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August 11, 2008

MESPA Article on Leapfrog Institutes

The Minnesota Elementary School Principals’ Association recently published an article on Leapfrog Institutes in their latest newsletter, saying in part:

The Leapfrog Institutes at the University of Minnesota intends to foster a sustainable culture of innovation in our schools. You are invited to participate in discussions on building positive futures for PreK-21 education in the communities served by the Leapfrog Institutes. MESPA is a Collaborating Institution in this incredibly important infusion of creativity and innovation in education.


Leapfrog Institutes can visit your school and share what Leapfrogging is all about, possibilities for how to address your district or school needs, and how imagination, creativity, and innovation can expand at ridiculously low expense. And these expansions don’t need to occur in the regular school day. They can be extracurricular, involving self-chosen teachers, students, parents, and other members of our education communities!

Click here to read the entire article.

August 7, 2008

EdPA 5374: Leadership for Professional Development

Find out for yourself why past participants are so enthusiastic about EdPA 5374!

"Depth and consistency of feedback is outstanding--like I've never experienced as a student!"
"An unbelievably rich course!"
"Excellent course! I would recommend this course to any educator."

This 4-credit graduate course, taught by Dr. Jennifer York-Barr, is designed for people interested in the design, implementation, and evaluation of professional development for PK-12 personnel. It is grounded in research and focused on effective practices that promote continuous learning and development to increase student achievement.

Not only do students enrolled in U of M College of Education and Human Development graduate programs take EdPA 5374, but practicing educators from throughout Minnesota and Wisconsin do, too. It is required for the graduate-level certificate in professional development , but course participants are not required to enroll in the certificate program.

When does EdPA 5374 meet?
Class meets once per month throughout the academic year. Dates for 2008-2009 are: Wednesday, September 17; Saturday, October 11; Wednesday, November 12; Saturday, December 6; Wednesday, January 28; Saturday, February 21; Wednesday, March 11; Saturday, April 4; and Wednesday, May 6. Wednesday classes meet from 4:40--9:30pm. Saturday classes meet from 8:30am--3:30pm.

What topics will be covered in EdPA 5374?
Topics include: standards for staff development practice (systemic and role-specific); reflective practice and designs for professional learning; design and facilitation of group learning; induction with mentoring; and evaluation. The monthly meeting schedule eases travel demands and allows for reflection and application between sessions.

How to Register
If you are a current U of M student simply go to One Stop and add EdPA 5374 to your fall schedule. If you are not a currently enrolled in a program at the University, contact Dr. Dick Nunneley, EdPA's Coordinator of Graduate Studies, for assistance.

Want more information?
Dr. Jennifer York-Barr will be happy to answer your questions.

August 1, 2008

A Round of Applause For . . .

Belinda Green, who is the new principal of St. Paul's Maxfield Magnet School of Academic Excellence. Belinda was formerly an assistant principal in the Anoka-Hennepin school district.

Armando Camacho, who recently became the president of Neighborhood House, a not-for-profit organization that helps people, families and organizations develop the skills, knowledge and confidence to thrive in diverse communities. Read more about Armando--a Neighborhood House alum himself--by clicking here.

Kim Riesgraf, who is the new assistant superintendent for the Osseo school district. Kim most recently served as director of student services in Maple Grove.

It's Not Too Late!

Apply Now for Fall 2008 Admission

Autumn is a great time to start working on 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 fall 2008 admission! Although we have a rolling admission deadline, we need time to fully process your application so we recommend submitting your fall 2008 application by August 22.

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.