding meetings and trainings throughout the school year (all dates have already been set and given to induction leads). Please feel free to contact Tiffany anytime at her new email address:

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.

Bob Utke, EDRC's Clinical Learning Coordinator, welcomed all CEHD supervisors back on August 30th with the first of a intentional series of workshops to support supervisor, teacher candidate, and school partner needs in 2013-14. The workshop series is planned as follows:

August 30, 2013 -- Orientation to role

Sept 6, 2013 - Observation and documentation

Sept 13, 2013 - Mentoring performance

November 1, 2013 - Supervisory dilemmas

January 10, 2014 - Coaching practice

February 7, 2014 - edTPA review

March 7, 2014 - Final evaluation, recommendations, and career services

Misty Sato begins Sabbatical

Misty Sato, EDRC Executive Director, TERI Program Director, and principal investigator, begins a well-deserved one year sabbatical. The EDRC team will be in good hands with the leadership of both Martha Bigelow (Associate Professor & Interim Executive Director) and Deborah Dillon (Associate Dean for Graduate, Professional, and International Programs & co-principal investigator). Stacy Ernst will serve as Interim TERI Program Director & Partner Network Coordinator.

New this year! Thanks to the generosity of our school partners and co-teaching pairs last year, we were able to collect footage from most partner districts of co-teaching in a variety of classrooms last Spring-- from 2nd graders at St. Anthony Park to a newcomers class at Wellstone.

Once editing is completed, we'll be adding video of University of Minnesota teacher candidates and cooperating teachers in the Partner Network schools to our enhance the online modules.

Workshops held so far in 2013-14:

  • Co-Teaching strategies to maximize student achievement (related to SOEI elements 1Aiii, 1Cii, 3Bi, 4Bii) workshop for 10 teachers at Minneapolis Public Schools district headquarters, August 14, 2013.
  • Seventy-five University of Minnesota Elementary Education teacher candidates participated in the Co-Teaching Foundations training, August 19, 2013.
  • Co-Teaching Foundations and Pairs training offered in St. Paul School District for all cooperating teachers and teacher candidates August 20, 2013. (St. Paul Public Schools requires all cooperating teachers and teacher candidates in a student teaching placement to complete the foundations and pair co-teaching training).
  • Forty Dowling Urban Environmental Elementary school staff participated in Co-Teaching Foundations and Pairs Training on August 23, 2013.
  • Fifty University student teacher supervisors participated in the Supervising Co-Teaching with cooperating teachers and teacher candidates' workshop session, August 30, 2013.
  • Thirteen pairs of teacher candidate and cooperating teacher from Andersen United, Barton Open, Lucy Laney, Marcy Open and Pillsbury Community in Minneapolis Public School District participated in Co-Teaching Pairs training, September 4, 2013 at Roosevelt high school.

  • When we aren't able to provide the co-teaching professional development at your school site, remember that the Foundations and Pairs are available to our colleagues in partner districts and our students as online modules:
    Foundations Workshop
    Pairs Workshop

    The June Induction forum was followed up with a two-day Mentor Training in August where the partner university placement coordinators and partner district induction leads learned mentor skills and tools to support their induction goal. Each institution is training cooperating teachers, university supervisors and district new teacher mentors in these skills and tools so there is better alignment across the bridge of support and consistent mentoring for our newest teachers.

    Research proves that two years of regular one-on-one mentoring of a new teacher can impact student achievement. The bridge of supporting our teacher candidates with mentoring by cooperating teachers/supervisors into induction mentoring during the first year of teaching allows for two years of regular one-on-one mentoring. TERI is excited to continue to support their induction goal of implementing deep level mentor training to university supervisors this school year.

    Induction Forum

    Transition to Teaching Coordinator, Tiffany Moore, kicked off the collaborative induction work beginning with the forum in June. TERI faculty and staff participated in an Induction Forum with representatives from our partner districts (Brooklyn Center, Columbia Heights, Forest Lake, Minneapolis, St. Paul, White Bear Lake) and partner universities (Augsburg, Bethel, Concordia, Hamline, St. Catherines. St. Thomas). At the forum, each institution set goals for induction work this year.

    We were pleased to have one of our secondary school partner sites featured in this spring's issue of Connect.

    As a reminder, Earle Brown, PDS partnership site with CEHD in Brooklyn Center School District was featured in a story called "The Power of Two" about co-taught classrooms.

    We were pleased on this day to co-host a collaborative event with Minneapolis Public Schools, the Twin Cities Teacher Collaborative of private universities (Augsburg, Bethel, Concordia-St. Paul, Hamline, St. Catherine, and St. Thomas), the Urban Leadership Academy, and the Value-Added Research Center.

    Over 135 people attended the event. We:

  • heard from national and regional experts about teacher evaluation across the professional continuum
  • learned about teacher evaluation in the context of school-university partnerships
  • deepened our understanding of supports for probationary teachers in Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS)
  • learned from MPS and Institutions of Higher Education (IHE) data sharing
  • discussed probationary teacher successes and challenges informing teacher preparation

  • BernadeiaJohnsonMay17_2013.jpgBernadeia Johnson, Superintendent of Minneapolis Public Schools, welcomed nearly 135 participants to the May 17, 2013 Creating a Culture of Evidence: Data Sharing in School-University Partnerships Event.

