January 19, 2009

14th Annual Minnesota Evaluation Studies Institute

February 23-27, 2009 Holiday Inn Select Airport, Bloomington - near Mall of America and Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport

Institute - February 25 - 27 (ends at noon on Friday)
The Robert Beck Endowed Lecture: Privileged Authority and Sacred Trust: Ethical and Excellence Imperatives for Evaluators in a Globalizing World, Hazel Symonette, PhD, University of Wisconsin – Madison.
The Mary E. Corcoran Endowed Lecture: The Politics of Accountability, Sandra Mathison, Ph.D., University of British Columbia

Concurrent Sessions Presented By:

  • Dagfinn Bjørgen and Karl-Johan Johansen, Oslo, Norway

  • Jean King, University of Minnesota

  • Richard Krueger, University of Minnesota

  • Vanessa McKendall-Stephens, FaceValu Consulting

  • Michael Quinn Patton, Utilization Focused Evaluation

  • Rob Shumer, University of Minnesota

  • Karen Stout and Mary McEathron, University of Minnesota

Plus an “Ask the Expert” session on Friday!

Pre-sessions February 23-24 (2 full days each)
Introduction to Program Evaluation: Stacey Stockdill, EnSearch
Focus Group Methods: Richard Krueger, University of Minnesota

Group and student discounts; graduate credit available for additional fee.

Register today at: Questions? Contact Ann Mavis at or 612-624-1489

Sponsored by: The Department of Educational Policy and Administration, The Evaluation Group at the Institute on Community Integration, and The Center for Applied Research and Educational Improvement (CAREI)

May 29, 2008

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

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!

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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 Cost is $2/person or $3/couple. Scholarships available if fees are a problem.

April 28, 2008

Alternatives to Violence Project Workshop

Conflicts will always be around--But we have the power to transform our response to them
The Alternatives to Violence Project will hold a weekend workshop May 30, 31, and June 1 focused on developing new skills to cope with violence, our own and others, and build community. Learn more about this 21-hour hands-on program by clicking on the link below.

Neighborhoods win and community life is enhanced when we practice new skills to cope with violence and cooperate with one another.
Alternatives to Violence Project Workshop

April 21, 2008

You've Finished Your Program--Let's Celebrate!

Licensure students who have been recommended for endorsement are invited to the EdPA Commencement Reception on Friday, May 9. If you completed your license between September 2007 and April 2008, you should have received an invitation from EdPA's Dan Grafton. Weren't invited but think you should be? Let Karen Potter know right away.