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May 29, 2008

Research Project Calculator

Teachers, we're pleased to share with you the enhanced Research Project Calculator . This tool offers middle and high school students a simple and comprehensive five-step model for navigating the research process. The skills involved in this process will prepare students not only to conduct academic research, but to make life decisions—whether defending a thesis related to the causes of civil war or selecting a new car.

The Research Project Calculator is a project funded jointly by MINITEX and MnLINK to develop Cool Tools for Minnesota secondary school students and their teachers. It is based on the original Assignment Calculator from the University of Minnesota Libraries.

2008 - 2009 Leaders for Learning Cognitive Coaching Institute

The Leaders for Learning Institute will make the difference in your Professional Learning Communities, Mentorship, Q – Comp, Instructional Coaching

The Leaders for Learning Institute will provide a foundation upon which a solid, effective leadership coaching program can be built. The institute provides participants an opportunity to learn and network with others who use coaching to lead learning and impact student and staff learning.

Cognitive Coaching is a supervisory/peer-coaching model that capitalizes upon and enhances cognitive processes. Art Costa and Bob Garmston, the founders of Cognitive Coaching, define it as a set of strategies, a way of thinking and a way of working that invites self and others to shape and reshape their thinking and problem solving capacities. Cognitive Coaching training focuses on the maps and tools needed to mediate another's thinking. The metaphor of maps and tools is used to indicate the dynamic, individualized way in which coaching takes place.

Contact Jim Roussin if you'd like to know more.

Cognitive Coaching Foundation Training
Adath Jeshurun Congregation, 10500 Hillside Lane West, Minnetonka, MN
SESSION ONE - June 16, 17, 18 & 19 (8:30 AM to 4:00 PM)
SESSION TWO - August 14, October 30, January 9, 2009; March 12, 2009 (8:30 AM to 4:00 PM)

International Conference on the History of Youth & Community Work

Join scholars, youth workers, educators and community leaders for an opportunity to discover and discuss ideas from the past that can inform and influence youth and community work today.


  • Hear from international, national and local experts

  • Learn about bright and dark moments of our past

  • Gain understanding from youth and community members themselves

  • Exchange ideas and experiences with others who share your passion

  • Access the Minnesota History Center and University of Minnesota archives for your own research experience

  • Enjoy historical films and multicultural entertainment

  • Celebrate 150 years of Minnesota diversity and progress

We are certain you will see your work with a new perspective. If you are looking for practical ways to implement the lessons learned from history, join us!

For more information and to register, visit www.historyconference.org.

May 22, 2008

International Conference and Forum for Educators

The International Conference and Forum for Educators will be held from July 5 through 9, 2008 at the five-star Westin Saint Francis Hotel in San Francisco, CA.

San Francisco has often been described as "a city without an equal." This academic happening has been designed to provide a conference experience without equal for educators from around the globe. The Conference will bring educators from all over the world together in a highly interactive, stimulating environment that by design will optimize learning, understanding, and communication.

Space is limited. Register soon!

The Forum will provide educators a rare opportunity to voice their perspectives regarding issues of concern in education in 2008, and express practical solutions based on experience and subject matter expertise. The opinions, strategies, and ideas developed by participants will be organized, published, and distributed to all attendees and broader, relevant and influential audiences.

One Voice is an opportunity for the true experts in education, the educators themselves, to raise their voices together as one voice, empowered by their dedication, experience, and sincere desire to facilitate positive change. This objective is greatly fostered by the design, philosophy, and special characteristics of the event particularly the emphasis placed on interactivity and bonding.

You want to make the most of your time, and your investment of energy and dollars! If you go to a conference, you want to come away with something meaningful - no fluff! One Voice is a hip, down-to-earth gathering of people who teach for all the right reasons, and who want to make a strategic difference beyond the classroom.

May 16, 2008

Leadership Opportunities for the Adventurous

Private, college preparatory high schools in Seoul, South Korea and Beijing, China seek principals for the fall of 2008.

Nacel International Schools in St. Paul MN is seeking a full time principal for its school in Beijing and a half-time principal who is willing to teach some classes for its school in Seoul. Sound like your cup of tea? Click the link below to see the full posting for both of these positions.

We are looking for leaders with experience in instructional supervision and curriculum development. We also are seeking collaborative leaders who can help us create exemplary college preparatory programs for Asian students. The principals will lead the effort to prepare the school for international accreditation.

The two high schools are partnerships between Nacel International Schools (St. Paul, Minnesota) and universities in Seoul, South Korea and Beijing, China. Our school in Seoul will be beginning its first year this fall while the school in China enters its second year of operation this fall. Both schools are committed to international education that prepares students to complete successfully in American post secondary education and in an increasingly connected, global community.

Applicants are asked to send: a letter of application, a complete resume and the names and contact information of at least three references to:

David Flannery, Consulting Principal
Nacel International Schools
1536 Hewitt Avenue, Box 268
St. Paul, MN 55104
dmflannery@comcast.net

For more information about the school and conditions of employment, write to David Flannery at the email address above.