    A cross-representative data team with members from MPS district and university partners worked together to provide data for all to review.

    Minneapolis Public Schools presented aggregated and de-identified data from their comprehensive teacher evaluation system, including draft reports generated from the following assessments:

  • Standards of Effective Instruction (SOEI) observations results
  • P-12 Student Survey results
  • Value Added results

  • LindaDarlingHammondMay17_2013.jpgLinda Darling-Hammond, Charles Ducommun Professor of Education &
    Co-Director School Redesign Network (SRN), presented on Teacher Evaluation Across the Professional Continuum: Building Systems that Support Professional Growth and Leadership.

    Institutions of Higher Education (IHE) Teacher Preparation presented aggregated and de-identified draft reports with aggregated data from the Common Metrics, surveys used by NExT institutions to collect information from students at entry, exit, and one year after employment.

    The Value-Added Research Center also presented reports to each district partner for review.

    Participants heard directly from Human Resource administrators, economists, principals, school-university liaisons, partnership coordinators, university faculty, first year teachers, and district mentors. It was an event not to be missed! See agenda.pdf

    TERI Curriculum and Performance Assessment Summit

    Forty faculty and staff from across the teacher preparation programs met in the North Star Ballroom on the St. Paul Campus to discuss the curriculum and performance assessments of teacher education. This was the 5th annual teacher education summit in the College of Education and Human Development. These cross program/cross department and college workdays provide an important opportunity for the academic community to review what we've accomplished and further infuse practice and theory in the candidates' coursework.

    Participants reviewed experiences with new performance assessments that were embedded across the coursework taken by all teacher candidates. These assessments include the Teacher Identity Self Study (TISS), Professional Rotations, and Case Studies of Learners. Instructors for the common teacher education courses in the redesign presented their assessments and discussed how they added value to our professional understanding of teaching and teacher development.

    One key task for 2013-14 is to further align the "grading" of the performance assessments with our candidate progress review system. The summit started with concept development work on components of candidate progress that can be assessed that build toward core practices of teaching. Participants examined examples of student work for evidence of one or more core practice. Data gathered from these work groups will inform the development of reliable and valid performance measures.

    May14_2013CurriculumSummit.jpgCEHD faculty review performance assessments and student responses as part of the ongoing curriculum revision process of the redesign initiative.


    Student leaders from around the UMN-TC campus gathered in the Great Hall in Coffman Union for the Spring Activities Fair attracting interested students to learn more about their respective organizations. DirecTrack to Teaching and the Education Minnesota Student Chapter were each represented at the Fair. Nearly 30 students signed up to learn information about both organizations.

    Shawna Zielinski, Co-President of the EDMN Student Chapter and a DirecTrack to Teaching Student Advisory Board member gave her highlights for the day "The annual Spring Activities Fair was an exciting opportunity to represent and exhibit both our DirecTrack to Teaching program (put on by its new Student Advisory Board) as well as our newly-formed Education Minnesota Student Chapter to hundreds of students in the University community. Seven student leaders in these groups, including myself, were in Coffman Memorial Union's Great Hall throughout the day Tuesday to talk to students about our programs and what they are doing for our future teachers here at the University of Minnesota. Highlights included several conversations with interested students who signed up for our mailing lists, and of course a visit from DirecTrack's Program Lead, Shuji Asai who was kind enough to buy us all lunch!"



    Misty Sato, TERI Director and EDRC Executive Director, spoke to education writers at the Ready to Teach: Rethinking Routes to the Classroom event. Photo includes: Linda Darling-Hammond, Stanford University; Mistilina Sato, University of Minnesota; Mari Koerner, Arizona State University; Teresa Heck, St. Cloud University; in panel moderated by Claudio Sanchez, NPR.


    Great Lesson Three: Ways of Being Human


    Harriet Bishop Reenactment for the Great Lessons


    Harriet Bishop, Minnesota's first public school teacher, via the Minnesota Historical Society reenacts her makeshift classroom of 1847 to initial licensure candidates

    New Position Opening: Transition to Teaching Lead

    The College of Education and Human Development is currently hiring a Transition to Teaching Lead coordinator position. This new full-time, 12-month coordinator will work within the TERI project and be housed in the EDRC (Educator Research and Development Center). The coordinator will focus on the development of beginning teacher support (induction) as teachers transition from their preparation programs and begin their teaching careers. We aim to develop programming jointly built between the University and school partners that will support beginning teachers, engage practicing teachers in mentoring and coaching roles, and work with administrators to develop system plans and practices for teacher support. The Transition to Teaching Lead will have three main duties:

    • Design, develop, and coordinate regional infrastructure for beginning teacher support at the university, school, and school administration levels
    • Engage in activities that bride university teacher preparation practice with a school partner network.
    • Engage school partners and the university community in practices that identify teacher effectiveness.

    More information is available: postingId=544313

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