May 9, 2008

Crime Prevention Class for Adults

North Branch Police Office and Crime Prevention Specialist, Tim Olson, will teach a variety of skills and strategies in helping citizens learn how to keep themselves safe while enjoying the outdoors, as well as ways to keep their property safe from criminals. Time will be given for questions and answers. The class will be held on Thursday, May 15th from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the North Branch High School.

Pre-register by calling North Branch Area Community Education at 651.674.1025 or register online at www.nbaceonline.org Cost is $2/person or $3/couple. Scholarships available if fees are a problem.

May 2, 2008

Licensure for Director of Special Education and Director of Community Education

The University of Minnesota has been preparing aspiring administrators for licensure since 1997. What does that mean for you? It means that you can feel confident that you are getting a top-notch education from a school with a history of quality programming. When you say, “I studied for licensure at the University of Minnesota,? it will get you noticed.

Director of special education
In addition to the core courses required for all administrative licenses, there are two focused courses--Leadership for Special Education Services and Special Education Finance: Program Models Policy and Law--that specifically address the content and context of the director’s position. These courses, along with field experience projects that have been specially designed to address leadership and management applications for the director of special education, help ensure that you will be ready to perform the complex duties of this critical position in Minnesota public school districts.

Director of community education
Minnesota is the only state to require an administrative license for directors of community education. Why? Because the state values the importance of this essential component of its educational system and recognizes the complexities of leadership inherent in the policies, programs and practices found within community education. In addition to the core leadership concepts required of all Minnesota administrative licenses, there are topics and applications specific to the context of community ed. which are covered in Leadership in Community Education Finance & Law and Community Education Leadership. These courses, as well as the field experience, are designed to help you prepare to do well on your first day as a director of community education.

If you are interested in becoming a director of special education or director of community education, please contact Ann Werner, Ph.D. to discover how we can help you achieve that goal.

Rochester Campus Licensure Cohort Beginning Fall 2008

Your pursuit of administrative licensure doesn’t have to include a lengthy drive and expensive gasoline!

If a drive to Rochester is more convenient than a drive up to the Twin Cities, this cohort is for you. Beginning fall semester 2008 the University of Minnesota will offer a licensure cohort at the Rochester campus. If at least 15 students enroll, all the courses required for the principal license—as well as the majority of courses required for the superintendent, director of special education, and director of community education licenses—will be offered at the Rochester site. The deadline for applying to this cohort is July 30, 2008. For more information contact Ann Werner, Ph.D., 612-626-8647.

Click here for an application.

Only at the U!

Mix and match courses to earn multiple educational leadership credentials for the same cost as one… Only at the University of Minnesota!

It’s true! In the time it takes you to meet the State of Minnesota’s 60 semester credit requirement for administrative licensure, you can earn multiple licenses, certificates, and degrees.

Click here to see an example of how this could work for you. In the sample column our student will earn a master's in education leadership (M.Ed), PK-12 principal and school superintendent licenses, a certificate in PK-12 administration, a certificate in professional development, and an education specialist (Ed.S.) degree—all within the requisite 60 credits specified in MN Rule 3512 for earning either a K-12 principal, director of special education, or superintendent’s license. (The director of community education is also available but fewer credits are required by the State.)

We’ve listed the options for degrees, licenses, and certificates along the horizontal header. In the vertical columns under the headers are the required courses for that particular credential. Required courses are signified with an R, while courses that are options are distinguished by an O. When reading across each row, you can see which courses fulfill requirements in multiple credentials. You need to take those courses, except for 5396 Field Experience, only once. (Field experience must be taken once for each license.)

To see how many credits you’ll need to complete all the credentials you want, select the courses you plan to take and place their credit value at the end of each row. Add the column to determine if you will meet the 60 credits needed for licensure. If the total is less than 60, consider an additional credential or think about electives that will enhance your program.

You may also apply for admission to the U after completing your master’s degree at another accredited college or university. In that case, with 30 semester transfer credits and 30 semester credits earned at the University of Minnesota from requisite courses, you could earn two licenses without exceeding the 60 credit minimum required for administrative licensure.

We’d love to discuss how you can make the most of your academic pursuits! For more information contact Dr. Gloria Kumagai, program coordinator, 612/626-8244, or Dr. Ann Zweber Werner, program director, 612/626-8647.

May 1, 2008

It's Not Too Late!

Apply Now for Admission to the Certificate in PK-12 Administration

Summer is a great time to start working the credentials you'll need to become a K-12 principal, superintendent, director of community ed, or director of special ed. And it's not too late to apply for summer 2008 admission! Although we have a rolling admission deadline, we need time to fully process your application so we recommend submitting your summer 2008 application by June 1.

A unique feature of our program is that you can complete multiple credentials concurrently. If you'd like to find out how you can maximize your education, contact Ann Werner or Gloria Kumagai.

Need an application? Click here.